Ranya Renée in London - September 2, 2023

Organic Grounding & Phrasing for Egyptian Dance: Baladi & Classic Oriental

Saturday September 2, 12:00-3:00pm in lovely Camden Town
The Academy Mews Dance Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, London

Through this workshop, you'll learn tools that maximize your presence on the beat and in the melody, helping you feel more grounded and more powerful.

You'll feel more confident and authentic in your movements, and if you are a performer, your audience will have an easier time connecting with you. 

If you are a teacher, you'll get tools you can use in your own classes, for teaching improvisation, musicality, and technique


Work with movements from dual centers in the body: "low center," with the deep, rooted connection in the feet and pelvis as found in native dances of the Middle East and Africa; and "high center," with a lifted rib cage and emphasis on long body lines.

"Looping" techniques that follow an Arabic melody line, not only the rhythm (taking inspiration from Samia Gamal, Tahia Carioca, Fifi Abdou and other legends)

Bringing in-place movements of the early classic and awalem traditions into choreographed space, to keep a classic looping feeling even in your traveling steps

Applying these methods to famous music selections, alternating subtle in-place movements and more expansive traveling sections dependent on the musicality (for example, solo instrument or vocal vs. full orchestra)

Transitions: how to connect the musicality of the in-place sections to stage patterns in choreography or improvisation, to move seamlessly from one to the other

A PDF of notes and references will be provided for attendees.

BONUS for early signup:
Register with deposit or payment in full by Aug. 18, and get my Aug. 19 (12pm EDT/ 5pm BST) live Zoom workshop for FREE (attend live or watch recording after).


London 2023 workshop - Organic Egyptian Grounding & Phrasing for Dancers£50

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Bite-Sized Advance Coaching Feedback

£40 value, special of £20 for London workshoppers
Prepare to get the most out of the workshop by getting advance feedback from me on Egyptian stylization, musicality, physicality, technique...and any specific questions you have!  You'll submit a short video to me (approx. 2 minutes from a show or live-recorded in practice clothes), and receive supportive and constructive feedback a few days later to empower you in your next steps!  (There will be limited spaces for coaching at the workshop; priority for these will go to those taking this advance coaching prep option.)

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