Raqset el Jamal

Raqset el-Jamal, "Dance of Beauty," was composed by the great Farid al-Atrache, danced by Samia Gamal, and it's a very lovely little piece.  Good for a short gentle opening piece for a classic vintage dance set, it also includes a taqasim in the middle where you can shimmy to your heart's content!

I'm sure you'll enjoy dancing to this sweet music, inspired by Samia's delicate movements!

In this Program:

2 hours, 20 minutes of video discussion & instruction on classic oriental dance to "Raqset el Jamal," with searchable jumplinks to easily navigate the content

Famous dancer and musician videos for perspective and context

Samia Gamal performance watch-through with commentary

Arms and shoulders: alignment, drills and stretches, to express feeling and to bring in the audience

Technique inspired by Samia Gamal and Naemet Mokhtar, with comparison of the two

Dance warmup and stretches for the psoas & thighs

Undulations & advanced technique/drills

LIFETIME access to course videos

Discussion forum to ask questions


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