Raqset Kahramana

Raqset Kahramana is a classic piece composed by Farid al-Atrache, and danced by Samia Gamal in the film Afrita Hanem ("Genie Lady"), which stars both of them. A must-watch and must-dance for any Golden Era dance enthusiast. This program covers Samia’s lyrical technique and musicality, so that you can apply her signature movements to your own personal dance style.

Note: This music is labeled incorrectly as "Mkhtarat Wahab" on at least one CD in the market... but don't be fooled! The real name is Raqset Kahramana, named after Samia's character in the film. You'll enjoy the expressive possibilities we explore in this program!

In this Program:

2 ½ hours of video discussion & instruction 

Afrita Hanem film & Raqset Kahramana scene video commentary

Technique a la Samia Gamal: analysis, warm-up, hip & waist technique breakdowns,

Samia-inspired technique training to strengthen arm & leg muscles for control and expression, using (optional) resistance bands & skirt 

Kahramana slow wahda saghira rhythm breakdown & drills to music

Kahramana medium-tempo maqsoum drills to music

Lower back stretch cooldown

LIFETIME access to course videos

Discussion forum to ask questions


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