Raq-On Dance Studio and Origins Folkloric Dance Company have joined together for a Folkloric Dance Weekend. Learn more about the cultures, costuming, and performing folkloric dances socially and on stage.
This is a small intimate event - limited to 35 people. In lieu of a show, and in traditional women's folkloric style, we'll have a dance party with guided steps!
Only $250 for the entire weekend.
10:00 am - Noon
Introduction to North African Dance with Samantha. An
overview of popular dances from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). The
goal of this workshop is to give dancers the tools to recognize the music andrhythms of common dance styles from the region and essential movementvocabulary appropriate for each style.
1:00 pm – 3 pm
Muwashahat/Samaii with Morwenna and Walid. The Samaii
is a dance of elegance and simplicity, but it can be challenging to interpret.
It is performed with the Muwashahat, a poetic form of music that originated inMuslim Spain. The Egyptian/Lebanese style of Muwashahat was first developed forthe stage in 1979 by renowned choreographer Mahmoud Reda. Learn the basics ofthe rhythm, steps, and as time allows, a short choreography.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction to Khaleeji Dance with Kay. This workshop
focuses on the folkloric style of khaleeji dance as a social dance, as
performed by people in their homes. Kay will also include a short discussion ofmodern-style khaleeji, and compare and contrast the two styles.
– 9:00 pm
10:00 AM – Noon
Debke! with Morwenna. Debke is the national dance of
Lebanon and the Levant. It is a line dance performed socially and on the stage.
We will cover the basic steps and learn a choreography
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
From Roots to Stage: A Discussion on Presenting Folkloric
Dance. Led by Kay and Samantha, with participation by everyone! A
panel discussion on the challenges of presenting the folkloric dances inpublic, including how best to present the dances for Western audiences, and howto get out of the solo dance mentality when it comes to folkloric styles.