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This 5-hour-long 2-DVD set covers the structure, rhythms and musical flavors of typical baladi progressions, teaches the essential technique and dance vocabulary of baladi, and provides drills for developing your own improvisational practice.
The Baladi: Bellydance Egyptian Style is the first program to combine instruction in core Egyptian dance technique with a wealth of detailed cultural information and tools for learning to interpret the music and for daily dance practice. The program is a valuable resource for belly dancers of all levels of experience as well as for dance instructors.
Baladi is the social dance style of the Egyptian people, often featured in a special section of the traditional belly dance show. This video focuses on the taqsim baladi a style of improvisation that starts slow and gentle, building to a climax of exciting rhythms, faster steps and shimmies. During a live music demonstration of baladi progressions, Ranya analyzes the structure, common features and stylistic differences between men's style (tet) and women's style (awadi) baladi dancing, and offers a step-by-step explanation of what is happening at each transition in the music.
Master accordionist Nabawy provides an introduction to baladi music and explains the different melodic styles, and the drummers demonstrate some of key rhythms used in the baladi. You will also receive an introduction to the concept of maqamat, or Arabic musical modes, that are the source material for taqasim, the art of melodic improvisation.
The technique section is organized by style and type, so you can match the appropriate movements and traveling steps to each part of the baladi progression: From the slow, fluid taqsim, through the sekkat accent breaks, and on to the maqsoum-based rhythm sections and the fast ingerara section that transitions into the drum solo. This framework enables you to develop the instinct you need to select authentic movements that correctly match the music, recognizing the essential features of melody and rhythms. Ranya gives guidance for beginning or developing your improvisation practice, no matter your level of experience as a dancer.
With looped recorded music drills created specially for this program, Ranya gives you the tools for a rigorous baladi dance practice while simultaneously honing your listening skills. The format of the drills is an organic flow, preserving the improvisational nature of the baladi so you learn in the way Egyptians learn, by watching and following along. Absorbing the feeling of baladi naturally will help you to improvise with more confidence on your own. The looped music repetitions allow you to review key movements over and over as you build an intimate familiarity with the musical nuances, and condition your physical dance response to them. DVD options allow you either to dance through a full baladi piece or to work on isolated sections of a baladi, focusing on short portions of music to drill your steps. With all the drills, Ranya provides voiceover commentary to call your attention to melodic and rhythmic motifs, or to remind you of technique pointers.
The program also includes extensive sections on posture and muscle work for Egyptian dance, framing and transitions, arms and hands practice flow, and cooldown stretches.
This DVD is very well constructed; explanations are clear, and with the WDNY high quality DVD production.
I was surprised by how in-depth Ranya went into the cultural nuance of the movement and music, so it has great appeal to beginners and more advanced dancers.
I learned so much even things that my teachers never taught me about baladi and they have been dancing for over 15 years.
A really fabulous instructional on baladi dance and improvisation... really gives you the feel for the dance style and has lots of great information on the music. Read morePublished 15 days ago by C. Pennington
The lessons are clear. The rhythm section explanations are great.Published 2 months ago by Yogini Gram
I have had the opportunity to take her workshops in New York and she is an awesome instructor and beautiful to watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by leelee
I am very pleased with this purchase as the instructor touches upon all aspects that are necessary in order to understand this style: she explains characteristics of baladi music,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eleni Kanellou
I love all of Ranya Renee's videos, and this one is truly great! She is so knowledgeable about music, culture and language as well as the dance, that she really gives you a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Deborah Newberg
Ranya has a great Egyptian style of performance.
Very helpful explanations of movements.
Fun to work with - I will be getting all of her DVDs. Read more
This DVD is really well made and provides a thorough look at Baladi. Ranya is great explaining in great detail the nuances and different styles, musicality and performance styles... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Y Cardona
I don't use this enough - but it is really good - it has given me a lot more confidence in improvising dance.
Very cleverly put together - deceptively simple. Read more
I know this is intended for reviews only, but if anyone could offer their opinion of how this compares to Ranya's other DVD on Oriental Egyptian dance (in terns of moves, teaching... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alyssa