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Taktaba Episode 2: Long-Term Repetition


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Welcome to Taktaba, the video podcast on dance composition for belly dancers. Dance can be described as a combination of four themes: space, shape, time, and energy. Whether you plan your choreography in advance or improvise it, the way you use these themes defines your dance.

The Taktaba podcast takes an analytical approach to dance composition, by looking at the many different ways we can use those themes in dance. We analyze each element one-by-one, think about how audiences respond to it, and introduce exercises that explore the element, and combinations to illustrate how it can be used in your dance.

Series 1 focuses on elements of time.

This episode deals with long-term repetition. That's repetition over the course of a song or an entire routine. We'll discuss:

- maximizing intellectual satisfaction by balancing length & complexity (with graphs!)
- maximizing emotional satisfaction by balancing frequency & drama (also with graphs!)
- using theme and variation to keep repeated elements fresh and interesting
- using the structure of your music to guide your repetition

Important notes:

This podcast is a "low-frills" program. I shoot it myself in my home studio, and the picture and sound quality are consistent with a home movie, not a professional video shot on a sound stage. If you are picky about picture quality, you may want to preview the podcast online at before ordering.

This podcast is available for free online, so you don't have to buy the DVD to get it. I'm making it available for on DVD for those of you who:
- want to watch it on your DVD players, but don't want the hassle of burning it yourself
- just want to support the project. (Think of it like the tote bag you get when you make a donation to public broadcasting.)

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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  • Actors: Nadira Jamal
  • Directors: Nadira Jamal
  • Writers: Nadira Jamal
  • Producers: Nadira Jamal
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Taktaba
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001VH7A9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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