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Taktaba Episode 3: Timing Patterns

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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 timing patterns, the rhythms we create with our bodies as we dance. This episode includes:

- Five different timing patterns, how they may make your audience feel, and which musical rhythms they complement
- Simple exercises to get the patterns into your body
- Theme & variation exercises forexploring different ways to use timing patterns
- Do-it-yourself exercises to spark your creativity
- Four combinations that use timing patterns
- Two ways to adapt timing patterns to zil playing

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
- want it in higher resolution than the podcast version
- 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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Product Details

  • 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: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VH7A9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have purchased many videos that promised a drum solo, a tribal, a Lebanese "choreography", etc, hoping to find some insight from the instructor on how to create such a choreography on my own. Instead, all I get is "copy this choreography but don't be afraid to improvise on your own". Not exactly what I had in mind. Not that I haven't learned something new from every video, just not the nuts and bolts of improv & choreography. I don't want to copy what someone else has invented. I want to know how to invent it myself!

I'm reviewing this series as a set, having purchased episode 1 as a DVD, and viewed 2 & 3 as podcasts. In this series, Ms. Jamal answers the questions that an intermediate level and above dancer has when starting to perform in public. How do you craft an entertaining choreography? How do you "choreograph" to begin with? What moves do you decide to use? What do you do when your mind goes "blank" in front of an audience? How do you improvise?

She speaks very clearly and in easily understood terms. She describes how an audience thinks, so that you know what you are trying to make them feel. She helps you learn to improvise with specific exercises that help you use your brain on your feet, as well as build in your personal "fallback" moves for those "blank out" moments. She teaches you how to use patterns and repetition to remember and create a choreography. She also shows you how to build momentum and excitement by building complexity into your dance. Throughout, she uses easy to follow demonstrations and drills to further communicate her point and give you material to use. EXACTLY what I wanted, and material that I can use for months or years to come. The price is also very reasonable, considering how much practical use I can put this set to.
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Another great purchase. This DVD teaches the dancer how to dance to rythms and timing of movements to make the dancer a better performer. I highly recommend this video along with the others that Nadirah has available.
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