Video review: Nourhan Sharif: An Introduction to Bellydance Technique

by on Feb.05, 2012, under Reviews

Nourhan Sharif, wife of dance master, Yousry Sharif, was an excellent instructor in her 2001 Saskatoon workshop.nourhanTechnically precise, serious-minded, and disciplined, she demanded much of dancers in the workshop setting. (The same was true of Yousry.) (continue reading…)

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Reflection on the Dance Manitoba Dance Festival, May 15 – April 2, 2005 (and beyond)

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Reviews

I had the pleasure of once again competing in the 25th annual provincial festival this year, my fifth time competing in my dance career. This festival is open to Dance MB members of any age who submit their names (and fees) to dance in the genres of Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, National and Ballet. I competed in the category of National dance, a genre which is widely diverse, and can include everything from Middle Eastern to Ukrainian to Irish to Indian. (continue reading…)

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Interview with Nicola in VOXAIR, CFB 17th Wing Base’s Newspaper

by on Feb.03, 2012, under Reviews

airbase article red (9)Belly dancing

By Avery Wolaniuk

“Things are going to jiggle today, and that’s okay” are not words normally heard at 17W’s gym. But on 14 Jan 06, 11 women took advantage of a free workshop offered during Community Recreation’s Customer Appreciation Week. These women crossed cultural boundaries, rolled their hips and learned a foreign art form that embraces all your curves, softness and wobbly parts. It’s called raks sharqi, or “dance of the East.” Most people call it belly dancing. (continue reading…)

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Review: Advanced Workshop and Show with Dina of Cairo

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Reviews

dina (2)Dina is the current reigning Queen of Raks Sharqi in Egypt. Known for her tight, tiny movements, saucy and unusual costumes, elaborate footwork, graceful sways, complex pulls, pops and undulations of the torso, and an all-around unique interpretation, she has developed a style that is unconventional, and very difficult to imitate. (continue reading…)

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