Jane Wass MAZAZIK BALADI
LOVE BALADI - LEARN MORE
Baladi is an Egyptian term which relates to anything 'of the country'. So in dance terms that would mean a style based on Saidi or folkloric technique - grounded and earthy with the focus on the hips. Also, in my view it is also important to reflect the values of the Baladi culture - as it is when using any term from another person's culture - and again in this instance that ranges from costuming to rapport with audience and musicians.
And again - understanding the music enough to improvise and be spontaneous in the dance.
Many western dancers don't realise in Egypt there us, more often than not, a distinction drawn between cabaret/bellydance and folkloric dance.
And my experience and knowledge of Baladi is unique.
In both my teaching and performing I combine an understanding of the "Egyptian"-ness, developed over many years of travel and work in the country, plus an unparalleled understanding of the music after working with, in particular, Guy Schalom's Baladi Blues Ensemble for over a decade. I enjoy the beautiful simplicity of traditional Baladi but also enjoy pushing the boundaries and working more creatively, both with the dance and the music.
For beginners and advanced dancers alike - my workshops will reveal just that little bit more.
Get in touch if you're interested in joining one of my own events - or if you'd like to invite me to come to you. We could look at ...
* the musical structure of baladi
* interpreting the music
* development of the dance in Egypt
* the legacy of past dancers
BALADI - THE WAY I DO IT
I've heard people say to me they "they think they're too old for baladi and for being flirty". This is irrelevant with real Baladi. The focus on youth and costuming is a westernisation.
And real Baladi is not cabaret dance, although it can be danced in a cabaret environment.
With Guy Schalom's Baladi Blues Band...
Footage of Jane performing with Guy Schalom's Baladi Blues Band, St Ethelburga's, London March 2010
Hear Jane's contribution to BBC Radio 4: Bellydancing and the Blues - first broadcasting on BOXING DAY December 2012
RECOMMENDED BALADI MUSIC LIST
Saltana - Baladi Music from Egypt - Ibraham el Minyawi. Mostafa Sax, Mohamed Hassan (Tanzraum)
Dinga Dinga - Ruh Al Fuad (Tanzraum)
Spirit of the Heart - Suraya Hilal and her Cairo Balad Ensemble (Hilal Art)
Egyptian Street Music - Baladi Blues Ensemble 1 (Ethnographic)
Tribute to the Masters - Baladi Blues Ensemble 2 (Ethnographic)
Cairo Plus - Samir Surour & Souher Zaki (Hollywood Music Center)
Hayati - Mostafa Sax (Arc Music)
Names to watch out for on compilations - often bellydance compilations feature Baladi music;
Ahmed Adawia (especially the track Bint Al Sultan)
Ahmed Fouad Hassan
Hassan Abou El Seoud (especially album Magic of the Orient)
Old Bellydance compilations which feature good Baladi music:
Doky Ya Mazika (EMI Music Arabic)
Belly Dances from the Middle East Vol 2 (Sonodisc)
Jane Wass Enterprises © 2019
Jane Wass Enterprises © 2019