Dancer - Teacher - Event organiser Founder and Artistic Director of Mazazik Dance
Photo - Frances Ottaway
Why learn Arabic Dance with me? Maybe because, with over 15 years of being a professional dancer and teacher under my belt, I can give you what you're after as well as maybe something that will surprise you.
Regular dance classes and workshops are available in York, Manchester and Leeds with occasional events in Egypt, London, Ireland and Scotland and - new for 2017 in Turkey.
You may associate the term belly dance with Middle Eastern dance - but I don't use those words to describe what I do., because most of what I do isn't belly dance. Arabic dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Egyptian folkloric dance, Contemporary Arabic dance, Classical Arabic dance - you'll try them all, and all have different moods and dynamics.
YORK - next Beginners introduction - 25 Septeber, 2 October and 16 October. 7.15 to 8.15 £5 per session.
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NEWS I am really happy to offer up my first film made with director Attique Hanuk. It was a real pleasure to work with a man who understood absolutely what my vision around the dance was. I can't wait to make our next one. Baladi. Uniquely Egyptian, and a culture which reflects the traditions and values of a way of life rooted in the Egyptian rural way of life. Baladi, meaning of my country, and sometimes called beledi, as it would be pronounced in Arabic. Our aim with the film was to give the atmosphere of a place where baladi dance might have developed: an internal place, maybe in Cairo, with a hint of the nightclub but before baladi had moved into the oriental/raqs sharqi form. Baladi is the dance of the Egyptian people and what they would dance together at weddings or family celebrations. My costume reflects this. And the dance I wanted to show is the subtle, less flamboyant dance of a woman happy to dance for herself and the music alone. Til next time .... I hope you enjoy it x Dancer: Jane Wass Director: Attique Hanuk Music: Saltana (CD Saltana on the Tanzraum label). Many thanks to Claudia Heinle and all at Tanzraum for giving their permission to use this track. Do check out their CDS - they are some of the best around (www.tanz-raum.com).