Attention students, class is now in session! Today's lesson: Belly Dance History 101. Join Elena Faye for this detailed lecture that takes you from the mysterious and contentious roots of belly dance through to its contemporary explosion onto the world stage. With the use of visual and written materials, students will be introduced to the rich history of oriental dance, or "raqs sharqi" and trace its development from folk dance to performance art. Topics will include the role of the ghawaze and awalem, the origins of the two-piece costume, the effects of Orientalism on the Occidental conceptions of Middle Eastern dance, the Golden Age of Egyptian belly dance, belly dance in the United States, the development of Tribal Style, and more. Bring your notebooks!
$35 in advance | $45 day of