What are the different dress styles, and what's the difference? oO;;
I'm wanting to get a lovely dance dress, but I see different "styles" in the online bellydance shops: Baladi, Bedouin Galabyia, Falaha, Ghawazi, Saedi, etc. Baladi and Saedi I recognize as different styles of bellydance, but I'm wondering what the main differences are in the way these dresses are made, and which dresses are appropriate for what styles of dance? Is there an "all-purpose" dress that would work for different dance styles (baladi, khaleegy, saedi, etc.)? I'm quite confused.
These dresses are theatrical and I suspect that the named styles are based on what Reda troupes trotted out with ....yes? correct me Folks. Saidi, vilaage girl,Alexandrian dresses. Stage wear based on local costumes. If you were trying to do a stage show with theatrical representaion of the folkloric dresses, then you have to be specific. Kaleeghy, Moroccan are other examples that would need some kind of research
If you, yourself are looking for a single dress for performance, I don't think you can go far wrong with the Hannan gelebeyas that are everywhere. We've used then for a stick dance, they are worn by group dancers everywhere. Yes theye have "folkloric" sleeves but they are so sparkly I have seen lots of pro. dancers use them for performance.
Lots of traders seem to have them. I got one from Farida here in the UK but Dahlal stock them in the UK and I am sure others will.
The troupe I belong to in the gelabeyas. Me in black at back!
Last edited by lizaj; 12-07-2009 at 10:56 AM.
Sorry it's so big a photo. I'll try to get smaller and no it wouldn't do for Khaleegy. Those khaleegy dresses are not usually expensive but they are very specific for the moves.
I 'm sure Shira won't mind me using her!
Alexandrian dress for Meleya tableau
Saidi dress with typical motif on front
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Can't you tell this is a subject that interests me too?
Our writer on costuming is hoping to look at this subject for our next mag in january.
I've actually heard once this was a haggala dress, not a saidi dress.
Originally Posted by lizaj
It might be wrong, but do anyone else agree to this?
It's described on site as such but you might well be right.
Originally Posted by Daimona
I've seen saidi perfomed in one but that's no proof and I bought one from Mamoud's wth the adesign and he called it just a folkloric dress.
Thank you! *hugs!!*
Thank you so much, lizaj! You put a lot of effort into giving examples of different dress styles, and yes, I'm wanting to eventually buy/make a dress myself (eventually being the operative word; i need to learn more in my dance development). I want to make sure I get a proper dress for whatever style dance I may perform in the future.
Our troupe does have one or two cane dances that I haven't learned yet, but I don't want to perform such a dance in a two-piece bedlah, as I understand that's not proper. And of course, I want to learn how to dance balady if I ever get the opportunity, so I'll want the right dress for that, too. In the meantime, I'll see what I can find in the way of instructional DVD's (another subject...).
Thank you again for being so helpful, lizaj; I adore you!