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    The Berber walk is one move that I just couldn't get until I had a teacher down beside me "walking" me through the movement. I love the look of it, but it really doesn't seem to be in fashion around here for inclusion in choreography.

    You may want to advise students who have shaky knees to wear knee pads, at least for practicing.

    Also, once the class has the move down, it's a really fun class break to hold Berber walk races across the room! Extra points for sword balancing at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmir View Post
    No idea if it has any folkloric roots, but I first saw it in the 1990s long before tribal fusion was created (or at least hit NZ). Definitely part of an orientale performance.
    The earliest I recall seeing it in performance is 1978. Was done in the context of cabaret floorwork- two long flowing berber steps with the third step getting the dancer back to her feet. Very difficult, very pretty. I want to say Sushila of Ft. Collins did it but I really don't recall.

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