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    V.I.P. Kashmir's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    Ditto on the wracking. I suppose it's possible that the music wasn't a baladi progression either.
    Not all beledi is beledi progression (or part thereof) either :-)

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    IMO if it's choreographed, it's automatically not really baladi - at best, baladi-inspired or 'stagified' baladi. Baladi is hard to define, it's more of a 'I know it when I see it' thing, but what it's *not* is a formal stage performance dance, it is not balletic, it is not discernably influenced by Western classical dance (though depending on style it may be influenced by hip hop, music video dancing, etc). It's casual, social, improvised, for fun... And yes, there is no clear boundary between baladi and shaabi, they are flavours of the same thing, which is social dance done by ordinary people. The baladi/shaabi distinction is really an arbitrary thing imposed by Western dancers, which doesn't accurately represent the actual division of music/dance genres in Egypt. E.g. you could just as reasonably describe the music of Ahmed Adaweyya as old-school shaabi or as baladi, but what you call it makes no meaningful difference to how you'd dance to it.

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