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    Default Does anyone know of any "golden age" style instructional videos?

    I was wondering if theyre are any more old fashioned style instructional videos available as a supplement to my modern learning ,, i really love the dancers of " the golden age"...

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    Hi Raven,
    Shareen El Safy has quite a few Golden Era Egyptian Dance videos and now they are available in DVD format also. Shareen el Safy I highly recommend her instructional DVDs,
    Tammy

    PS: I also started a Golden Era of Egyptian Dance tribe:
    Golden Era of Egyptian Dance - tribe.net
    You will find a recent discussion on her DVDs. Shira has some reviews of Shareen's videos on her web site Belly Dancing -- Art Of Middle Eastern Dance -- Bellydancing in Iowa City
    Last edited by Tammy; 10-19-2007 at 12:37 PM.

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    I also recommend Shareen el Safy's videos. They are expensive, but I have mined lots of information out of them. I think I have about 4 of them. She talks alot on the videos, which is good except she is not a polished public speaker and sometimes repeats herself, but look past that and the stuff she teaches is great. In terms of instructional videos, you can't really get this material anywhere else.

    Sedonia

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    Dear Raven,
    Shareen El Safy is my very favorite of the Egyptian style dancers who are not native, because she just gets it!! She was noticed by Nagwa Fouad some years ago now and Ms. Fouad helped her to get her license to dance in Egypt when that was happening not so much. She opened for Suheir Zaki at one point, too. I have seen a couple of her private videos of her performing in Egypt and she was wonderful. She still is.
    As far as teaching, I think no one teaches the dance better. She is just so THERE, and understands how to pass info on. She also can stand in a room full of 60 people and make sure every single person gets the attention they need. The first time I took a class with her, I got more out of 3 hours with her than I had in the previous 8 years or so, studying with a large number of teachers. I can not say enough good things about her.
    The one area where we seem to really disagree is her basic posture that she teaches, which is very tight and sort of forward of center. I see her teaching it, but I do not see her using it except as a part of a more dynamic posture that changes to suit the needs of the movement that she is performing.
    I agree with Sedonia and would highly recommend anything by Shareen.
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    A'isha

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    I didn't see this before I posted on your clip thread, but RUN out and get Shareen's video "Weadirt Toghor."

    And I <<think>> Fe Yom Wa Leyla, or Walla Mara, but Weadirt Toghor is the best golden age one.

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    What about the Nadia Gamal dance workshop?

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    It's actual instruction. Yeah, her vids are like 65 dollars, but think of them as a workshop in a box.

    Read Shira's review of them first, so you know what to expect. You might think about trying to get one second-hand, but you don't see them for sale that often. That alone should tell you something! Production quality is not great, but the content is superb.

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