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    Sorry folks the last few posts may not make much sense & that is due to the fact that several posts were moved to another forum, so rather than delete them, just ignore them
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    Default I am reviving the thread and the discussion because

    first, i had the honour to attend several workshops with Litta Petrou mentioned previously by Irene.
    Well, yes, Suraya Hilal's vision of oriental dance is something that might make better dancers. In the sense, that once we take for granted that for some performances no flesh is showed, we need to make our movement more than perfect to express the music.

    I am not against cabaret style, not at all! but yes, i share the view that commercialisation needs to be fought back. My research in archaeological sources shows that it is not humiliating to be half naked or decorated to dance, unless you live in a patriarchy. Capitalist patriarchy is even worse, it managed to make oriental dance a commodity.

    Anyway, i found the thread because i have just found a video by Jane Wass, Hilal's students and troupe member and i think this is the British dancer Irene mentions. This is the video of her dancing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m6n2Nu2PK0

    I had attended a joint workshop with both of them and i recognised the dancer immediately. So, i think one can watch and see whether this style is so far from cabaret or just far from vulgarity. Petrou has no videos online, but i can assure you she dances like a baladi elf.

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    Default I managed to find that workshop's leaflet

    and the name of the British dancer is Anne Ashcroft, very similar in style and body shape, even face details to Jane Wass!

    I could not find any video of Anne Ashcroft on youtube. She was amazing and she also taught baladi with sagat/cymbals.

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