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    Roll  Eyes

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    Hello girls,
    This beautiful old style floor work is Egyptian or which other style?
    thanks to everybody...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SephiraLamour View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4yxAu6BCUE

    Hello girls,
    This beautiful old style floor work is Egyptian or which other style?
    thanks to everybody...
    Hi SephiraLamour
    I might say this is NOT Egyptian style, but American Oriental/ Cabaret style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SephiraLamour View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4yxAu6BCUE

    Hello girls,
    This beautiful old style floor work is Egyptian or which other style?
    thanks to everybody...
    Definitely American.

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    Default Exactly, outlawing means that we cannot doubt the existence of this dance form!

    As far as i remember, there is video of Samia Gamal doing floorwork and if i am not mistaken, there is one with Tahia Carioca too.

    I must search my FB wall now, as i use it as a dance video calendar for my personal study and for friends and students to have material for study as well.

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    thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by walladah View Post
    As far as i remember, there is video of Samia Gamal doing floorwork and if i am not mistaken, there is one with Tahia Carioca too.
    Floorwork used to be a part of Egyptian dance. It was one of the things banned after the 1952 revolution. As I understand it limited floorwork can still be done (legally) in a folkloric setting eg shamadan. But no rolling around!

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    Kashmir and Walladah know stuff!

    PS That is one of my favorite pieces of music of all time. I used to double it when I was dancing because it wasn't long enough alone. Never used it for floor work. Always hated doing floor work. Hurt my knees, got my costumes dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Always hated doing floor work. Hurt my knees, got my costumes dirty.
    I've always though it was the sort of thing that needed a gorgeous carpet, brought on and laid out by a couple of chorus boys (a girl can't carry on her own carpet, obviously. It's just not elegant.)

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    Default Floorwork is tough, really and you need knee pads

    for practicing. Keep safety rules always and practice regularly if you want to dance floorwork.

    The most funny thing is that in greece, it is not forbidden of course but:

    in my homeland in the northeast part of the country, floorwork does not exist, although bellydance, the local version, is danced by all women (and men, i could say) and bellydance (all types) is cherished very much.

    in the south of greece, where any type of bellydance is ambiguously received (you know, loose girl's dance, etc etc) floorwork exists and it can become very provocative in some cases. I learned to do floorwork (not rolling though) since i was a child, people in the south danced with floorwork the tsifteteli bellydance type.

    And it was floorwork with backbend exactly the same like in the old egyptian movies, no rolling.

    But!!!! i found evidence that floorwork with props and rolling was not unknown in the same area (south) in early 19th century. More info once i have my research paper ready on that. I have many suprises about bellydance history in the year to come.

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    HA! I can imagine dancing onto stage or into the midst of an audience, waving a carpet around in lieu of a veil...

    We're talking studly chorus males of a legal age, right?
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