Most people use Aziza of Portland/Montreal as an example of modern Am Cab. She uses some Egyptian technique (at least in her workshops) but approaches the drum solos in the more "modern" way, and doesn't dance to what we consider "typical" Am Cab music. Plus she doesn't do the 5 or 7 part routine -- but who does that anymore anyway?? I think she does a different kind of veil work -- sort of her own invention/interpretation. This and the whole idea of Westernized Egyptian creeping into Am Cab is basically what I THINK people consider to be typical Modern Am Cab. And sometimes they throw in a few tribal-inspired stylizations.belly_d says:.... OMG what does NEW AmCab look like????
Yeah, I've heard that argument about it being the original fusion. I guess I don't TECHNICALLY see it as a fusion because it's all the same thing -- just in different colors. But it does totally make sense.it COULD be debated that it is the only "TRUE" bellydance fusion... as it is fusing Mid East belly dance w/ Mid East belly dance (of differing regions)... so if you are fusing belly dance WITH belly dance... how come that does not = belly dance????
There's a lot of debate over what are the actual American parts of Am Cab -- like what did we add, versus what the natives were already doing. I know we added a lengthy veilwork section to the routine, and probably added floorwork as WE know it. The movement vocabulary seems to stem from that sort of quasi pan-Arabic Levantine maybe? style of social bellydance that untrained natives will also dance. Less "oriental" and more social. The music we've all discussed (and I'm LOVING the fact that Radio Bastet is now on iTunes.)
Am Cab could be called a melting pot dance, but with the understanding that lots of very similar cultures came together to create a nice musical STEW. Too often some of the fusionistas take this idea, but they throw things together that don't really want to be together -- or when you put them together it changes the flavor completely -- and you end up with this weird soup that's not really sweet and not really sour, but not really much of anything.
There was a clip on bhuz they were all discussing which featured a "bellydance" performance that was sort of slithery and slinky, and tried to focus heavily on the sexy aspect. But I don't think it worked all that well, because instead of seeming so "sexy" it came across as kind of sterile and stale. The inherent "sexiness" in bellydance (if you want to call it that) is just DIFFERENT from the sexiness in jazz or pole dancing or whatever. Sometimes I just wish the fusionistas would watch the old movies and see just how SEXY or empowered or whatever you want to call it - those dancers were. It's a different kind of expression of sexy. It looks different. Trying to make this dance fit what westerners or Americans think is the model for "what is sexy" -- well it just doesn't work for me.
Oh but that's another thread entirely and we've done that to death.