Egyptian Style DRILLS DVDs?

Yame

New member
Have any of you heard of such a thing, or something close?

I have tons of DVDs... many of them with very, very good material. Yet, I find myself uninspired to work with them because the way the material is presented is not ideal for my personal learning style.

I prefer to learn a few things and mindlessly practice them while watching the "instructor," over and over again to music, before moving on to the next thing... without having to pause or rewind the DVD or try to memorize the instructions and practice them on my own.

The type of DVD I've found myself to actually use the most are DVDs that include a lot of drilling, or that are all drilling. Yet most Drills DVDs are either Suhaila style or Suhaila-derived styles like Sadie, or Tribal Fusion. My DVDs that have had the most usage from me were actually all my Rachel Brice DVDs, even though that's not my style at all! If it was, I'd stick with them but unfortunately I find the technique in these styles to be too different from Egyptian for it to be worthwhile. It could be counterproductive for me to practice with those DVDs at this point in my career.

So I need something that drills movements as much as Suhaila or Rachel Brice or Sadie would, but while being Egyptian. Most Egyptian style DVDs I've encountered are either choreography (not enough drilling and repetition for my taste), or they have very detailed explanations but without drilling (which is really really great info to have but doesn't inspire me to pick up the DVD over and over again).

I know, Egyptians just aren't big on drilling, and I guess neither are their foreign pupils and protegés. But I'm pretty big on drilling, the reason my technique is decent is because I drilled the hell out of it with DVDs and on my own. Yet nowadays I am getting too lazy and unmotivated to do my own drills, and need something in my style to follow along with.

Does such a DVD exist?
 

Yame

New member
That's the thing, though... when it comes to Egyptian I have tons of good resources but nothing that inspires me to put on the same DVD over and over again day after day for months at a time to practice with it.

That's why I really need a DVD that focuses largely on drills. This Outi DVD seems very good, but not for my purposes right now. I'd probably use it twice and then it would end up on the shelf with all my other DVDs :(
 

Ahava_Melantha

New member
Leila of Cairo has a belly dance basics dvd on Amazon for less than $10. tons of beginner drillz. hip circles, a different take on shimmies, arm work, and then graduating to combinations and then going to 3 different styles of improv dancing.

also, not belly dancing, but baladi set by Ranya renee, tons of drillz assorted by baladi songs and by rythms.

Shareen el safy
and other egyptian dancers have dvds that aren't all choreography but "follow the bouncing butt" drillz hehe
 

Darshiva

Moderator
I prefer to learn a few things and mindlessly practice them while watching the "instructor," over and over again to music, before moving on to the next thing... without having to pause or rewind the DVD or try to memorize the instructions and practice them on my own.
I think you'd get a lot out of Zahra Zuhair's advanced workshop dvd. It's basically an intermediate/advanced drills class, it's pretty follow the bouncing but with some explanation followed by drills then extra layers thrown on and even more drills. I love it.
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
Hmmm, dunno but if Zahra Zuhair's is still available, I'd think it would be pretty good as I took a couple of workshops from her years back and liked her.
 

Tourbeau

Active member
I spent a half hour yesterday looking for a site I found earlier in the year and never got around to trying that had streaming and remote classes with dancers in Egypt, but I couldn't retrace my steps. Unfortunately, I had to reset my system and I lost my browser data between then and now.

I don't remember where I saw the original link to the site or the names of any of the dancers, but some of them had been in the Reda Troupe, and as of a few months ago, a male teacher was offering a free workshop on the site. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Hmmm, dunno but if Zahra Zuhair's is still available, I'd think it would be pretty good as I took a couple of workshops from her years back and liked her.
Up until fairly recently, Zahra Zuhair was uploading material regularly in 2020, so she should be a good source if you like her style. https://youtube.com/user/TheRealZahra I took a workshop with her years ago, and even performed the choreography she taught at a hafla, but to me, she's kind of on the line between Egyptian and AmCab, or perhaps it would be better to describe her as "retro Egyptian fusion." If you're looking for the current Egyptian style (Eastern-European influence with lots of big energy flinging), she's not quite that, and if you want to dance like Naima Akef and Tahia Karioka, she's not quite that, either. She's more like the 80's-90's Egyptian style with some Turkish and AmCab flourishes.

At this point, almost everybody has something online with the COVID disruption to classes and workshops, so if you know of a dancer/teacher you like, perhaps you can check if they've got anything streaming that works for you....
 
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