Of course back then we expected to be offered rides in pony carts and carriages with a four-in-hand.
I trully believe with all my heart, that if someone is open minded he/she will understand that what we do in West (even with what western arab's say to us) is a version of what is happening to arab lands.
My trips to Cairo was and still is an apocalipsys, and everytime i come back to greece i feel WOW i have long road to go !
More than the lessons, its the feeling of walking in the roads, speaking with people, being in fellukas on the Nile where people male and female DANCE at 4 am, being at Beduine weddings, helping for the wedding (even meaning helping to move the furniture for the new house, on a truck, and going in the Cairo roads ON the truck with tabla's and songs), watching dancers at nightclubs from high hotels, to low places (where you need protection to enter).
So for me not only we have to study with teachers from over there, but we have to travel also to be completed (and as westerns i trully believe that we can't reach the level of theirs) just because this dance that we are practising is so much tight cultural connected. With unspoken things, that we have to learn from A and they know them even being born.
And i'm not talking about the teqnical things, yes we can be greater than many in the teqnick part, and feel also, and have soul, but we will miss something.
On the other hand this is something that doesnt have to make use feel discouraged, as even in this point, this dance offer us a rare soul beauty.
I believe also that knowing the language is a great avantage for a dancer, not only the lyrics, but what is hidden behind them.
I might seem a bit harsh but cause lately saw some video's of west dancers dancing to greek tsifteteli songs, doing the most stupit things, not knowing what the songs are saying etc, i start understanding how it is for arabs, or turks. Beautiful output, but nothing to do with the real thing.
my 5 cents (of euro lol)
The last question, no it's not Aida Nour, although she participates in it. It's put on by the Nile Group. There's also one put on by Safti Craft. I have no experience with those festivals. I have been going to Egypt annually for the last for 14 years and to AWS for the last 6 years andFor me, I'm torn right now between thinking I should go on one of the dance tours, or go and just SEE the place itself.
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Every place is like that. Travel writers call it "local color" but the more you experience it, the more you understand the local culture. I don't know how much more about flamenco rhythms I was able to absorb, but something about that experience made the whole idea of flamenco BIGGER and more grand for me. That's what I would hope to capture by going to Egypt. I'm just wondering if going on a regular tour would give me the same feeling as AWS.
There's another festival there too, isn't there? Aida Nour organizes it? Or am I confused?
For a start - don't tell any one you are a dancer!I'm wondering about the security issue -- apart from dressing ultra-modestly and following the local customs and so forth, how do foreign women manage not to stand out and become a target for the violent zealots? Especially belly dancers?
Yes, don't tell ANYone you're a belly dancer - bad thing to do!!! The only people you discuss dancing with are dance teachers, other dancers, musicians, not the general public. Everything is the link above "Tips on Travel" is excellent advice. Also click through on Meissoun's page in the last paragraph of the article.For a start - don't tell any one you are a dancer!
I quickly found lowering my eyes helped me fade a little into the background - I'm still obviously European but I was bothered less than some of the women I travelled with. Also, no screaming across to your mates Mind you none of us had trouble with zealots - just street vendors. (But we also were not American and were travelling with an Egyptian man)
Here's some of the tips I give friends going over there (4 years old already - must get back - but I suspect not that much has changed) Tips on Travel
Yes, don't tell ANYone you're a belly dancer - bad thing to do!!! The only people you discuss dancing with are dance teachers, other dancers, musicians, not the general public. Everything is the link above "Tips on Travel" is excellent advice. Also click through on Meissoun's page in the last paragraph of the article.
The dress code - long loose skirts or straight leg pants with loose fitting tops with at least the upper arms covered. Loose fitting long dresses with upper arms covered, waistline belted if you like, are ok too, This is not a problem in the summer time when anything tight will be HOT and uncomfortable. V-necks are ok as long as NO CLEAVAGE shows! If you like, you can cover your hair to protect it from the sun and pollution, but no need to wear the muslim hijab which covers hair and neck too.
Hey, I wanna know from people who visit and live in Egypt, Turkey and Greece!Well since I just returned from my first trip to Egypt I have to post...(just discovered this thread today)...