Urban Gypsy Folkloric?


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So I was on Amazon and I stumbled across an instructional DVD called "Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations Belly Dance" by Sahira

And with a search I also found her website

What I didn't find was any reviews on her or the DVD. Has anyone heard of her and/or what kind of dance this really is?


I watched a number of her clips. At first I thought she was trying to define a style representing the idea that the Ghawazee influenced the dancing of the people in Southern Egypt, and then many of those Southern Egyptians migrated to the urban areas in the 20th Century, where they influenced the dance scenes there, but the more I got into her material, the more it seemed that she was trying to work an Egyptian-ish lane parallel to Dalia Carella and her Dunyavi Gypsy style (folk-influenced fusion), or perhaps what Ava Fleming promoted as Tribaret (cabaret style performed with the structure of ATS--I can't quite tell if Sahira's RaksLatino project was structured as cued combos or choreography). I think "Urban Gypsy Folkloric" is supposed to be a loose Egyptian flavor of fusion that synthesizes a number of diverse but authentic pieces into a contemporary style that isn't strictly ethnohistoric.

From the clips I watched, Sahira seems like an entertaining performer and a thoughtful teacher. I don't think I would mistake her for a native dancer (her dancing seems more AmCab than Egyptian to me), and I am a little concerned with the way she chose to describe her style. I'm not understanding what is particularly "urban" or "folkloric" about it, since it doesn't seem to be heavily influenced by what most dancers would recognize as one of the sha'abi or baladi substyles, much less the general methodologies of the Reda and Koumeyya Troupes. I also question why she would select a word as controversial as "Gypsy" when she doesn't seem to be specifically promoting ethnic Ghawazee or Turkish Roma dance.

If you like Egyptian-influenced AmCab (perhaps with some Latin flavor thrown in) and you are not looking for hardcore ethnic or historical instruction, I think you might enjoy her video lessons. Like every teacher, you weigh what she says against how others teach, but without having done more than briefly surf her web site and YouTube channel, I can't commit further.


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That's already very helpful, thank you. I didn't find her channel so I'm glad you did.

I'm not into Egyptian influenced AmCab just Vintage, Turkish, and Romani so it sounds like it's not for me but it's good to know what is is anyway.