Oriental dance – Hands Of Kali http://handsofkali.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 02:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://handsofkali.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-6-150x150.png Oriental dance – Hands Of Kali http://handsofkali.com/ 32 32 ‘AGT’ Season 17: Who are the Mayyas? Lebanese dance group pockets gold buzzer with women’s empowerment message https://handsofkali.com/agt-season-17-who-are-the-mayyas-lebanese-dance-group-pockets-gold-buzzer-with-womens-empowerment-message/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 02:01:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/agt-season-17-who-are-the-mayyas-lebanese-dance-group-pockets-gold-buzzer-with-womens-empowerment-message/ The all-female Lebanese dance group, “The Mayyas,” led by choreographer Nadim Cherfan, made their big debut on the recent Season 17 television episode of “America’s Got Talent.” Determined to break stereotypes surrounding Arab women and with a strong message of female empowerment, the group managed to impress all the judges and even bagged a golden […]]]>

The all-female Lebanese dance group, “The Mayyas,” led by choreographer Nadim Cherfan, made their big debut on the recent Season 17 television episode of “America’s Got Talent.” Determined to break stereotypes surrounding Arab women and with a strong message of female empowerment, the group managed to impress all the judges and even bagged a golden buzzer from Sofia Vergara!

After being crowned the winners of ‘Arab’s Got Talent’ and reaching the preliminary round of ‘Britani’s Got Talent: The Champions’, the Mayyas also set their sights on winning over American audiences. While we’ll have to wait and watch to see if the dance group will take home the million dollar grand prize and a chance to headline Las Vegas, in the meantime you can read all about the Mayyas and their inspiring performance. here. You can also check out the stories of other Gold Buzzer winners – Avery Dixon, Maddie Baez and Sara James.

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Who are the Mayyas?

‘The Mayyas’, which means the proud march of a lioness in Arabic, couldn’t be a more fitting name for this Lebanese dance group. The Mayyas was formed by Lebanese choreographer Nadim Cherfan. In an interview with Arab News, Nadim revealed that the dance team was put together after he decided to participate in “Arab’s Got Talent”. “Mayyas was created for Arab’s Got Talent once I made the decision to (apply) for season six. The team is made up of 50 professional dancers,” he told the outlet.

The dancers explained in their introductory file how it is not easy for a Middle Eastern woman to make dance her profession, but the Mayyas gave them a safe space to explore dance. The dancers also hoped that more women would be encouraged and empowered by their performance to pursue what they wanted. Nadim explained, “I chose a women’s team, because I wanted to convey a message about women’s empowerment, because we all know that until now, Arab women are still nicknamed for being dancers. I wanted prove how elegant, refined and beautiful dancing is. And who better than these gorgeous ladies to do it?

Nadim also shared what inspired him to get into dancing and create The Mayyas. “Unfortunately, in the Middle East at that time, the dance scene was shy and there weren’t many dance schools. I couldn’t get proper training at a young age, even though I I was fully aware of my talent and spent hours a day in front of my mirror in my bedroom guessing body movements mimicking what I was watching on TV.” (I was 14 when) I started following courses with professionals in Lebanon and to participate in workshops in the United States, United Kingdom and India. And I fell more and more in love with the dance and I sink even more every day.” he added.

At the age of 20, he started teaching others and started with just three girls. “I continued to do so and raised a large number of students who grew up with me. Today, 200 students are currently taking classes with me.” From these 200, Mayyas was born.

The Mayyas on ‘AGT’ Season 17

Dressed in all-black outfits, the Mayyas girls said they would “hypnotize” the judges. True to their words, the judges – Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia, were mesmerized and speechless after watching their performance. The judges and studio audience watched in awe as the dancers moved their bodies and hands in perfectly synchronized style. From evil eye images stuck to their palms to feathers, the group used various props to showcase their rich culture and heritage.

At the end of their performance, the judges had no choice but to give them a unanimous yes! Since the band got the golden buzzer, we’ll have to wait for the live round to review their performance.

Season 17 of America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. After the show premieres, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using one of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.

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brigitte chataignier: Closing of the ‘poetics of gesture’ dance workshop | Thiruvananthapuram News https://handsofkali.com/brigitte-chataignier-closing-of-the-poetics-of-gesture-dance-workshop-thiruvananthapuram-news/ Sun, 29 May 2022 02:48:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/brigitte-chataignier-closing-of-the-poetics-of-gesture-dance-workshop-thiruvananthapuram-news/ Thiruvananthapuram: French dancer Brigitte Chataignier’s international dance workshop ended at Bharat Bhavan here on Saturday. The workshop entitled “Poetics of gesture” was open to dancers, actors and researchers. He focused on a body-mind preparation inspired by oriental and contemporary techniques. There were also Mohiniyattam structured movement sessions, inscribing the dance in its softness, energy and […]]]>
Thiruvananthapuram: French dancer Brigitte Chataignier’s international dance workshop ended at Bharat Bhavan here on Saturday. The workshop entitled “Poetics of gesture” was open to dancers, actors and researchers. He focused on a body-mind preparation inspired by oriental and contemporary techniques. There were also Mohiniyattam structured movement sessions, inscribing the dance in its softness, energy and fluidity.
Born in France, Brigitte Chataignier is trained in classical and contemporary dance forms. She started studying Mohiniyattam in 1987 under Kalamandalam Leelamma in Kerala Kalamandalam, then Kalamandalam Ksheimavathy and Smt Sridevi Rajan.
In 1995, she founded Cie Prana to promote Kerala art forms. Commuting between India and France, she co-directed with Adoor Gopalakrishnan the shooting of the film “The Dance of the Enchantress”.
She has been organizing choreography workshops for 20 years. She performed Mohiniyattam in various festivals in India and France. She is an ICCR Recognized Empan Artist. She is currently creating her new piece ‘Mala’ and leading a research project with the Center National de la Danse.
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Tickets still available for the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles Gala Dinner Dance > Diocese of Norwich https://handsofkali.com/tickets-still-available-for-the-missionaries-of-the-holy-apostles-gala-dinner-dance-diocese-of-norwich/ Fri, 27 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/tickets-still-available-for-the-missionaries-of-the-holy-apostles-gala-dinner-dance-diocese-of-norwich/ On Friday, June 17, St. Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut, will be the site of a gala dinner/dance in support of senior members of the Missionary Society of the Holy Apostles (MSA). The MSA of the United States Province is a community of priests and brothers founded by the Reverend Eusebe Menard in 1962. Their […]]]>

On Friday, June 17, St. Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut, will be the site of a gala dinner/dance in support of senior members of the Missionary Society of the Holy Apostles (MSA).

The MSA of the United States Province is a community of priests and brothers founded by the Reverend Eusebe Menard in 1962. Their charism, or mission, is to promote and train men for the priesthood and lay leaders for service. in the universal Church. Their primary ministry in the United States is to provide priests and lay leaders who can serve the Church, as well as spiritual directors, teachers, and professional staff members at Holy Apostles Seminary and College in Cromwell, CT.

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is a vibrant Catholic liberal arts college and seminary dedicated to training future priests and leaders of the Catholic community. The purpose of the holy apostles is to form lay, consecrated and ordained missionary disciples for the purpose of evangelism. The College welcomes and serves seminarians, lay students, as well as nuns. The Holy Apostles offer a microcosm of the Church where lay people study alongside seminarians and religious in order to support and learn from each other.

“We are an Apostolic Society of Pontifical Right recognized for its loyalty to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church and encouraging late vocations to the priesthood.

In keeping with the mission of the MSA, the society continues to promote the formation of late vocations to the priesthood. And at a time when parishes are experiencing a shortage of priests, the MSA assists the general laity by actively providing parish Masses, missions, conferences and parish retreats, as well as special Mass intentions.

Senior priests and brothers assist as spiritual directors of seminarians. Some teach at the college and celebrate Mass there, and they also support the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Norwich in parishes where pastors need help. These men have dedicated their lives to the service of God and those who are spiritually and physically very poor in the United States, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. Their ministry continues today.

The dinner/gala dance fundraiser, complete with live music, will raise money to help these dedicated priests and senior brothers with their welfare, healthcare and housing needs.

Contact Marie Fischetti,
Gala Coordinator at 860-930-1404
or by email at fischet@ntplx.net

By Deacon Ben LoCasto

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Kicking off the fifth edition of the Breaking Walls Dance Festival https://handsofkali.com/kicking-off-the-fifth-edition-of-the-breaking-walls-dance-festival/ Wed, 25 May 2022 20:48:40 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/kicking-off-the-fifth-edition-of-the-breaking-walls-dance-festival/ Today, Wednesday, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo directed by Dr. Davide Scalmani hosts the fifth edition of the “Breaking Walls Festival” During this, a live dance was presented and a discussion on the arts and climate change took place, with the participation of: Sarah Refaat, theater actress and founding member of Khayyat Troupe for […]]]>

Today, Wednesday, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo directed by Dr. Davide Scalmani hosts the fifth edition of the “Breaking Walls Festival”

During this, a live dance was presented and a discussion on the arts and climate change took place, with the participation of:

Sarah Refaat, theater actress and founding member of Khayyat Troupe for Interactive Theatre.

– Aladdin Tawfik, Brand Manager, The Grinch Corporation.

– Hazem Haidar, artistic director of the Knot Contemporary Dance Troupe and the Breaking Walls Festival.

Nermin Saeed, who is participating in the launch of the fifth edition of the “Breaking Walls” festival.

“Nermine Said” who will participate in the 5th edition of the Breaking Walls Festival.

Nermine Said is an Egyptian costume designer; Said holds a master’s degree in folk theater from Cairo Academy of Arts and a bachelor’s degree in theater from the American University in Cairo. Nermine also holds a Diploma in Fashion Design and Tailoring from Thomson Education-Direct.

Nermine Said designs costumes for theater and cinema. She is interested in the analysis of characters, the symbolic powers of accessories and the psychological influence of colors. However, through her passion for theater and scenography, she has broadened her interests to visual arts and installations.

Her merit in the field of visual arts and installations as an art director, producer and designer, was her costume installation exhibition KHOTOUM (2014) which was presented in Cairo, Helsinki and London. And in 2020 she was part of Costume Agency online exhibition at Critical costume conference where she exhibited Khotoum2 (2020) for the first time.

The musician Mohammed Sami

A graduate of the Arabic Music Institute, Sami is known for playing a fusion of Arabic/classical music and learned Egyptian Oriental music for two years with his mentor and maestro Abdo Dagher.

He has worked with international artists and groups such as Fathy Salama, Frederick Gill, Moricio Lazaro, Bjorn Meyer, Lena Chamamyan among other musicians.

He is also known to have participated in a variety of Egyptian projects such as the formation of Baladi Band in 2012, Black Theama Band, Bashir band and “El Dor El Awal”.
He has composed for many projects and composed his own solo album titled “From Far Away” in 2012 and performed it in Switzerland and Egypt.

Hazem Header

Hazem Header is an Egyptian contemporary dancer, choreographer and artistic director of ÑUT Dance Company – NDC and Breaking Walls Festival.

Hazem will perform a multi-disciplinary demo (work in progress) that puts a title on the crimes that have been committed and still ongoing against nature for thousands of years by us humans; and raise awareness of the environment and climate change through art

The secondary guest of the round table is Alaaedeen Tawfik.

Alaaedeen is a young Cairo-based designer, 2D animator and impact artist. He developed his interest in environmental solutions, and is currently responsible for the Greenish brand. As an environmentalist, Alaaedeen strives to leave an impact that inspires younger generations to create more solutions and act more sustainably.

Sarah Rifaat is one of our speakers at the roundtable on arts and climate change.

Sarah Rifaat studied Media and Theater at the American University in Cairo, she is an instructor/facilitator with over 10 years of experience facilitating workshops and sessions for community communication, environmental education in aiding art and campaigning on climate change issues in Egypt and the Arab world. She also practices various types of applied theater and is the co-founder of Khoyout Troup. Sarah is passionate about using community communication techniques and applied theater technologies to build community and create spaces for communication.

About the Khoyout troupe:
Independent group specializing in applied and interactive theater, created in 2016 with the aim of using theater as a tool for development and social change. They carried out 29 exhibitions and workshops in independent Art Spaces and in partnership with artistic and development institutions.

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Badia Masabani: the force behind modern belly dancing in Egypt https://handsofkali.com/badia-masabani-the-force-behind-modern-belly-dancing-in-egypt/ Sat, 21 May 2022 14:15:13 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/badia-masabani-the-force-behind-modern-belly-dancing-in-egypt/ Badia Masabani: the force behind modern belly dancing in Egypt image via tutor With a heart for dance and a soul for art, Badia Masabani was the pioneer of modern belly dancing in Egypt. In the throes of 1920s Cairo, dance halls and stages saw Masabani, the actress, singer and dancer known as ‘godmotherof […]]]>


Badia Masabani: the force behind modern belly dancing in Egypt

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With a heart for dance and a soul for art, Badia Masabani was the pioneer of modern belly dancing in Egypt. In the throes of 1920s Cairo, dance halls and stages saw Masabani, the actress, singer and dancer known as ‘godmotherof oriental dance.Masabani was born in Syria in 1894, but moved to cosmopolitan Cairo in the early years of the 1900s. The buzzing capital opened its arms to Masabani, allowing him to play, sing, dance and perfect several instruments.

In 1926, Masabani opened his famous Badia Casino on Emad el-Din Street, where she pioneered theatrical dance tools such as group choreography, movement-extending props, deliberate use of stage space, and many other elements of modern entertainment.

Masbani’s Room, which is translated from the Italian word for “hall” to describe performance halls, offered a range of entertainment such as singing, dancing, and occasionally comedy bits and magic acts. She modeled it on European cabarets in order to appeal to both upper-class Egyptians and European audiences visiting Egypt.

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“She engaged famous singers and the most eminent musicians to perform, and she sang the most enchanting songs to beautiful tunes, as well as taqtuqas from Egypt and Syria, and danced an oriental dance in breathtaking clothes that she herself imported from Paris, Raphael Cormack explained in his book Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring 20s.

Her visionary ideas led her to change the format of dance – she went from solo dancing in small venues to participating in group dances on large stages like those practiced in Europe.

“The simple genius of the Badia sala was to create a hybrid of these two places. For fans of Arabic music and dance, it offered a sophisticated evening, not a seedy holdover from the past. For European cabaret enthusiasts, it made them see a different kind of show with a weird and ‘exotic’ twist,” Cormack pointed out.

Masabani replaced the small group of musicians who previously accompanied the dances with elaborate orchestras, and said orchestras are said to have elevated the development of the dances with their complex, layered music.

She introduced new fluid gestures to dances, known as snake arms, taught dancers how to carry their arms and how to navigate their space on stage.

An early entrepreneur, Masabani has become one of Cairo’s most successful women. She was exceptional in that she had had full financial control over her own business, a feat achieved by a tiny number of women at the time.

During the 1930s, Masabani ushered in many rising stars, including singers and composers such as Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Farid el Atrach, Mohamed Abdel Mottaleb and Mohamed Fawzi. She was also the inspiration for some of the most iconic dancers to hail from Egypt, such as Taheyya Karioka, Samia Gamal, Naima Akef and Beba Ezzedine.

“After the late 1930s, Badia held firm to her reputation as Cairo’s queen of nightlife. She made a small fortune and launched a whole new generation of singers and dancers,” Cormack explained.

Masabani transgressed traditional gender roles by controlling her money and affairs, claiming financial independence at a time when that was not common – she dominated dance halls with her presence, and her mark is evidently left on those who have had the chance to learn from her.

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Nick Jonas and Shakira dance together in new ‘Dancing With Myself’ music video – watch! | Bradley Constant, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Sarah Hyland, Shakira, Wells Adams https://handsofkali.com/nick-jonas-and-shakira-dance-together-in-new-dancing-with-myself-music-video-watch-bradley-constant-miley-cyrus-nick-jonas-sarah-hyland-shakira-wells-adams/ Mon, 16 May 2022 19:07:23 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/nick-jonas-and-shakira-dance-together-in-new-dancing-with-myself-music-video-watch-bradley-constant-miley-cyrus-nick-jonas-sarah-hyland-shakira-wells-adams/ Nick Jonas and Shakira dating for the 2022 NBCUniversal in advance held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, May 16 in New York City. The music stars were on hand to talk about their upcoming set of dance challenges dance with myself. Were also present at the event to […]]]>

Nick Jonas and Shakira dating for the 2022 NBCUniversal in advance held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, May 16 in New York City.

The music stars were on hand to talk about their upcoming set of dance challenges dance with myself.

Were also present at the event to promote their shows Sarah Hylandwith fiance Adams Wellsfor the next Perfect series on Peacock, and Young Rockit is constant bradley.

Miley Cyrus was also there when her New Year’s Eve special was picked to celebrate NYE 2023. She also took the stage for a performance!

Early in the day, pseudo and Shakira were on the Today’s show discussing their new series, and a new clip was shown of the two salsa dancers.

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On dance with myselfevery week, a new group of fun dancers from all backgrounds and ages compete in a series of high-energy dance challenges designed and demonstrated by the show’s celebrity creators, including Shakira.

Isolated in their own modules, candidates have little time to learn the new routines, add their unique touch, and then express themselves fully in front of a live audience. As each round of the competition progresses, Shakira and his judging panel provide instant feedback and encouragement, but, ultimately, it’s the studio audience that decides who wins Best Dancer of the Night and who takes home the cash prize.

Liza Koshy is also a judge.

Watch pseudo and Shakira talk about dance with myself below, and be sure to tune in to the May 31 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC!

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Zee World’s Dance Naija Dance features Kunle Remi, Hero Daniels and others – The Sun Nigeria https://handsofkali.com/zee-worlds-dance-naija-dance-features-kunle-remi-hero-daniels-and-others-the-sun-nigeria/ Fri, 13 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/zee-worlds-dance-naija-dance-features-kunle-remi-hero-daniels-and-others-the-sun-nigeria/ From resounding success in India to inevitable greatness in Singapore and 52 countries across Africa in 2021, it’s time for Zee World’s Dance Naija Dance in Nigeria. Zee Entertainment’s popular general entertainment channel Zee World (DStv Channel 166 and GOtv Channel 125) will keep its viewers glued to their seats and screens with a dance […]]]>

From resounding success in India to inevitable greatness in Singapore and 52 countries across Africa in 2021, it’s time for Zee World’s Dance Naija Dance in Nigeria.
Zee Entertainment’s popular general entertainment channel Zee World (DStv Channel 166 and GOtv Channel 125) will keep its viewers glued to their seats and screens with a dance show like no other. Dance Naija Dance, Zee World’s reality dance competition aims to reveal the best dance team in Nigeria.
Zee World has been a pioneer in redefining entertainment across Africa over the years by being the first to dub Indian series and movies dubbed into English, presenting the first Afro-Indian Telenovela Mehek in 2018 and the first pan-african inter-country fusion dance challenge. , Dance Africa Dance in 2021. Zee World has become a global celebratory brand bringing together Africa and India. Dance Naija Dance features a fusion of Nigerian-Indian dance movements uniting the two cultures through music, vibrancy, color and diversity.
Dance Naija Dance will be anchored by a mix of personalities and dancers from Nollywood and Bollywood. These include hosts – Hero Daniels and Pelumi Buari, choreographers/mentors – Sashin Kandhai and Kenneth Agabata; while Kunle Remi and Uraysha Ramrachia will be the judges.
The reality show is set to run for 10 weeks and with not only a five million naira cash grand prize but also prize baskets for the winning teams.
With the reality competition set to begin airing in August, production has begun for the top 16 finalists selected from over 350 entries across Nigeria. Dance Naija Dance will be broadcast in 52 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.
CEO of ZEE Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands), Somnath Malakar, said, “Knowing full well how important Zee World is to Nigeria’s family entertainment needs, we have taken steps to ensure that we would always be up to it. There is a deep love for Zee World among Nigerians and Zee World has become part of the way of life. Putting on this show is one of our ways of thanking Nigerians for all the love they have shown us over the years. Nigerians stand out for their incredible dancing skills.
“We know the economy is tough and everyone is feeling it. Entertainment is one of the ways to ease worries, provide an escape, and make people happy. Zee World being a catalyst for family happiness, he saw fit to create something unique and electrifying, Somnath said.
Dance Judge Dance Naija Kunle Remi said, “I am proud to be part of this show to mentor young talent, helping them tell stories with their bodies and ensuring that whatever is ultimately presented on scene is of high quality. Both of these cultures are known to use dance to tell stories. The highlight for me will be seeing how the contestants use their dance moves to tell entertaining stories that will tickle both the judges and the viewers back home.

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Meet Leila Haddad, the Queen of Bellydance https://handsofkali.com/meet-leila-haddad-the-queen-of-bellydance/ Thu, 05 May 2022 12:56:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/meet-leila-haddad-the-queen-of-bellydance/ What strikes you the most when you meet the enigmatic Leila Haddad are those intricate braids that cascade over her shoulders and are adorned with shiny threads and metallic rings. A single cowrie dangles from one of the braids in the center of her forehead. Dressed in a pink and yellow blouse and fuschia skirt, […]]]>

What strikes you the most when you meet the enigmatic Leila Haddad are those intricate braids that cascade over her shoulders and are adorned with shiny threads and metallic rings. A single cowrie dangles from one of the braids in the center of her forehead. Dressed in a pink and yellow blouse and fuschia skirt, with a sheer red scarf wrapped around her waist, Leila looks as colorful and free-spirited as the Ghawazee (nomadic musicians and dancers of Egypt) .

She takes umbrage at being called a “belly dancer”. Leila corrects me and says she is a representative of ‘raqs al-sharqi’, an Arabic dance form which when translated into English means ‘oriental dance‘. And she is called the “high priestess of oriental dance”. This little Tunisian-Egyptian dancer, who at 73 still knows how to dance the storm and who now lives in Paris, was recently in Madurai to explore the dances of southern India. Leila spoke about her artistic journey which helped her bring to light a form of dance relegated to cabarets.

Leila Haddad in a colorful costume strikes a pose

Leila Haddad in a colorful costume poses | Photo credit: ASHOK R

What inspired you to revive and refine this art form?

“I won’t say that I learned this art form. It’s there in our culture. In almost all Arab-Berber villages, women dance when they come together. It acts as therapy for us. Before the arrival of Christianity and Islam in the region, we were nomadic in nature traveling along the Nile. And along the way, we incorporated various dance forms, especially from North Africa, and the goddess Ishtar being the main female deity, the high priestess of the temples performed this dance. This dance is for me more than an art, it is a sacred rite. But with the breakthrough of Christianity and Puritanism, it was considered a pagan art form and slowly relegated to the sidelines. At the end of the 18th century, this art slowly made its way into brothels and with it even the name changed. From ‘raqs el sharqi’ it became belly dancing. When rock and roll and jazz still retain their names, why change the name of this art form. The colonizers showed no respect even for terminology. They denied his spiritual identity and focused only on his sexual aspect. To Westerners we are all exotic and they have distorted our culture and that is what I wanted to change.

You never started as a dancer, when and how did this transformation take place?

n During my studies, when I was in England, I was influenced by the African National Congress movement. The anti-apartheid unrest got to me and the only way I could show my protest was to join the Zulu theatre. If I was silent, I knew that meant I was colluding with those who perpetrated injustice. So I had to speak. Being a Western and Arab-Berber woman, I had to be seen to be heard. And the theater was the only place where I could express my anger in a very democratic way. I am a solo dancer but I had to use the space given to me on stage, so I became a choreographer and depending on the piece, I choose the number of dancers. Space for me is esoteric and I want to invoke its energy and spiritual significance. When I use the sacred geometry of space, it gives more power to my performance and my thoughts. Even the accessory of a light for me is part of the theater and a way of interpreting my message. So I opened the theater to oriental dance.

So is political activism an integral part of your performance?

Yes, as an Arab in a European world, I know what it means to face discrimination. Therefore, I sympathize with the struggles of African Americans. Maya Angelou influenced me a lot and I choreographed a dance where she recites a poem in her own voice. The civil rights movement, from Martin Luthur to Rosa Parks to Obama, have all been part of my dance repertoire. As a writer, I’ve written plays and acted in them. And yes, I am feminine and feminist. I celebrate femininity through my dance. Lately I can see a wave towards the extreme right in many countries. It’s scary and we have to be vigilant. We can lose in one case what people like Simone de Beauvoir had for us. As a woman I have many layers, I am a mother, a daughter, a lover and a wife. The dancer in me helps me reveal these different layers. I have to talk about my rights and the injustice that is being committed. The day I won’t talk about this is when I’m dead.

What do you hope to take away from this trip to India?

India is not new to me. I have been a frequent visitor and the folk dancers of Rajasthan, especially the Kalbeliyas, have inspired me. Maybe the fact that they are so nomadic helped me understand their art form. I find a lot of similarities between the two dance forms. I brought my students and made them realize that there are so many varied dance forms and that we should be open to assimilating them. This is my first trip to South India and I want to see Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and other unique dance forms here. I also want to understand the culture and tradition behind these art forms. I don’t know Tamil or Malayalam but I can communicate through my dance. Dance being a common language, I know that people will understand what I am looking for. If I write a play, I am limited by language, but through dance I can reach all human beings.

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3 dance champions win mega millions at the end of Glo Dance Battle – The Sun Nigeria https://handsofkali.com/3-dance-champions-win-mega-millions-at-the-end-of-glo-dance-battle-the-sun-nigeria/ Mon, 02 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/3-dance-champions-win-mega-millions-at-the-end-of-glo-dance-battle-the-sun-nigeria/ The Nigeria’s edition of the global breakdancing competition, Glo Battle of the Year, came to a glorious end on Saturday as three dance groups took home millions of naira as winners of the dance tournament The grand finale held at the Eko Convention Center also served as the awards ceremony where the winners and runners-up […]]]>

The Nigeria’s edition of the global breakdancing competition, Glo Battle of the Year, came to a glorious end on Saturday as three dance groups took home millions of naira as winners of the dance tournament

The grand finale held at the Eko Convention Center also served as the awards ceremony where the winners and runners-up of the show’s seven dance categories returned home with their cash prizes donated by Globacom. The show which aired live on the NTA and AIT networks nationwide saw team trio Bboy, Bgirls and Breakdance come out on top.

Renowned Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adeleke aka Davido brought the show to a crescendo with his outstanding performance which drew cheers from the crowd.

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The duo of Teni Makanaki and Simi Kosoko opened the show with an impressive joint performance, while Nigeria’s finest comedic accordionists, Godwin Komone aka Gordons; Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth and Ugandan comedy star, Salvador made the audience laugh with their performances.

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Kirwan is in the fast lane to Big Dance https://handsofkali.com/kirwan-is-in-the-fast-lane-to-big-dance/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 08:46:54 +0000 https://handsofkali.com/kirwan-is-in-the-fast-lane-to-big-dance/ Coach John O’Shea has a date for The Big Dance at $2million after Kirwan’s Lane picked up a determined win at Hawkesbury on Saturday. “We’re going to Scone now and hopefully we can do a Scone Cup double there and get into the big dance,” O’Shea said. “We are really looking forward to this race […]]]>

Coach John O’Shea has a date for The Big Dance at $2million after Kirwan’s Lane picked up a determined win at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

“We’re going to Scone now and hopefully we can do a Scone Cup double there and get into the big dance,” O’Shea said.

“We are really looking forward to this race on Melbourne Cup day.”

Kirwan’s Lane put himself in the frame of the first The Big Dance when he backed a long sprint and challenged his opponents to knock him down in the $200,000 Group 3 (1600m) Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Apprentice star Tom Sherry continued his remarkable partnership with Kirwan’s Lane ($7) which scored with a length from the French import Hopeful ($21) with Atishu ($19) a close third.

Favorite Art Cadeau ($4.40) was wide but with cover for most of the race before coming in late to run fifth, beaten by nearly five lengths.

O’Shea said the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and the $200,000 (1,600m) Listed Scone Cup at Scone on May 13 were target races for Kirwan’s Lane this fall.

“Kirwan’s Lane has a great second record, loves a mile and loves Tom Sherry,” O’Shea said.

“I thought he would be at the finish (today) at least. I just felt we had to find the right part of the pitch and Tom did a great job of positioning him where he did. .

“I don’t think the horse was too comfortable in the ground, but he is doing well enough to get through.”

Sherry, who has won three races on Kirwan’s Lane this season, told O’Shea he came out on top too early on the straight.

“To be fair, there was nothing around you to take you anywhere,” O’Shea said.

“It was hard to catch up today and I was happy to be where you were.”

Sherry said Kirwan’s Lane jumped barriers well and placed well in his runs.

“He traveled well and up the straight, I thought it was only a matter of time before he let go,” he said.

“Maybe we got to the front too soon and he was hesitant to continue the job because he thought his job was done.

“But he responded very well to the pressure and he maintained a long run from the top of the straight, which was not easy today. It was a tough win.

Tom Sherry continued his strong association with Kirwan’s Lane. Photo: Jenny Evans-Getty Images

O’Shea also wanted to thank Ron Finemore, the owner of Kirwan’s Lane and a long-time stable customer.

“I’m so happy for Ron Finemore,” O’Shea said.

“He has some nice horses in the yard, but we’ve had a character building day so far.

“So it was good for him to get a good result with a nice horse.”

Kirwan’s Lane gave O’Shea his first Hawkesbury Gold Cup and the team a double on the scenic provincial track.

Berdibek won the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury in the spring and finished an unlucky eighth behind stable mate Kirwan’s Lane in the distance race at the Hawkesbury Standalone meeting.

Coach Annabel Neasham might have unearthed another talented import with Hopeful running a blinder on her Australian debut to finish second.

Hopeful was a Group 3 winner in France of four races from 13 starts and had competed in races up to 3000m, but Neasham had trained the gelding to sprint fresh over the 1400m at Hawkesbury.

Ruby is now a very valuable mare

–Matt Jones

Exotic Ruby picked up a Group 3 victory after Saturday, but the top prize of $92,450 is nothing compared to what she is now worth off the track.

The Snitzel mare probably exceeded the expectations of her connections and bettors by winning the Hawkesbury crown with a chance of $26, but it secured her future.

Exotic Ruby was the 121st Snitzel winner.

His dam, Oriental Ruby, was a successful daughter of Winx’s sire, Street Cry, having placed in the WH Stocks Stakes in Melbourne.

“She is becoming a valuable mare now and she is entered for the Magic Millions Sales (May), said trainer Bjorn Baker.

“She was bought for $105,000 and we thought she might win a midweek race. She’s got a Group 3 now so it’s been a good day. Snitzel’s Group 3 winner, that’s good gig.

“She has a great pedigree and I can’t wait to have her foals. I will spend as much as I can on them.

Hawkesbury Cup Day

Exotic Ruby picked up a valuable victory in the Hawkesbury crown. Photo: Jenny Evans-Getty Images

Baker was probably the most confident of Exotic Ruby’s team heading into the race.

She ran third at Randwick first, which was obviously a good sign from a horse that has performed at Saturday level in the past, but the vast majority of her top three finishes come midweek. “She’s doing better than ever,” Baker said.

“I was very confident for the first time when she was $31 and she went really well.

“Her work has been great since then and she’s in great shape, which is what you need to be on these wet tracks right now.

“She always ran very well and I gave her a good chance today. I am delighted. She just kept dancing.

“She was good luck in every way. I thought she could make the top four, but the way she was working, I thought she had a chance of winning.

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