- An Egyptain Oriental Dance to Niksam El Amar
- March 29th, 2010
25/03/10: An Egyptian Raks Sharki to Mezdeke, following general critique on last video "Taht Il..", too much floor watching, my right arm was too dynamic and left was more static, vary size of movements. This style of dance is less inkeeping with traditional folkloric style and moreso a cabaret style of bellydance.
On the song choice: Mezdeke is a trio of ethnic Turk dancers, internationally recognized for their CDs, which contain a pop mix of Arabic (not just Turkish) music. Their music has been described as pan-Arabic with strong Egyptian influences. Their dance style is reported to reflect this.
more detailed account of the critique, quoted from comments on last video which was a Raks Baladi to Fatme Serhans Taht Il Shibbak.
"Sometimes less is more, so at times you could stay in one place or vary the size of your movements - at the moment they're all very loose and big."
I tried to work of that here, stopping in one spot and doing on move varying the levels and size to music.
"I know it was a video clip, but I think you are still a little disengaged from the audience? (which was a camera in an empty room)."
"my only critique would be to bring the smile that appeared at the end of the clip."
"At the beginning you are looking at the floor a lot, I am not sure if this is intentional, but it makes you look a bit shy and nervous."
"You have such an expressiveness when you dance, but the spell is broken when you look at the floor too much."
I tried quite hard and did this song a few times to work on engaging the camera and smiling more.
"One thing I found myself focusing on is your left arm; the right is very dynamic while the left is left to trail behind or completely unused. Some of the movements (at least for me) begged for more involvement of the arms, together as a team. Bigger, more expression as a whole in the upper body along with the lower. No matter what your lower body is doing, the upper will always be a part of it whether it's to strategically frame your hip isolation or to start/complete a movement."
I watched it back and did see this quite blatantly, and was conscious to bring the arms in to work with one and other and follow the moves of body is a more balanced attitude.
"Men should do bladed hands, fists, whole hand cups instead of the egg timer look, and so on. I think you do a good job of framing your hips and staying strong looking. The right arm was getting more of a workout than the left."
"Flat line, force of power flowing down your arm and from your fingertips. you break your wrist over too much and the flow of power is stopped."
With regard the last two quotes, this is quite appropriate for the urban folkloric Baladi, however I'm not sure how true this is for an Oriental, however I was to less intricate with the hand work and keep them more simple.
Feedback and critique is welcome and kindly requested