Low Intermediate / Intermediate Sai’idi / Assaya (Cane) [T]
Learn Raqs Al Assaya, a cheerful dance from the Sa’id (Upper Egypt), where the dancer twirls a cane or staff in playful imitation of the men’s regional martial art. (The men’s version, Tahtihb, is performed with heavy staffs.) Raqs Al Assaya may be presented as folkloric dance, or elements of this dance may be adapted for cabaret-style belly dance. Students will learn a brief history of Sa’idi style movement and music, including foundational and advanced cane vocabulary, handling techniques, and combinations. Delve deeply into the heart of Egyptian folklore! Sticks are provided for class or students may bring their own.