Raqs al Assaya (Cane) with Elysa – November 2, 1:00-3:00pm
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. Over the years this folkloric movement style has transformed into a dance done by both men and women, and the women’s style has a unique flair for combining the masculine and feminine.
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 from the Said region of upper Egypt!
Bring your own stick or cane (non-hooked preferred) or some are available to borrow at the studio. Some belly dance experience recommended and ideal for dancers Low intermediate and above.