If this clip was what she calls "Egyptian" - I'd have to strongly disagree!! I know Randa has a thing with high kicks - but as a rule Egyptian doesn't include them, nor sword, nor upper body undulations, nor ...
Actually there is no "Indian" (or Spanish) belly dance - any more than "North American" belly dance - which is what this clip looked like. And I believe the Moroccan belly dance is copied from further east - although they do have their own dance styles which can be incorporated as appropriate.So I questioned her in an email about her calling what she does Egyptian...and here is her response:
It's true that I do combine many elements of Egyptian, Turkish, Spanish, Indian, and Moroccan styles...but if we are going to go to the picky state, we have to then look at Badia of Egypt for a "real" Egyptian style Belly Dance...because it evolves and takes many different forms. More so when you are not in Egypt looking at the latest trends that are not even close to the original ways. Some instructors don't even teach torso isolations which are very key to Egyptian movements. That doesn't make them to have a "less" Egyptian style.
I usually advertise Egyptian and Turkish styles to differentiate from Tribal and Gothic styles which are definitely very different. So I hope that clarifies your concerns. I've perform with the best and I have never been questioned because they understand the above.
What do you all think?
Maybe when she said "Spanish" was erroneously talking about "Flamenco"; and when she said Indian was referring to Bollywood kind of choreographies; I remember that Bellydance Superstarts Company did something like that in a presentation at Follies Bergere .
I don't know what Bollywood films Bellydance Superstars have been watching as that to me was nothing like bollywood dance it was missing all the joy,energy and fun of bollywood and more importantly it was flat and lifeless; which too me is the polar opposite of bollywood. It appeared to me like sterotype indian motifs, particularly ones that seemed to try and give the impression of a Bharatanatyam dance, with a couple of hip movements added over indian music and maybe with a little kathak like spin at the end.
Bollywood dance is more like this:
even it's solos are more energetic
I have seen 6yr old children with no major dance lessons do better
Anyway sorry for that rant couldn't help it I'm a bollywood and Classical Indian dance fan and I kind of expect more from a professional dance company - even from what I've heard of them A) its a matter of artistic intergrity(sp) and B) Bollywood dance is all about fusion.
Anyway back to the topic; the dance shown looked like a form of American cabaret to me - very diffrerent from Egyptian - and I'm far from an expert at these things but the kicks, torso movements and the arms and everything else....:naghty:the egyptian i know. Why does'nt she just refer to it as Oriental, or AmCab? people will still come - the lure of the props for one
Also in regards to these Spanish, Indian styles I just assumed she meant borrowing elements from non-MED dance forms as Is'adZahira said however reading it back I'm starting to wonder. Her phrasing does seem imply a Indian and Spainish style of belly dance. What are her teaching credentials/ experience? - I'm really unimpressed by what I saw.
I agree this is American cabaret.It's not Egyptian or Turkish. More American Caberet simply because it has such a conglomeration of moves.
My Egyptian teacher said, 'No Egyptian dances with a sword, no Egyptian gets down on the floor.. why would you want to lay on the floor and get your costume all dirty?' The putting the arms up palms flat together and the side to side head move is definitely not Egyptian either..
Again, I agree. Why did they even bother taking the zills off? They did nothing that required intricate finger movements ... might as well leave them on..I really didn't see the point in that choreography of having the sword in it at all. They made a big deal of running to the back and grabbing them and then did one balancing trick on the hip? The diving to the floor part didn't make a lot of sense either, since they didn't do too much when there, and I found the part where they took off their zills and bent over to lay them on the floor distracting, but that's just my opinion
Let me make some more sounds to what Farasha already contributed!!!*after watching the video in question*