El Arte de la Danza Oriental (The
Art of Oriental Dance)
DANZA DEL VIENTRE (BELLY DANCE)
The most sensual dance of the world, explained step by step by Devorah Korek
Synopsis, Notes, and Comments by Amina Goodyear
For Gregory Burke's review of this book see here
is in Spanish and is divided into 9 chapters. Each
chapter has subheadings with italicized one-sentence statements.
The content after the subheadings goes on to define and support
Introduction to the book is by Egyptian Farida
Fahmy, principal dancer of The Reda Troupe:
Farida states that in this book you will find the reason why there is interest
in this dance in the last decade. Farida met Devorah at the Ahlan
wa Sahlan Festival in Cairo in 1999. She writes that Devorah,
the author, explores possible answers to why there is such an Oriental Dance
“boom” or “craze” in this last decade.Devorah
started studying in Egypt after having already danced almost 30 years. She
wanted to know more about the culture. She had already learned the idiom and
took a serious responsibility of representing this Eastern dance in the West.
In a word, she had respect for the dance and its traditions. She knew
that in order to learn this dance properly, you must start with the feeling. Farida
saw Devorah dance and noted that Devorah had assimilated and danced as an authentic Egyptian.
In other words, she danced with feeling.
– The Holy Trinity
Dance inspired costuming and clothing.
pioneers Martha Graham and Denishawn (Ruth
St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn) choreographed dances inspired
by the Orient.
goddess of the earth (physical benefits)
goddess of the air (mental benefits)
goddess of the water (emotional benefits)
goddess of the fire (sensual benefits)
to dance (prenatal)
pleasures of age (the older dancer)
goddess for him (male dancers)
for the whole family (children)
the articulation of the body
the 4 essential forms (The first 3 occur in nature
and the 4th connects the 2 points)
of the trunk
Clock The image of the clock permits you to visualize
what part of the sphere you are working.
lateral coordination – practice both sides equally
on the periphery of the sphere
sacred geometry and its connections with Oriental Dance. (She
uses the image of the outstretched man, the “X”, depicted
by Leonardo da Vinci
music is based in the polyrhythms
understand and join the compass – the music-the metronome
the interpretation of the music – The question and the
Khaligi, Debke, Tunisian,
Moroccan, Algerian, Persian,
Silk Road, Romani, Ritual
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