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Arab dance and folklore events

From April 24, 2017 until May 07, 2017From 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). From 6:30-8:00 p.m. Advanced registration required.
In Spanish.

You can now sign up for the course given in March on Khalligy dance. 

Casa Árabe has organized a series of workshops on Middle Eastern dance that include the Gawazy style (February); Khalligy style (March), the stylized dance of Al-Andalus (April) and Dabke dance (May). Designed as a way to promote a cultivated, humanistic view of Arab dance, distanced from stereotypes and frivolity, these dance courses attempt to increase awareness about the techniques, music and cultural context in which Middle Eastern dance is performed.

They consist of fun and dynamic workshops filled with experiences that allow those attending to learn more about different traditional dance styles by living the dances on their own in an entertaining way.

The therapeutic benefits which are obtained include postural re-education, strengthening of the back, removing physical and emotional blockages and increasing self-esteem. The ambience in class will promote a spirit of fellowship and creativity.

The courses will be given by Ignacio Velarde “Zuel,” a dancer with a lengthy professional career, director of the cultural magazine Añil Danza, with a degree in Dramatic Arts and a strong background in stage arts education.

The classes will be held from February through May 2017 at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba. Further information on schedules, prices and the registration procedure at the bottom of this page and in this brochure.

You can download the registration form by following this link.
Arab dance and folklore events
February: 6, 13, 20, 27 (Gawazy)
March: 6, 13, 20, 27 (Khalligy)
April: 3, 10, 17, 24 (Andalusi)
May: 8, 15, 22, 29 (Dabke)

4 classes lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each.

Course schedule:
6:30-8:00 p.m.

One workshop: €35

1) IN PERSON: By submitting the registration form at Casa Árabe’s offices in Cordoba (M-F, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
2) ONLINE: By sending the registration form in with a copy of the payment receipt to: 
Payment: by transferring or depositing the proper monthly payment amount into Casa Árabe’s bank account: ES23 2100 9081 5422 0017 1409 (La Caixa), indicating the following in the transfer/deposit subject line: First and last names + course code (for example: Luz Díaz DANC Gawazy).

Spaces are limited, and the groups will be filled in strict order of applications received. If there are not enough students to form a group, the full amount paid upon registration will be refunded.
Gawazy (February 2017)
The veil of mystery that has always surrounded dancers of the Gawazy style has aroused great interest in the West since rumors during the early nineteenth century referred to them as beautiful courtesans and exotic dancers who provided company to the troops in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army during his campaign in Egypt.

These “gypsies of Egypt,” dancers as admired as they are repudiated, are undoubtedly the performers who have preserved and spread the most popular and traditional form of Arab dance, the direct ancestor to what is known today as Middle Eastern dance.

This dance style is based on earthy movements, primitive and relatively repetitive, with a great expressive and communicative force. The dance becomes like a game in which joyfulness plays the most important role.

We will learn about its history, music, instruments, rhythms, wardrobe and, of course, the technique and spirit of the dance.

Khalligy dance (March 2017)
A sensual journey to the Persian Gulf through music and dance. Khalligy is a dynamic, flirtatious form of folklore through which we will learn choreographic skills for dancing in a group, as well as discovering the history and spirit of the festivals in the region.

This sensual “hair dance” is characterized by its movements of shoulders, hands, head and feet, but not as much for the hip movements so common in other Arab dances.

The wardrobe is usually made up of a very wide, richly embroidered tunic that has large sleeves. Though the women are completely covered, it is still one of the most seductive dances from the Middle East, while also one of the most delicate.

Stylized dance of Al-Andalus (April 2017)
Part of the genuine, highly cultivated music of Al-Andalus has been preserved in the Maghreb countries thanks to the musicians who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula but took a concern for transcribing its musical compositions.

Unfortunately, the same is not true of the dances from the royal court, which have been lost, though we do have some information which allows us to use the imagination to creates some of style of those dances.

They could be considered folk dances adapted to the halls of the royal court. Amongst its main features are a taste for elevation and bodily stylization, the importance of technical perfection, stylistic refinement and, last of all, choreography in opposition to improvisation.

It is an elegant, refined, poetic style.

Dabke (May 2017)
Dabke is the epitome of all folk dances in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Bosnia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, just to name a few countries.

It is of a jovial, cheerful, very energetic nature. It is danced in a line, combining footsteps, percussion with the feet, clapping and jumps.

At parties and gatherings, the happiest moment comes when the people break into dance with the Dabke. It is a true display of adrenaline and liveliness.