Classical Sharqi

Elegance and grace

The origins of Sharqi lie in the musical and dance traditions of the court. Dancers trained in the art of classical oriental dance, such as the so called ‚Awalim’ and ‚Hawanim’, performed at celebratory occasions of the upper classes of arabic society. Western influences such as classical music, ballet or jazzdance changed this courtly style. Today new ideas are being incorporated into this style although the original elements of Raqs Sharqi remain unchanged in this, the most expressive dance form of the arabic world.

Modern Sharqi

Innovative and universal

Modern Raqs Sharqi is a rich source of challenging technique and multifaceted expression. Moves can be earthy, graceful, fiery, sensual, flowing, exciting or meditative depending on age or physical capability. In this way a dancer imparts a universally understood or contemporary message, independent of a particular music style or the constraints of a certain style of costume. Respect for and knowledge of the history of Raqs Sharqi, along with experience of the origins of this dance form, such as Sha’abi, Baladi and classical Raqs Sharqi, give the dancer a powerful spring board for her creative work. Her freedom of expression and her choice of movements exudes confidence and innovation at the same time.

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