Later Golden Era Belly Dance, Spring 2022

WHERE: Live online + recordings here:
TIME: 7:15 - 8:15
When:  Wednesdays, April 20 - June 8 (no regular class April 27)


DESCRIPTION: Everyone is fascinated with the "Golden Age of Belly Dance."  It was a defining era for Raks Sharki and will forever remain a point (the point?) of reference.  The Golden Era refers to the mid 1900’s when Egyptian cinema was booming, the third largest in the world by the 1950s.  Last year we took the opportunity to learn about the earlier roots of 20th century Egyptian dance and really delve into how the silver screen shaped Egyptian dance.  Pre-dating the Reda Troupe's rise to stardom, the early Golden Era shaped our first screen images of 20th century Belly Dance.  Since many movies featured Egyptian dance soloists, they became very popular, in part, as a result of their film appearances.   Last year we worked on a choreography specifically drawing from the styles of Samia Gamal, Taheya Karioka and Naima Akef, three darlings of earlier 20th century Egyptian dance.  This year we are continuing our inquiry past the 1950's into the 1960's and 1970's by looking at the styles of Soheir Zaki, Nadia Gamal and Nagwa Fouad.  The class will at once be a historical inquiry into Egyptian dance, as well as an opportunity to see where your roots and your style of dance have evolved from.  We have all been shaped by the Golden Era dancers.  This dance footage is well-preserved online and there will be lots of short videos to watch, enabling you to go right to primary sources to learn.   The choreography will be better suited for my more skilled dancers, but anyone who wants to learn about later Golden Era Belly Dance is welcome to join and have fun with us.  You DO NOT have to have taken Earlier Golden Era class in order to take the Later Golden Era class.  Masks are requied in person unless decided upon unanimously (and anonymously) by the class to not wear masks.  


LOCATION: Zoom link will be provided


FAQs: See FAQ’s page regarding foul weather, make-up classes and other issues.




COST: $60 per month for three months beginning the day you register. The registration deadline is Friday, April 8, after which time the price goes up to $70 per month.  Please note that we cannot offer refunds, discounts for missed classes (although we encourage make-ups at other locations), transfers of registration/credit to other students, or refunds due to instructor illness, weather rescheduling or power outages.


OTHER QUESTIONS: Don’t hesitate to email me with any other questions at or call me 802-282-2149. If I’m not available to take your call, please let me when and where is a good time to reach you.

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