WHERE: Dancer’s Corner, White River Junction
TIME: 5:45-7:00, 8 weeks of class + peer rehearsals
When: Wednesdays – January 9 – March 13
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In this class students will learn a Semsimiyya style Egyptian choreography. Semsimiyya refers to the whole genre of Canal district folk music and dance featuring the simsimiyya as the main instrument. The development of the “Semsimiyya dance style” in the Suez area is a result of the cultural melding that occurred through the building of the Suez Canal (completed in 1869). The dance also became a real source of national and regional pride through its role in the 20th century cultural resistance against the British as well as other countries in the Middle East. During the building of the Suez canal, Egyptians and Westerners were often together while working, living and partying. This resulting dance style is a very eclectic fusion of the Egyptian dance with European, Mediterranean, Greek, Russian and Caucasus mountain influences. The cultural interplay of styles created a fun, lively, energetic, social and theatrical dance that retains what we love about the Egyptian “hip” dance, while integrating the livelier energy of many other cultures as well.
This class is open to any Level 2 student, including those who were beginners in the 2017 show. This will be a very fun, accessible and non-exlusive dance class (with a November option for performance) for any dancer.
LOCATION: Dancer’s Corner on Pine Street in White River Junction, VT
FAQs: See FAQ’s page regarding foul weather, make-up classes and other issues.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: Please bring a scarf without coins or netting that you can tie around your hips. It should be shaped (but not as thick as) a winter scarf for your neck. See FAQ’s page. Students will be asked to bring a thick yoga mat to each class.
COST: $170 in advance by check (please speak with me if you need a payment plan for class). Please postmark check no later than January 2 to: Gina Capossela, 2090 Moore Road, South Royalton, VT 05068. 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 weather rescheduling.
OTHER QUESTIONS: Don’t hesitate to email me with any other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.