Thursday, November 8, 2012

The importance of Folklore

I feel very lucky to have started learning folkloric styles of dance very early on in my belly dance training. Habiba of Philadelphia, who was one of my first teachers, was the first person to expose me to North African folkloric dances. She was also the one who encouraged me to take with many Reda and Kowmeya troupe members who ended up being my main teachers (and still are). I feel that all of the folkloric training I received helped not only my overall technique but my understanding of the music and feeling of the dance.

Folklore and regional styles continue to be my main passion. Behind every dance lies a story that is rich with tradition and culture. Every time I delve into a new style I feel so rejuvenated, as if I have gone back to being a complete beginner.

No matter what style of dance you practice it is always important to remember that tradition is a guide, not a jailor. Studying the history of the dance you practice will only make you a stronger and more well-rounded artist. And who knows, you might find something that really inspires you.

Habiba is an American bellydance treasure. She is a renowned instructor, performer, and one of the most interesting people have ever had the pleasure of meeting. You can read all about her on her site, I feel like anything I say wont do her justice.

Here is a short video of Habiba and a link to her articles on dance, I highly recommend checking them out.

1 comment:

  1. I love this and completely agree! :) Yay for folklore!