When: November 3rd 12:00pm - 3:30pm
November 4th 12:00pm - 3:30pm
* 2.5 hours of dance workshop and 1 hour of discussion*
Where: BDA Studios
265 west 37th street suite 206
New York NY 10018
P.S. Location may change based on the number of participants, but it will be in NYC.
This intensive weekend will give you
opportunities to gain more understanding, solid training, and knowledge about
Iraqi dance , its culture and its different dance styles. The roots of Iraqi
dance lie in Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning 'the land between the two
rivers), where the ritual dances were essential in Inanna and Ishtar temples.
It is almost 5000 years old. Till today, Iraqi dance has some dance styles like
Raqs El Kawliya that are still keeping this ritual and sacred spirit. We will
take you on a dance journey to learn Banat Al Rief dance styles; the pioneer
Kawliya dancers, the Khashaba dance, choobi Basrawi/ Khaleegi Dance JOIN US TO
LEARN: -Raqs El Kawliya - Raqs Benat El Rief -Raqs El Khashaba -Raqs Basrawai/
Khaleeji -Choobi ( circle dance) - Iraqi music Rhythms - Lectures in Iraqi
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Iraqi, Assala Ibrahim, lived and danced in Switzerland for the past 15
years and since 2004 she has taught in Frauenfeld.
dance has been a constant companion of Assala, She was born in Basra City, Iraq and since her early childhood she had accompanied her mother who beautified and bedecked the women
with jewelry for the henna night or the wedding, she observed how the women
danced at these family festivities. The dance and the splendid colors of the
costumes impressed her greatly. After
completing her studies as a secondary school teacher in Baghdad Assala Ibrahim
came to Switzerland in 1993 where, after graduating from business school, she
worked for various international firms.Assala grew up with the Khashaba songs and dances.
She is an active dance researcher, and her clear teaching concepts and unique
dance style have made her one of the most sought-after dance instructors and
performers worldwide. In her desire to prevent the authentic Khashaba dance
from becoming a lost or forgotten art-form, she has throughout her career
documented, reconstructed, and clarified the traditional dance steps and
patterns. By doing so, she hopes to provide future dancers with a solid
foundation which can then be used for creating new and modern interpretations
of El Khashaba music. Understanding the relationship between the past and the
present is an essential part of Assala’s teaching and she considers this
knowledge a necessity for the dedicated student of this dance.
Assala began at first giving dance classes
2 evenings a week which eventually grew to take up all her time, her passion
eventually becoming her career. She continued to dance in the east at family
events, studied the history of the dance as well as completing studies in body
work and breathing techniques. Since 2004, Assala has taught in her own school,
Tanzatelier El Assale in Frauenfeld. Alongside her regular classes, Assala also
gives workshops in Switzerland and abroad, training dancers to the highest
level. Assale Ibrahim has developed Raqs Sharqi into a stage art, her authentic
style leaving audiences impressed and enthusiastic. In the press she has been
complimented on "the beauty of her graceful, flowing, earthy, sensual and
fiery repertoire of movements" and her "unique stage presence".
She received a great deal of support and praise for her Munagat tour in 2007.
Her recipe for success "I fill my life with dance and my dance with