The awareness that Egyptian Dance is a Language – sacred, eternal and urgent – has always been with me. It was never a novelty or a surprise; I remembered it the moment I heard Egyptian music, for the first time. And yet most of the world seems to ignore it. This dance is still (mis)used as a kind of exotic gymnastic that says and means nothing; an empty set of cute movements aimed at pleasing the crowd´s phantasies and the “dancer”´s vanity.
Only now, slowly but surely, dancers and students of this ancient art start to get a glimpse of its original PURPOSE: reconnecting, communicating, reUNITING. I keep singing it to the winds, dancing and teaching it, rejoicing in the growth. My growth, their growth. Ours.
Here´s a bit of the introduction I´ve made in Mexico, at BellyRaks Festival, to “The Secrets of Egyptian Dance” workshop. I hope it gets under your skin. Somehow, some time. It makes dance, as life, so much more interesting.