Baladi is one of my favourite styles within the wide realm of Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dances – it´s the one Egyptians still do at domestic gatherings and social celebrations. I call it The Sacred Language of the Hips. Whoever practices it – by the book – knows exactly what I mean.
In order to answer to the increasing number of dancers who ask me about this style, and to provide extra learning material to my students spread all over the world, I´ve created a BALADI BITES SERIES – short videos with key concepts for the “baladi style”. As you´ll see, when you watch the videos, these concepts can be applied to everything, not only to Baladi.
I´ve filmed only 7 Baladi bites – due to time limitations – but I could have filmed forever. Baladi is a surprisingly (?) complex subject.
If you´re a dancer, or an Oriental Dance student, you´re welcome to create your own Baladi Bites and share them with the world.
Here are the 6 Baladi bites. EnJOY the ride!
Baladi bite #1 – Being rooted/grounded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCI-UtOmtOg
Baladi bite #2 – Naming your hips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzGNJLsgG_c
Baladi bite #3 -Feeling Versus Thinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qul3mtloiq8
Baladi bite #4 -Hip Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7o5VjTVPU
Baladi bite # 5 – Going inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O58k8JSXH74
Baladi bite # 6 -Playfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPQoUj8DOMQ
Baladi bite #7 – Sensuality/Physical Pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmoRiCn1194