Medium tempo (Masmoudi, Beledi)
B: Slow tempo (Chifti-telli)
SECTION C: (this page)
D: Structured Group Improv Style Combinations
GLOSSARY or LIST of
o=Ball of the
t=Touch (not a
SECTION C: Slow Music, Musical Solos, or Music
with no percussion
The definition of
"Taqasim" (plural) is set apart, as in an instrumental
solo.The singular is "taqsim".
Pick your favorite taqsim
and try out these ideas:
Some dancers suggest not "outshining" the musician when he
takes a solo, so keep that in mind when you're dancing to a
2. Move on to figure-8's,
waves, undulations, and other arcs.
- create circular movements
with different parts of your body
- use different sizes;
circles within circles; layer with a shimmy; change your body
position & focus
3. Use a specific arm position to trigger movement ideas from
Always follow the tempo of
the melody with your movements; and pause when the
musician pauses, even
for a second.
and Aesthetics in Oriental Dance", in my booklet Kawakib's Dance
Explore some ways to make up
combinations (or improvise)!
Think of the various
moves you know how to do, and mentally categorize them as
- In-place moves or Traveling
steps (turns can be either)
- Round, smooth moves (like
figure-8's, rolls, circles, etc.) or Straight, sharp moves
(like lifts, drops,
Those are the basic
categories of our dance's movements.
Now let's take an 8-ct.
segment and break it up into 2 sections of 4 cts. & 4 cts.
Here's some ways to build your combination:
Here are just a few of
the ways you can vary the move (or 'motif'):
- Use two different moves
from your categories above for each 4 counts, making sure the
transition is smooth and your pose or arms look nice.
- Use the same move, but
with a variation on the second 4-ct. section. That's called
"Motif & Variation."
Now take the 8-ct.
segment and break it up into 2 sections of 6 cts. & 2 cts.;
or 4 & 2 & 2.
- direction (forward,
backward, sideways, diagonal, up, down, clockwise,
- embellishment (overlaid
with another movement - see Sequence #11, Section A)
- size (large, medium,
- staging (what the rest of
the body is doing, how it's posing, or where it is in
space)(See Sequence #3, Section B): this was a traveling
'rolling hip' move that just used different body positions)
- tempo (slow, fast,
When you break down music like
this it begins to make sense; being able to break it down like
this is one of the secrets of dancing to live music, or
improvising in dance.
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