Belly Dancer Tribute 2/2/12: Lala Hakim (Egypt/Montreal, Canada) original Tweet 9/28/11, What is your favorite dance by Lala Hakim?

Lala1Belly Dancer Tribute 2/2/12: Lala Hakim (Egypt/Montreal, Canada) original Tweet 9/28/11

I first found out about Lala Hakim when she taught a workshop in St. Louis MO many years ago.  I LOVE the St. Louis Belly Dance community!  Lala was running a bit late for the workshop, so the St. Louis dancers asked me to fill in and teach a bit before arrived.  Wow!  Talk about an honor!

The real honor came when I first got a chance to study with Lala Hakim during her workshop.  She instantly became one of my FAVORITE dancers and I absolutely had to study more dance with her beyond that workshop.

Lucky me, she was planning a weekend workshop in Montreal.  I was so excited to be able to attend.  I LOVED Montreal!  It was like visiting France without a long plane ride.  I love seeing familiar American restaurants renamed in French, like Kentucky Fried Chicken was Poulet Frit Kentucky and Coca Cola was de Coca Cola.  I loved seeing the trademark pictures that I recognized but seeing a different language.

I learned many dances from Lala Hakim including Egyptian cabaret style, Saidi, Cane Dance at both the St. Louis Workshop and her weekend workshop.  I also got a chance to study with the fabulous Gamila Asfour at Lala’s workshop as well.

Lala Hakim was one of my absolute favorite dancers, so I also asked her to teach a dance workshop in my hometown as well.  That was so much fun!  We had live music at that show by Brothers of the Baladi.  And at first, Lala only wanted to perform her solo to her taped music.  But after she heard the band, she decided to do an impromptu free style dance with the band.  What a treat!

Lala Hakim provided music tapes when she taught workshops, and I really loved the music that I got from her.  I did a choreography to one song, not sure of the name, but I called it “Sahara City" because I have a different version of that song on one of my other albums that is named Sahara City:

11. a. Hip Thrusts L—2 cts.
b. Hip Thrusts R—2 cts. c. Turn 2-3/rib drop—3 cts.
Bounce step in place, for music transition
12. Hip Shimmy in big circle—16 cts.
Mamie Section
1. a. Hip Thrusts—2 cts. slow to L, face aud.
b. Hip Thrusts—2 cts. slow to R, " "
c. Hip Thrusts—2 cts. slow to L, " "
d. Hip Thrusts—2 cts. slow to R, " "
e. Turn—4 cts. f. Cissy—5 times (RL RLR)

I have a cousin who passed away, but what I sometimes do is take a regular step that I see someone dancing to, just regular dancing and use it in a Belly Dance routine.  I remember my cousin Mamie performing the “Cissy” many years ago (just told my age, didn’t I, LOL), and I loved her “attitude” when she danced it, so I named that section of the choreography after her.  My tribute to Lala Hakim is on page 196 of my book.

Here is the link to see Lala Hakim’s videos:
For more dance gossip & goodies, check out my book, "Learn to Belly Dance Textbook" available at and Barnes & Noble :

I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.


Gamila Asfour

Now is your time to Join the Conversation!  Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, etc., are all welcome!

What is your favorite dance by Lala Hakim?


187 comments on “Belly Dancer Tribute 2/2/12: Lala Hakim (Egypt/Montreal, Canada) original Tweet 9/28/11, What is your favorite dance by Lala Hakim?

  1. I precisely needed to thank you so much once a lot more. I do not know the things that I would have followed in the absence of those aspects shown by you directly on this subject. Certainly was a genuine scary dilemma for me, but observing the well-written style you managed the issue forced me to jump over gladness. I am grateful for the help and thus sincerely hope you recognize what an amazing job you are always accomplishing teaching the others all through your webpage. Probably you have never come across all of us.

  2. You can definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  3. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  4. Outstanding post, I conceive website owners should learn a lot from this website its real user genial . “You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s.” by Robert Frost.

  5. thank for the brilliant content material on your website, I am very interested in this story and you have really helped me. I have just told a few of my friends about this on FaceBook and they enjoy your content just as much as I do.

  6. This can be standard.Any one will a small trace associated with know-how ought to understand as well as understand this.But, so many persons danger sacrificing almost everything that will contract out and about a good moment on their battery pack.

  7. Pingback: William

  8. Following analyze several of that the website content on your own internet site now, and I in fact like your approach of running a blog.

    I book marked that to have that the capacity
    to my save web site listing and can be examining back again shortly.
    Please attempt my own website as effectively because well as let me recognize what
    you believe.

  9. Probably most beneficial website about them via the internet. We have a lot, but what on earth is in this case day by day large numbers of coerces all of us so it isn’t going to just take a great deal to search out (in the research were being one way or another in the beginning)!

  10. Hi there, We right away want to say when i haven’t experienced many years so well-written articles and reviews. Furthermore ,, in places you come across these records? Inform me! Take care!

  11. Pingback: NFL Snapbacks Hats

  12. But wanna comment on few general things, The website design and style is perfect, the articles is real fantastic. “Art for art’s sake makes no more sense than gin for gin’s sake.” by W. Somerset Maugham.

  13. I’ve been browsing on-line greater than three hours nowadays, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It’s lovely worth sufficient for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the web will be much more helpful than ever before.

  14. Some genuinely excellent blog posts on this site, thank you for contribution. “When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the One – the inner sound which kills the outer.” by H Hahn Blavatsky.

  15. Not long ago i stumbled upon your post and still have been recently reading along. I have seen many weird remarks, but for the most part I strongly agree with what are the other commenters assert. Because of so many nicegreat reviews of this weblog, I became thinking that i also need to interact along with advise you that I really liked looking over this your articles. I really believe this could help make my 1st review: “I can see you’ve created a few important things. Not so many people would likely truly think about it how you just do. I am really satisfied that there are much about this topic that is uncovered and also you made it happen thus nicely, with a lot class!inch

  16. I really like your writing style, superb information, regards for posting :D. “In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.” by Epictetus.

  17. I together with my guys ended up viewing the best points located on your site and so the sudden I got a horrible suspicion I had not thanked you for those techniques. The women are already for that reason thrilled to learn all of them and already have in reality been making the most of them. I appreciate you for turning out to be so accommodating and also for picking variety of essential themes millions of individuals are really needing to be aware of. My honest apologies for not saying thanks to earlier.

  18. It’s extremely fascinating topic you’ve written here..The truth I’m not related to this, but I think is actually a good opportunity to learn far more about, And as nicely speak about a different subject to which I used to speak with other people

  19. Admiring the time and effort you put into your website and in depth information you offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  20. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  21. That is really fascinating, You’re an overly skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and sit up for searching for extra of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your website in my social networks

  22. Youre so awesome, man! I cant believe I missed this blog for so long. Its just great stuff all round. Your design, man…too amazing! I cant wait to read what youve got next. I love everything that youre saying and want more, more, MORE! Keep this up, man! Its just too good.

  23. Pingback: Affiliate Marketing Websites

  24. A allocation of the things you assert is astonishingly legitimate and that makes me speculate the reason why I hadn’t looked on this in this happy formerly. This piece truly did switch the happy on in support of me as far as this exact topic goes. Except by this time at hand is actually 1 position I am not very comfortable with and while I try to reconcile that with the central indication of your arrange, license me observe emphatically what all the rest of your visitors have to say.Well done.

  25. Wow! This can be one particular of that the most useful web
    sites We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great.
    I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your difficult work.

  26. I enjoy your writing style genuinely enjoying this web site. “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.” by Richard Feynman.

  27. |Thanks for your posting. One other thing is that if you are advertising your property alone, one of the concerns you need to be alert to upfront is just how to deal with property inspection reports. As a FSBO seller, the key towards successfully shifting your property along with saving money about real estate agent commission rates is expertise. The more you already know, the more stable your sales effort might be. One area where by this is particularly critical is assessments.

  28. Needed to write you this tiny observation so as to thank you the moment again for your incredible strategies you’ve shared in this case. It was particularly generous with people like you to deliver openly exactly what many individuals might have offered as an electronic book to earn some profit for their own end, principally now that you might well have tried it in case you considered necessary. These concepts in addition served as a good way to know that some people have similar dream just like my own to see way more in respect of this matter. I think there are several more pleasurable times ahead for individuals who read through your site.

  29. Hi there because i so totally enjoy your original blog, i would be happy if you would want me to write a adorable review about this blog on my own would you be ok with that?

  30. Terrific work! This is the type of information that are supposed to be shared across the net. Shame on the seek engines for now not positioning this submit higher! Come on over and talk over with my website . Thank you =)

Comments are welcome/Spam is not/I like true comments/but bots do not!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s