Belly Dance Musician Tribute 2/21/12: Dr. Samy Farag (Hollywood, CA) original Tweet 10/7/11, What is your favorite dance song or video by Dr. Samy Farag?

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Belly Dance Musician Tribute 2/21/12: Dr. Samy Farag (Hollywood, CA) original Tweet 10/7/11

THE ROCK – DWAYNE JOHNSON!

What on earth does Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) have to do with Dr. Samy Farag?  Well, the Rock was in the movie The Scorpion King and music by Dr. Samy Farag “Jewel of the Desert” was featured in the movie The Scorpion King.  Got it?  Good.

You know how some musicians have so many albums are CDs out that some are hit and miss?  For example, The Jackson 5 are one of my favorite groups from back in the day, so when they splintered out and did individual albums, so were good, some were not so hot.  I  love mostly all of their early albums; but some of the later ones after Michael left are just blah.

This is not the case with Dr. Samy Farag.  Every Belly Dance CD or Cassette that I have from him is pure GOLD!

They are ALL GOOD.  You can’t go wrong with dancing to music by Dr. Samy Farag!  So just buy them all!!!

You don’t have to worry about any bad apples in his basket of dance music, they are all great:

  • The Jewel of the Desert
  • Midnight Magic
  • Arabian Melodies
  • The Beat of the Night
  • Rakasni Ya Habibi

https://www.hollywoodmusiccenter.com
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B0010DUIXA?ie=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=digital-music&field-keywords=Dr.%20Samy%20Farag
http://www.amazon.com/Dr.-Samy-Farag/e/B000APU366
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scorpion_King
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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.

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Belly Dancer Tribute 2/1/12: Suhaila Salimpour (Albany, CA) original Tweet 9/27/11, Can you name a “PERFECT” dancer?

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Suhaila Salimpour, Jamila Salimpour and Isabella are Belly Dance Royalty in the United States!!!

Jamila is the First Lady, Suhaila is the Lady in Waiting and Isabella is the Princess of Belly Dance.

The first time I took a workshop from Suhaila was in St. Louis when she was still a teenager.  It was so funny how she was so young, yet so commanding and able to order all the “older” dancers around . . . TEE HEE!

That part of it cracked me up, but boy can Suhaila crack a whip in  dance workshop!  I used to try be one of the last few standing because her workshops were so physically demanding.  I tried to attend as many of her workshops as I could back in St. Louis.

So glad I did.  I have a tribute to Suhaila on page 198 of my book:  As close to perfection – that’s Suhaila, in my humble opinion.

I can’t stand dancers who think they know it all, they are above it all, they are so great that they have stopped learning because they already know everything, right?  I hope to NEVER stop learning, I hope to ALWAYS keep growing and keep studying dance, whether it’s someone I have only seen on a video or some of my precious favorite dancers, like Suhaila Salimpour.

I don’t think any dancer knows everything.  I don’t believe it is possible to be a PERFECT dancer, meaning you know how to perform every style there is, you know every finger cymbal pattern, and you are at the top of the game.  Some dancers come very close, like Suhaila, Morocco, Aisha Ali, Nagwa Fouad, and others that you have in your heart that are near perfect (in your eyes).  The trick is, sometimes dancers perform their FAVORITE style.  And some dancers are known for CERTAIN styles.  There are some dancers who you will never see doing floorwork.  There are some dancers who would not perform cane dance.  And there are those only want to do Egyptian cabaret style, so when you see them dance, you mostly see their preferred or favorite style.

Name one dancer that you have seen perform every style, including Tribal, floor work, Greek Cabaret, Turkish Cabaret, Gypsy, Spanish, Sword, cane, etc.?  That list is pretty short.  At the top of the Leaderboard of course is the magnificent “Aunt Rocky” Morocco of New York.  Aunt Rocky is a “walking” encyclopedia of dance!  I don’t think there is anything about dance that she does not know.  I’m sure I can ask her about any style, any country, any shimmy, any step and she would be the Authority on that subject, whether it’s what style of dance did Haggala come from, or what type of dance movements are used in Tunisian dance?  She knows, not calling her a know-it-all, but she is the expert!  Aunt Rocky you are perfection!!!

Even when I think the Queen of Belly Dance Nagwa Fouad.  She does Egyptian cabaret, some floor, cane of course, but I have not seen her do Tribal Dance or anything close to Greek or Turkish cabaret.  I could be wrong, and if so I stand corrected though.

But wait, what makes Suhaila so special?  Suhaila has built an EMPIRE in dance!  Looking at how popular her workshops are, being an actress on the TV show Fame, her line of videos and her earnings potential are off the roof!  She is one of the few dancers in the country that can appear on a TV show, based on the fame of being a belly dancer.

Suhaila — thanks for showing me how to squeeze my buns Suhaila and for the all great workshops I have attended with you and seeing your performances throughout the years.

 

http://www.suhailainternational.com/
http://www.suhailainternational.com/salimpour-legacy
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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.

Now is your time to Join the Conversation!  Comments, criticisms, questions, concerns, tributes are all welcome!

What is your favorite dance by Suhaila Salimpour?  Can you name a PERFECT dancer?

Belly Dancer Tribute 1/13/12: Salwa (St. Louis, MO)

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I have known Salwa for many years.  I met her in St. Louis attending one of the belly dance workshops there and then later she performed at many shows here.

It’s not many dancers who have been dancing for many years that keep their SPARK alive!  But Salwa’s dance Spark is just as alive as when I first met her so many years ago.

Dance is a family and a community.  It is strange how are all linked in dance, like the movie Six Degrees of Separation, we are all 6 links apart from each other.  I first met Soraya al Musri, the original founder of Aalim Dance Academy many, many moons ago in Wichita, KS by fellow dancer Sahda Sabri.  Salwa is now the director of the Aalim Bell Dance Academy in St. Louis, but she was mentored by another fellow dancer, Simone Prouty of the Simone’s 7th Veil Dance.  Another great, master dancer, Suhaila Salimpour, has taught workshops in St. Louis for both dance academies.

When you watch Salwa dance, she always has a “punch” in her dance, whether it’s a hair toss or some other fun accent.  She is fun to watch dancing.  Watch her “spark” come alive on YouTube:

 

http://elhelwa.tripod.com/aboutus2.html

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Belly Dance Tribute 12/29/11: Signature Moves/Dances

Amaya2Belly Dance Tribute 12/29/11: Signature Moves/Dances:  Have you noticed that some dancers have awesome Signature Moves?  For example, I remember learning the Basic Beledi step from Bert Balladine many years ago and I love it so much I use it in a lot of choreographies.  Amaya does this fancy turn step with her arms.  When I see her do that turn, it speaks “Amaya Dance Talk.”  Check out the YouTube video clip of Amaya and look at about 20 seconds into the dance when she does the turn.  (Amaya, what is the name that fancy turn you got going on girlfriend?  Whenever I watch Amaya dance, I want to take more lessons with her again.)   I remember learning the Hip Down Shimmy from Mahmoud Reda back in the early 1980s, which I nicknamed Reda Shimmy (or maybe that’s name of the shimmy).  When I learned Saidi from Lala Hakim, she taught a move with our hands waving in the air whilst we are traveling back, to remember this step, I nicknamed it the Mickey Mouse move.  With Neon of New York, NY what I love best is her Smile!  I know that sounds goofy, considering she can balance that tray  of candles while wearing a cape like nobody’s business.  But when I put on the Love Potion DVD, I love to do that one on a Monday night because her smile lights up the room, it cheers me up and gets me in a great mood to dance.  I talked about “phoning in” a dance show, but I think Neon’s smile is very genuine and bright.  As a performer our mood can affect the audience’s mood and we are not just merely executing dance movements, we projecting attitude and emotions as well.  With Suhaila Salimpour, she will forever be the person I feel that introduced locks, pops and drops.  There are some great dancers doing that today, but I remember Suhaila teaching that in dance seminars 20 or so years ago.  She was the innovator of those moves and also the squeezing gluts, which she demonstrated so well as a guest artist on the Ellen DeGeneres show. 

Let’s talk Signature Dances!  With Amaya, I love seeing her dance to Amayaguena by the Trans Arabian Sound Band, especially when she wears the costume with the hat and pants.  It is so authentic and her spirit changes on that dance, in my opinion.  That music was created for her, so it seems to be a very deep, personal experience when I watch her perform to it.  I love watching Nagwa Fouad perform to Samara by Setrek Sarkissian.  Especially the version when she is carried out and is posing with the fan.  You go Belly Dance Queen of Egypt Nagwa, the Princess of Cairo!  Do you have a favorite dance, that might be your “go to” dance or, just one that you love the costume, music or choreography for?  Mine used to Sahara City (not sure if name is correct); I got the music tape from Lala Hakim after attending her weekend workshop.  When I did the choreography, I used a lot of the steps learned from Lala Hakim.  I thought of that routine as my signature dance for quite some time, before moving on to the next favorite dance.  A Signature Dance, is one where dance movements, steps, costume and/or choreography all meet to make a perfect fit for the dance.  Another favorite Signature Dance was to “Souk el Jawaree” because the music sounds like ancient Egyptian Pharonic style, so I had a costume made to match the music and used steps that I felt matched the music as well.  This dance looks great with one of my large capes, especially the ones that are pleated.  I have the large Gold cape that I use as well as a Multi-Color cape that is pleated with large sequin palettes.  Please post a comment to let us know your favorite Signature Dance or Signature Move.  Thanks.

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