My dance breakthrough

Month 3
1. Lecture on the musical instruments used in Arabic music
2. Lecture of invited artist
3. Maqsoum and Melfouf rhythms. Combos for practice
4. Masmoudi Saghir and Saidi rhythms. Combos for practice
5. Samai and Wahda rhythms (Combos)
6. Masmoudi Kebira and Chiftetelli. Combos
7. The other popular rhythms (Karsilama, Karachi, Zaffa, Ayob and many more). Practicing listening to the rhythms in classical Arabic music
8. Khaleegy. Rhythm and basic steps
9. Iraqi dance and music
10. Working with Rumba, Waltz, Fox
11. Improvisation with a drummer. Part 1
12.Improvisation with a drummer. Part 2
Month 4
1. Lecture "The greatest music legends of Egypt"
2 -6. Choreography in Raqs Sharki style (5 lessons)
7−10. Drum solo choreography (4 lessons)
11. How to prepare for your performance and to present your dance in the best way
12. Course graduation (students' show, surprises and gifts)

*at the end of the course you get a course certificate
Bonus 3
Don't stop me now
Bonus 4
Dancing with a veil
Course video content
Month 1
1.1. Introduction

Description: listen to a short Julia Farid's welcome video, where she is introducing herself, giving tips on effective fulfilling the program and talking about goals.
Music credit link


- “Oum Kalthoum or “Abdel Halim Hafez". Make a list of your answers and send it to us

- “Goals and tasks". Write down 3 short-term goals and hide this paper. Write down a list of your personal tasks that you want to achieve till the end of the course. I recommend you keeping this list to hand.

1.2. Warm up for dancers

Description: Let's prepare for our course warming up our body and reminding ourselves how important it is for an effective dance training!
Today's class is a warm-up class. Be attentive and remember to warm up every time before you start practicing your dance.
Music credit link

1.3. Maya and camel. Technique and variations

Description: Let's cover Maya and Camel moves. We will talk about variations and ways to embellish Maya and Camel.
Music credit "Baladi Osama", Osama Shahin and Friends' band link "Banady Aleik", Wael Mansour's CD
Homework — Do 30-seconds improvisation using Maya and its variations. Send us your video
 — Do 30-seconds improvisation using Camel step and its variations. Send us your video

2.1. Hip accents

Description: in this episode I will suggest you different variations of hip accents and a leg kick: replacing a basic drop with arch, camel, twist; adding shimmy or hops on top of it; diversifying the move adding relevé or plié to it.
Music credit "Mahbuba", "Yalla" CD by Orhan Ismail

2.2. "Types of shimmy"

Description: let’s master our shimmy and work on its types. We will focus on knees and hips work as well as on relaxation while doing shimmy.
Music credit
"Mahbuba", "Yalla" CD by Orhan Ismail
"Esmaouni", Safa Farid’s orchestra
Homework practice each type of shimmy and send us your videos with notes — which one is your favorite, which one you find difficult, what was new in this class.

2.3. "Arms technique: special warm-up and tips"

Description: let's work on our arms today! In this class we will talk about 4 important aspects of arms technique: shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands. We will do a special warm up and exercises for arms that will help you to develop flexibility and fluidity of your moves.
Music credit
"Samai part from Wael Mansour's "Mejanse"
Link for practicing

3.1. "Five types of haggalah step and Soheir Zaki step variations. Combo for practice"

Description: let’s work on haggala and Soheir Zaki steps. In this lesson I will offer you different variations of these moves that can enrich your dance vocabulary and embellish your improvisation or choreography.
Music credit
""El Helwa Dair Shebakha", Safaa Farid
"Medley ya banat" - "Best oriental music compositions 2011. Nahawnd II", Yousry Sharif
Homework: record the video demonstration of all types of haggala you know. If there is any kind of haggala not presented in the class, dance it too and share your own explanation.

3.2. "All about hip and pelvic circles. Combo for practice"

Description: let’s work on circles and discover variations of omi, hip circle and big hip circle moves.
Music credit
"Layleena", "Layleena" CD by Soraya Zaied
"Mahbuba", "Yalla" CD by Orhan Ismail
"Baladi Osama", Osama Shahin and Friends' band
3.3. "Combo in balady-shaabi style"

Introduction: let’s master the technique we’ve learned in previous episodes! I offer you a combination in balady-shaabi style, so remember to add some happy vibes in your dancing.
Music credits: "Elestwana", Khaled Mahmoud CD
1) learn the combo and record yourself dancing it.
2) reply the question: what is the difference in performing balady and shaabi in your opinion?
4.1. "Combo in balady-shaabi style"

Description: we will practice different variations of jewel step, paying attention to technical aspects. In the second part of the class we will briefly cover twist step variations.
Music credits:
"Ashara Baladi", Wael Mansour’s CD
"Medley ya banat" - "Best oriental music compositions 2011. Nahawnd II", Yousry Sharif
4.2. "Horse step and its variations. Combo for practice"

Description: today we are going to cover a horse step, that is widely used in Oriental dance. How to perform this move correctly, where your weight is, how to add shimmy and not to get tired? We will work on all of these aspects as well as on different variations of this move.
Music credits
«Aghadan Alkak" - "Layaleena" CD by Soraya Zaied
"Medley ya banat" - "Best oriental music compositions 2011. Nahawnd II", Yousry Sharif
4.3. "Combo to practice technique covered in Month 1"

Description: this episode is focused on practicing the moves we’ve learnt during the first month of "My dance breakthrough" course. Besides we will break down a belly flutter love and I will share some tips how to perform it with ease.
Music credits: "Mahbuba", "Yalla" CD by Orhan Ismail
1). Learn the combo, dance it + add 20−30 second of improvisation with this music.
2). Practice belly flutter and record your practice
We will be waiting for you videos!
5.1. Lecture on the history of oriental dance

Lecture on the history of oriental dance.
Description: in this short lecture I will briefly cover the history of oriental dance and it's transformations starting from ancient times till nowadays. When was Raqs el Sharki born? What do we know about pharaonic dance? Who is qayna? Why did golden era fade in 60-s?
Let's watch this presentation and discover the history of oriental dance.
Document with useful links
5.2. "Isolations technique. Part 1"

Description: in this episode we will work on upper body isolations. This technique will help you to control your muscles and to perform impressive drum solos.
Music credits: Khaled Badawi "Maqsoom"
5.3. "Isolations technique. Part 2"

Description: in this tutorial we will continue working on isolations. This class is focused on hips and full body isolations.
Music credits: Khaled Badawi "Maqsoom"
Homework: dance two own combos:

  1. Combo with upper-body isolations
  2. Combo with hips isolations (or mixed with upper-body isolations)
6.1. "Knees and legs technique. Combo for practice"

Description: Legs and especially our knees help us to perform the moves, change the dance style (for example form Raqs Sharki to Shaabi) and add a flavor to many steps. What are the most important aspects of legs technique we should remember? Let’s watch this class and find it out!
Music credits:
"Ya Helwa Sabah" - Safaa Farid
"Min hob ya gari" - Safaa Farid
"Mejanse" (exclusive music created for Julia Farid)
6.2. "Locks technique"

Description: locks technique is one of my favorite topics and i feel happy to share this knowledge with you. Locks will add an Egyptian flavor to your technique, make your legs and glutes stronger and enrich your choreographies with moves made in a different manner.
Music credits:
"Mahbuba" - Orhan Ismail
Homework: practice different accents with locks and make a short (up to 1.5 min) improvisation using this technique
6.3. "Arabesques and turns in Oriental dance"

Description: this episode is focused on the dance elements that make our performances elegant and graceful — arabesques and turn. We will discuss the correct way of performing these moves as well as on the variations that may enrich your choreographies.
Music credits:
"Ya helwa sabah" — Safaa Farid
7.1. "Variations of traveling steps. Part 1. Combo for practice"

Description: let’s start working on traveling steps used in Oriental dance. We will cover variations of chasse step, cross steps and different ways to perform Dina’s traveling steps.
Music credits:
  1. "El Toba" — Mercedes Nieto, "Habibi"
  2. "Tak Taka" — Mohamed Shahin, "Tak Taka"
  3. "Ya helwa sabah" — Safaa Farid
  4. "Fi youm wi Leila" — Soraya, "Layaleena"
7.2. "Variations of traveling steps. Part 2. Combo for practice"

Description: let’s continue working on traveling steps. In this episode we will cover variations of pas de bourrée step and steps forward and back.
Music credits: "Maksoom" - Khaled Badawi
"El Leila ya Helwa" - Fadi el Saadi
Homework (choose one of two tasks):
1. practice the combos covered in "Traveling steps" episodes (Part 1 and Part 2).
Make two videos with these combos.
2. Make your own combination that will include the steps explained in "Traveling steps" episodes (Part 1 and Part 2).
7.3. "Breathing and upper body work. Combo for practice"

Description: in this class I offer you to work on proper breathing and upper body relaxation in the dance. This practice will help you to perform the moves with easy and make your dance more sensual and soft.
Music credits: "Baladi Ossama" - Ossama Shahin
"Awedt Eini" - "Bahlam Bi" CD by Shahrzad
8.1. "Fake" step, back bends, "mill" move"

Description: this class is focused on modern steps: a move that I call "fake" step and its variations; back bend and correct performing it; a "mill" move.
Music credits: "El Leila ya helwa" — Fadi el Saadi
"Mahbuba" — Orhan Ismail
"King's Favorite" — Wael Mansour
1. Perform not less than 5 variations of fake step and in every variation express different feelings. The video should be accompanied with a list of 5 moods you expressed.
8.2. "Arabesque with a turn, reverse undulations. Combo for practice"

Description: in this episode we continue working on modern moves. We will break down arabesque with a turn: its technical aspects and variations. Note that you have an additional video where I explain this move in a dance studio.
Another topic I touch in this class — performing a reverse undulation on one leg. This impressive move will embellish your choreographies in modern style.
Music credits: "El Toba" — Mercedes Nieto, "Habibi"
"Hamdellah ala Salama" — Randa Kamel, 2015
"Ma.soom" — Khaled Badawi
8.3. "Combo to practice technique covered in Month 2"

Description: in this class we will sum up what we’ve learnt throughout the month 2 and put the moves we’ve covered in a combo. Have fun and enjoy this class!
Music credits: "Fikh El Khair" — version from Khaled Mahmoud’s CD link
Homework: Good news! Bonus homework for you!
Dance the combo covered in the last episode of Month 2, record yourself.
Optional: share it in Instagram and we will post it on our page!
Everyone who will send us the dance of this combo will be included in "My dance breakthrough" video clip. For video clips please send video via wetransfer or Google drive.
Month 3
9.1. Arabic musical instruments

Description: have you heard how rababah sounds? What about nay, mijwiz and riqq? Have you come across such names as "maqam", "jins" and "takht"?
If not, this lecture is definitely made for you!
Learn out more about Arabic music and instruments used in it.
9.2. "Introduction to percussion."

Description: let's find out more about percussion with our invited artist, renowned drummer Pedro Bonatto.
9.3. "Maqsoum and Melfuf rhythms. Combos for practice."

Description: let's find out more about percussion with our invited artist, renowned drummer Pedro Bonatto.
10.1. "Masmoudi Saghir and Saidi rhythms. Combos for practice."

Description: let’s cover Masmoudi Saghir/Baladi and Saidi rhythms which are the essential beats in Oriental music. They belong to "Baladi family" and are quite easy to improvise. I will give you some typical Baladi and Saidi moves you can use in your choreographies.
Homework: study Maqsoum, Melfuf, Masmoudi Saghir and Saidi, practice one of the combos and film it.
Choose another rhythm and make your 30−40 seconds improvisation with this rhythm.
10.2. "Wahda and Samai rhythms."

Description: in this episode we will work on Wahda variations and Samai rhythms. We will listen to them and practice the combinations that will help you not only to remember these beats better, but also to learn the most suitable moves and steps. It will help you to improvise with Wahda and Samai with more confidence.
Please, upload your homework
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