Month 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
— "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.
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.
Month 2
13. 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
14. 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".
15. 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).
16. 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).
17. 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.
19. 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".
20. 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).
21. 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.
22. "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.
23. 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.
24. 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 linkHomework: 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.
Course video content
1. Introduction
2. Warm up for dancers
3. Maya and camel. Technique and variations
4. Hip accents
5. "Types of shimmy"
6. "Arms technique: special warm-up and tips"

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

8. "All about hip and pelvic circles. Combo for practice"
9. "Combo in balady-shaabi style"
10. "Combo in balady-shaabi style"
11. "Horse step and its variations. Combo for practice"
12. "Combo to practice technique covered in Month 1"
Short combos
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