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Teleconference recordings now available in the shop

With the purchase of all of her instructional DVDs, Ranya offers a free teleconference. A teleconference is an hour-long conversation with Ranya and other dancers about the content of one of her instructional DVDs, and can also extend into topics such as styling, cultural origins, costuming, or any burning questions you have about Egyptian bellydance. If you can’t participate in a teleconference or want something you can refer to, you can now download a recording in the shop. Recordings are in mp3 format- take us with you on your iPod or other mp3 player!

Now Available: Baladi Telecon with Nabawy

We’ll be adding more recordings shortly, but for now we have a Baladi Telecon with Nabawy, the accordionist from the Baladi DVD (who is also featured on my new Taqasim DVD). Nabawy grew up on Mohammed Ali Street in Cairo, famous for its musicians and dancers. He performed for top Egyptian bellydancers including Soheir Zaki and Nagua Fouad, and since immigrating to New York has been a fixture in the Middle Eastern music and dance scene here. He is a fountain of knowledge on the field and I learn something new every time! Topics covered in this interactive discussion include the musical difference between street and nightclub Baladi, costuming, and dancing to the rhythm or the melody. Nabawy also shares his personal experiences with fellow musicians and dancers in Egypt. Listen to samples below. The full recording runs about an hour and twenty minutes.

Street culture of Baladi music and dance

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Street Baladi costuming

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Musical styling for nightclub and street Baladi

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