AUDIE’S BELLYRHYTHM

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 AUDIE has been a Professional Performer and Instructor of Belly Dance since 1996 and is also a Certified Fitness Instructor and Shiatsu Practitioner. She has studied, taught and performed extensively in the New Jersey/New York area. As a knowledgeable and Instructor, she is skilled in breaking down techniques for students’ understanding. Audie’s study of RaqSharki, Persian, Baladi and various Folkloric and North African tribal dances are evident in her dazzling performances.
 
AUDIE has performed Belly Dance at many notable events including at Rakkasah East in NJ, East Coast Classic in Virginia, Dangerous Curves in Michigan, Steam Punk Festival in New Jersey, New York Renaissance Festival. AUDIE has also performed Belly Dance at many restaurants and cafes including, Trend Café and Mediterranea in Montclair, New Jersey; Zen Safari Cafe in Poconos Pennsylvania; Marrakesh in Parsippany New Jersey, Wicked Faire, Princeton, NJ and many more.

 Class Schedule 2018: 

 Egyptian Belly Dance Class: 
Fun, Fitness and Aspiring Professional
Learn techniques of Cabaret and Folkloric Egyptian Dance, Cultural music, fun routines, costuming, cultural history and more. This beautiful sensuous dance is very effective as a low impact exercise. Students of all levels are welcome.
Mondays 730-8:30PM

Location: Verona Yoga & Wellness Center 546 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ
Price: $12 for drop-ins, Class Cards 4 classes $45, 8 Classes $75. Purchase online or in person. Major credit cards accepted.  Purchase classes here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/audies-egyptian-belly-dance-class-tickets-26883703882

 

Belly Dance for Fitness and Fun:

Join is for a fun, energetic, sensual Belly Dance experience.
We will be exploring flowing stretch/toning techniques and Egyptian Belly Dance techniques to increase flexibility, get low to medium impact cardio, and have a great time in the process.   https://www.facebook.com/events/516568538763238/
Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30PM

Location: Studio 108, 289 Stuyvesant Ave Lyndhurst, NJ
Price: $5 SPECIAL PRICE for Aug.22nd and 28th
Regular Price starts Sept. 10th,  Drop-Ins $15/class,  Pre-Pay 8 weeks: $85, Pre-Pay monthly (4 classes): $45

Workshop Schedule 2018

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The Golden Era of Belly Dance Revisited

During this amazing workshops Students will learn the style of belly dance performed by the legends of the Golden Era, What made Tahaia Carioca, Nagwa Fuad Samia Gamal and their contemporaries so captivating and inspiring even to today’s dancers? Your Instructor Audie will breakdown the elements, music, techniques and style of this fascinating era of dance.

September 16th 12-2PM,  Studio 108, 289 Stuyvesant Ave Lyndhurst, NJ  https://www.facebook.com/events/2061064110777493/

 

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Double Veil Magic with Audie

Students will learn to use double veil technique in their dance performance.

October 21, 12-2PM, Studio 108 Studio 108, 289 Stuyvesant Ave Lyndhurst, NJ  https://www.facebook.com/events/203572533647678/

 

COMING January, 2018: Online Belly Dance Classes. Can’t make it to my scheduled classes, but still want to enjoy the fun of belly dance? Soon you’ll be able to enjoy  classes anytime. anywhere. Stay tuned more info coming soon.

 

BELLYRHYTHM RETREAT: August 10th 2018, Monroe, NY

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For pics of this fabulous event, visit my Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/148343635885580/

HAVING AN EVENT?

* Audie is available for Events, Conferences, Parties, workshops and Classes. 

Please feel free to contact her at:

AudiesBellyRhythm@gmail.com,    973-280-6386,

FaceBook: Audie OS    and    Instagram: AudieOS .

 

* Introducing Audie’s Dance Troupe: The Daughters of HetHaru*

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Is Folkloric Dance Dead?

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Although it’s not technically Belly Dance, Folkloric dances are an important part of the art of Belly Dance. They have rhythmic names like Saidii, Zar, Beladi, Khaleegy, Hagallah, Fellahi and have a soulful, earthy quality. They are the foundations of the dance unfortunately; their existence is often unknown to many of today’s dancers and audiences.

I have a fascinating video of Nagua Fuad from the 80’s. She begins her routine with a classic Raq Sharqi. Then she goes into a Saidii cane segment followed by a Hagallah and several other folkloric dances all with traditional costumes and authentic music. It was a stunning display of her technical skills. At the time it was expected that dancers would exhibit several different techniques in one set.

Leila Haddad, in her last big show in the states (2011?) had a repertoire similar to Nagua’s and included Afghani and Indian dances. This type of show today is the exception rather than the norm. A typical Belly Dancer’s routine today consists of a dramatic veil number, mid tempo instrumental, drum solo, and a finale. A sword dance is included more often than a traditional Saidii cane dance. Even though there are traditional sword dances, the style that is usually done is quite modern (and Western in technique).

Why the change? Several possibilities come to mind. There could be fewer Instructors who know these wonderful dances to teach to new students. Possibly there is little call for then by theatrical/club/restaurant producers. Time restrictions may prevent performers from doing anything other than popular routines. Or, maybe the student dancers themselves aren’t interested in learning, favoring styles with which they are more comfortable.

Whatever the reason, I personally hope the tide will change. I love the authentic earthiness of Folkloric dances and take classes in them every chance I get. These are the origins of what we do today. Yet they have been polished with sparkly costumes and tweaked with ballet techniques to appeal to general audiences. Not a bad thing, but why not remember and enjoy all aspects of this art form. Just like in the Girl Scout song about old and new friends, “…one is silver and the other’s gold”.

-Audie
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