My beautiful student troupe Banat Nawal performing one of my choreographies to Issam Houshan’s recording of Negsem al Amar! Thanks to Bill McCollum for the video!
A “Megeance” is the name used to refer to an oriental dancer’s opening routine. It is also sometimes referred to as a “mis en scene” which translates to “taking the stage”. The music is typically composed for the dancer and features multiple rhythm changes. Safaa Farid is the leader of a fantastic orchestra in Egypt and has played for many top dancers including his wife, Leila. They have produced several wonderful recordings and I chose two selections for the showcase on April 13th at Nicola’s Restaurant. Enjoy!
Ever since I posted the performance I did in Turkey a few years ago, I wanted to perform it again. My student showcase at Nicola’s Lebanese restaurant was a success once again! The show focused largely on solo performances of the advanced level students and I announced the formation of my new performance group, Troupe Mumtaz. I was able to present two routines – here is my class double sword routine followed by Nuha Tabla – another signature drum solo!
This was Aziza Nawal’s final show as an official member of Awalim Dance Company. Zia’ah and Aziza are still producing shows together with their students – they will return to Smith’s Olde Bar on June 29, 2014
In 2006, Aziza Nawal was asked to perform on “Yıldız Yağmuru” a live television show produced in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a thrilling experience to appear on the show. Aziza Nawal would like to thank Ebru Eren, the hosts: Salemi Sahin, Muslum Gerses, Ferdi Tayfur and the staff of Star TV for their hospitality during her stay.
MUSIC: “Shisha Room” by Solace
Aziza Nawal performs at Red Light Cafe with the Day Late and Dollar Shorkestra to “Aziza” composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
This is a tribal fusion piece I put together using inspiration from Rachel Brice and other talented performers of this genre. Music is “Cabaret Macabre” by Raquy and the Cavemen
This event featured a great mix of instructors for a weekend sponsored by Jendayi. I taught a Tribal vs. Cabaret workshop designed to show dancers of both genres how they can alter their existing movement vocabulary to fit into another style.
In 2012, Awalim Dance Company produced another successful showcase featuring our students, Banat Almeh at Nicola’s Restaurant in Atlanta, GA. This is my Egyptian style routine to the song “Enta Mein” recorded by the Safaa Farid Orchestra