Moroccan & Algerian Workshops with Esraa Warda, San Francisco, US
Date(s) - 12/01/2019
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Symbolic Dance & Fitness
Khepri Productions & Project Aiwa
Project Aiwa & Khepri Productions are honored to present Internationally acclaimed dancer Esraa Warda. Esraa will teach 3 exciting workshops, One day only, Sunday, December 1st 2019.
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Workshop 1: North African Movement: Chaâbi of Morocco.
12:00pm-1:30pm This workshop will explore the movement of Chaâbi, the “peoples’” music of Morocco. Chaâbi is a dance style that reflects the voice and energy of community – it is high energy, celebratory, and pushes one to release without inhibitions. Commonly with the symbolism of “horses” in its movement, Chaâbi also connects dancers to dance with strength, groundedness, and force – such as a horse.
Students will familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of movement and establish/continue a relationship with Moroccan rhythm on the path of becoming musically centered social dancers.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf or Moroccan mozuna belt.
Workshop 2: North African Movement: Algéroise from Algeria.
This workshop will explore the movement of Algéroise, the Andalusian influenced music style from Algeria. Algéroise is a classic traditional style representing the essence of “Alger La Blanche” or “El Behdja” – the port city of Algiers that is distinct in its white colonial architecture bedded across the blue Mediterranean. This dance is feminine, while heavily rhythmic and meditative. Students will learn to dance with thoughtful intention and coordination of “les mouchoirs” in their hands.
Students will familiarize themselves with footwork, fundamental movements and establish/continue a relationship with Algéroise rhythms and aesthetic.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf and two small handkerchiefs or tissues.
Workshop 3: North African Movement: Chaoui from Algeria.
This workshop will explore a folkloric dance from one tribe of the indigenous people (Amazigh) of North Africa, known as the Chaouiya. This group is home to the region of the Aures mountains in East Algeria. Chaoui dance is maternal and grounded, truly symbolic of this tribe’s respect to the divine energy of nature and agriculture. Famously known by the “bounce” of the belly, this style is danced with strong isolations in the pelvis/womb area.
Students will learn the core isolation of the “belly bounce”, fundamental footwork, and create/continue a relationship with Chaoui rhythmic heartbeat.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring two regular fashion scarf