Om Laila Shop
The Ocean of Movement and Music and Sing Your Dance Workshops in Moncton New Brunswick
Bellydance is the visual and kinetic expression of music. And music is another expression of wave movement, which is so evident in our dance form. All life moves in waves. This is just a fundamental truth. And life enters through the womb, which is central command for the bellydancer. By attuning to this Deep Inner Architecture of Belly Dance, we support and refine the primer upon which all outward technique is built – be it through dance, zilling, singing or just being your most authentic juicy goddess self. Drawing on this well-spring of profound inner connection brings the gifts of self-love and self-acceptance to all that you do. It makes everything better!
Dive into the Ocean in 2 interdisciplinary workshops:
Essential Bellydance Technique and Zill Self-Accompaniment
This workshop will be taught with live drum and of course, zills.
This is Essential Technique because it is about going to the source – to a state of beginner’s mind, even for advanced dancers. Learn or revisit 5 kinds of shimmies, 6 fundamental hip-movement families from which to build, 7 waves or pathways to move energy in or out, and the profound importance of breath.
Then do it all with zills.
Play your zills like real musical instruments. Listen to their qualities of sound. Learn Arabic rhythms and ways to play zill patterns along with them. Find the pleasure in your zilling and use it to energize your dancing!
Sing your Dance
It is clearly beneficial in so many ways to learn the lyrics and meaning of a song that you dance to. Many performers now lip sync the words as they dance – fun to do and to watch when it’s good. But what happens when you actually sing the song – really explore the endless mystery of your own voice as you meet the gorgeous filigree of scales and ornaments in Arabic music. Your voice is part of your body and the relationship between the inner architecture of supported and fluid singing is so resonant with the makings of good bellydance.
In this workshop, Roula will teach a beloved Egyptian song. We will work on the pronunciation and meaning of the words in a fun and efficient way. There is information even in the sounds of the Arabic language that is useful for bellydancers.
Using all the goodness of the Deep Architecture of Bellydance as a support for soundmaking, Roula will guide is through some yummy vocal explorations leading to the singing of our song.
Then she will teach a structured improvisation to the song which each dancer can then ornament and elaborate to feel like it’s the expression of her own true emotions having journeyed into the song so deeply.
Saturday August 18