Iqa’at wa Harakat: Rhythms and Dances of the Middle East and North Africa with Ramzi El Edlibi

Dec 11, 2010-Mar 19, 2011

Saturdays, 3:00 pm

Teachers: Ramzi Edlibi

Learn the social dances of the Middle East and North Africa along with their rhythms, with expert dancer and percussionist Ramzi El Edlibi.

Saturdays through March 19 (canceled Feb 19) 

3:00-4:30 pm Class: $15 or $65 for 5 classes

followed by

4:30-5:30 pm Jam Session: $5 (with class prior) or $7 (without class)

Pay by cash or check made out to "Alwan Foundation"; or purchase the 5-class package online here. (A small service charge applies - bring printout as proof of purchase.)

This class is open to students of all levels; to both dancers and percussionists. Please bring your own percussion instrument (A few will be available).

If you want to catch the groove at the next hafla, orbetter understand a beladi dance tradition from another culture, join Ramzi as he teaches the basics of dances and rhythms from the region, such as Moroccan raqsa, Arabian Peninsula social dance, Levantine dekbah, Iraqi shoby, Armenian tamzara, and Kurdish and Turkish halay.

After class, stay for a relaxed practice- jam session to try out the dances and rhythms from each class, as you’d perform and learn them at social gatherings.

Unlike most classes that teach choreographed combinations or rhythm sequences without movement – here the two are integrated. Ramzi teaches the feeling, rhythm and movement of culturally specific dances similarly to how they would be learned in tradition.

View a clip of Edlibi's New York City-based company performing a debkah in the 1980s here.

For more information on the class series email Nicole Macotsis.


Ramzi El Edlibi

Dancer, Choreographer and Musician

Ramzi El Edlibi began his study of Arab dance and ballet at an early age in Lebanon with Mrs. Jarrar and Mr. Caracalla, historic figures in the development of Lebanese dance for the stage. Besides Edlibi’s formal training, social dances and music, such as debkah, were a part of everyday and night life.

Edlibi went on to perform dance with the leading vocalists and dance companies of the Arab World such as Feiruz, Sabah, Wadi Al-Safi and Caracalla Dance Theatre. He then traveled abroad to perform and teach,while civil war raged in Lebanon, learning other dance traditions along the way. Since establishing himself in the global city of New York, Eldibi has continued his dance career, researching and presenting dances and music of the world.

Edlibi is Artistic Director of Dance Around the World, an Arts in Education program that brings dance and music to public schools.

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