Baladi progression

Explanation of baladi

Taqsim

First me atta and slow maqsoum

Performance of first section

The medium maqsoum
(explanation)

The medium maqsoum
(stepping patterns)

The second me atta and fast maqsoum

The tet and fellahi
(our final section)

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6 thoughts on “Baladi”

  1. That was brilliant thank you so much, as ive said my Baladi knowledge was severely lacking, and to be good at Baladi is my dancing ambition. No one has explained that the drummer shows whats coming up next, no one has ever mentioned anything about the drum except to say use it as a question and answer section, the arms ive had no tuition on apart from my teacher telling the class to put the back of one hand on top of your head ,the other one stuck out to the side and use that pose for basically everything , entrance, walking, posing etc. Baladi has always felt forced, half hearted and sometimes a feeling of downright embarrassment while stood in class being left to figure it out by yourself or watching the person next to you for inspiration.
    With just sitting listening to your explanation i felt i understood about listening to the cues from the drummer, and the actual lesson on the taxim i actually felt that i “got it ” at last, ive now got confidence to get stuck in with out feeling silly or embarrassed.

    1. Oh Glennis, I’m so glad it was helpful!! I love baladi and I can’t wait to see you dancing it. I’ll be putting up the next lesson when I get back from Cairo xx

  2. ooo the medium maqsoum stepping pattern is familiar but I see it in a totally different light now. I understand what is happening when I see dancers using this technique. I’ve been watching the first me atta video too and that is very interesting and good to know. Thank you x

  3. Emma Wheate-Price

    Charlotte thank you for sparking my new found interest in Baladi! I cringe writing this, but previously having heard that type of music and seen some performances I had found it uninspiring and sometimes even boring…(don’t shoot me!) but having the sections explained and the progression of a Baladi I now understand so much more what is going on with the music. I have even found a Baladi piece that I *may* perform 1 day if I practise this enough, so that goes a long way to saying how much this has inspired me! Loving the foot pattern idea, what a great way to take the stress out of improvisation, so simple yet so effective!

    1. Ahhhh I’m so glad Emma! And yes, the foot pattern thing is so useful – I can’t take the credit for it, but I teach it all the time now and it really helps people. Most of all I’m really looking forward to seeing your first baladi!

  4. Emma Wheate-Price

    Charlotte just completed the last Baladi section – the “tet” does sound tricky to dance to! Can I ask, when the Fallahi rhythm is fast at the end would you ever include shimmies or not in a Baladi?

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