Last time I told you about one of the most powerful lessons I ever learned, from a wonderful teacher called Aida Nour, and this time I’m going to share with you one of my favourite moves, which I learned direct from her.
I used to travel to Cairo every year to take private lessons from some of the greatest Egyptian dancers and teachers and to learn more about the city and the culture which many of us see as the home of bellydance.
In later years I would take a party of students annually to experience the excitement and vibrancy of Cairo – sightseeing, watching shows, taking lessons with great teachers and of course doing lots of shopping!
Aida was always one of my favourite teachers. She lives (or did at the time) near the Pyramids and I would visit her in her home and take a private lesson from her, as well as organising group lessons for my students.
Aida has a wonderful, earthy, sensual style. She’s a mature woman and doesn’t try to hide it. She often dances in a white galabaya with just a hip scarf and she has an effortless charisma that draws you in.
One of the moves she taught me has become a real favourite of mine. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it taught by anyone else, so I think of it as the Aida circle.
I break down the move in the video above and show you some slightly more challenging variations.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
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