Aisha Ali in Pittsburgh, Pa!
March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017
The one & only Aisha Ali will be coming next April for the last time to the east coast! The woman who has inspired so many of the bellydance rockstars of today with her knowledge, raw footage of her travels from back in the day, & her beautiful & elegant dance IS COMING ONE LAST TIME TO THE EAST COAST!!! MARK YOUR CALENDERS- YOU CAN'T MISS THIS!
WORKSHOPS & SHOW
Bulgarian Macedonian Cultural Center
449 W 8th Ave,
Homestead, Pa 15120
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Late fee- Full Weekend Pass!
BEST DEAL! (ends 3/31/17)
$250 *does not include show tickets *does not include Paypal fees
Late fee -Single Day Pass (ends 3/31/17)
$130 *does not include show tickets *does not include Paypal fees
Late fee -A La Cart (ends 3/31/17)
$75 *does not include show tickets *does not include Paypal fees
*No refunds unless event is cancelled*
MORE ABOUT AISHA...
Aisha Ali is an internationally recognized authority on the dances of Egypt and North Africa. Following her successes in the United States, she performed widely in Europe and the Middle East. For over twenty years she directed her folkloric ensemble, the Aisha Ali Dance Company.
In 1971, Aisha traveled to the Middle East to observe firsthand many traditional styles of dance not seen in the United States. She made subsequent visits to Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia from 1973 to 1997 to document folkloric materials that were fast disappearing. As a result, she has released numerous audio and video recordings.
In 1973, after performing as the featured soloist at the Municipal Theater in Sfax, Tunisia, the Maison de la Culture asked Aisha to form a local dance company. Later that year she stayed among the Ouled Naïl in Algeria, a tribe famous for its dancing women. Over the years she has frequently danced at celebrations in Upper Egypt with the Banat Maazin, a Nawar gypsy family of Ghawazee.
In the United States, Aisha directed the North African performers at the Los Angeles Olympics opening festival in 1984 and was featured soloist at the grand opening of the LA Festival in 1993. In 1994, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in New York, and in 2000, she was an honored speaker and soloist at the International Conference of Middle Eastern Dance. At Cornell University she was featured in a folk dance program sponsored by Nahara Ruskin.
For many years, Aisha wrote articles for Arabesque magazine, as well as Habibi and other Middle East dance journals. She also contributed to numerous other publications, including an article on the Ouled Nail published by the International Institute for the Study of Islam, the section on Egypt for the JVC/Smithsonian "Anthology of World Music and Dance," and articles on Algeria and the Ouled Naïl in the International Encyclopedia of Dance published by Oxford University Press.
In addition to teaching classes at her Los Angeles studio, Aisha has given lectures/demonstrations at universities throughout California and conducts workshops and master classes in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. At Present, in addition to teaching and performing, she is working at making digital copies of her collection of music and films that were archived during the 1970s and 1980s in what are now outmoded forms of technology.
Day 1 : The Show
Friday March 31, 2017
ELEMENTS OF NORTH AFRICA
FEATURING AISHA ALI
Venue: Bulgarian Macedonian Center
Price: $15 advanced/ $20 door
Doors 7:30 8PM show
Day 2: Tunisian
Saturday April 1, 2017
11-2pm (3 hrs) Tunisian Shaabi - Dance/Lecture workshop
Rhythms and movement technique
Improvisatory dance session
Costume description and demonstration
~2-3PM (1 hr) Lunch Break~
3-5PM (2 hrs) Tunisian Jar
Tunisian raqs Jarra—Learning to balance a Tunisian style water jar on the head while moving the hips in dynamic thrusts; dance includes story telling with mime
Day 3: Shikhat & Ghawazee
Sunday April 2, 2017
11-1PM (2 hrs) Morrocan Shikhat
Brief talk about the dancers, their costumes and performance venues
Improvisatory dance session
~1-2pm (1 hr) Lunch Break~
2-5pm (3hrs) Egyptian Ghawazee
History of the Ghawazee
Movement technique and styling
Interpreting the music
Traditional and modern costuming