Union of dances from the Middle East and Andalusia…
Flamenco Oriental is the combination of two ancient dances from the Mediterranean sea: Flamenco from the south of Spain, and oriental or belly dance from the Middle East and north of Africa.
These two dances have opposite and complementary characteristics that will be combined in the lessons.
Flamenco is wild, passion and intensity. It is fire and earth. And it connects us with the fighting warrior.
By clapping and stamping the floor with our barefeet we can release the tension and stress that the body gathers, and sometimes even the anger that we are not supposed to express in daily life.
In opposition to the oriental dance, in flamenco we use mostly the arms, hands and feet movements.Strong movements power up our bodies and give us a sense of grounding, and foot and arms coordination develop the atention and coordination.
In general, flamenco dance and music exhibits what Laban* called the “fighting efforts” strong, direct, quick, and more controlled movement efforts.
Oriental dance is more soft and flexible. Very feminine and sensual it connects us with our caring and nurturing side. Air and water are the predominant elements.
The movements are usually born in the centre of the body and main attention is paid to the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
Round movements, infinites and spirals open up our joints and internal muscles get more flexible.
During the dance, the movements put the vertebral spine and hips through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion massaging the internal organs and stimulatingthe blood circulation.We develop the ability to dissociate and isolate different body parts and to have different rhythms in each of them.
In terms of Laban, oriental dance belongs to the “indulging” quality efforts, with light, free flow, indirect and sustain time.
Flamenco Oriental is simply the way I aim to use both disciplines in order to try to integrate our polarities…
…our fighting and caring sides
our determination and flexibility
our warriors and goddesses
our strengths and softness