Events > Mercedes Nieto & Mohamed Shahin in Victoria BC 'Egyptian Dance - Softness & Strength" (Oct 18 - 19, 2014)
  • Event: Mercedes Nieto & Mohamed Shahin in Victoria BC 'Egyptian Dance - Softness & Strength"
  • Date: Oct 18 - 19, 2014
  • Location: To Be Announced
  • Contact: Bobbie Barry (Phone: 250-818-7025)
  • Price: See Details




Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mercedes will teach skills and share tips to help you dance more fluently and dynamically to those beautifully complex classical Egyptian compositions. Topics covered include accents and locks, arabesques, turning techniques, body balance, rotation, energy, floating, isolations techniques and stage presence.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Almost four decades since her death, Oum Kalthoum is still regarded as the greatest Arabic singer in history. She was known as the “Lady,” “The Star of the East” and is today still commonly referred to as “the voice of Egypt.” She was a master at utilizing a classical Arabic improvisational singing technique that explored the range of one or several maqams (modal scales) by repeating a phrase or a stanza over and over with subtle changes in emotional and vocal intensity. Performance length was dependent on the singer’s creative mood and the audience’s requests for more repetitions. Together, the singer and audience worked towards an emotional energy that would bring about a state of “tarab” or rapture. The songs composed for Oum Kalthoum are emotionally and musically complex making them a favourite yet challenging choice for dancers.

In this 3-hour workshop you will learn a complete choreography to “Hakam Aliena Elhawa” - the last song Oum Kalthoum sang before she passed away. You can find a new arrangement of this song about surrendering to love and destiny on Mohamed Shahin’s new music CD “Ahlam.” It will resonate with everyone who has ever loved! Mohamed’s choreography, with unique new combinations and hand gestures adding depth to the performance, translates the song expressing the true Egyptian style. Lyrics meaning will be provided at the workshop.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Baladi is a dance style from Cairo. The word “baladi” means native, indigenous, or of the country. It refers to the kind of people that live in the lower income places of Cairo, who for example, would throw parties on the street. It is from baladi that the modern, urban style of sha’abi evolved.

Baladi is a structured form of musical improvisation, most usually between a tabla player and an accordionist or saxophonist. It is sometimes referred to as a baladi taqsim or a baladi progression.

“Banat Baladi,” - the song that Mohamed Shahin will be using from his latest CD “Ahlam” will start with a solo (taqsim) by the primary accordion. Following this there is a call and response between the accordion and the drum, flowing into a slow rhythmic section. Further call and response sections and quicker rhythmic sections will follow. The baladi choreography has a heavy feeling, with the dancer appearing relaxed and strongly connected to the ground. Mohamed will break down the choreography, teaching the technique behind each section and focusing on use of the arms and hip movements.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Learn an Intermediate/Advanced modern Egyptian raqs sharki style coreography with veil to ”Raqs Mercedes” that was originally Mercedes’ personal mejance. She changed and adapted it for her touring group then subsequently made a new, short version of it for teaching in workshops. Victoria, BC will be one of the first occasions she will teach it. This will be the leading track on Mercedes’ new CD and is one of Mercedes’ favourite pieces of music. The choreography she created is a mix of her interpretation of the modern theatrical and traditional Egyptian style. It`s full of new, interesting ideas and techniques, and a lot of expression.

Saturday or Sunday Half Day: $120
Saturday or Sunday All Day: $228

*Sorry, NO REFUNDS. **Payment plans available for full price all-weekend packages.

Registration information here:

Bobbie Bary
(250) 818-7025