As you know, English is not my mother tongue, but I spend a lot of time writting on it, and now I have some silly doubts about terminology. This post, as it’s in English, it’s going to have a lot of mistakes, I’m sorry.
I’ve said before that my favourite bellydance style is the one that developes from the 30’ in Egypt, with Sama Gamal and Tahia Carioca in the Casino of Badia Masabni. I know she introduced some western stuff, ballet I guess, to adapt egyptian bellydance to a big space, transitions through stage and that, choreographs for big stages I think. I’ve also thought about that, as she was lebanese, maybe she introduced things of lebanese bellydance, but I can’t know it. The Egyptian Bellydance Golden Era.
The point is, here in Spain, people call that elegant style “Classical Egyptian Bellydance, a style without moroccan, lebanese, turkish, etc, influence. I think classical egyptian (only egyptian) should be the style danced before Badia Masabni gave to bellydance that “Western night club”, style, but anyway, we call it classical, and I know that name is used in English too, and I wonder if it’s to the same style.
I’ve also seen a style called American Cabaret Bellydance, I think we don’t have a name from it, but as we have more and more influece of american bellydancers, I think people is getting to know the “cabaret bellydance thing
”. I’m not very sure about how’s this style, so if someone could explain me, I would love to learn. For what I see, it’s like what we learn here when we start going to bellydance lessons to a non “classical egyptian bellydance” teacher, something with more egyptian pop influcence, a bit more of a restaurant/big shows show style, more “strong”.
And when I look at current Egyptian bellydancers, such like Dina, Raquia Hassan, Randa Kamel, etc I see that their style is now different from that “Golden Era” of bellydance, it seems to me that it doesn’t have as many influece of western dances as the dance of, for example, Samia Gamal could have, but I don’t really know that much about this style, so I can be wrong. Here we call it “Egyptian Bellydance Style”, and usually it gets mixed with the 30’s egyptian bellydance, even if for me it’s very different.
We also have a style here called “Andalusi”, with is a mix of bellydance and dances that arabic people (I don’t know the actual name in English) bring to the medieval Al-Andalus, and spanish dances such as flamenco. I find it beautiful, and as a History major I would like to study more about Mudejar and Moorish dances.
So, sorry this post took so long! To summarize, in English, how are called the different bellydance styles? Thank you!
(I’ve been studying English all my life and I’m still having all this problems to comunicate, I’m afraid of the day I decided to actually start learning Egyptian).