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Goddess Emerging Bellydance Studio Friday, February 7 Monthly Goddess Gathering Bellydance by Candlelight Then guided meditation Coffee/tea & chocolate cake $20 Registration Required

Nurturing ‘Girl’s Night Out’

Strictly Drums Specialty Class Sunday, Feb. 16 1:00 – 2:30 pm $25

Love drums....let your body play! Shimmies, vibrations, blocks and locks, layering....learn how to bring the drums into your body, become 'one' with them!

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Features 8 Quick Glance February Take a quick look into all of the wonderful Belly dance and music events happening in February! 9 Editorial Stars Abound! 12 Fatouche for your Bouche Learn different quick and easy Middle Eastern Salad Recipes! 20 Walk Like an Egyptian We learn what being Egyptian is all about during our chat with Nada El Masriya of The Egyptian Dance Company. 25 Musical Interlude Take a moment out of your day to listen to our musical choice and video of the month! 27 The Ghawazee Journey with Jalilah as she discusses the infamous gypsies of Egypt. 34 Ontario Dancer’s Directory

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Quick Glance February 1st

All About Egyptian Shimmies and Music Appreciation with Nada and George Part 1 at the Egyptian Dance Academy

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Nat Keo Workshop –Power and Precision And Free Intro to Belly Dance with Yasmina Ramzy

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Stars Abound! Wow! What an amazing bunch of workshops, fundraisers, auditions and shows in January! I’ve had the unique opportunity in the last couple of months to be in the know for special events before they’ve even been promoted publicly. This puts into perspective the amazing talent, drive and commitment to Oriental Dance that we have right here in our own backyard and the efforts that organizers are taking to create events that will help the entire community grow! I encourage you to really take some time to look through the Calendar, download it and become involved in the great workshops, shows, competitions and musical events that we are being blessed with throughout the next few months! I remember being a baby belly dancer in the 90’s, pouring through VHS tapes bootlegged and purchased from random Arab shops in back alleys, making weekly trips to HMV in the mall to see if they happened to throw in a Middle Eastern CD or two in their World Music Section, and running to every student recital, hafla or workshop that was put on at random times in random studios throughout Ontario. For those of us who were aching for more dance events back in the day, it was these small efforts to grow as dancers, to see and be seen, which have created who we are today. For those of you who now have opportunities abounding in every corner of each of our little Ontario towns, the opportunities that you have are limitless. I encourage you not take these opportunities for granted. We have grown as a dance community in Ontario and we should continue to aim for the stars! February is packed with these such events, so please be sure to check out the “Quick Glance February” on page 8, that highlights events from all of our Ontario Stars! We’re so thrilled at Ontario MEDance Calendar to share our sit down chat with Nada El Masriya as she discusses The Egyptian Dance Company on Page 20, and the chance to learn about the Egyptian Ghawazee, with the honorary Ghawazia herself, Jalilah Zamora on page 27, both of whom will be featured guest instructors at April’s RaksFest! Also, we give you some fabulous, healthy and delicious Middle Eastern Salad Recipes on page 12, and some musical links on page 25. Be sure to send us your event photos, comments, questions, requests, events, ads and anything else you’d like to share! See you at the next event! Hugs and Shimmies,

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n the hot Middle Eastern climates, there is no tastier option than a crisp, fresh salad. In Arabic countries, salads are a staple part of every meal, and they have mastered techniques to make your typical rabbit food into delectable works of art! While most of these salads contain the same key ingredients, you can experiment with the dressing recipes to suit your own palate. It’s all about fun, taste and filling your belly!

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½ cup lemon juice Pinch of salt Once Bulgur has absorbed the water and cooled down, simply mix all of your ingredients together and serve. Fatouche prep and cooking time 10mins, serves 4 Typical of Lebanon and Syria, fatouche is a delicious and filling, easy to do salad! 1 Head Lettuce, roughly chopped 2 Roma Tomatoes, quartered and sliced ¼ English Cucumber, quartered and sliced ¼ cup tahini paste ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup plain yogurt 2tbsp lemon juice ¼ cup water 1 full pita bread, drizzled with olive oil and toasted In a bowl, mix tahini, olive oil, yogurt and lemon juice and water together. Mix vegetables together. Mix all of the vegetables together, drizzle with dressing, and break apart toasted pita into approximately 2’ pieces and sprinkle on top of the veggies!


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With the Egyptian Dance Company of Toronto

1) Nada El Masriya, you are the Artistic Director of the Egyptian Dance Company and the Egyptian Dance Academy. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Egypt. I moved to Canada 2002 with my lovely husband who I met while I was finishing my Law degree at Cairo University. We have been blessed with our 6 year old son who is amazing! I began my dancing training when I was 17 years old with the Reda. The Reda is the most prestigious dance school in Egypt and it was a great privilege to study there. My love for dance started at a young age. When I was 6 years old I wanted to be ballerina and later on I become much more drawn to cultural dance. 20 | P a g e

While finishing my Law degree, I decided to minor in Egyptian dance culture and traditions. I became even more fascinated with Egyptian folklore which made it clear for me what I really wanted to do. I quit my Law practice and focused solely on Dance. I love to travel. When I was 25, besides dancing I went into the travel business. I owned my first hotel and travel company which was a great accomplishment for an Egyptian woman, considering the lack of equality and fairness towards women when I lived there. 2) What inspired you to begin teaching, and in creating a Dance Company?


I was really pushed into teaching! When I was in BC I heard about a Bellydance school there. I was missing my home and dance so I went to take a look at what they were learning. I tried at class and soon enough everyone was following me in the class and trying to persuade me to teach. At this point in my career I was a professional dancer and I had assisted dance coaches but never taught my own classes. To be honest, the thought if teaching was a bit scary and unknown so I refused to teach but I explained that I would love to perform at shows. The women took it upon themselves to advertise that I would be teaching a class and did so without my final agreement. I remember walking in the Mall and seeing my name on a dance advertising poster! I also noticed people looking at me as if they knew me due to the advertising. It was a very small city that I was in at the time and news travelled fast! The first class that I taught was sold out. It was a great beginning to teaching. The students loved my class although my teaching style was different that what they were used to. I literally just said follow me! It was very fun. My Dance Company grew from the desire of my students wanting to perform what they were - 21 - | P a g e

learning. I started with Ioana Timuri and soon after there were 4 dancers and soon after that 7. We were growing! Most of the dancers who came to me had trained in Bellydance before in Toronto at other studios but they wanted to learn Egyptian Folklore which was new to the city and I specialized in it. Our first performance was at a Palatinoun Fundraiser. We received an unexpectedly great review from the audience and the community. They were amazed and we were thrilled. I remember sitting in Ioana’s backyard discussing what we should name ourselves. We came up with Rhythm of the Nile which we weren’t crazy about but we needed something to call ourselves immediately so Rhythm of the Nile stuck. My Dance Company is now renamed The Egyptian Dance Company and it consists of 14 dancers male and females and 7 musicians. We are one of Toronto’s Premier Dance Companies. We have performed in renowned National and International Artistic Venues such as Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Luminato and ICTM to name a few. This is all made possible by my amazing EDC dancers and our Music Directors, George Sawa and Simon Rahmoun.

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love and I believe that honesty is an integral part of it. I believe that this honesty creates a strong and positive foundation for learning.

It encompasses an impressive lineup of 4 skilled musicians and 14 talented dancers, Males and Females all trained in diverse Egyptian and Middle Eastern dance styles. True to the cultural tradition, the dancers are required to not only dance, but also memorize, understand, and sing every original dance piece as if they are native to the art form. The company's musical directors represent the best of modern and Traditional style Egyptian music. Music director Simon Rahmoun brings the very best of modern Egyptian music to the stage and Juno Nominated Dr. George Sawa represents the best of the traditional music.

7)Do you have any funny, scary, interesting stories from one of your performances?

5) Who are your role models and inspirations in dance? I respect and learn from all Egyptian artists and international artists as well. I believe that one should always keep an open mind and that there is something to learn from all artists. Everyone has different strengths to draw from and I believe that everyone has something to offer to the art. That being said, there are some artists that have changed my artistic vision in many ways, and I owe them my successes. Namely, they are Mahmoud Reda, Hisham Saleh, Aida Nour, Fifi Abdou and Samia Gamal. 6) What are some of the challenges that you have faced in the past, and how did you overcome them? I am a very direct person and that doesn't always fly well with others. I speak my truth no matter the result. I am in this art for the sake of - 22 - | P a g e

Here is an old one. In 1998 I was performing a Saidi dance with another artist named Khaled. At the end I would do an arabesque, pas de bourree and jump into a half sitting position and lean with my back to be supported by the other dancers Saidi cane. Khaled's cane broke as I leaned against it! The cane went flying into the audience and I ended up on the floor of the stage. Khaled held his pose standing and I was at his feet on the floor, I turned it into a pose also. Lucky I didn't break any thing and everyone just talked about the cane flying and not me ending on the floor. After the show we were laughing our heads off! I always make sure not to give all my weight on the cane now and Khaled started being softer with the Cane after this incident. Miss all of them!! Good old days!!!!

Nada El Masriya is the owner, founder and Artistic Director of the Egyptian Academy and the Egyptian Dance Company in Toronto.

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he month of love excites a myriad of emotions within us. Sometimes we feel joy, pain, and excitement and sometimes it can be remorse, regret or anger. With this in mind, we have changed the musical interlude section for this month in order to encourage you to experience all of these various emotions with a list of songs about, hope, happiness, betrayal and unrequited love. Just as singers and songwriters try to express a whole range of emotions in their voices, we, as dancers, must express must express these emotions with our bodies, and so please see this link to the “MUST KNOW SONGS” for belly dancers! View Videos Featuring the MUST KNOW SONGS here! In honour of one of our incredibly talented local Ontario dancer’s Roula Said, I

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am recommending the movie “Sabah” premiered in 2005, in which Roula plays the lovely Shaheera. This is the story of a Middle Eastern Woman, Sabah, who falls in love with the “wrong” man, and the trials that she has to go through in discovering herself, who she was, and who she wants to be. This film points to many aspects of Middle Eastern Culture, music and dance, and is a very interesting take on a woman’s journey where “love and culture collide.” View on Netflix or Purchase Sabah on DVD


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By Jalilah Originally Printed in the Belly Dance Reader

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he Ghawazee (singular: Ghawzia) are professional Rom or “Gypsy” dancers in Egypt. Although numerous in the past, there are now only a few remaining in Upper Egyptian towns such as Qena and Luxor. Probably the most famous account of the Ghawazee is that of the nineteenth century French writer, Gustave Flaubert, in which he enthusiastically describes their dance as well as his relationship with Kuthuk Hanim, a woman who many writers maintain was a Ghawzia. The writer Edward Lane also writes about the Ghawazee in his book, “The Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptian”, written in 1834. These accounts describe the Ghawazee, also called “Barmakee”, as being different from the Egyptians, belonging to a nomadic tribe and speaking their own language. Today it is known that the Ghawazee are indeed of Sind origin and belong to the Nawar tribe and sometimes, to the Halab and Bahlawanat - 27 - | P a g e

tribes. Some of the famed “Musicians of the Nile” of the Real World Label are Bahlawanat, as well as the 2 dancers, Najua Tewfiq and Raja Mottawa who appeared in the film,“ Latcho Drom”. Most scholars are now in agreement that these tribes, including the Nawar, who are known throughout the Middle East, came originally from the Sind Valley and traveled to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt via Iran. Legend has it that the Barmakee were a very powerful family of Persian origin living in Iraq during the Abbasid Dynasty. (The most famous Barmakee is Jafar, the vizier of Haroun el Rashid, as depicted in “The 1001 Nights.”) Having become too powerful, they were at some point forced to leave Iraq. The Ghawazee and the Nawar claimed to be descended from the Barmakee, but historians believe it to be more likely that they worked for the Barmakee as dancers and musicians. The “secret” language , known as Khotan,


that they spoke contained many Farsi and Romani words. Even now in Upper Egypt, some of the older Nawar are able to speak Khotan or at least know a considerable number of Farsi and Romani words. The Ghawazee were banned from Cairo by the ruler Mohammed Ali in 1834. Most of them left for Upper Egypt to towns like Luxor, Qena and Esna,

although a few remained secretly in Cairo. For this reason, most Ghawazee today can still be found in Upper Egypt. They are most certainly the direct descendants of those Ghawazee who left Cairo in 1834. Some scholars believe Kuthuk Hanim was an Awalim, as well as a courtesan, but not a Ghawzia. They point out that her dancing as it was described by European travelers was very different from the Ghawazee dancing seen today. Other scholars point out the fact that she - 28 - | P a g e

lived in Esna where the Ghawazee were banished. They would maintain that Ghawazee dancing today is different because the Ghawazee remained isolated for so long and because, being in the Said, Upper Egypt, their dance incorporated many elements of Saidi folklore. The most famous Ghawazee of recent times were the “Banat Mazin” (“the daughters of Mazin”) of Luxor. Jusif Mazin of the Nawar tribe, was the patriarch of a clan with many beautiful daughters. He became very rich from the money his daughters earned for him with their dancing. Unfortunately, he died without telling anyone where he had hidden the money! All of his daughters have since stopped dancing and have married. The youngest daughter, Khariya, got divorced, however, and resumed dancing in the early 90’s. She has since stopped performing in Luxor, however she did recently teach and perform at the Cairo Dance Festival. The original professional dancers of Egypt were either Awalim or Ghawazee. The Awalim were often trained to play a musical instrument or sing in addition to dancing. Being non-Gypsies, and therefore somewhat more respectable, they were allowed to perform inside homes for weddings. The dance of the Awalim evolved into what is today known as Oriental dance or “Raqs Sharqi”. The Ghawazee in contrast were only allowed to perform in the courtyards or out on the streets. After they were banned to Upper Egypt, the dance of the Ghawazee remained simple and incorporated elements of Upper Egyptian or “Saidi” folklore. It has fewer slow, undulating movements and the typical foot stomping movement that


is characteristic of Ghawazee dancing is certainly not to be found in the Sharqi style. Even the costume has remained similar to the style worn at the turn of the century, with the only change being the replacement of the once typical coins with beads and sequins. Around the mid-eighties, the Ghawazee of Luxor started wearing one-piece dresses, having seen that the folklore troupes of Cairo do so when dancing to the music of Upper Egypt and performing so-called “Ghawazee” dance. (This, by the way, doesn’t look like authentic Ghawazee dancing at all!) Fortunately, in the smaller villages, the typical costume is still worn: a skirt, a vest with a shirt underneath, a belt with long strips of cloth and a headpiece. In the past, if a Ghawzia married in her own tribe, she might continue dancing after marriage with her husband accompanying her musically. If she married an Egyptian outside the tribe, she would normally stop dancing. The traditional instruments accompany the Ghawazee performing indoors are the rababa (a type of fiddle), a tabla (drum) and sometimes a soffara (a type of flute). Only if performing in a larger place are the mizmar (oboe) and tabla balady added, since the mizmars are very loud. At the time of Edward Lane, only the rababa, flute and tabla were used for performances. The mizmar was - 29 - | P a g e

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introduced in Egypt much later by the Ottoman Turks. It is very sad that an art like the dance of the Ghawazee is dying out. Fewer and fewer Ghawazee are dancing for a variety of reasons. Growing fundamentalism gives public dancing an even more negative stigma that it already had. Hotels in Upper Egypt now prefer to hire folklore troupes from Cairo, or Raqs Sharqi dancers, instead of employing the Ghawazee and local musicians. In addition, the economic situation in Egypt in general is not very conducive to the “Gypsy” lifestyle. Most Ghawazee today prefer to leave dancing to lead “normal” lives. We can only hope that this, perhaps someday, will change. Jalilah (Lorraine Zamora Mutke Chamas) has toured regularly with the Gypsy group, “Musicians of the Nile”, since 1990. Through this experience, she was able to meet and spend time with some of the few remaining Ghawazee in order to learn about them and their dance. The historical information on the Ghawazee, the Nawar, and MidEastern Gypsies was gathered by Alain Weber, music ethnologist and artistic director of “Musicians of the Nile”.

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