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Arabian Nights Essay

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On the night of Saturday, April 13, 2014 I went to Arabian night at Sheik Hookah bar in downtown Norman, Oklahoma. This was one of the multiple places between Oklahoma City and Norman to experience a belly dancing performance. I chose Sheik Hookah Bar because it was the most convenient of all the locations. The dance I attended was titled “Arabian Nights”. The dancers use their movement and body language to communicate movements used by dancers in the Middle East. The atmosphere of Sheik was dark and relatively quiet. There were low lights, and a relaxed environment. When I entered the bar, I chose my hookah flavor, and had the option of also purchasing a drink for the show. I came ...view middle of the document...

I felt as if the dance was one piece as a whole, not separate pieces thrown together. I was amazed at the flexibility the dancers had. I feel flexibility is a key ability in almost every type of dance. They would bend all the way back and continue to dance despite the uncomfortable position. The dancers also showcased their flexibility with splits on both legs. There were multiple points of floor movement, which was interesting to me because of the incorporation of the floor as a balance tool for their legs and hands was impressive.

The belly dancers costumes were made of sheer material, with attached stones. Baring midriffs made it easier to make out the movements of their hips as well as their arms. The dance was different than most I have viewed throughout this course, because of the background music and the frequent change of pace in movement. However, it was also similar being in that it was so original and true to the original dances of the country. I admire the originality, because the purpose of the dance was to promote awareness of the history and culture, and beauty of the Arabic-speaking world as said in their mission statement. Experiencing diversity between these dancers and western dancers is very important. Growing up as a dancer until age twelve really made me appreciate the uniqueness of this dance from others I’ve experienced myself as a dancer. I have taken and performed hip-hop, jazz, tap, and ballet in which were all-similar to each other in that they relied on eight counts. The belly dancers I watched seemed to not dance to an eight count, but rather the exact drum beats. I find this extremely interesting, because it would be challenging to perform and would need to be quite observant to...

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