with Paulette Rees-Denis and Gipsy Caravan (Tribal Combinations and Formations for Performance)
With this 4th video DVD in Gypsy Caravan's technique series, they cover combination steps to be added to your repertoire of movements. These compliment the improvisational style of tribal bellydance. Please be familiar with the previous technique videos so that you may move through this video with ease and awareness. The Gypsy Caravan Dancers also show you a few of their performance formations to use and adapt to your own style. They will take you through a quick visual review, a warm-up, the technique section, a practice and review session, and a mini performance.
The steps included are:
01. Simple Combinations - Egyptian basic and Double Egyptian, Tunisian and Double Tunisian, Pivot Hip Bump combo, Rib Cage and Torso Rotation, Structural Roll and Body Wave.
02. Complex Combos - The Box, Spanish combo, Yasmela's Short combo, and a Line combo.
03. Formations - Standard chorus with different leads, Corner duets, Triplets, Diamond, Chevron, and Rotating circle.
The music used in this video is from the Gypsy Caravan CDs "Migration" and "Caravan Rhythms" and "Awakening", and will be available in our store shortly.
The Gypsy Caravan - Tribal Technique Volume 4 Back CoverThe Gypsy Caravan musicians play a combination of traditional and modern instruments. Percussion instruments, such as the dumbek, davul, tar, and conga, match the dancers vigorous hip movements. Melodies played on various wind instruments including zurna, mizmar, arghul, and flute inspire the dancer's arm gestures. Together they all contribute to an exhilarating and sometimes mesmerizing sound.
The Gypsy Caravan dancers use props such as veils, swords, baskets, and finger cymbals to demonstrate their skill as well as to enrich the performance. Although some of the dances are choreographed, the dancers use their improvisational instincts to ignite the music with the spontaneity of the moment. A balance of precision and grace showcases this dance as both intoxicating and powerful. The resurging interest in this dance style allows the Gypsy Caravan to both educate and entertain their wide and ever growing audiences.