Hilary Thacker presents an advanced instruction programme which can also be viewed simply as a performance.
From the Back Cover
The ancient art of oriental dance has a long and colourful history. It began with the many fertility cults of the ancient world, and in the temples of ancient India. The existence of various nomadic groups of professional entertainers, and groups specifically identified with Gypsies, provided for the cross-culturalisation and transmission of these dances. Although regional variations have always existed, the popularity of what is commonly known as "oriental dance" or "belly dance" continues in the modern Middle East and through the world. The survival of this ancient dance despite cultural and moral prejudices is a tribute to the appeal it has to the human spirit as the women (and men) who dance today do so for very practical reasons: because it is enjoyable, it is excellent exercise for muscle-toning and an opportunity for social involvement. In other words, for fitness, fun and friendship.
Hilary Thacker is a renowned professional Egyptian-style "belly dancer" performing and teaching throughout the UK and Middle East. For use in the privacy of your won home, Hilary has designed a unique tutorial that can be used as an advanced instruction video or simply as a performance video to sit back and enjoy. Filmed with live Egyptian music Haggag Metqal on tabla, Essam El Matrawi on douf and Al Gamal Elsaghir on keyboards Hilary explores four rhythms Whada Kebira, Maqsoum, Saaidi and Fellahi, first with the drums alone and then set to music. Also featured are the songs Naasa and Baladi with taqasim and drum solo and beginners finger cymbal instructions.