December 14, 2010

Remember the Digi/Dike/Dikey song I was looking for? I finally found the version I wanted. I was looking for the wrong title – although many versions of the song are called Diki diki etc. this one is called “Lalaee” and it’s by the Iranian singer Sandy.

My day is now complete 🙂


Jingle bells, jingle hips!

December 13, 2010

Last night Aschera Rose and I hosted our annual holiday party / recital for our students. This is a more casual event than the shows we usually put on – it’s for friends and family and it gives the students a chance to show what they’ve learned in a low-pressure environment. Everyone performed fabulously! I was so proud of my only beginner student that decided to perform – she was bang on – and my continuing bellydancers rocked their cane routine. My men were a huge hit as always, and the can-can ladies did their routine the best I’ve ever seen them do it! I was stoked! Aschera Rose’s groups were great too, and the solos were fantastic. And…

I received an early Christmas gift from my two hula hoop students – their class finished several weeks ago and they had told me in no uncertain terms that they would attend the party, but they were NOT performing the routine. That was fine – I don’t like to pressure students to perform – but I was secretly disappointed because they had learned it SO well. Well – last night, to my surprise and delight, they showed up toting their hula hoops, ready to perform! I was so happy, and they did so well. A dance instructor couldn’t ask for a better gift!

Diki Deke Dige

December 7, 2010

Sometime I REALLY wish I spoke Arabic or at least could read it. I’ve been interested in a certain song for a little while, and I’m looking for the version of it that I like best. There are a LOT of versions because it’s a folk song. My problem is that, of course, the lyrics are in Arabic, which means that there’s no one way to spell it in our alphabet. When I first heard the song on Youtube, it was called “Dikey dikey dikey”, meaning “Play play play”. The word can also be spelled:









…and so on. It’s proving quite the challenge. Add to that the song can also be called “Dige Ya Rababa” (play the rababa) (or a billion spelling variations thereof).

Clackity Clunk…

December 2, 2010

Well, castanets are very, very hard. I don’t think I’ll be performing with them anytime soon! At least I know how one is supposed to play them now, even if I can’t do it myself.

Interesting things I learned about castanets:

– There is a “male” and a “female” castanet. The female one has a higher tone and is played in your dominant hand, the male one has a lower tone and is playd in your non-dominant hand.

– Just like in bellydance, there are certain words that go with certain beats of the music (we use doum and tak).

Ta = male hand golpe (one clack with middle and ring finger)

Pi = female hand golpe

Ria = roll with female hand

– In Flamenco, castanets are most often played in a Sevillianas. I’ll be taking a Sevillianas course in January so who knows, maybe I can practice.

(apologies for my poor Spanish spelling)