Belly Dance Students
Solo Tabla 1 Samer Issa Choreography by Helena Vlahos


http://youtu.be/RrbJyWeXbfA


1.3-Ami (slower), 2-Ami (faster), Repeat

2.6-Ami (going from R to L to center), Pelvic-Drop-Lock-Chest-Up (down-up-up), Repeat

3.4-Masmudi: (1) 2-Chest Thrusts, Sway/Shimmy (L to R) Heavy Drop R-hip (on count 5), Hip Shakes (on counts 6-7-8), (2) 2-Belly Punches (facing diagonal R), Heavy Drop R-hip (on count 5), Hip Shakes with Hip Slides R-L-R with heavy accent on last R, (3) 2 Heavy-Side-Hip-Bumps (on counts 1-2), Twist-Up-Down (on 3-4-5), Hip Shake (on 6-7-8), (4) 2-Heavy-Side- Hip-Bumps, 2-Turns (on 3-4-5-6-7-8)

4.8-Funky-Hip-Swing (R-L-R-L-R-L-R-L stepping forward)

5.Chu-Chu (to diagonal L), 2-Stomach Punch, Chu-Chu (to diagonal R), 2-Stomach Punch, Repeat whole thing (total 4 times)

6.2-Rib-Cage-Slide(L-R) , 2-Rib-Cage-Circles (clockwise), Repeat other side in reverse, 1-Hip-Figure 8 (accent R-L), Slide R with Shimmy, Repeat starting W/L

7.Sohair Zaki-Hip-Drops R-L-R-position L/foot – bump hip LL, Repeat in reverse, Repeat to the back, Repeat facing front but do Front-Hip-Bumps R-L

8.Fold/Unfold (level change down/up) 2 times

9.Saidi-Hip-Drops & Lifts: L/1-Hip-Drop, 1-Hip-Lift, 2-Hip-Drops, 1-Hip-Bump-Back (do this 2 times on L, Repeat R/Side, Shimmy R/leg & switch to L/side repeat on L & switch to R/side, 1-Saidi & bump on drum accent, Shimmy R/leg (arms are in front stretched way out), Chu-Chu-Shimmy in tight circles 3 times

10.Rocking-Horse-Camel W/Shoulder Shimmy traveling down to Hip-Shimmy as you undulate (facing L), Repeat on facing R

11.Hip-Slide-Shimmy (R-L-R-L)

12.Chu-Chu-Shimmy in fast circles again (arms stretched way front, hands together), Head-Swings (half circle L, R, 2 full circle, down,up)

13.¾ Shimmy (R-L-R-L), 2-Punches (in-out facing R), Shimmy turning to L, 2-Punches (in-out facing L), Shimmy R-L-R-Cross-Over-Turn (L/over R), finish bent over sideways L (L/arm down R/arm up and over towards L)



“Habibi Ya Eini” by Nourhanne
Bellydance Super Stars Vol. III Track I
(Choreography by Helena Vlahos)


http://youtu.be/WZqUX5HP830

1) (0 – 0:21) (4 X 8 + 9 count)
Raise arms up (2 count). Bring arms down close to body with 2 hand undulations (2 count), 3 Point Turn L (4 count), Snake Arms (4 count) do this total 3 times (L R L), 4 Hip Hits (R L R L), 9 quick Hip Hits W/Twist (R L R L R L R L R)

2) (0:21 – 0:30) (Singing only)
1 Ribcage Circle, 1 L Hip Undulation, 1 R Hip Undulation, 1 Maya (R L), 1 Ribcage Circle

3) (0:30 – 0:39) (2 X 8)
4 Hip Bump Walk forward (R L R L) (1 X 8), 3 Hip Bump Walk back (R L R) (count 6), 1 L hip Undulation (count 7 - 8)

4) (0:39 – 0:56) (4 X 8)
L Horse Shoe (front, back, front, back) (count 4), Grape Vine W/Camels (2 small/quick 1 slow) (4 count), R Horse Shoe, Grape Vine, repeat (total 4)

5) 0:56 – 1:03) (Drum accents W/singing)
1 Hip Hit L (R hand behind R ear L hand at hip), 3 Hip Hits R (reverse hand positions), 3 L, 3 R, 3 sharp Shoulder Drops (R L R) (arms down, hands out as if pushing down)

6) (1:03 – 1:20) (4 X 8)
1 Egyptian Circle Walk, 4 step Turn R (leading W/R shoulder), Repeat other side (2X8), 4 Side Hip Bump Step (R L R L) (1 X 8), 2 R Hip Push (count 4) (R hip facing audience), Turn L (on count 5), 2 Ribcage Circles (on count 6 – 7 – 8)

7) (1:20 – 1:36) (4 X 8 + 4 count)
2 sets Figure 8 (1 in 1 out) (2 X 8), 2 sets Bounce A/W (front half, from R to L), Back Circle (no bounce, R hand under chin L hand supporting R elbow) (2 X 8) second A/W Shake a Tail Feather on count 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

8) (1:36 – 1:52) (3 X 8 + 4 count)
L Hip Bumps in circle (on balls of feet) (4 count + 8 count), Repeat on R (2 X 8)

9) (1:52 –2:00) (2 X 8)
4-Step Shake & Walk in circle (L foot leading, turning R)

10) (2:00 – 2:05) (1 X 8)
Figure 8-In W/Camel (R L R L)

11) (2:05 – 2:21) (4 X 8) (Drum accents)
Facing R: 1 Stomach Punch (step front W/L foot, on balls of feet), 2 Contractions back (stepping back) turn L (on count 4) repeat facing L (1 X 8), Figure 8-In W/Shimmies (1 X 8), repeat Stomach Punch combo (1 X 8), Repeat Figure 8 combo (1 X 8)

12) (2:21 – 2:29) (2 X 8) La La La …
4 Shoulder Flirtations (R L R L), Ribcage Circle, Ami (1 X 8), 4 Shoulder Flirtations, 1 Crossover Turn (R to L) (1 X 8)

13) (2:29 – 2:46) (4 X 8)
4 Shoulder Rolls (facing R), 3 Point Turn L, repeat other side (2 X 8), 4 Shoulder Rolls, 2 Hip Push (arms in front extended as if pushing), repeat other side turning slightly towards back (2 X 8)

14) (2:46 – 2:54) Accents
1 Hip Hit L, 2 R, 3 L, 4 R (back to audience turning L & R towards audience), 3 sharp Shoulder Drops (R L R) (arms down, hands out as if pushing down)

15) (2:54 – 2:58) (1 X 8)
2 Egyptian Circle Walk

16) (2:58 – 3:06) (2 X 8)
Ami L Tap (walking sideways), Ami R Tap (1 X 8), Arms intertwining in & out (until above head), Head Slides (1 X 8)

17) (3:06 – 3:14) (2 X 8) Yala Yala Yala
Horse Trot (facing front, sliding sideways) L & R (1 X 8), repeat with back to audience (1 X 8)

18) (3:14 – 3:18) (1 X 8)
8 L Hip Twists in Circle (front, back, front, back, front, back, front, back)

19) (3:18 – 3:39) 5 X 8) Accordion
2 A/W (1 X 8), 2 Ribcage Circle (1 X 8), Snake Arms W/Sway (R L R L R L R L) (1 X 8), Combo Hip Bumps (3 hip, 1 crossover turn, hip up down up down, 2 hip bump pivot (2 X 8)

20) (3:39 – 3:47) (2 X 8) Drums (snare)
Shimmies W/Hip Slides

21) (3:47 – 3:56) Tick Tocks for Belly Rolls & Flutters
Flutter (first group) Roll Out (all dancers), Flutter (second group), Roll Out (all dancers), Long Flutter (third group), Long Flutter (second group), Long Flutter (first group & all groups join in to finish Flutter)

22) (3:56 – 4:12) (4 X 8, last 8 is 5 + Drums on 6 – 7 – 8)
8 Traveling Side Hip Bumps L (in circle), 8 R (2 X8), Chu Chu Shimmy L (1 X 8) Chu Chu Shimmy R (5 counts), Shimmy (on counts 6, 7 & 8)

23) (4:12 – 4:37) (6 X 8) Accordion
4 Undulations (facing L R L R) (1 X 8), 4 Corkscrew (1 X 8), Maya (R L R L) (1X8), Snake Arm Lunges (R L R L) (1 X 8), Khedy’s Sway (level change down & up Sway, arms following) (1X 8), A/W Combo (A/W, Crossover Turn W/arms crossing at eye level & opening into Snake Arms as you turn) (1 X 8)

24) (4:37 – 4:41) Ya-la Yala Yala Ya-la Yala Yala (end)
2 Crossover Turns & pose (arms above head hands together, L hip way out L heel up, knees bent).



Cane Dance “Hat Al Assaya” from Aswan CD Choreography By Helena Vlahos

http://youtu.be/1kpQbsbPfhk

1) Cane on R shoulder: 3-Full-Body 8’s
(Facing stage L)

2) Milling Around (1 circle R, 1 circle L), Turn to face stage back
(1 ½ turns)

3) 4 Figure 8-Hips, turn head L & look over L shoulder at audience, repeat on R, Hip-Figure 8’s, at unwinding sound do
1-Corkskrew (down-up)

4) Shawna’s Sexy Hips (R-L-R-Together *both heels-up-down)
(8-sets = 4X8), each dancer spins to face front. (At which point a dancer spins depends on how many dancers there are. If 3, the 1st dancer moves on the 6th set, 2nd dancer on 7th set & 8rd dancer on 8th set)

5) Basic Egyptian (Hip-Bump-Walk) around cane (2X8) (total 8 Hip Bumps start W/R)

6) Diagonal Hips (4 diagonal L W/R-Hip, 4 diagonal R W/L-Hip)

7) Hips Side to Side 9 times (9th time-heels-up-down)

8) Saidi Horse (1X8 diagonal L, 1X8 diagonal R)

7) 2-Turns (changed from Diagonal Hips) (1X4 turn-L)

8) 4-Cane-Hip-Bumps (1X8)

9) Square Step-Kick (4X4)

10) Balady Hips W/cane swing 2X8 (1X8 swinging front & hit cane on floor on 8, 1X8 swinging cane backwards & hit cane on floor on 8, bring cane up above head

11) Step-Kick Behind (start W/R foot) (2X8)

12) Camel-In W/3 Step (4X4, diagonal R, & L, R & the last time on L turn to face each other in circle, bring cane up above head,

13) Grape-Vine (2X8) (start R foot going L in circle), on 2nd count of 8 do 5 steps & spin full circle R on 6, 7 & 8

14) 4 Tornado-Cane front (2X8), 2 in circle (1X8) bring cane down on 8

(15) Traveling-Hip-Bump around cane (1X4), Chu- Chu-around cane (1X4), kick cane up & bring it up to R shoulder (1X4)

14) Balady Stomp (4 diagonal L, 2 diagonal R) (3X8), Horse (2X8) 2 Rocking Horse front & back (L/foot front 4-counts-R back 4-counts, Repeat

15) Traveling Horse Shoe Hips (Pony) (2X8) (traveling forward then back, cane swinging and hitting floor every 8

16) 1-Ami W/cane above head (1X4)

17) 15 Side to Side Hip Bumps (turn to back on 8, turn front on 12, cane down on 13, kick cane up on 14, bring cane above head on 15)



VEIL CHOREOGRAPHY by Helena Vlahos
(To Adam Basma's CD "Belly Dance With Basma" track #1 flute improvisation)

http://youtu.be/Hdseql88sXg

1. Position yourself by holding veil above head (both arms up), R foot on ball of foot
2. 4 steps forward starting with R foot, bring R foot on ball of foot
3. Leaning forward with a straight back, do the Veil Heart 5 counts (1)down, (2)up, (3)down, (4)up, (5)overhead and behind)
4. Step forward with R foot, drag L foot next to R foot (do this same time as you bring veil overhead and behind)
5. Holding veil behind you, turn 2 times leaning R, L arm holding veil up, R arm holding veil down
6. Do 4 turns with Windmill Veil (hold arms straight across. Arms go up and down as you turn)
7. Flip veil from behind you to front
8. Flip veil to R shoulder, turn 2 times to L
9. Flip veil to L shoulder, turn 2 times to R
10. Release L arm down with veil (R arm is up L leg is out to L side)
11. Do Snake Arms 4 times (ending with R arm up, L arm down)
12. Bring veil behind you (bring R arm around your head until veil is behind you)
13. Walk back while doing Snake Arms 4 times
14. Bring both arms up and down 2 times
15. Walk forward 6 times (starting with R foot)
16. To the music bring arms up above head finishing with strong hands, chest lifted and look proud



Drum Solo "Sahra Saidi"
Belly Dance Superstars Volume 1 # 9
Choreography by Helena Vlahos


http://youtu.be/DF5l7TiD9Dk

http://youtu.be/0oHETKJwWDQ

(:0 - :10)
1) Shake & Walk (3 starting with the R foot & 3 on the L) 3 counts of 8
(:10 - :17)
2) 6 Ami Hip Locks (R up, Pelvis up, L up, Pelvis down, R up, L up), Ami W/shimmy (2times)
(:17 - :24)
3) Chu - Chu in tight circle, Shoulder Shimmy (2 times)
(:24 – :38)
4) 6 Side Hip Bumps walking (start W/R foot & hip) in a circle until you are facing back, 5 fast Side Hip Bumps (RLRLR), 6 Side Hip Bumps (Start W/L foot & hip) in a circle until you are facing front, 5 fast Side Hip Bumps (LRLRL), 6 R Side Hip Bumps traveling R, stop and Shimmy, 6 L Side Hip Bumps traveling L, stop and Shimmy
(:38 - :45)
5) Camel Out W/Shimmy down & Roll Up (4 times)
(:45 - :53)
6) Chu – Chu in a Figure 8 (2 complete Figure 8’s)
(:53 - 1:00)
7) Jump & Shimmy (L, R, Front, Back)
(1:00 – 1:14)
8) 6 Hip Drops (lowering the body down with each Hip Drop), come up with Mayas (RLR) (4 times)
1:14 – 1:22
9) Figure 8 Out W/one sided Hip Accent (4 complete Figure 8’s)
(1:22 – 1:28)
10) Bounce Around the World (2 full circles)
(1:28 – 1:42)
11) Horseshoe 4 times (front, back, front, back), Shake down (12345) 2 times R hip & 2 times L hip
(1:42 – 1:56)
12) Chu – Chu in a circle (2 counts of 8), Shimmy front 8 counts & turn to back, Shimmy 8 counts
(1:56 – 2:03)
13) Facing to the back turn L side of body to front while Shimmying, turn back again and do Shoulder Rolls (do this a total of 4 times alternating sides L, R, L, R)
(2:03 – 2:10)
14) Shimmy & Turn W/low foot kick (4 times until you make a full circle)
(2:10 – 2:16)
15) Soher Zaki Hip Drops (1 2 3 4) 4 times
(2:16 – 2:32)
16) Chu – Chu Shimmy in a circle (4 counts of 8)
(2:32 – 2:38)
17) Jump L & Shimmy, Jump R & Shimmy, Jump Back & Shimmy, Roll Out to finish (bring arms up while intertwining them)


Beginner Choreography
"Ston Evthomo Ourano"(Seventh Heaven)From the CD Ston Evthomo Ourano (song #14)
(singer: Lefteris Pantazis)


1) Radio… (0:00-0:11)
Diva Walk onto stage (holding hands in a circle, facing the audience). Stop in your assigned positions, still holding hands.

2) Arabic counting?… (0:11-0:21) (6 maqsum)
Start walking when the maqsum becomes loud (2nd maqsum) Take 8 steps starting with R foot, in a circle and wind up in your assigned positions.

3) Hayee… (0:21-0:23)
Walk backwards (lean forward, arms down and swinging back) Start with R foot. (R L R (walk back) L (walk forward).

4) Eise esi mia trelamou… (0:23-0:44) (12 maqsum)
Basic hip-bump-walk (in place) starting with R foot and hip. Hip-bump-pivot (full circle) R hip, L hip. 4 Figure-8-Out (arms down, starting with R hip) 4 Figure-8-Out (Arms in front with hand movement). 1 ½ Around-the-World (start with L hip going back). 1 Ribcage-Circle.

5) Zurna… (0:44-0:58) (8 maqsum)
Front line: R Hip-Bump-Pivot (turning half circle towards Luz who at the same time is doing, 4 Basic-Hip-Bump-Walk to reach the middle), and L Hip-Bump-Pivot. Back line: R Hip-Bump-Pivot counterclockwise (half circle), and L Hip-Bump-Pivot clockwise until you face stage back everyone including Luz has their backs to audience).
Turn R side towards audience with R leg stepping back, bring R leg back to starting position, L leg same (do this 4 times: R L R L). Arms and body, swing towards the leg that is moving.
Luz: 4 Hip-Bump-Walk to the middle 2 Figure-8-Out facing front, 2 facing back (arms above head with Lotus-Hands) then do the same as the other girls (Turn R side towards audience with R leg stepping back, bring R leg back to starting position, L leg same (do this 4 times: R L R L). Arms and body, swing towards the leg that is moving).

6) Eho, eho esenane theo… (0:58-1:13) (8 maqsum)
8 Double-Hip-Bumps traveling in a circle, alternating hips and turning out & in, (R L R L R L R L).

7) Otan se vlepo… (plucky sounds) (1:13-1:28) (8maqsum)
Shimmy facing front(1 count of 8), turn to face back, Shimmy (1 count of 8).
Front line: Turn to face stage L. 4 R Hip-Jerk walking sideways, Turn to face stage R. 4 L Hip-Jerk walking sideways. Now front line is in the back line.
Back line: Turn to face stage R and do the same steps as line one, only you travel front at the same time they travel back. Turn Stage L and wind up in the front line.
Luz: Do the steps in place. Everyone turn to face stage front.

8) Hayee… (1:28-1:33) (2 maqsum)
Around the World (from L back, wind up front L)

9) Arabic counting?… (1:33-1:40) (4 maqsum)
R Hip Up-Down (2 counts of 8)

10) Hayee… (1:40-1:42)
Around the World (L back to front L)

11) Ti eise esi (1:42-1:56) (8 maqsum)
Turn diagonal L. 8 R Leg and Hip front & back. Turn diagonal R. 8 L Leg and Hip front & back.

12) Zurna... (1:56-2:11) (8 maqsum)
1 2 3 Hop (L R L Hop traveling L. R L R Hop traveling R) Do this 4 times.
To be continued.......



Advanced Choreography
“O Sirtis” From the CD Pro Ton Pilon (song #10)
(Singer: Giorgos Alkeos)
Choreography by Helena Vlahos


http://youtu.be/FY6iWc2r9Ag

1) Improv (10 long counts) (:00-:18)
9 long Camel-In (turning in your own circle, finish facing stage front),
2 Cork screw

2) 3 Q & A …(:18-:25) (listen to the music, it sounds like a question & an answer repeated 3 times)
Hand Weave (2 out in front of chest) Arms up(1Hand Weave) with turn
Do total of 3 (arms stay up).

3) Violin…(:25-:33)
4 Hip-Sway (R L R L) 4 Hip-Figure 8 (it is really 2 HipFigure 8 but the hips go in 4 times & that is what I count) 1 ½ Around the World (R to L) with Helena’s Around the World Arms (arms finish L with hands by L hip)

4) 3 Q & A…(:33-:41)
Pause-Bump 3 times (R L R) Finger cymbals ring together with each Hip-Bump, Step-Turn (L foot steps front so body faces stage R, R foot steps in place, L foot takes a giant step stage L so body faces stage front) Do total of 3 times.

5) La La La La …(:41-:50)
Turn diagonal R, Camel-In, Turn diagonal L Camel-In, Turn diagonal R Camel-In.

6) Ah Ah Ah …(:50-:58)
2 slow turns clockwise, R foot starts walk, arms wrapped around body (R front L back) Take 7 steps & do 1 fast turn to face front.

7) Eho Klithothi… (:58-:1:09)
Front-Side Hip Bumps (R L) 4 Big Basic Hip Bump Walk forward (R L R L)
4 Double Hip flat foot walk back (R L R L)

8) Funky Zurna…(1:09-1:18)
4 Hip Swing facing front 4 facing L 4 stage back 4 R

9) Thakria…(1:18-1:36)
2 Shake & Walk diagonal L with R foot(on step # 8 you stopped facing stage R, now swing around to face diagonal L & go into the Shake & Walk), 2 Shake & Walk diagonal R, 2 Circle Walk R side, 2 Circle Walk L side.


10) Drums 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2…(1:36-1:50)
Hips: R-L, Pelvis Up- Down, Rib Cage: R-L Up-Down, Head: R-L-R-L.

11) Drums (1:50-1:53)
Hips: R-L-R-L-R (hips bump front release back, accent the front)

12) Eho Klithothi …(1:53-2:11)
4 Advanced Basic (step ball change) starting with L foot, traveling backwards,
4 - 3 Step Forward, (starting with L foot), 4 Traveling Hip Bump
(4 L- 4 R –4 L –4 R like a cross +).

13) Drum …(2:11-2:13)
Shimmy facing stage back, L Hip bump (with single shimmy), R (double shimmy), L (double shimmy).

14) Violin … (2:13-2:32)
Turn stage front (diagonal L) and Rock Back & Forth R foot front (R bounce, L bounce, R bounce), Step, Step (L, R). Turn diagonal R & repeat Rocking step with L foot front. 4 Side R Hip Bump Pivot (counterclockwise, on balls of feet) 4 L Hip Drop Pivot (counterclockwise, on balls of feet, Repeat (R Hip, L Hip)

15) Paraponiariko … (2:32-2:36)
2 Around the World (Hip Circles) with walk. First hip circle, face stage L, second hip circle face front.

16) Thakria … (2:36-2:50)
2 Camel-Skate L, 2 R, 2 L, 2 R. Big Maya’s L R L R.

17) Amane (Sti zoi mou) (2:50-2:55)
Around the World (R, forward, L, back, finish R). 2 chest circle.

18) Thakria 1,2,3,4,5,6 (doubles)… (2:55-3:08)
2 R Hip-Swivel front, ½ Around the World back (from R to L), 2 L Hip-Swivel front, ½ Around the World (from L to R), 2 R Hip-Swivel front, ½ Around the World front (from R to L), 2 Hip-Swivel L, ½ Around the World front (from L to R). 2 Hip Bumps (L, R) shoulder shimmy, 2 Hip Bumps (L, R) Shoulder shimmy.

19) Drum … 1,2,3,4,5 (3:08-3:11)
Big Hip Bumps 4 R 1 L

20) Eho klithothi sto spiti … 3:11-3:30)
R Hip Circle out Cha Cha Cha. L Hip Circle out Cha Cha Cha. Repeat (R side L side). Hip Bump Pivot R, 1 full circle (counterclockwise) & L (clockwise). Hip Swing LRLR LRLR.


21) Zurna … (3:30-3:32)
One Sided Figure 8 (L side)

22) Rhythm only … (3:32-3:45)
Gawazee Flat Foot Stomp Pivot (8 stomps, 2 counts of 8). 4 Hip Lift Shimmy
(L R L R, 2 counts of 8)

23) Funky Zurna … (3:45-4:12)
Belady Stomp 2 L 2 R. Jump-Step 4 times (L R L R). Folkloric Skip-Hop 4 times (L R L R)

24) Segway … (4:12-4:18)
Slow Turn (Flat foot R L R L R L R) & 2 Fast Turns.

25) Drum (2 Hits)… (4:18-4:38)
Hips R L (Strong hip bumps with a curve from front to back)

26) Eho klithothi sto spiti … (4:19-4:38)
4 Big & Swingy Basic Hip Bump Walks forward (R L R L). 4 Flat Foot Double Hip Bump back (R L R L). 4 Traveling Side Hip Bump L 4 R 4 L 4 R (do these in a cross pattern + face front and go L & R turn to face stage R and go L & R)

27) Ah Ah Ah … (4:38-4:42)
Slow turn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 9 (walk flat footed. The 9th step takes you into the next section turns)

28) Amane … (4:42-4:46)
4 turns, arms come above head with hand weave and stop with hands above head R hand on top of L hand at the wrist and both hands point down like a bullfighter (same as in # 2)



Choreography
By Helena Vlahos
From Amr Diab’s CD “Amarain”

# 4 “Bahibak Aktar”
Amr Diab & Angela Dimitriou

http://youtu.be/DZ_1F9dRgQg

Music Only (0:00 - 0:23)

1. Shoulder shimmy facing R diagonal 4 counts, turn L diagonal shoulder shimmy 4 counts (2 maqsum).

2. 4 Figure 8’s out, accenting each ½ of the 8 with a hip bump, start with R hip R-L-R-L-R-L-R-L, Twist L-R (2 counts of 8) (4 maqsum).

3. R diagonal shimmy (8 counts)(2 maqsum) turn L & shimmy (8 counts)
(2 maqsum).

4. 4 side to side hip bumps L -- R L – R (first 2 hip bumps are slow last 2 are faster according to the music), hip circle back R to L (this is quick right after the last 2 hip bumps).

Amr Diab (0:23 – 0:38)
5. Turn R diagonal, 3 Horse shoe L hip, (front, back, front, back, front, back). 2 chest lifts up (8 counts) (4 maqsum). Turn L diagonal, 3 Horseshoe R hip (front, back, front, back, front, back). 2 chest lifts (8counts) (4 maqsum).

6. 3 camel walks in, staring W/R foot walking diagonal L. Turn front, shoulder shimmy to bouzoukee sound. Turn diagonal R. 2 camel walks in, starting W/L foot. Turn front, shoulder shimmy to bouzoukee sound. Then quickly bump L hip, R hip, continue W/R hip back ¼ of a hip circle, camel out.

Angela Dimitriou (0:38 - 0:55)
7. 3 Basic hip bump walks starting W/L hip, pause W/R foot up on ball of foot, L foot flat, R shoulder back, L shoulder back. 3 Basic hip bump walks starting W/R hip, pause W/L foot up on ball of foot, R foot flat, R shoulder back, L shoulder back.

8. 2-L hip bumps traveling L, 3-point turn L, 3-point turn R. L hip up down.

Amr Diab (0:55 –1:10)
9. Turn R diagonal, 3 Horse shoe L hip, (front, back, front, back, front, back). 2 chest lifts up. Turn L diagonal, 3 Horseshoe R hip (front, back, front, back, front, back). 2 chest lifts.
10. 2 camel walks in, starting W/R foot walking diagonal L. Turn front, shoulder shimmy to bouzoukee sound. Turn diagonal R. 1 camel walk in, starting W/L foot. Turn front, shoulder shimmy to bouzoukee sound. Then quickly bump L hip, R hip, continue W/R hip back ¼ of a hip circle, camel out.

Music Only (Bouzoukee)(1:10 – 1:34)
11. L Hip Shake (fast) Up/Down, accent the Down follow bouzoukee sound. Bend; Hop onto R foot, L foot behind R foot (R hip facing stage front).

12. R Hip Shake (fast) Up/Down, accent the Down follow bouzoukee sound. Bend; Hop onto L foot, R foot behind L foot (L hip facing stage front).

13. Facing stage R, step back W/L foot & thrust L buttock way back, Walk front W/L foot & back again thrusting L buttock way out. Turn stage L step back W/R foot & thrust R buttock way back, Walk front W/R foot & back again thrusting R buttock way out. (This is a shake & walk step)
14. Arabesque L, shake shake (while shaking, step, step). Arabesque R, shake shake, Arabesque L, shake shake.

Amr Diab (1:34 – 1:50)
15.Half figure 8 out W/L hip, Thrust R hip way out to R 3 times stepping L
3 times, full body sway down & up, Thrust L hip way out to L 3 times stepping R, Sway down & up, Thrust R hip way out to R 3 times stepping L 3 times, full body sway down & up, Sway L hip R hip & twist from L to R ( both feet pivoting back & forth), Camel out.

Angela Dimitriou (1:50 – 2:06)
16.2 L hip bump pivot turning R, Turn R 1 ½ turns & face front (hands in prayer position in front of face while turning). 2 R hip bump pivots turning L, Turn L 1 ½ turns & face front (hands in prayer position in front of face while turning)

17.Sway R – L, 1 Full Turn L, W/L Arm Swing, Turn R, W/R Arm Swing (no sway this time). L hip sway in, R hip up (L foot flat, R on ball of foot) Bring R hip down, down, down.

Amr Diab (2:06 – 2:22)
18.Strut stage front taking 3 steps (R-L-R), Turn R to face stage back same time Step-Step (L-R, these steps are quick & L hip steps way out L as you turn), Strut stage back taking 3 steps (L-R-L), Turn L to face stage front Step Step (R-L, these steps are quick & R hip steps way out R as you turn) Strut stage front R-L Together.

19.Shimmy, Step L W/L leg W/strong L hip bump, bring L leg back in place, Shoulder Shimmy.

20.Hip Bump L-R, Around the World (R-Back-L-Front-Finish R)

Music Only Bouzoukee (2:22-2:45)
21.Shimmy facing stage front. Side Step W/Hip. Bump L (as soon as you bump the hip, bring the foot back in place or starting position). Shimmy, Side Step W/Hip Bump R (as soon as you bump the hip, bring the foot back in place or starting position). Shimmy, Step W/Hip Bump Front, W/L foot (as soon as you bump the hip, bring the foot back in place or starting position). Turn R taking 4 steps while doing the Around the World to the L (one full circle)

22.Hips L-R-L-R (on balls of feet swinging hips side to side). Around the World L while walking R to face stage back. Hips L-R-L-R (on balls of feet swinging hips side to side), 2 Around the World L while walking R), 1 full turn.

Amr Diab (2:45 – 3:02)

23. Figure 8 in R L. Turn R tilting body R. R arm front L arm behind. Figure 8 in L R. Turn L tilting body L. L arm front R arm behind. Do this a total of 4 times, but do not turn the 4th time.

24. L hip Horseshoe, front, back, front, back. L hip bump, (way back) while facing R.

Angela Dimitriou (3:02 – 3:18)

25. 2 L hip bump pivot turning R, Turn R 1 ½ turns & face front (hands in prayer position in front of face while turning)
2 R hip bump pivots turning L, Turn L 1 ½ turns & face front (hands in prayer position in front of face while turning).

26.Figure 8 in R L (with R, turn to face L, with L, turn to face R), Shoulder Shimmy. Figure 8 in R only (turn to face L), Shoulder Shimmy. Figure 8 in L R (with L, turn to face R, with turn to face L).

27. Bounce 3 times down, down, down (facing front).

Amr Diab 3:18 – 3:34

28. Strut stage front, taking 3 steps (R-L-R). Turn R to face stage back, same time Step-Step (L-R, these steps are quick & L hip steps way out L as you turn). Strut stage back, taking 3 steps (L-R-L), Turn L to face stage front Step Step (R-L, these steps are quick & R hip steps way out R as you turn) Strut stage front R-L Together.

29. Shimmy, Step L W/L leg W/strong L hip bump, bring L leg back in place, Shoulder Shimmy.

30.Hip Bump L-R, Around the World (R-Back-L-Front-Finish R). Finish with Camel out (Roll out). L hand by L hip, R hand by R ear.



“Ya Omdah” (Fatma Serhan) From the CD: Queen of Balady
Choreography by Helena Vlahos

http://youtu.be/hNkN95bdFTY

1. Shimmy 6 counts of 8 (2, 8counts facing front, 2, 8 counts back to audience, 2, 8 counts front).
2. 8 hip drops facing ¾ front (R hip front), hands on hips.
3. 3 basic hip bump walk forward (R L R) stop on 4, figure 8 (L R) Down & Up
4. 3 basic hip bump walk back (L R L) stop on 4, figure 8 (R L) Down & Up
5. 3 shake & walk (there are 4 steps in this shake & walk) starting with R foot (R L R L), on the 3rd shake & walk, jump on 4 (legs apart), 3 hip bumps (R L R)
6. 3 shake & walk L foot, jump on 4 (legs apart), shoulders (R L R)
7. 3 R hip bump pivots to back (back to audience) step on 4
8. 2 Basic hip bumps (L R) turn head & body sideways to look at audience (hip & leg way out then back in place), arms down following hip & leg movement
9. 3 L hip bump pivots to front
10. 2 Basic hip bumps at a diagonal (R L) (hip & leg way out then back in place), arms down following hip & leg movement
11. 3 R hip bump pivots to back (back to audience) step on 4
12. 2 Basic hip bumps (L R) turn head & body sideways to look at audience (hip & leg way out then back in place), arms down following hip & leg movement
13. 3 L hip bump pivots to front so L hip faces audience. Step on 4
14. 3 R hip bump pivots to front. Step on 4
15. 1 sway (L hip R hip), Roll up body wave (camel out), pop chest up, subtle basic arms (snake arms) R L
16. Shoulder shimmy 2 beats Down & Up
17. 3 basic hip bump walk forward (R L R) stop on 4, figure 8 (L R)
18. 3 basic hip bump walk back (L R L) stop on 4, figure 8 (R L)
19. 3 shake & walk R foot, jump on 4 (legs apart), 3 hip bumps twists (R L R)
20. 3 shake & walk L foot, jump on 4 (legs apart), turn ¾ to the L, 2 chest lifts
21. 4 R hip bump pivot counterclockwise (full circle), caddie corner R leg and hip front & back 3 times, step back in place on 4 (front, back, front, step)
22. Dip L hip lift, dip R hip lift (L hand on L hip R hand behind R ear) You will hear the music change, sounds whiny (violin)
23. 4 L hip bump pivot counterclockwise (full circle), caddie corner R leg and hip front & back 3 times, step back in place on 4 (front, back, front, step)
24. Dip R hip lift, dip L hip lift. You will hear the music change, sounds whiny (violin)
25. 4 R hip bump pivot counterclockwise (full circle), caddie corner R leg and hip front & back 3 times, step back in place on 4 (front, back, front, step)
26. Dip L hip lift, dip R hip lift (L hand on L hip R hand behind R ear) You will hear the music change, sounds whiny (violin)
27. 4 L hip bump pivot counterclockwise (full circle), caddie corner R leg and hip front & back 3 times, step back in place on 4 (front, back, front, step)
28. Hip bumps side to side, R L R L R
Front hip bumps walking forward (hips snap front and release back) L R L R L R L R. Arms above head, fingers snapping (Arabic style)
29. Bounce walk on balls of feet (walk back) with shoulder shimmy. Starting with L foot walk 7 times, step down on 8. L R L R L R L step down (arms are out away from body)
30. Lift L hip up and turn it to face audience, pause, 4 hip drops (fast), L hand on L hip, R hand behind R ear.
31. Lift R hip up and turn it to face audience, pause, 4 hip drops (fast), R hand on R hip, L hand behind L ear.
32. Lift L hip up and turn it to face audience, pause, 4 hip drops (fast), L hand on L hip, R hand behind R ear.
33. Lift R hip up and turn it to face audience, pause, 4 hip drops (fast), R hand on R hip, L hand behind L ear.
34. Sway 1 ½ times (R hip in, L hip in, R hip in), ½ hip circle back (L to R), pause in the low position R hip sticking way out back and to the right. Hands on hips.
35. Low hip bump walk (the funky one) 4 times (L R L R). L hand on L hip R hand behind R ear, alternate with each hip.
36. L hip up – down 8 times, first 4 hands on hips, last 4 L hand on L hip R hand behind R ear. Shoulder shimmy with a bounce walk while walking off the stage. Turn & do the R hand shimmy L hand under elbow.


   




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