Feedback on Raqia Hassan's workshops & "Dance Dance Celebration" show in her honor on April 21st & 22nd, 2007:
Thank you all for your wonderful participation!
Thank you Hala! for putting on that fabulous workshop &
show with Raqia. It totally changed my whole perspective on Oriental dance
& was like starting from square one, with a master, really one the
founders of that style. Her approach to the movements is completely different
than most of what I have learned from others. It was so interesting to
hear her describe how they translate the folkloric movements into "elegant"
oriental style and to hear her explain her thought process when putting
together a choreography. I'm just now recovering physically from the workout
she gave us & I'm sure the other participants are too. It was a thrill
to see her dance so close up & really feel the magic of her style.
She is still a stunning performer even in a workshop setting. The show
was great too & I'm really looking forward to Mohammed Shaheen's workshop.
His cane performance & Sufi dance were both impeccable - and what
a cutie too! Thanks for all your hard work & another great event in
our area! Those of you who missed it, what a bummer, hopefully she can
come back again.
Hi ya Hala,
I am glad I did come to the performance. It was one of the
best performances I had the opportunity to attend. It was awesome! Now
onwards I will keep an eye on the performances organized by Hala Dance
and will not miss it. I look forward to attending the next program. I
was wondering one of the dance which you performed in the later part of
the program that was so beautiful, the background music was from a female
singer from Lebonon. After watching your dance to this music I am fixated
to get this CD!
My hat goes off to you for having put together such a successful
workshop and dance show last weekend. It was an awesome experience! :)
The workshop was very useful. I learnt many new movements
and combinations, especially the Egyptian style. Mme Raqia Hassan is an
excellent instructor. I'd be very happy to have more workshops with her.
Thank you Hala, for your energy and for sponsoring Madame
Raqia. Raqia Hassan is an excellent instructor because in addition to
creating beautiful choreography, she teaches the essence of Egyptian style
- the performance aspects of Raqs Sharqi Oriental Dance: timing, expression,
grace, and subtleties and nuances of body movement and positions to match
both the feeling of the music and the literal meaning of the poetry of
the lyrics. You know that the instruction is a success when the dancers
taking class look beautiful each in their own way as they learn and internalize
Thanks again for bring madame Raqia to the Bay Area! I had
soooo much fun, I learned a lot and will truly never forget that weekend
Thank you for <the show>, it was an outstanding performance.
I especially liked the last guy with the twirling skirts, is there any
more of those kind of performances coming up in the bay area, or a video
tape or DVD with that kind of dancing exclusively? It was EXTREMELY impressive,
and something I had never seen before. I was told it was out of Egypt.
I have been telling countless people about the great performance I saw.
Hala, Congratulations on your highly successful evening
show. You dazzled us with an amazing lineup of stellar performers, their
musical interpretation and technique are so fabulous. Tamra-henna and
Mohamed Shahin definitely put this show over the top. It was the best
dance show I have ever seen. Thank you for putting this spectacular show
together. Can't wait for your show DVD to come out! Now, if only I know
how to spin non-stop for 15+ minutes :)
Hello Hala - Congrats on all your hard work! our lives are
all the better and enriched for the experience you enabled.
I had a great time and got a lot out of the workshop. BTW
I really enjoyed your dancing. You have obviously been working hard on
your own style in addition to building up your studio and troupe.
I really enjoyed Raqia's workshop, it was so informational,
SHE was so friendly and giving, and I am completely inspired!
Workshop w/Raqia was fantastic, inspiring and Iearnt new
technique as well as different perspective on stand and isolations.