Off the back of our Bal-Anat inspired workshop yesterday, here are some vids for you to enjoy.
Jamilla Salimpour is a mega influential American bellydancer - she started teaching bellydance in the late 40's in the bay Area, and nowadays gets reffered to as the Mother of Tribal, as decendants from her students from her troupe, Bal Anat, created ATS bellydance (That would be Carolena Nericcio through Macha Archer) and tribal fusion bellydance (mainly through Jill Parker, a student of Carolena's), though at the time, there was none of this "I Am Creating Tribal Bellydance" stuff - it was just Jamilla teaching dance the way she knew how and presenting a glorious theatrical fantasy to an audience.
So, let's get learning about our dance history. First up is a biography vid about Jamilla Salimpour - it's fascinating man. Give it a whirl.
And here is a video of Bal Anat in the 70's - I love it! So much energy, and colour, and even though it's really simple, it's really vibrant and interesting to watch.