I regularly attended Juliana's workshops for a number of years and was previously a member of her Edinburgh performance group. Chic Shake Shock I know as a London based dance group that has entertained audiences for 10 years in a variety of arts and community settings. I have seen this lovely group dance and worked with several of their members at previous Society events and courses, so knew to expect a wonderful afternoon. Fortunately I had the chance to join them as I was also already down in London, for the Raqs Sharqi Society CPD event for Associate teacher members, which ran the day before.
The showcase opened with Juliana's performance group Al Malikat, performing a skillful Baladi choreography with veil to the tune Gozy. The three young dancers dressed in eye catching block colours moved around the stage with beautiful patterns and shapes and proved a lovely opening to the show.
Next up, Maggie and Rebecca from Chic Shake Shock in a break from the Society's form, performed a fun Reda style duet. This was followed by Sara with her first ever solo, performing a gentle classical piece to Raqs El Gamal by Farid El Atrash.
|Maggie and Sue|
|Doreen and Pauline|
The second half opened with a soulful solo from Pauline to a qanun piece by Imane Homsy, fusing together classical technique with her training in Hilal Dance. Then Doreen returned, this time for a veil duet with dance partner Brenda. By this point in the evening Doreen had also built up the biggest and loudest entourage of family, including her children and grandchildren to cheer her on. Al Malikat then returned to the stage and performed a Baladi piece and drum solo. After this was an incredibly poised and delicate classical performance by Carmen to Farid El Atrash's Zeina.