How to Improvise to Taqasim
Taqsim, instrumental improvisation, is all about the feeling, improvisation, and musical meaning. Taqsim is about enjoyment, relaxation, and openness. It invites dancers to sink into the music, to wait for it, to follow it, to lean into it.
Taqsim is among the deepest, most beautiful elements of Oriental dance–and among the most challenging for Western dancers, especially those trained in choreography. Our class is a five-week deep dive into understanding taqsim structure and conventions, immersion in different instruments and their responses, learning to let go and let the music lead, to trust our bodies to follow, to trust ourselves to feel, and to express what we feel.
The video class includes technique, follow me, and individual exploration. We will explore traditional taqasim plus fusion and world improvisations with a suitable vibe. This class won’t show you what to dance to a taqsim–it will show you how to dance in the moment to improvised music.
In taqsim’s celebration of the present moment, with its invitation to let the body move as it wishes, the nervous system has time to settle, release, re-align. Few classes provide open structures and space for you to be yourself, to feel deeply in a safe space. Now is the time to give yourself this gift.
Why Taqsim Tuesdays? Because the original class aired on Tuesdays--but thanks to the internet, you can start whenever you want!
Alia Thabit (she/her), a Levantine-American artist, writer, and guide, celebrates belly dance's cultural ideals of feeling, playfulness, and joy. An international and online instructor with decades of experience, Alia has designed and taught online classes at the college level since 2004. She is the author of Midnight at the Crossroads, a book about the heart and soul of belly dance. Come find your soul at BellyDanceSoul.com