Arabic Maqams

Find a deeper understanding of the music behind the dance

The maqam is a pillar of Arabic music and dance. The maqam sets the tone for the music and the stage for the dancer, each maqam having a unique feeling and identity. In this special lecture and dance series, musician and music scholar Al Cofrin will be taking you on a journey through the world of Arabic instrumental music. You will learn to identify popular maqamat, sing half-tone scales, and understand the feelings inherent behind each.


Sahira will co-teach the series to help you bring authentic movement to the music used. Expect a good amount of lecture, with bits of dance built into each class.


Your Instructor


Sahira
Sahira

Well hello there, fabulous dancer! I'm Sahira. 👋🏽

I'm a life-long performer and have dedicated the last 21 years of my life to empowering others through the beautiful art of Belly Dance. I am a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the finger cymbals. I am a self-proclaimed technique and music geek, love anything to do with bunnies and could live off of spicy Szechwan food for the rest of my life.

I also direct the BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press and am founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hipsy.

I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 21 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!

What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by every body.

I look forward to sharing the dance floor with you soon!


Course Curriculum



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