In this special workshop, we'll explore styles that are unique to Moroccan-Arab fusion that have developed over 1000 years, including samai and more.
Soumaya MaRose will share dance technique and movements, how they are inextricably connected with the music, and the and cultural context of this vibrant historical style from her perspective as a Moroccan, Amazigh and Arabic woman. A traditional performer from a young age, she is equally a dancer and a musician.
This workshop is intended for folks who are familiar with the foundations of raqs sharqi. Newer and experienced dancers alike will deepen their cultural understanding through Soumaya's insights and generous teaching style.
Soumaya's approach to dance and music is founded in the sharing of and educating audiences about her Moroccan, Amazigh and Arabic background. As a teacher, Soumaya combines her academic training in Geography with her personal heritage and self-reflection to deepen her students' understanding of dances from the Arabic-speaking world, with a focus on Morocco.
Soumaya MaRose is an award-winning performer, teacher and cultural ambassador. She is a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO and a former member of El Housna, the all-women traditional Moroccan folk music ensemble in Belgium.
More recently, she is the the creator, producer and director of the live multimedia tableau "Morocco Nights" in collaboration with the Institute for Global Arab Media, Democracy and Culture in Chicago and "Attaï Sharq - Thé à l'Oriental", a cultural exchange forum. She has been instrumental in expanding the Boston-based Moroccan and MENAT Region folk dance troupe, Lionesses El Atlas.
With a host of international credits, festivals, TV appearances, and more, Soumaya constantly works to further mer mission of deepening understanding and appreciation of Moroccan, Amazigh, and Arabic culture, dance, and music.
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