Amala Gameela presents Workshops with Karim Nagi

Event Date: Jun 10 - 11, 2017 | Aloha DanceSport Center | View Map

Karim Nagi is an International Arabic Musician and Folk Dancer from Egypt and the USA. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban. Amala is ecstatic and honored to bring Karim to Hawaii!

Workshops will be held at Aloha DanceSport Center:
350 Ward Ave. Honolulu, HI 96814
Please arrive 10 minutes before the workshop for registration.
Street parking is available.

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Karim Nagi Workshop Registration:


Saturday, June 10th from 10:30am -1:00pm
Some dancers fear it ! Some overuse it ! Yet everyone adores a solo where the rhythmic drums and the accurate body lock together. Melodic songs are lyrical and eloquent. But drum songs are percussive and articulate. Fact: drum solos in the Egyptian, Arabic, or Cabaret style are systematic. There have predictable themes. Each is like a variation on a famous story, retold with new voices and with different accents. Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so he knows what both creatures need in order to breed together. He will teach the iconic Hagalla sequence, the shimmy-to-roll-relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, Masmudi’s many Dums, Wahda Kabira to Fallahi. Ayoub’s momentary Zaar, and how to ‘Finale’ together, benevolently! After this class transforms you, a deaf man will be able to hear the drums by watching your body. This class uses exclusively LIVE drumming, and teaches the dancer how understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect, and how to be ready for improvisation.
$65 at the door/ $60 in advance


Sunday, June 11th from 10:30pm -1:00pm
Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance expression requires musicality. The best dancers are those who emulate the music into their own movement. Karim will demystify Arab music for the dancer. Several recurring themes in Arab music will be identified (using recorded examples) and explained in emotive, non musical terms. The class will cover Taksim, Melodic Themes, Vocal vs Instrumental Songs, Rhythms & Rhythmic Changes, Melodic Modulation, Song Structure, Orchestration and Instrumentation. Karim will guide the students through several songs and lead them in dancing to each of these themes. This is a movement class that will help the dancer become the physical personification of the music.
$65 at the door/ $60 in advance


Sunday, June 11th from 1:30pm -4:00pm
You are a dancer and a musician at the same time. Your hands can play any rhythm that a drummer can play. You can accent the orchestra, follow the dynamics of the song, or simply choose the right moment to not play. Sagat (Egyptian word) and Zills (Turkish word), when played correctly, can add to a dancer’s dynamism and effect. Karim will teach multiple sounds (Dum, Tak, Tik, Tok, Kish) to give the cymbals the desperately needed variety. He will teach ambidextrous technique, so the dancer can play, and Move, in both left and right directions. He will also teach several famous rhythms, so that the dancer can communicate to a drummer or to her own students. In addition, Karim shows how to play with a melodic song, when to play a rhythm vs. accents, and when to stop or not play. Finally, he shows movement combinations, both stationary and traveling, while playing the cymbals. Each dancer will be transformed into a moving musician.
$65 at the door/ $60 in advance