You are viewing a brand new, factory sealed belly dance instruction DVD: "Gypsy Fire: Spanish / Arabic Gypsy Dance Part One" from Amaya, featuring her unusual showcase of Spanish/Arabic styling with soul-stirring taksims. In this 60 minute video, you will learn the history of the Spanish Gypsies, and see Amaya perform with The Gypsies.We also carry "Moon Over Cairo - Amayagueña, the music that accompanies the video. Read complete review below. We carry all of Amaya's and a wide variety of bellydance DVDs and CDs, as well as Fitness Instruction DVDs.
1998 Winner of Giza "Best Documentary"
award - Gypsy Dancers & Dances Arabo / Spanish Dance
Learn the history of the Spanish Gypsies. See the Alhambra and the Gypsy Caves of Sacramonte. Enjoy the dance of the Zambra. Study Zambra steps. See Amaya perform with The Gypsies!
As a performer, Amaya's dance is filled with passion and fire, tempered with elegance and flashes of fun. Her dance is an unusual showcase of Spanish/Arabic styling with soul-stirring taksims. This fusion expresses the heart of Andalucía with the spirit of Arabia. She has chosen "La Mora Gitana" to describe her unique interpretation to this dance. Touching soul and spirit, her dance transcends time and place.
Amaya ~ Gypsy Fire: Spanish
/ Arabic Gypsy Dance Part One DVD
Retail Price: $35.00 + shipping and State Tax
Length: 55 minutes; Full Color; Stereo
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We are introduced to the "joie
de vivre" of the Gypsies as we see an elderly Gypsy woman, high on a roof top in
Spain, dancing acapella to her own finger snaps. She says, "I love to sing and dance,
every knows me. And they say, Rosa, sing and dance for us. And off I go like the
errant Gypsy. Do you know what "errant" means? Tinkers, gypsies that go from place
to place. My grandfather, my grandmother, my father, my mother we wandered from
town to town in a wagon. That's my life."
In December 1997, Amaya visited the world-famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain with it's multitude of waterways, fountains and gardens. Amaya provides a historical perspective and background that surrounds the romance of the Alhambra. As you follow Amaya through a walk through the gardens she gives an historical accounting of the Arabic influence in southern Spain, or "Andaluca."
Next Amaya provides a history of the Gypsy Rom and how their dance was synthesized in the South of Spain and contains influences of their origins from the countries of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. We are treated to a Gypsy Rom dance section which begins with a brief glimpse of the famous Gypsy Flamenco singer "Chocolate." Note that the music is akin to Arabic music, but the difference is in the performance which allows anyone of any age, any size or stature to be beautiful performing this Spanish Gypsy Dance.
A section on Gypsy dancing in the authentic Sacramonte, a neighboring village set into caves in the hills near the Albaicin is featured. Today, Gypsy Flamenco shows can still be enjoyed there in these caves. As you listen to Spanish-inspired music written for Amaya, Amaya points to the family photographs of the Amaya family on the walls of a Sacramonte cave dwelling. It is then you understand the deep connection and influence of Gypsy Flamenco dance in Amaya's dance performance style.
We can enjoy a performance by a boy of about 10 years of age who performs a Gypsy Flamenco dance with a cane, tapping out the rhythms. Amaya gives us the history of the Zambra Mora dance that originated with the legendary performer, Carmen Amaya. "Zambra Mora provides the dancer with the freedom of passion to combine dance into a joyous moment." says Amaya. Amaya says, "The age of a dancer is of no consequence, in fact, life expression is revered. Emotion and passion are required in it's (the dance) presentation."
There is much that the Orientale dancer can learn from watching the passion created by the dancers as they dance using these techniques. A solo dancer shows passion while she dances using only slowly moving arms and no footwork at all. A teenager displays his talent with lightening fast spins and dramatic use of arms and poses.
The late Cruz Luna, a flamenco artist of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, presents us with a distinctively unique performance. Cruz wears a white riding outfit with white chaps, white hat and boots, dancing with a riding crop and displaying a dance based on the rhythmic patterns of a horse's running gait. Flamenco is described aptly as "controlled passion," says Cruz Luna. Wonderful close-up shots of Cruz show the artistry and grace in his intricate footwork.
Carmen Amaya is shown in movie posters and news photos from the 1930's. Amaya provides rich description of this dancer's early background as a performer alongside her father in the cabaret's in Barcelona and chronicles her worldwide performances through the 40's and 50's. Carmen dances and fixes the audience with her signature gaze and uses attack and force which is characteristic of the Gitano style.
The last section of the videotape features lessons by Amaya in dancing the Zambra Mora steps and learning the Spanish Gypsy style. Amaya explains how the drama and movement of Spanish dance can enliven an Orientale dance. She provides guidance on the use of the zambra mora steps in Orientale dance. She dances during the narrative explanation and by the time the lessons begin I know that you too will be excitedly up on your feet ready to learn the movements of the zambra mora. Amaya says: "Go ahead, let us peek into your soul."
Finally, there is a spectacular performance of Amaya in Austin, Texas to the band called "The Gypsies". She shimmies with the fan performing the flamenco shimmies that she taught in the lesson portion of the videotape. She shows the isolation as she shimmies and her head
remains stationary-and the audience can be heard going wild with zagarheets. When one of the members of the Gypsies band gets up to dance to drum beats, Amaya takes up his drum and plays for him! The dance goes on with even more shimmies on top of spins and poses and by now the viewer is breathless with the excitement that Amaya's dancing generates.
My words cannot begin to describe the passion of dance performances on this video, Amaya's Gypsy Fire. This video is a "must have" for your collection and dance study.
As a performer, Amaya's dance
is filled with passion and fire, tempered with elegance and flashes of fun. Her
dance is an unusual showcase of Spanish/Arabic styling with soul-stirring taksims.
This fusion expresses the heart of Andaluca with the spirit of Arabia. She has chosen
"La Mora Gitana" to describe her unique interpretation to this dance. Touching soul
and spirit, her dance transcends time and place.
Twenty-eight years of teaching have helped Amaya in expertly instructing the beginning dancer to the professional dancer by incorporating basic level steps to "super-embellished" moves while using dynamic music---all mixed with a healthy dose of humor and life philosophies. This combination provides all level seminar attendees with a satisfying, challenging workshop experience.
has danced all her life and in many facets of show business. She even admits to
"running away to join the circus" (Circus Conelli in Zurich, Switzerland). She was
a featured performer in the German extravaganza, "Salome," and also in the theatrical
production "Zorba." In the early stages of her career, Amaya won First Place in
a competition in Cairo, Egypt. More recently (1998), she won Dancer of the Year/
International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance Award. Her mentor and dance partner,
Roman "Bert" Balladine, has said, "Amaya is a jewel in the crown of the Oriental
World." Together they have performed with many of the greats in this fascinating
Born in Crystal City, Texas, the "Spinach Capital of the World" (complete with a downtown statue of Popeye!), Amaya has traveled extensively throughout nineteen different countries teaching and performing. She produces the annual "International Shake & Bake Dance Festival" and "Oriental Potpourri" in New Mexico. Instructional video production, teaching local dance and aerobics classes, all keep Amaya's Dance Productions busy on a daily level when she is not traveling.
Belly Dance is both a celebration of the female spirit and a physical display of the strength and beauty of women of all sizes, ages, and shapes. Its roots can be traced to the rituals of past matriarchal cultures and the secular entertainments that evolved as the Gypsies traveled throughout India, Central Asia, The East, North Africa and Spain. It celebrates the pure joy of movement and rediscovering the body with natural moves. This dance can burn up to 400 calories/hr. This estimate will vary depending on the intensity of your dancing. Combined with a healthy diet, Belly Dance can without a doubt be part of a sound weight loss program. Improved posture, flexibility and an aerobic workout is also possible. Most students are interested in exercise first and then find the music, the movements, and the great fun enticing. No matter what age, shape, gender, height, this form of exercise is perfect for everyone!