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A delayed rant.

I found myself having a bit of a rant this morning. Not to anyone in person- I was driving to work at the time, and my thoughts wandered, and there I was, getting all aeriated about something, and nobody to rant at. Which is something of a disappointment, so you're getting it now.

It was about Sa'aidi.

In the last few days, I've watched two smashing Sa'aidi clips online.
First there was this one from Hassan Hassan:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=863494903693925&pnref=story
and then Catherine Barros posted this one, with Ashraf Kodak:


And maybe they *are* fakelore, but you know what? So what? Both of those vids make me happy, because they're still dancing the way that I see those Sa'aidi men using tahtib. They are still retaining all the masculinity, earthiness, pride, solidity, strength of the Sa'aid. They are JOYFUL to watch. They're exciting!

And last week, I saw two dancers at a hafla, who claimed to be dancing Sa'aidi, each danced with sticks and everything, but neither one of them had anything, ANYTHING, that resembled that grace. Admittedly, neither one of them is what I would consider a strong dancer, but there was nothing there. Neither one of them had anything earthy or strong or exciting or even fun about them. They had no uprightness. They had no sense of angles. There was no Power. There was not one thing about either one of those performances that gave me even a glancing impression of Sa'aidi. They were just dancing their usual way while holding a stick, not even using the stick, just holding it. It was like those dancers had never even seen any Sa'aidi, they didn't know what they should even be aiming for. I could have cried!

Maybe I have to make it my mission, this year, to perform some proper Sa'aidi. Not namby pamby girly Sa'aidi, but Sa'aidi as she is spoke. With Mizmars, dammit!

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diva_c
Apr. 1st, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ashraf danced at Leilas show at the Fairmont. He was great and charisma he most definitely has. I loved it.
beafarhana
Apr. 1st, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
He's danced at many a Yasmina party, too.
suzycat
Apr. 1st, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
LOVE that Ashraf clip!!!!
abbie_normel
Apr. 1st, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
I never like saiidi. I always thought it was cutsey till I saw it performed by Egyptians. you should look like your going to kick ass. westerns always act like Shirley temple doing a soft shoe. cane dancing became my "thing" and I enjoyed being a bit gender bendy with it.

it's the only thing I still think about doing.

Edited at 2015-04-01 11:53 pm (UTC)
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