Keep the discussion going in the GC forum! In this live session we covered topics including:00:00:40 - Sahar Hamdi video- movements that are considered vulgar and cultural context 00:10:58 - Angling the pelvis towards a single man or a musician as opposed to facing the audience 00:12:40 - Getting past the censors in Egypt - where bellydancers can go to jail for being overly sexual 00:15:20 - Ranya demonstrates "vulgar" or "slutty" pelvic thrusts 00:17:09 - Comparing downward pelvic thrusts with upward thrusts 00:18:55 - Challenges of dancing in the sand 00:21:10 - Dancers "code switching" between elegant movements and vulgar movements 00:23:40 - Permitted "sexual cheekiness," taboos changing over time, and introducing some flirtatiousness into your dance 00:30:24 - Vulgarity and cultural relativism 00:35:47 - Floorwork and vulgarity 00:40:20 - Lower back shimmy while on your knees! 00:42:55 - What are some techniques to stay grounded and focused when you're limited in your movements (like in the Baladi Challenge in the membership)? 00:46:45 - Yousry Sharif's teaching methods - as applied to adapting limited movements 00:56:20 - Why the Baladi Challenge exercise- working with just two movements? And student responses. 01:00:30 - The point is to be unique. Understanding the rules so you can break them. 01:08:40 - How do you structure drill sessions for technique practice- various exercises so that the sessions aren’t boring? 01:19:10 - Is boredom related to self esteem? Is self-acceptance the ultimate goal? 01:21:20 - Incorporating funny or vulgar moves into your performance or practice. (Get it on video!) 01:25:15 - How do you slow your movements down when you are dancing faster than you think you are? How do you control your experience of time? 01:38:35 - Being "in the music" as opposed to "on the music." 01:42:35 - I would like to do a solo with the song Raqset Kahramana by Farid Al Atrache. Any suggestions on how to start the choreography with Samia Gamal in mind? (See Raqset Kahramana course in the membership!) 01:45:40 - How costume choice affects your dancing 01:46:20 - Imitating inspirational dancers from today - such as Esmeralda - and the past. 01:53:20 - We want your feedback for 2020! 01:54:30 - Why Ranya's interested in improvisation more than choreography these days 01:56:45 - Sign up for the Bring Your Best coaching series!