Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Saaidi Cane Dance at the Nile Group 2012

This clip shared on Facebook by Athens/New York based dancer Athena Najat shows a clean version of the traditional stick dance done to traditional Saaidi rhythm and music.  Though traditionally a men's dance, raks assaya (or cane dance) some of the music and feeling have made their way in to sections of even cabaret shows.  This dancer, Ahmed Rafaat, makes the smooth movements paired with the cane (assaya) look deceptively simple.