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Musicality for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance exprssion requires musicality. The best dancers are those who embody the music in their movements. Several recurring themes in Arab music will be explained in emotive, non-musicl terms. The class will cover Taksim, Melodic Themes, Vocal vs Instrumental Songs, Rhythms & Rhythmic Changes, Melodic Modulation, Song Stucture, Orchestration and Instrumentation. Karim will guide the students through several songs and lead them in dancing to each of these themes. This movement class will help the dancer become the physical personification of the music.
Live Drum Solo for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Everyone loves a drum solo where the rhythmic drums and accurate body lock together. Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so is uniquely qualified to effectively present this to dancers. Drum solos in Egyptian, Arabic or Cabaret style are systematic. They have predictable themes. Karim will teach the iconic Hagalla sequence, the simmy-to-roll relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, Masmudi's many dums, Wahda Kabira to Fellahi, Ayoub's momentary Zaar, and how to "Finale" together benevolently! This class teaches the dancer how to understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect and how to be ready for improvisation.
PLACE: John Vitti’s Studio
10 Precision Rd.,
Danbury, CT

WORKSHOP FEE: $90.00 or early rate by 1/26/2019 $75.00



Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is
the creator of Turbo Tabla.. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional
styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He
promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of
the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka
and Zikr Sufi Dance.
He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for
5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin,
Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community
Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi's Arabiqa program has conducted over 300
school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab
traditional arts.
His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live
drumming and dance, done in unison. 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. Karim teaches and performs all
over the world. In the USA. Karim is a true crossover artist, uniting the
Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.
His teaching skills are unparalleled.

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Group Photos From Past Workshops
From The Karim Nagi March 2 & 3, Weekend Workshops 2013


Saturday Arabic Folk


Saturday Musicality For Dancers


Sunday Rhythm For Dancers 
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