Jacqueline Jamal is known for her joyful dancing and teaching. Learning a wide range of dance styles since childhood, she developed a passion for Egyptian Dance in 1985, which has been a source of learning and pleasure ever since.
She says, ‘Egypt offers us such a treasure trove of dance from a wide geographical diversity over a tremendous history, and because of the position of Egyptian women, not despite it, their dances offer us a unique and precious insight into what it means to be female’.
Jacqueline has mastered an extraordinary breadth and depth of these dance styles, which she performs with energy and exuberance. She has studied with a host of fabled teachers of our times and incorporates this learning in her work, together with her own insight and style.
Jacqueline has taught 1000’s of women over her long career, earning her place as a respected expert in this field of dance. She is much loved by many. Her classes are great fun and it is important to her that each dancer, regardless of level, develops their own fitness, knowledge, skill and self-awareness so that they will perform with generosity and confidence. She has taught a number of respected teachers in Europe today and been instrumental in developing the Egyptian dance and music scene in Britain through workshops, summer schools, magazines, arts festivals and theatre.
Jacqui will be teaching the following workshops at Celebrating Dance 2020:
The Bee– Some of you may remember Jacqui original interpretation the fabled “Bee Dance” as described by the travellers to the Middle East during Victorian times. In this workshop we will look at an original account from that time and use it to interpret and recreate this much talked about dance, using layers of shimmying and a range of Egyptian techniques, with a dash of drama thrown in for good measure!
You turn my head around- Introducing and practising a variety of techniques for directional turning and spinning with tips for avoiding that ‘giddy’ feeling
Baladi-means “country” it refers to a place where you were born or belong and it also refers to the countryside. Baladi music and dance originated from the time of migrations to larger towns and cities where it typically expressed a lost love and longing for the home, countryside and people left behind. Get the baladi spirit into your bones and move your audiences with powerful emotional improvisations