Jacqueline Jamal

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.

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Jacqui will be teaching the following workshops:

 

  • Power Up Your Performance! A masterclass. Bring a 2 minute section of choreography – either solo or group. Get specific feedback & develop new depths! Jacqui will share techniques which will take your dance to a whole new level!
  • Maazin Sisters Ghawazee Dance. Ancient Ghawazee tribal Dance, preserved by the Maazin Sisters from El Said. Ghawazee translates as ‘Invaders of the Heart’ – a playful & charismatic technique which Jacqui learnt directly from Khariya Maazin in Luxor. She shares the secrets of complex, minute & contrasting movements for each part of the body – which are then layered simultaneously to involve everything in hypnotic improvisation with the complex rhythms of the migratory tribal peoples, originally from Rajasthan & preserved by the famous Quenawi family. Rare opportunity & not to be missed! Perfect for solo or groups. Bring a stick if you have one.

About

Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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