INTERVIEW WITH BADAWEYAH!
Badaweyah Kareem is an NYC based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Raised in the midwest, Badaweyah spent much of her life performing on the stage in some way shape or form from the time she was just six! Over the years she has been a violinist, stage actress, and night club blues singer. Her love of music and performance brought her to NYC. Here she spent some time researching Bedouin and Berber culture and was re-introduced to classical Egyptian music and then to belly dance. Now she performs frequently in New York and has even performed at Lincoln Center. She has also danced at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival in Egypt!
The first time I saw Badaweyah dance was last year at an event called Pandemonium hosted by Jerry Bezdikian. Badaweyah mesmerized me with her unique and authentic style and stage presence. There is so much depth to her dance you can sense the history behind it, even in her name, which translates to Bedouin in Arabic. A couple months ago, I got to know her better when we worked together at the Theatrical Belly Conference, she had the best stories to tell (which she will share with you below) and I learned so much just from listening to her. I got to see Badaweyah perform again more recently and knowing more about her, it was even easier to see how much passion and soul she brings to the dance. This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Badaweyah in person, so watch below!!!!
Also take a peek at Badaweyah’s webiste!
TBB: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN BELLY DANCE?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpoaqtThMqw]
Learn more about the Tuareg People
Learn more about Morocco a.k.a. Aunt Rocky
TBB: WHEN YOU WENT TO EGYPT WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE?
TBB: WHO WERE SOME OF THE ARTISTS YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE IN EGYPT?
Learn more about Baligh Hamdi
Watch Badaweyah dance to Adaweya sung by Mohammed Roshdy
Listen to this classical Egyptian playlist!
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TBB: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DANCE STYLE?
Learn more about Shaabi
Listen to Hakim!
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TBB: ARE ANY OTHER TYPES OF MUSIC INFLUENTIAL TO YOU OUTSIDE OF WHAT’S CONSIDERED BELLY DANCE MUSIC?
Listen to some of Badaweyah’s favorite artists!
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TBB: CAN YOU SHARE SOME STORIES WITH ME…LIKE THE ONE ABOUT YOUR WOLF??? 😀
Learn more about Sira
TBB: IF YOU COULD MEET A DANCER FROM THE PAST, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET?
Read The Belly Blog’s #TBT post on Tahia Carioca!
TBB: IF YOU COULD GIVE US DANCE ADVICE, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE?
Learn more about Ranya Renee
WATCH BADAWEYAH DANCE!!!!!!!!!
* The story behind this dance is that Badaweyah told her friend (who is singing in the video) that she was performing on this night 2 days prior to this show. She told him she would be dancing to Hakim and Ennabi by Karem Mahmoud. He decided to show up with his oud and force himself on stage with her. So it was an impromptu dance which turned out to be perfect and really cool. Check it out below! *
LIVE IN OR VISITING THE NYC AREA? TAKE CLASS WITH BADAWEYAH!!!!
She teaches in Rego Park Queens at Dance Source every Monday at 6:30 p.m.