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Khoreography Highlight: Layla


In December, we premiered Eric Clapton’s Layla at Demo’s. 

Karen Barbee | Belly Dancing San Antonio | Belly Dancing Video Lessons | Layla Performance at Demo’s
This khoreography fell under that special circumstance where everyone breaks their own rules!  I rationalized Middle Eastern movement to this song since “Layla” is based on a Persian fairy tale. Close enough. …ha ha!

But quite frankly, Eric’s Unplugged version of this song conjures up more shapes, dance steps, and possibilities than many other “more appropriate” tunes for me right now. Plus what better way to become an inspired dance genius than to dance to the work of an inspired musical genius!! So why not!? For Eric!!

We spent serious time on fundamentals in this class even though we knew the dance would be difficult; focusing on just our arms, just our walk, etc. Genre fusing like this (as far as I’m concerned) creates the possibility of looking like fools if not well done!!!! We also use a lot of layering…..can’t ignore that guitar!

This khoreography is a Level 4.758 in difficulty on a scale of 1 to 5.

To see the complete performance and learn this khoreography, Premier subscribers can log-in to Karavan OnlineNot a subscriber?  Click here to check out our 7-day free trial.

Karen Barbee Adkisson, Karavan Studio owner and professional belly dancer, has been teaching students in the art of belly dance techniques for more than 25 years.  Her expertise at the national and international level is technique and professional progression.  Karen's systematic approaches are found throughout Karavan's online video lessons, live classes, workshops, and events including the annual June GBDAC Recital weekend held in San Antonio, Texas.

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