Folklore Shows

Iana's rich dance repertoire along with belly dance includes a variety of folklore styles such as Turkish, Iraqi, Lebanese, Egyptian, Iranian, Moroccan and Indian. Each of these styles can bring an authentic traditional touch to your event, and surprise your guests with Iana's unique program, unmatched by other dancers in the city. 

 
 
Iraqi Dance by Iana in Toronto

Iraqi kawleeya dance

Iraqi Kawleeya dance is very similar to the Gulf Khaliji dances, but includes much faster hair movement and more intricate tricks. Upbeat Iraqi rhythms and stunning covered dresses in combination with crazy dance moves would wow not only Iraqi audience, but absolutely anyone.


Egyptian Saidi

Saidi is one of the most popular folklore dances of Egypt. It originated in the Upper Egypt area first as a male dance imitating their training with tahtib (a stick that can be used as a weapon too). The female version of this dance often includes use of cane instead of tahtib, but not necessarily.


Egyptian Ghawazee Dance

The Ghawazee are among the most famous dancers of Egypt, and to a certain extend can be called the "grandmothers" of belly dancers. They were the first dancers seen by European travellers in 19th century Egypt. The main features of this style are rapid hip movements and use of finger cymbals, sometimes combining the use of a shamadan (candelabra on dancer's head).

Egyptian traditional dance Toronto

Egyptian Muwashshah

Muwashshah is a classical love song based on poetry from Andalusian Spain which was a centre of Arab culture in Medieval times. Unfortunately the original music and dance style has been lost, but today we use Mahmoud Reda's (famous Egyptian choreographer) interpretation as an example of Muwashshah dance. The term "muwashshah" suggests that it was the most beautiful poetry/music/dance ever composed.


Turkish Romani Dance

This is truly one of the most unusual and unique styles that combines specific belly moves with a combination of intricate steps. Those who mastered Turkish Romani dance are always proud of how they can move their body to very complex rhythms, jumping from an absolutely crazy party mood into a meditative enchanting moment and back.


Indian Kalbelia Dance

When one thinks of Indian dances, usually Bollywood and Indian Classical come to mind. However, there is a number of other unique styles in Indian culture. Kzalbelia dance is probably one of the most sensual dance forms of the Rajasthan region. Originally performed by the Kalbelia tribe (also known as Sapera, Jogira or Jogi), this dance replicates the movements of a serpent, and snake charmers.


Persian Classical Dance

Elegant and sophisticated, the Persian Classical dance style combines elements of various Iranian folklore dances and mixes them with classical ballet. This dance is inspired by Persian court dancers of past times which were depicted in Persian miniatures. You can find more information about Iana's repertoire of Persian dances HERE.


Iranian Baba Karam Dance

Baba Karam is traditionally a male dance, but today women perform it too. There are many funny descriptions of this dance: from comparison to a dance of a drunk man, to a title of modern Persian hop-hop! Also, there is a romantic tale about its origins: a Sufi story about a servant who fell in love with a princess, and started singing songs out about the grief of not being able to be with her. Usually Baba Karam songs are about deep love to a woman, and the phrase "baba karma" can be translated as something like "please, (show me some) kindness".