Sunday, 12 October 2014

The History of Belly Dance in Spain & start of Flamenco dance

After reading an article of someone who wrote about the history of BellyDance in Spain, making a big mistake with how it came into Spain, I have decided to explain in a short way by online publication on my blog, the real History of Bellydance in Spain.

Spain has been invaded in several times though History by different civilizations, the Phoenicians (from Lebanon), the Greek, the romans, then the Barbarous (from north Europe), then the Arabs from Syria who were almost 800 years, and then the spanish Catholic Kings made Spain a Christian country again since 1492 until now, only 522 years ago.

The Arabian Culture has been in the Spanish blood since the times of the Phoenicians:

" It is written that the Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) in south west Spain in 1100 BC, to explote the natural resources in the area.  Based on archaeological remains, the consecueces is that colonisation began around 800 BC, when settlements were founded along the south coast of the peninsula. The most important besides Gadir, were Malacca (Málaga), Sexi (Almuñecar, in the province of Granada) and Toscanos (Vélez Málaga, in the province of Málaga). " fragment from

Those who came from Lebanon already had the knowledge of the Egyptians, so obviously the Egyptian philosophy, Art, architecture, music and the dance.

So since that moment, the Spanish dance was a mixture between the ancient dances of Spain plus the new dances from the other side of the Mediterranean Sea.

Then came the Greek which also cultivated our culture, they were also copying the architecture of Egypt, and obviously again the Dance of Egypt.

On Roman times the Art was protected and published publicly but then came the barbarous which didn't allow to make it public, they were the Visigodos and their type of Art was very cold and not very artisty.

Then the invasion of the Arabs again, but this time with the Muslim religion (711AC-1492), in this moment there was already a rich environment of Spanish-Arabian Culture, and after been for so long the arabs in Spain the dance style that was created, became known as Al-Andalus Dance (Dance of the Paradise Land). Al Andalus means in arabic "The Paradise Land".

Some historians say that the Gypsies arrived to Spain by 1425, these people came from India, where their style of dance was to hit with their hills the floor, like in the Indian Temples, and when they arrived to Spain they got the influences from the Al-Andalus Dance style that was been danced in Spain more than a thousand years before their arrival, by the first Arabian influences. 

This is the reason why the gypsies created Flamenco dance only in Spain. Because there are gypsies communities all around the world, but the Flamenco dance style was only created in South of Spain due to the Al-Andalus Dance Culture.

So I hope that with these lines I help many people to clarify why BellyDance has been performed in Spain since the Arabian cultural invasions since 3 thousands years ago, and that's why Spain is the only place in the world where the Gypsies created the Flamenco dance style that we all know nowadays.

Written by Prof. Amora Shams 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

My startings

Hi everyone!

I just created this Blog to write my thoughts and share them with the world.

My name it's Amora Shams, I have been BellyDancing since childhood and been teaching since over 20 years now.

On my childhood, I was daily training my body in Gymnastics and Classical Ballet as a base, because my family didn't want me to be a BellyDancer due that in the 80's in Spain this form of dance was seen as a sexy and erotical dance, so that's why I had to do the dance career at the Professional Conservatory of Dance 5 hours every day during 10 years of my life.

Then when my mother saw me ready and old enough, 17 years old, it's when she decided to allow me to study from her this amazing form of Art, but she told me: "you have to be the best, otherwise I will not allow you to dance publicly!", so I had to learn in the hard way, 24h a day with a sargent next to me, correcting me every single deffect, not only dancing but also eatting, walking, talking, etc.

Soon I started to dance next to her and also assist her in her classes. That's how I started my dance carrear. Not like most of foreigner bellydancers, I started from home, feeding from the arabian culture, between musicians and other dancers, and specially with a very strict teacher, my mother Alia Shams. The rest of the story you can read in on "Amora Bio".

This starting gave me a way of teaching that noneone else can copy, on the internet everyone can copy your ideas, but never your teaching techniques, specially when you have been doing them and developping them until the point that in only 20 days I create bellydance performers.

Thanks for visit my Blogs :)

Amora Shams