Tamalyn Dallal's philosophy is that perfecting basic technique can take decades. If we hone the basic art of belly dance, whose movement vocabulary applies to both Oriental and Tribal, we will gain respect as an art form. From that, we can add our own style, or incorporate other dance styles.
She often teaches and coaches dancers- both Oriental and tribal who are well established professionals in their communities. Going back to the basics and truly giving fundamental movements value, love - and learning centuries of detail and nuance that Ms. Dallal has collected on her journeys throughout the many routes this dance has taken (from Asia to Africa with the Middle East as a crossroads) enhances and creates magic within every dancer at every level.
She works with energy, lines, relaxation, and understanding of music and culture.
Ms. Dallal's Middle Eastern dance passion began in 1976. Since then, she has danced and taught in 41 countries, performed for legends such as Sean Connery, James Brown, Michael Jackson, King Abdullah of Jordan, and more.
She was one of the original "Bellydance Superstars" and has trained several of the Superstars. She has authored three books about the art of Bellydance, her life as a touring bellydancer and travel journals. Also a film maker, Ms. Dallal has produced numerous dance DVD's and cultural documentaries, such as "40 Days and 1001 Nights about life in the Muslim world (www.40daysand1001nights.com), "Ethiopia Dances for Joy" and "Zanzibar Dance, Trance and Devotion" (www.danceonfilm.info). Her next project, entitled "Pockets of Treasure" is about dance, music and culture in America's rural south. Filming began Feb., 2015.
Excellent Blog Post by journalist Jenny O'Brien