Episode 1: Repetition and Alternation

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Download Episode 1

Thanks for your patience, everyone. Welcome to Series 1, in which we'll explore themes that leverage the element of time. This series will be followed by the elements of space, shape, and energy (not necessarily in that order).

Episode One of Taktaba is now available. This episode treats the twin topics of repetition and alternation, including:
- when and how repetition can be effective
- different alternation patterns, and their psychological effects on your audience
- exercises
- combinations


This episode runs about 24 minutes, which is too long to fit on You Tube (due to their 10-minute limit), so I'll have to break it into three chunks. It may be another week or so until I have the time to do that.
Our Media (full version)
Google Video (full version)
YouTube Part 1 (uploaded and available soon)
YouTube Part 2 (coming soon)
YouTube Part 3 (coming soon)

I've created an RSS feed on Feedburner, and you can now subscribe on iTunes.

The music featured in this episode includes:
- Sala, Sala
- Ma Ali Wiolti Loo
- Caravan
- Drum Solo
- Chiftetelli
from Belly Dancing for Fortune and Fame, courtesy of Stella Grey.

Update: 1/12/2008: If you've had trouble downloading this episode, try watching it in VLC. If it still fails, download the low-resolution version. The video quality isn't as good, but the smaller file size might help!

Update: 4/9/2009: this Episode is now available on DVD through Amazon:

as well as directly from the manufacturer, CreateSpace.


Dinsk said...

Just want to say thank you for this...I am excited about your podcasts!

veritate said...

Like dinsk (above), I too am very excited for your podcast!

I came across the first part of Episode I on YouTube and I was absolutely delighted. I can't wait for more!

I'm a beginner dancer, and aspire to learn everything I can about the dance. Your podcast holds so much promise for someone like me.

I would like to link to your blog, if I may, on my livejournal.

Keep up the great work, and I look forward to much more from you and Taktaba!

Nadira said...

Hi veritate. I'm so glad you like the podcast. It will be a few days before I get parts 2 and 3 of Episode 1 onto YouTube, but you can view the whole episode on Google Video or OurMedia in the meantime (links are in the blog entry).

Please do link this from your livejournal. You're also welcome to download it and share it. I've made this available with a creative commons license, so you're welcome to share it for non-commercial purposes.

veritate said...


I did end up going to google video for the whole episode. Thanks again! I've posted about your podcast to the bellydancing livejournal community, too:


You may want to share your podcast with the ladies at www.tribe.net, if you haven't already.

All the best!

~ veritate

The ShanMonster said...

Thank you so much!

I come from a wholly improvisational background, and it's good to get some information on composition. I'm planning on incorporating your exercises with my daily practice routine.

I'll be sharing your link with my own readership.

Arabella said...

Nadira -- you are producing an excellent video podcast that I've already learned a lot from, just from the first episode. Thank you for letting us join you as you learn!

--Suya [dance name]
aka Arabella [real name] from Raqs Radio, Music for Bellydance, raqsradio.blogspot.com

Nadira said...

Aw, thanks everybody.

Shan: I primarily improvise too, which is one reason why I started with repetition patterns. I have a terrible time counting and remembering patterns or choreography when dancing. I must have done six or seven takes just of the A/B/C exercises, and those are easy ones!

Arabella: thanks for watching! I subscribed to your podcast this fall. If you run across any podsafe music sources (I didn't find much on the podsafe network myself), let me know!

Anonymous said...

Great show! I know they are a lot of work, but I hope you keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

I just saw the first episode in iTunes. LOOOOOVED IT!!
I am also a beginner dancer, your podcast is extremely helpful. You went to the point and explained everything clearly and simple. This is a great idea. I wish you the best in all your endeavours. Take care and keep on the great job!.

PS. Loved your cat. It is very cute : )

Thanks again DIRR

20 Something Girl said...

I just discovered your podcast today on the iTunes store, and it is amazing! Your style of teacher and breaking everything down is really helpful and effective! I'm a fan now, and will be tell all my bellydancing friends to download the podcasts.

Thanks for such an awesome learning tool.

healthskills said...

I love this, as a beginning framework of things to consider when doing improv (or choreography!). I loved the cat too - not the most obedient prop in the world (but then I have trouble with veils too!!)

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