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Geek Out with Jamie Lynn

Geek Out with Jamie Lynn


Maqams for Dancers

Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 58:
My guest, Jamie Lynn, will talk about maqams.


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Music is at the center of our dance and, for many of us, that music is Arabic or Turkish. This music can be intimidating for new (and no-so-new) dancers, as it is full of rhythms and melodies different from what many of us grew up listening to and are familiar with.

It is common for dancers to take workshops on rhythms, but learning about the melodic structure of the music is less common. That can show in our dance when it becomes overly-focused on the count or the rhythm, exclusion of more complex elements and depriving the dancer and their audience of a even deeper connection to the music.

Jamie Lynn will demystify maqams for us help dancers understand how learning about them can enrich their dancing and their performances.


You’ll learn:

  • What maqams are
  • Why dancers should learn about them
  • What recognizing the maqam can tell us that just listening can’t

We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Jamie Lynn your questions.


This free call will take place on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 8pm Eastern Time.
(see that in your own time zone)

You can attend by phone or Skype, or listen on the web.

If you can’t attend live, don’t worry!
The call will be recorded, so you can listen later.

About Jamie Lynn

Jamie Lynn fell in love with Middle Eastern Music over two decades ago and that in turn introduced her to the amazing world of Bellydance. With over two decades of dancing and discovery, she shares her enthusiasm through performance, teaching and producing events such as Bahaia’s Cabaret Dance Camp, The World Dance Showcase and other Central Texas events.

Multiple degrees in the Fine Arts, in addition to her love of travel, research and personal enrichment, spark a continued interest in the historical and cultural importance of this dance through its musical and movement history. As a dancer, she seeks to “illustrate” the music with movements, with the belief that a deeper understanding of what the music “tells us” to dance can lead to a lifetime of enrichment. Technique is the basis, but expression is the goal. She has been honored to teach and perform nationally and internationally and was a featured performer on AMC TV’s Showville, as well as a variety of independent films, festivals and stage shows and with live bands from around the country.

Her new series of “Independent” Studies called Raks-ology will be debuting at the Bellydance Business Academy in February. She is also a costume designer and the creator of a line of custom silk clothing.

Check out her website at:


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Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 58

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Resources mentioned on the call:

Passion Sources Peter Gabriel

Maqams Made Simple

Raks-ology (coming soon)

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  1. Thank you both for this call! i listened to it twice already.

    I was wondering whether apart from the moods that maqams might induce, the Ottoman tradition of using maqam music for therapy could be added to the discussion about maqams and moods. In Ottoman medical circles, the use of music was considered beneficial for both body and psyche hardships. Each maqam was associated with certain therapies or conditions, that needed not necessarily be pathological, f.ex. there were maqams for someone who feels like falling in love or like the love is ending, or someone who is in sorrow and needs to calm down.

    Moreover, i was amazed to hear the story about the song depicting a rose in the rose garden. I mean, i suspect that the feeling of spirituality coming from the music is sound, well-based on the song. In the Eastern Mediterranean tradition, especially Sufi tradition (which is anyway directly linked to music and dance), the rose is the symbol of Love for the Beloved. Beloved is the God or a person who in one’s worldly existence brings love, light and dissipation of the “superficial ego”. Therefore, Sufi songs and many spiritual songs have lyrics about “the rose”, the “garden rose”, the “roses”. Love (in all its aspects), once true, is deemed to bring you to “the path”. And “the rose” (what causes love) is a deep mystical, spiritual notion, same as the rose garden.

    Therefore, i think that the lyrics could be well fitting the music and vice versa and that the feeling by Nadira about the music was not accidental to the song.

    Thank you once more for the call and for sharing your knowledge and experiences with maqams.

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