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11-17-10 Personal Impressions, Fantasy Belly Dance in New York City by Ayshe
Looking back on it all, I can now only assume that, from the very beginning, I was already damaged goods. A “purest” I would never be!
11-17-10 We Will Rak You! My Dance Experience with Queen by Stasha Vlasuk
I’ll admit I wasn’t too familiar with the music of the British rock group Queen. The year was 1977, the month of December, in Los Angeles. I was invited to perform at a dinner party where Queen, in Los Angeles for several concerts, was the guest of honor. The job came to me through Dianne Webber.
11-15-10 She's Got the Look! Establishing Yourself as a Professional, Part 2 by Naajidah and Ashiya
Right or wrong, the average person hiring dancers has certain expectations.
11-12-10 "That's a little risque for you to be doing as a momie!" Belly Dancing and Resistance to Cultural Discourse by Angie Moe PhD.
Thus, while the pregnant woman symbolizes maternal potential, she also becomes aesthetically problematic. She is both an admired subject and a physically unappealing object, according to contemporary standards of beauty. As such, the postpartum torso is to be modestly clothed and/or masked according to culturally appropriate standards.
11-11-10 Our Desert Roses, Photos from the Floralia Festival 2010, Photos, video interview, and text by Surreyya, photos are also by Nyla Crystal and Bob Lindbloom
Held April 29-May 2, 2010 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Produced by gleaming ray of light Selena Kareena, the Floralia Festival is held annually in TorC, (Truth or Consequences) New Mexico, and features a wide spectrum of dance and dancers from throughout the southwest, South America, and beyond.
11-10-10 The Dumb and the Restless: Fire! A Lighter Outlook on Belly Dance by Tasha Banat
Yes, the audience was eating out of my hand when someone from the back of the room yelled “Hey lady! Your hair is on fire!”
11-8-10 The Physiological Effects of Oriental Dance, Excerpt from Health and The Oriental Dance, Chapter 1, by Aziza of Hungary
There was no information subject available like "the technique of Belly dancing". I had to construct it myself. It took a lot of research in regards to both its theoretical and its practical sides.
11-7-10 Ergun Tamer on Saz, Musical Instrument Tour Video
Ergun is one of the organizers of the Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp held in Mendocino, California, each year in August. Ergun plays many instruments. In this video
he tells us about the Turkish saz. The saz has many names depending on the country, such as bazouk or bazouki. This instrument also comes in many sizes.
An Intro to Tribal Fusion by Jasmine June
Since Tribal Fusion Belly Dance is a relatively new dance form, it is especially important to treat the genre with a level of professionalism, or else one runs the risk of discrediting the work of dancers who have dedicated their lives to creating and elevating Tribal Fusion Belly Dance.
10-27-10 Gigbag Check #22 with Cory Zamora!
Cory talks with us after her performance at the Carnival of Stars Festival in Richmond, California, in August 2010. She shows us what she carries for her performance.Including an old style 2 piece cabaret belt, Egyptian style bra with no fringe and more. The performance clip includes beautiful floorwork done as only Cory Zamora can do!
10-26-10 Queen of Denial, Chapter 3: Hooray for Hollywood! by Rebaba
As for Khayam’s, it was the extremely popular nightclub and restaurant that was known for having the best live music show in town, with good dancers, good food; a constant supply of good drugs, and in particular the more and more fashionable cocaine.
11-16-10 Strong and Sweet: Neon Serves Up a Dance Fitness Video
Hard Candy, The Bellydance Workout by World Dance New York DVD Review by Surreyya
Regardless of your particular fitness poison, I am not surprised that Neon has managed to challenge the viewer and integrate useful and challenging movements that are actually helpful to your skill as a dancer.
11-9-10 Be Amazed & Dedicated in Your Dance! Hands, Arms & Poses by Aziza
and Turn In, Turn Out & Turn Around – Vol. 1 by Said El Amir, DVD Review by Tammi “Yasmine” Fabris
After watching both of the DVDs in depth, I would describe Aziza & Said El Amir as amazing and dedicated instructors.
11-14-10 In the Land of Big Sound: The Masters of Bellydance Music, Vol 2,The Farha Tour, Sydney 2008, The Essence of Bellydance, CD reviews by Tracy Benton
All three of these CDs I am reviewing here are for the fans of big, full, sound, with lots of variation in instrumentation, changes in volume and tempo, and plenty of drama–in short, the music you might want for your big show! When you want to fill the room with music, these CDs are exceptional choices.
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Enjoy video clips from Mary Ellen's entire October Middle Eastern Treasurers Concert: belly dances by Ahava and Diana; exciting egyptian music with a six piece band; several drum ensembles; only thing missing, the potluck feast. Visit www.maryellendonald.com
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SFBA MECDA event- GS gets award!
Martha Duran's students dance at expo in Mexicali,
Photographer Michael Baxter dances for baby shower,
14th Annual Arab Film Fest
Tito goes glam!
Aziza teaches to 800 students in Argentina
Sami teaches music at Arab Cultural Center
Leila Farid teaches in Wash DC for Yasmin
Amani in Russia!
Strange note from Irv Robbins
Cory Zamora happy with her Gigbag Check video
Beautiful letter of suppport from Barbara Sellers-Young
Jalilah writes of concern about Jasmine's article