Alia Thabit Traditional and Avant-Garde Belly Dance

Alia, Author at Alia Thabit

How to have a Power Innage

When I was a kid, there was a huge blackout in New York City. The whole region lost power, right up into Canada. Our family huddled together in the dark. But we had a secret weapon. Gas. We had a gas stove, so we could cook dinner. It was serious magic.  I’ve had gas stoves […]

What is the Most Beautiful Move?

Think of the most wonderful dancer you’ve ever seen. Everything they do entrances you—every action feels perfect. You notice only the energy and the love. Joy and warmth suffuse your soul. You feel loved and loving, uplifted and happy. At the end, you applaud wildly, wishing only for more. How do they do it? How […]

Thank You!

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the USA, a holiday with some terrible colonizer overtones, but I like that it promotes gratitude and thanks.I am grateful for you, for this dance, for all it has brought to my life. Gratitude is pretty powerful stuff. Most of us have learned to focus on what is wrong, on what […]

What Dina said III

Greetings! It’s Fall here in the Northeastern USA–cold and damp abound. The heater is on, warming me and ticking quietly to itself. Thank heavens, because I do not love the cold. I rather do love Dina, though. I am sure that she has her ruthless side–one does not get to to the top of the […]

ONE Day Left for the Bellydance Bundle

I’ve been looking over the material in the Bundle, and I have to say, there is some good stuff in there. Nadira Jamal’s Improvisation Toolkit. Keti Sharif’s beautiful Traditional Arts of Egypt video seminar. Sahra Saeeda’s complete Journey Through Egypt (JtE) Fundamentals–first time ever as an online class. A month of the Salimpour School. Makeup […]

The Bellydance Bundle is Live

It’s time. The Bellydance Bundle is live. Over $1300 worth of belly dance resources. Over 25 contributors. Over 85% off. The bellydance bundle is available for for one week only. All the courses have been revealed. It’s a wonderful collection! I’m VERY excited about Embodiment, the six-week musicality for belly dance class I made for the […]

How to Make Dance Class Fun II (and a Giveaway!)

First the Giveaway! It’s from the Bellydance Bundle, and it’s big. -3 sets of all-brass, scrollwork-engraved zills of various tones and sizes -2 beautiful rectangle silk veils -1 gorgeous half circle silk veil All from Turquoise International, valued at over $350.00 USD! Our grand prize winner will dance away with some of the best zils available […]

What Dina Said II

Is belly dance like coffee? What does Dina think? Back when I was a kid, you wanted coffee, that’s what you got. There wasn’t much choice. The only decaf was Sanka, and instant coffee was pretty much undrinkable. Now you go into a nice café, or even a small grocery store, and the assortment is […]

Ready to roll?

I’ve been in SoCal for the last week, visiting my godmother. She is 90, and pretty tired. I’ve been pretty tired for the last few years, so I can relate. But I’ve been resting a lot and taking good are of myself, and it’s been working! This is a good thing, as I have a […]

How to have a Biological Mandate

Bees pollinate flowers, right? So so some moths, and a few other insects. The flowers get to reproduce, and the bees get food.  Symbiosis!  Symbiosis is a process in which all parties to the arrangement benefit. Unlike its opposite, parasitism, in which one party benefits at the expense of another, symbiosis is the original win-win.  […]

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