Alia Thabit Traditional and Avant-Garde Belly Dance

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Four Stages of Belly Dancer Evolution Part 1

I teach writing at a state college in Vermont. I mostly teach first-year English Composition. Students learn how to compose a college paper—how to find something to say, and how to back up their points with evidence. Students evolve fairly consistently through several stages of intellectual development as they learn these skills. That’s the point of a […]

The Dream of Another Life

Back in 2006 I went on a long trip of several months. When I got home, nothing had changed. Nothing. My little town was exactly the same as when I left. It was terrifying. I felt like I had never left, that none of things I had done really happened. I’ve since found that, for […]

90 Days Countdown!

Here’s another 90 Days Love Note. We’re counting down to the start of this year’s 90 Days with a Love Note a day through March 11th.   Day 15: How to sneak it in I don’t know about you, but I like to have fun. In some ways it is my downfall, in others my […]

90 Days Last Call!

Here’s another 90 Days Love Note. We’re counting down to the start of this year’s 90 Days with a Love Note a day through March 11th.  Day 71: How to “face” the music… We’ve all seen the glued-on smile—the frowny class face—the distracted counting face, the anxious, the mopey, the bored, the fake—and the genuine. […]

Day 82: How to accept praise (+ grow as an artist)

Here’s another 90 Days Love Note. We’re counting down to the start of this year’s 90 Days with a Love Note a day through March 11th. *** When I was a kid, my grandmother assured me she would pay for all my college textbooks. Not having any idea what books cost, and having been drilled […]

D78: Ou est la danse de ma tante?

“Ou est la plume de ma tante” is French for “Where is my aunt’s pen?”. It’s a classic sentence from old language-learning books. It’s great to learn a new language. There are many challenges—the right accent, the inflections, everything you need to sound like a native speaker. But if you only memorize sentences from the […]

Day 39: What is the most beautiful move?

Here’s another 90 Days Love Note. This one is Day 39 from 2015. We’re counting down to the start of this year’s 90 Days with a Love Note a day through March 11th. *** Think of the most wonderful dancer you’ve ever seen. Everything they do entrances you—every action feels perfect. You notice only the […]

Day 18: How to have your own style (and what that really means)

I grew up on President Street in Brooklyn, NY in the 1970s. You grew up somewhere else, somewhen else. Each of us has been marked by our micro-culture: our family, our location, our environment, as well as by the larger culture of our respective countries. We are each as different as leaves, as clouds, as […]

Awesome Retreat Last Call

The Awesome Retreat Last Call is Thursday Feb 8. After that, we’re heading out to Dowd’s Country Inn in Lyme, NH to kick back and have a wonderful time. Thanks to everyone who has chosen to join us! aliathabit.com/awesome-winter-retreat I’m so excited about the classes I’ll be teaching at the retreat. One of them is *Timing–the Improv […]

The 90 Days is coming (and other updates)

I’ve been noticing how many things get to a point where it seems everything is falling apart–but then they don’t. It’s become such a thing that when I start to feel the chaos swirling, I remind myself that this happens every time, to just stay my course and things will come back together. Of course, […]

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