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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, … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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, … [Read more]

The BellyDance Bundle is Back!

Dear friends, 27 contributors. $1000 worth of belly dance madness. Over 80% off! This innovative package of wonderful dance classes, tutorials, and so forth, got a lot of attention last year with good reason. It is well-designed and a … [Read more]

How to be Ineffably Cool (+ Fall Calendar)

One of the great dance films is Dr. Magda Saleh’s documentary, Egypt Dances. Dr. Saleh was Egypt’s first prima ballerina; she made the film in the 70s as part of her doctoral studies. It is splendid, a cross section of local dance all over Egypt. One … [Read more]

What Dina Said

This past May I attended Yasmina Ramzy's final Belly Dance Blossom festival. I was fortunate to be on the panel Raqs Sharqi as Revolutionary, with Christine Sahin and Amara of NYC. It was fabulous, as are all of Yasmina's events. But the main … [Read more]

How to develop stage presence at home (and on video)

Alexander the Great conquered the known world. Everywhere there was fell to him. He did a good job, too, keeping the local culture culture intact. But his big love was conquering. When he got as far as there was to go, when there were no more … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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. … [Read more]

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