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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]

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, … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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