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Mm Mm Monday – Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl was the keynote speaker at SXSW this year. I shared Bruce Springteen’s moving keynote last year, and this year Dave’s is just as important and beautiful for artists of all stripes. He poetically details a life of inspiration, … Read More

Student Spotlight – Megan Romano
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Name: Megan RomanoAge: 32Profession: Epidemiologist/PhD student (I study the determinants of disease)Hobbies: Knitting, baking, reading, hiking, swing dancing How long have you been studying bellydance? About 4 years total – 1 1/2 years of cabaret, about 6 months of Egyptian, … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Amanda F’ing Palmer
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A little divergence from the normal Mm Mm Monday themes, I offer this video of Amanda F*cking Palmer’s TEDTalk. In it, she weaves an excellent story from her humble beginnings as a street performer to her current-day musical adventures, centering … Read More

Do More With Less – The Power in Simplicity
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I have been thinking a lot lately about the phenomenon in the bellydance world of favoring volume over quality. Teachers are pushing students through levels (Six weeks in the beginner level? Welcome to intermediate!) or constantly introducing new concepts in … Read More

Zill Drill Video
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Just in time for Finger Cymbals week! A video from Afsana helping you get your triples up to snuff, as well as an ingenious way to get you to start working with the “1” in your music! Reminds me of … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Daria Mitskevich
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Daria Mitskevich is a stunning dancer.  She makes complex skills look effortless, has incredible stage face, and her musicality is enviable. There are quite a few videos out there of her to enjoy, but here is a taste to get … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Kae Montgomery Drum Solo
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Kae is an incredibly beautiful and poised dancer, and as a member of FCBD she often pulls my eye when she performs–it’s always so hard to choose which incredible dancer to watch when watching FC, right.  Well in this piece … Read More

Traditional vs. Contemporary – a Kathak Tale
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 This week on a Facebook group that I belong to, someone posted this excellent link for our consideration. It is a series of letters between a dancer and an awards and festival organization. In it, an accomplished Kathak dancer, Aditi … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Karim Nagi
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Known more for his amazing dumbek skills (and dancing!), Karim is a spectacular percussionist and musician on many levels, not the least of which includes his ridiculous finger cymbals skills. Not only does he make beautiful music with those simple … Read More

November Student Spotlight – Sara!
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The Student Spotlight is back! It took a short hiatus this summer, but now it’s time to revisit some stories from dancers just like you. Enjoy! Name: Sara ThueringerProfession: Content Project Manager at WildTangent GamesHobbies: knitting, computer gaming, reading (I … Read More

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