Mm Mm Monday – Raks el Zagat
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Anyone who plays finger cymbals knows how complex and difficult this choreography really is. I am not a huge fan of the staging, but the piece stands as a great example of the power of finger cymbals in unison! The … Read More

Is fusion getting “too hot”?
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 I came across an old interview with Rachel Brice I had not read before, conducted by Salome of OrientalDancer.net. While it doesn’t have a date on it, it speaks a bit about the Bellydance Superstars tour as if it were … Read More

Dancing Makes Us More Alive
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A fantastic article about dance and its role in our history and social interactions.  There are some real gems this author touched on, and some fabulous quotes from New England dance teachers within.http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/11/dancing-makes-us-more-alive “Unlike rowing a boat or chopping wood,” … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Iron & Wine
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This is a video shared with me by a student last year, and it continues to roll around in my mind months later. The music is beautiful, and the flamenco dancing is stunning! The song is called Boy With a … Read More

February Student Spotlight: Alexis!
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Name:  Alexis Chase (Lexie for short)Age:  30Profession:  Senior Business AnalystHobbies:  Reading, writing, knitting, sewing, running, dancing, meditation, cookingHow long have you been studying bellydance:  4 months When did you first see bellydance? What were your first impressions?   This is … Read More

Six Steps to Becoming a Great Dancer (no, really!)
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If you have been reading my blog for even a short time, you have likely come across the popular “Four Steps to Becoming a Great Dancer” article I posted in late 2011.  That article stands as the first and most … Read More

A Year in the Dance – a journal exercise
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Traditionally in January in my Level 3 class, we do a year in review, and goal-setting for the year ahead. As I said in my recent newsletter, I am not a big fan of “resolutions”, but am a big fan … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Latcho Drom
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Oh happy day. Heaven of heavens!  Someone has put all of Latcho Drom (in parts, but all of it) up on YouTube…in high quality!  I had seen bits and bobs before, but usually low quality stuff that might as well … Read More

Fair Rates for Bellydance
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Samira Shuruk is a well spoken, well respected bellydancer in our community, and she wrote a wonderful article talking about the importance of setting your rates at a fair level–for you and for the community at large.   It also … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Gypsy Fire Bellydance
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Happy New Year everyone!! More Mm Mm Monday inspiration comin’ atcha. Kickin’ the year off right by showcasing my beloved sisters in the dance, Gypsy Fire Bellydance of Bend Oregon, performing at Tribal Fest 2010. They always have some of … Read More

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