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A “brown” dancer responds to “Why I can’t stand white belly dancers”

Guest blogger Nazaneen has written a response to the incendiary “Why I can’t stand white belly dancers” from Salon.com. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nazaneen! In a recent article entitled “Why I can’t stand white bellydancers”, Ms. Randa Jarrar outlined some of her concerns regarding the cultural appropriation of belly dance (known as Raqs Sharqi to many Arabic speakers) by
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Starting to Teach – Some Advice

A guest post out of Chicago today. Shared with permission, written by Sam Brenneman of ats-chicago.net For new bellydance teachers: Lately I have been more in touch with other bellydance instructors, in every style and flavor that’s out there. We have a great deal of experience in common no matter where we come from or whose format we are teaching.
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Waiting on the Weight – holding ourselves back for “someday”

Seems about 75% of the time when I am chatting women up about what I do, their first reaction is “Oh, I would love to do that!” followed by “Maybe when I lose a few pounds I’ll join up…” It may be even more than 75% of the time, I am being generous. I always tell them that joining a
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Has Tribal Fusion Played Itself Out?

It has long been a hot topic in the bellydance world: how much fusion is too much fusion? When has something been so far removed from its root that it no longer belongs in the same category? Not everyone agrees as to where the line should be drawn in the case of tribal fusion, but absent of a moratorium on
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Why I Love Belly Dance

Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Our national day of love filled with flowers, chocolates, sentimental cards. and candle-light dinners. But as we all know, love is certainly broader than just the romantic type. Which made me think about what else I love in my life; my family and friends, Menchie’s frozen yogurt,
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Local Troupe Gets Chicago Tribune Write-up

In a flashback to 2009, enjoy an article written about some of our Tacoma dance family which was posted to the Chicago tribune. “Though it’s rooted in an ancient art form, American belly-dancing is a marked contrast to dance in the Middle East. Americans “all have this idea of the Hollywood thing, that you’re out in the desert, and girls
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Practice Makes Perfect

by Alessandra A few weeks ago I attended a workshop lead by the award-winning dancer, Ruby Beh, on how to practice. Whether it be belly dance or any other talent or skill, we all know we need to practice to improve. It’s a pretty simple equation, right? However, there can be many roadblocks between knowing that fact and actually executing it. For
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Dance Mirrors – What is right for your studio?

If you have been in an online dance forum or discussion group for any length of time, you will already recognize this question as one of the most frequent topics of discussion. Something along the lines of this question from a bellydance discussion group: “Studio Mirrors! Any suggestions on where to buy them? What about glass mirrors vs. the special
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Cabaret isn’t “just” cabaret

Tribal dancers are well known throughout the bellydance community for the ongoing debates about what is and is not tribal.  But beyond the universal “what is/isn’t” discussion is the complex minutiae of what sub-set of tribal best defines what is being performed or witnessed: ATS, ITS, Tribal Fusion, Gothic Tribal, Modern Interpretive Slapstick Gymnastic Dark Theatre…??  So it should come
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Local Dance Program Begins a Kickstarter Campaign

Local dance ethnologist and performer Helene Eriksen has been a gem of the Seattle dance community since she moved here years ago. Helene is a real mover-and-shaker in the world of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient, sharing her passion for the material through choreographing and staging performances, and teaching workshops around the world. For years she has
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