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Description of Middle East Instruments
Before there was electrical music, there were simple instruments that created such beautiful sounds. Many of the known instruments today come from the Middle East.
Destination Cairo at the HABDA Gala
On September 6, 2008, Destination Cairo performed at the HABDA Gala. It was a night filled with excellent performances by many beautiful dancers. Destination Cairo, the dance troupe that I belong to, performed to a fun, energetic song called "Hep Hup Remix" by Yeni Mezdeke.
Diva or Not Diva at Practice
I find myself observing what others wear during workshops and at practice. Especially at workshops, I find that most dancers who sport the best, have a great dance attitude. I can't help but to admire their confidence, yet do I really want to sacrifice my comfort to be so dolled up?
Down Time during the Holidays
There is that certain time of the year where dancers do not perform, do not rush to have practice time with the troupe, and the time to just focus on her/himself. Usually, this time is at the end of the year. Why is that?
Drama Queen Performance Intensive
Most of us are ready to start the new year with all sort of new things. For those in the Los Angeles area, Princess Farhana has a bootcamp that will challenge the theatrical aspect of performance.
Drum Solo Routines on Youtube
There are so many videos available on Youtube that you can see just about any dance routine known to man. On the topic of drum solos, I have selected several wonderful routines for your view.
Easy Costumes for Bellydancers
Want to create your own costume but don´t know how? Help is just a book away.
Eating before your Performance
When that moment comes for you to perform, you are more likely to be nervous. All the practice, long hours of perfecting your routine, and finally, it is time! Nevertheless, one thing that should never be ignored, is an empty tummy.
In Elvis Presley´s movie Roustabout, Elvis sings about Little Egypt. "Wearing a ruby on her tummy and a diamond as big as Texas on her toe", Little Egypt dances with other dancers while Elvis sings. You can watch the videos on Youtube.
Etiquette Talk with Gia al Qamar
Belly dance is an art form and should be respected as such. The rich, beautiful history of this art is what makes it timeless, mesmerizing, and unique. It is important to emphasize etiquette when a belly dancer takes stage or when a student is learning the art for the first time.
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