Archive for

January 2017

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Jan

Graphic Design for Dancers

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This is the second in a series of articles on graphic design for dancers. In the first article we considered the impact of design on the public’s perception of the dance and on the success of bellydance as a business, then explored crucial typography guidelines. Now we’ll delve into applying colors in marketing materials, returning […]

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Jan

Don’t Come Whining to Me! An Open Letter to Aspiring Young Belly Dancer

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We’ve been the house dancers in a Greek restaurant for a number of years and have also done more than our share of family parties, corporate parties, etc. We’ve truly been blessed and have enjoyed every opportunity to dance. During that time, we have gotten numerous calls from local up and coming dancers wanting to […]

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Jan

Defining Belly Dance Today Definition by Presentation

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Author’s Note: Before we even discuss styles like Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Persian, Tribal, Fusion, and everything else that is currently out there, let’s just assume that all movement between the knees to top of your head defines Belly Dance, just for the sake of this article and within this genre. I believe firmly […]

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Jan

Crossing the Chasm Cultural Sensitivity and Bellydancing

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In my family there is a cocktail of culture: Native American (various tribes to varying degrees), Samoan, Mexican, God knows what kind of European, English and now Egyptian. Racial jokes fly around the table at our family gatherings – we are impossible to offend. My cousin’s blond, blue-eyed kids get dirty looks at the Indian […]

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Jan

Bully for You!The Science of Dance

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Scientifically speaking, there is no science to the development and unfolding of an art form. If this one single philosophy could be your shield against the small line of despoiling bullies who emerge with incredible regularity from the depths of some apparent human need, Belly dance or Middle Eastern Dance or Raqs Sharqi would be […]

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Jan

Alive – Inside and Out! Tai Chi Can Enhance Your Dance

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Tai Chi and other internal martial arts have long fascinated me and contributed to my belly dance practice. I grew up, moving between my mother’s belly dancing and my father, doing his standing meditation and slow movement sequences. I loved both practices, never tiring of my audiences in Greece respond with surprise and delight to […]

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