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February 2017

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Feb

Typography Graphic Design for Dancers

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As artists of an often misunderstood dance, we dancers understand that everything we present publicly reflects back upon us as individuals, upon bellydance as an art form, and by extension, the Middle Eastern culture. When presenting these facets in the most favorable light to other dancers or the general public, good design becomes paramount because […]

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Feb

The Sisterhood of South African Belly Dancers

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Read more: Gilded Serpent, Belly Dance News & Events , » The Sisterhood of South African Belly Dancers Copyright 1998-to current date by Gilded Serpent, LLC I’m an Australian. Well, even that is barely true! I was born in Hong Kong, grew up with missionary parents travelling around Asia, and did my schooling in Japan. […]

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Feb

Successful Art Entrepreneur or Belly Dance Dummy?

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A lovely woman I know from the local Belly dance scene, let’s call her Jane, who was working as an administrator for an entrepreneur’s organization in Boston sent me an email with an intriguing opportunity: “Would you be interested in speaking at an upcoming event about your role as an arts entrepreneur? It is for […]

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Feb

Retirement Is There Life After Dance?

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Perhaps this was my mistake; I had a plan for my dance career, and I was not shy to tell it to everyone who would listen. My goal was to dance as long or longer than my dance heroine, Martha Graham, who performed until she was 92 (when she proceeded to drink herself into toxic […]

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Feb

My Belly Dance Dream Studying with Saida in Argentina

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There have been a couple of times in my life when I felt stagnated and bored with my dancing. I felt frustrated with a lack of substance, technical complexity, and artistic vision. I had been a successful dancer and company director for 5 years, I had managed to make a living through performing and teaching […]

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Feb

I Believe in Gypsies! But Not as a Style of Belly Dance

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Anyone who has surfed the Internet, joined discussion groups, or researched belly dance in any depth, will have seen the horror and fury that can be induced by posting a video of “Gypsy belly dancing”, asking for the best vendors for “Gypsy skirts” or (deep breath) offering to teach a “Gypsy workshop.” I have read […]

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Feb

How Quickly Can We Become Better? 3 Tips to Improve Your Dance

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All of us want our dance to be beautiful and captivating. Yet often, especially when we are new, we see a great distance between our own movements and the expressive power of our teachers or the favorites whom we watch on YouTube clips and DVDs. Is there a way to accelerate the process of becoming […]

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Feb

Halloween Treat Silvia Salamanca & Haflaween

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There has been more interaction recently between the dancers in my current home of Augusta, Georgia, and in Columbia, the state capitol and largest city in South Carolina, which is approximately an hour and a half away. Some of the Columbia dancers have come down to dance with us at haflas and at our First […]

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