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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 […]

31

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 […]

27

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 […]

25

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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Aug

Where does the salsa dance originate from?

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Depending who you speak to when wanting to know the origins of The Salsa dance you will get a lot of difference in opinions. Few wouldn’t agree that the music and dance originate from Cuba. Salsa dance music was born through the integration of the African rhythms brought there by slaves mixed with popular Spanish […]

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Aug

What is Salsa & Dance Position

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One of the easiest social dances to learn is the salsa. The salsa is a quick, lively dance that is popular in social gatherings, competitions, or even for exercise. If you want to learn the basic steps and rhythm of salsa, here are some tips you can keep in mind when you practice. What is […]

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