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|Tuesday, December 29th, 2009|
I have I-Tunes gift cards :) and am looking for some good hardcore folky Khaleeji songs. Any suggestions? Any suggestions for youtube vids, dancers/teachers, or research articles as well?
Cross posted to "bellydancers", "bellydancing", "folkloricdance", and my journal.
|Sunday, November 23rd, 2008|
New shopping site
working, working, working, no time to stop; this has been the entire week and finally my bod said, "no more!"
I have been taking pics, editing pics, downloading/uploading pics for the past week, I spent most of the day yesterday and all day today putting the items on:
Let's see how things go. I have another 30+ pics to put up on this website. It's been a bit tedious since I have a head cold and feel really crappy.
On Friday, I posted on door of the boutique:
New Boutique Hours:
By Appointment Only
The boutique will open @ 10:30 every morning, but I will close at different hours during the week. Unless, of course, other arrangements have been made.
Well, I guess I should take a nap now, throat hurts and I feel very tired.
http://www.myspace.com/myrnamedina Current Mood: sick
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2008|
|Wednesday, February 27th, 2008|
I think I might have the least experience in Oriental dance out of a good number of the people here. I have only had one authentic experience when I was a child. My interest in the dance comes from my Palestinian heritage, which I'm wanting to know more about. I'm also working on a SCA persona from the region and am struggling with finding a period so any help from anyone else researching the same would be really helpful! I'm leaning towards Byzantine, but it looks like a late-period persona would be easier.
As a child, my cousins - then living in Jordan- roped me - literally!- into a dance session (by passing me the scarf). It was a wonderful experience. I've been trying to find out what dance it was. It was not a dabkeh. I'm hoping that someone here might be knowledgeable about Palestinian dance and have some clues for me. It was a singles dance, the dancer wears a scarf around the hips and tied at the side. The movement is mostly in the upraised arms, wrists, and one leg- from the hip. The music was provided by a small drum. I can only do it only intuitively, and so it is difficult to recall precise details.
I know that this is probably not NEARLY enough information to go on. ;) It might help to know that my family is originally from what is now a western suburb of Jerusalem.
Reading the previous posts has really sparked an interest in learning more about similar dance traditions.
-Sophie Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, December 30th, 2007|
Booklet Deadline - Dec. 31 E-mail me NOW
Al Mahala Participants,
The most recent version of the Al Mahala class schedule is up for
viewing and comments.
Any e-mails sent to me within the last few hours will not show until
Monday's revision, which will be the version published in the Site Booklet.
The Site Booklet deadline is midnight Dec. 31. This is for all departments.
Please check the most recent version of the Al-Mahala schedule either
or here: http://www.shadowcon.game-host. org/al_mahala/
and of course also available through the gulfwars.org
site - using the
pull-down menu to reach the "middle eastern" page.
Remember to click on the schedule TWICE to get the largest version, or
e-mail me and I'll send you the schedule as an excell
Humbly and In Service,
Zhara um Nikko
A&S, Al Mahala
|Thursday, December 20th, 2007|
Updated Schedule - Al Mahala at Gulf Wars
The updated schedule for Gulf Wars Al Mahala is online and ready for viewing and input. Note that all areas in red are still very much in need of volunteers.
Please note that classes are not the only activity allowed - demos, performances or other creative activities representing M.E. and associated regions would be most welcome.
Please check to verify (if you have volunteered to teach or give a presentation). Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions, such as spelling of your name, or title for your class/session. Also, if you have previously told me a specific scheduled day or time to avoid when scheduling you, please remind me again if the schedule conflicts.
Please view the schedule either by visiting the Gulf Wars website: www.gulfwars.org
(www dot gulfwars dot org) and connecting to the Middle Eastern link, and then to the Al Mahala page, or through either of these links: www.almahala.notlong.com (www dot almahala dot notlong dot com) or http://www.shadowcon.game-host.org/al_mahala/
Please note: you must click TWICE on the schedule itself to get maximum size for viewing.
Alternately, let me know and I can send the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet directly to you as an e-mail attachment.
MUCH THANKS and APPRECIATION,
Zhara um Nikko
A&S - Al Mahala
|Monday, November 5th, 2007|
call for dancers
The doors are wide open for anyone who would like to teach a folkloric dance class at
Gulf Wars Al-Mahala.
I'm making class schedules right now, and the December booklet
deadline is approaching faster than half-price Halloween candy at a
Send me an e-mail to get on-schedule. Happy to take panelists for
Roundtable Discussions, as well as classes with multiple teachers; for
those feeling a little shy and who don't want to do a class by themselves.
Please let me know no later than Dec. 25 zhara8@...
at ya hoo dot com)
Another word, regarding things of a residential nature:
Al Mahala has a few camping spaces still available. This might be of
special interest to those who'd like to camp within very close
proximity to the Battle Field. I've even heard tell of a shortcut
through the woods that takes you from Al Mahala's front gate to the
side of the Fort in mere seconds. Contact Mistress Edwina, sue@...
(sue at readitagainbooks dot net) for
Finally, I'll wrap it up by saying - Come teach something at Gulf
Wars! We'd love to have you!
Humbly and In Service
Zhara um Nikko
A & S director, Al Mahala
|Tuesday, June 26th, 2007|
|Monday, November 13th, 2006|
|Wednesday, October 18th, 2006|
Introduction and question
My name is Jenn and I'm an American cabaret belly dance teacher and performer in Georgia. I've had instruction in Persian, Turkish gypsy and classical Egyptian cabaret dance as well. Thanks to my graduate program I have the opportunity to study in Tunisia next summer. While my official studies there will be unrelated to dance, I'm hoping to learn more about both the folkloric and belly dance scenes in Tunisia and if at all possible see a show and/or take a lesson. I'll be based in Sfax but will be traveling to Tunis and other cities as well.
Does anyone know of resources (books, articles, DVDs, personal experience, etc.) regarding Tunisian dance? Have any of you visited Tunisia?
Thanks for your help!
|Wednesday, October 4th, 2006|
I am stuck in a music rut. Can anyone make any recommendations for some good traditional Egyptian music CD's? Ideally ones with a mix of stuff on them - saidi, ghawazee, beledi, taksim/drum solo etc...? I actually don't own a ton of music (hence the rut) so chances are if you suggest it I don't have it.
|Monday, October 2nd, 2006|
|Wednesday, September 13th, 2006|
|Tuesday, August 8th, 2006|
|Sunday, July 30th, 2006|
Having been inspired by a visit to Morocco's website
, I am wondering if anyone knows of any good, serious books, articles, papers or other sources about Egyptian dance. I am looking for things like respectful ethnographies, first hand accounts of seeing folkloric dances in their original contexts and critical writing about adapting folkloric dance for the stage (which I guess does not have to be specifically about Egyptian dance). Morocco has some good articles on her site and they have got me thinking about adapting highly interactive folk dances for specific occasions for stage performance and I just feel compelled to do some more research.
I am really surprised by how little serious, respectful (non new-agey) writing - that doesn't just state the obvious over and over - appears to exist about Middle-Eastern dance. At Morocco's recommendation on her site, I ordered this
book. "A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt", by Karen Van Nieuwkerk. I have also heard good things about this
book, called "Dancing Fear and Desire: Race, Sexuality and Imperial Politics in Middle-Eastern Dance", by Stavros Stavrou Karayanni. I own that Serpent of the Nile book. While it has great pictures in it, I find the author to be totally ignorant about the concept of Orientalism, overly New-Agey and full of stupid, hippie-dippie biases against Egyptian cabaret and my favourite dancer, Fifi Abdo.
Anyway...there has to be more than that out there so I was just wondering if anyone had anything to share. Thanks!
|Tuesday, July 11th, 2006|
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|Thursday, July 6th, 2006|
Just so you know.
Hopefully this doesn't get posted too much, if so my apologies. Anyhow, there's is a problem with a particular male who is hanging out on the bellydance scene in the SF area. His name is Brian, and he presents himself as a gentleman who has no 'harmful' intentions. However, it is becoming clear to the dancing community on tribe that he is stalking a number of dancers, telephoning them constantly, making inappropriate remarks and even apparently a sexual advance this last week. He sometimes poses as a photographer (which doesn't sit well with those genetlemen), though that recently has been replaced with him posing as a drummer (which is pissing off the drummers in our community). Please please make sure you are safe if you see this man around.
Here is a link to his tribe so you can see what he looks like. http://people.tribe.net/ae2fa650-cc65-40ed-88ec-11720e459f4f
To my knowledge he isn't here on LJ, but he does have a myspace account, and has been seen on Bhuz.com and YouTube.
Crossposted to: bd_newbie, bellydancers, bellydancing, canadaraqs, norcalbellydanz, bbw_bellydancer, exotic_dancers