These photos are very graphic and
may be upsetting. They were taken with permission
from Sashi and her partner.
here to proceed
introduction added at request of GS readers--
' So, this is the introduction to my performance with
my "pierced wings" at Tribal Fest 2006:
this next performance, Sashi of Ascend Tribal Dance combines
movements and stylings from modern day Tribal Bellydance
with aspects inspired by the Tribal Hindu Thaipusam Festivals
of Malaysia in which kavadi frames, cheek and tongue spears
are worn in trance-like states to honor Lord Muruga while
seeking penance for themselves and their community.
This piece is being performed with great respect and understanding
of the tribal cultures which inspire our Tribal Bellydance
communities and is in no way meant to shock or offend.
Rather, it is meant to present further understanding of
the sacred tribal aspects from which our dances derive.
This performance ritual involves actual pierced wings.
If this is something that you would not care to see, you
are welcome to go shopping or enjoy the outdoor stage
show at this time.
you like to go someplace else?
An interview with Leila
"Turning tricks," or sleeping with nightclub
or hotel owners, is not required to make it as a dancer
in Egypt, but it is a complicated and questionable industry and
there are many pressures.
Making New Musical
Inroads in Luxembourg 2005 by Mark and Ling Shien Bell
Rhythm Diatribes Workshops to Europe. It was extremely educational
for us to watch the learning process in three very diverse regions.
Got Strength? Buffing up
for Bellydance by Aruna
Muscles are like smart-aleck teenagers. If you ask them
to do something, they do just enough to get the job done—and
Rhythmical Truths Rhythm and Reason
Series, Article 11, by Mary Ellen Donald
In my books and in person, I make the point that there
are two basic kinds of rhythmical variations – embellishments
God Belly Danced, Part IV: The
Rise of the Pagan Anti-Belly Dance League by DeAnna Putnam
Dancing girls, wherever they came from, at this time
apparently were luxury import items and thus were subject to a
25 percent duty tax, equal to that of precious gems.