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is a new professional on the club circuit in San Francisco Bay area.
She is also a musician with a Turkish rock band that has done the
rock and roll circuit for more than 3 years.]
does one make the transition from the living room to the lounge?
I found myself asking that question a lot. Not many people really
have a good answer. They may know, but may not know how to communicate
in a way you understand. They may know, but want to limit the
playing field or potential competitors on the dance front. Maybe
your mentors aren't ready to let their little fledgeling leave
the nest! Maybe you just need a good kick in the pants to find
things out for yourself, and create your own path.
There is a
wealth of knowledge available. Right here. Right in the Gilded
Serpent archives. Dancers of all levels, age groups, disciplines,
multiple influences have poured their hearts out for you to listen
and learn. I've compiled a list of articles that have inspired,
influenced and enabled me to cross many intersections when arriving
at a challenge. Maybe you have something in common with me, maybe
you don't. Maybe you can relate, maybe not. But just maybe something
in here can put a little gold in your pocket, or better yet...
in your heart.
That Provide Inspiration
Andes: World Dancer by Jawahare
Now known as
Andes shares her discovery and re-awakening through dance. It’s
incredible when someone can put your thoughts into words....
Dance by Dhyanis
Dancers around the world unite for the purpose of sharing
peace, harmony and super groovy vibes – what a great way to boost
your karma counter ..
Strength? Buffing up for Bellydance by Aruna
I dare you
to guess this woman’s age…Aruna is fabulous and fit and won’t
quit. Nothing like a positive attitude to inspire you to stop
making excuses for your waistline and overall good health...
Dance," Says Aida, A Conversation with Aida Nour, by Lynette
telling it like it is. We are all unique flowers swaying to our
own breeze. Aida gives confirmation to inspiration
Zar, by Yasmin
The history of this mysterious trance dance unfolds here.
but how can I make money?
Joy (and Pain) of Collecting Tips by Sandra
Sandra shares words
of wisdom on how to get over the often self-imposed discomfort
of tip collecting and ways to break the ice.
Magic is My Style by
ideas on making your show unique and how to involve a crowd!
Music and Me: The Third Sunday at El Morocco, Photos and story
provided by Faridha, Written by Najia Marlyz
musicians, whether hot or just luke warm, always confront the
dancer with a set of variables.
I Accidentally Became a Successful Belly Dance Teacher (and you
can too!) by Michelle Joyce
The always business savvy Michelle
gives excellent pointers on how to sell yourself and teaching
Middle Eastern Audiences Expect from a Belly Dancer by Leila
Leila paints an often-unobserved perception of what is
expected from performers back in the motherland. If you’ve traveled
there, you may already be aware of these things, but you should
read it anyway.
Belly Dance:MECDA's Beginnings, Part 3:Tying Up Loose Ends,
by Samra /Sherifa,
Pay respect to our foremothers and read their account
of history so you have some bearings on dealing with club owners.
all professional dancers! How much do you charge? by Nanna
Nanna for encouraging
others to come clean. How many of YOU have been underbid by a
beginning dancer who will dance for free?
Performance and Props: "How-to's"
Kind of Snakes are Good for Dancing? by Neferteri
to know before you invest in a creature that may not be a good
fit for your future.
with Snakes by Maria
what to expect. The snake is the star – learn how to not break
the magic spell you weave before the crowd!
Dancing with Snakes by Neferteri
wonderful snake info. Sorry, I am biased.
Revisited by Yasmela/ Shelley Muzzy
One of these days I’ll get over my fear of glass and actually
try this. It is so beautiful in person to watch.
Great American Belly Dance Veil Routine by Najia El Mouzayen
Najia paints a wonderful
perspective on Veil work.
Dancing by Neferteri
Much respect to Neferteri
for sharing this beautiful art with us. I hope to try glass dancing
Assaya Instruction at Najia’s Studio
Demonstrated by Rawan El-Mouzayen (Arab-American, age
One of the cutest sweetest articles I have read. I just love the
on Dancing to Live Music (a Musician’s Perspective)
by Frank Lazzaro
musician’s perspective on how to be prepared for a live music
performance – Great tips. I encourage everyone, especially other
live musicians to read this and boost their professionalism.
the Wild Frilly-Lou Bird, Or Training Your Hands to Dance
by Najia Marlyz
to keep your arms from flopping around like a Neanderthal.
Making Wise Choices in the Belly-Dance Wear Market-place by
how to create something beautiful. You know you have made costuming
mistakes in the past. Learn here how not to repeat them.
List of Recommended CDs, 2004 update
Looking for tunes? Check out this list of must haves!
Undermines Event Sponsor's Efforts, Interview with Dee Dee Asad
The seedy underground of potentially negative dealings
comes public with this shocking article.
Died and Made You Queen of Dance?
died and made anyone the queen of dance? Do not judge lest you
be judged yourself! Najia tackles rampant hypocrisy in the MED
community – Bravo!
Comparing & Contrasting by Shira
Shira brings excellent points in keeping an even playing
field amongst influences.
- Kabob by Lynette, Warning, possibly disturbing graphics!
I LOVED THIS ARTICLE. What is art anyway? It is all subjective.
Thank you everyone for exposing your art!
Dance, Burlesque and Beyond: Confessions of a Post Modern Showgirl
by Princess Farhana (Pleasant Gehman)
love Princess Farhana and her fun and flirty attitude. Again,
things are so subjective from one performer to the next.
A Weekend of Burlesque in Old North Beach by Susie, Lynette,
Fun recap of an otherwise spicy show – would love to have been
a fly on the wall!
the Certifiers By Najia El-Mouzayen
is an expert right? Sheesh. Najia sheds light on self-declared
poindexters of MED
Grand International Bellydance Tour or How We Fled India at Midnight,
Eluding Our Captors and Evading our Go-Go-Dance Responsibilities.
or What Would Fifi Do? by Michelle and Sandra
hope one day to have a glass of wine with Sandra and Michelle
and hear all their exciting stories.
Festival or Shop-a-thon? by Nisima
ever so interesting Rakassah
Things Turkish (Hey, this is my list!)
Shop 'til you Drop by Justine Merrill
Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the Mother of all shopping malls and
covers over fifteen acres. Where to go, and how to bargain while
you are there.
Hamams and Bathing by Justine Merrill
attendants giggle while dumping scalding hot water on the screaming,
abused? You decide!
House Istanbul by Justine Merrill
dispels myths of Turkish travel and scantily clad dancers.
The Honey Hunt
by Kayla Summers
down a very rare style of honey – what could be sweeter?
in Turkey, (A Daily Journal) Turkish Bath House (Hamam 1)
Kayla discusses her hamam ritual and transcendental experience.
I came to Turkey by Kayla Summers
How fate delivered Kayla to an unchosen and otherworldly
location full of delights and unexpected treats.
Okay, who's next? We would like more lists from readers representing
differents profiles. Can you contribute a list of articles valuable
to beginners, or a list for new teachers, or favorite history
articles, MidWest /MidEast dancers? You choose! Send us your list
with why you picked each article, an intro blurb for the list,
your photo and bio. Thanks for your help!]
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Check the "Letters to the Editor"
for other possible viewpoints!
for Gold GEO List- Geographical listing of articles on Gilded
Serpent- over 30 countries!
One Banat: An Exploration
of Some Belly Dance Costuming Origins by Tasha Banat
the establishment of Israel, the definition of the term “Middle
East” seems to have changed and now has come to refer to
a conglomeration of a number of unrelated countries in the Asian
and African parts of the hemisphere.
Who Really Gave Us
This Dance? by Sausan
And, in their quest for self-expression, they,
too, would fall prey to the sweet expressive motions of a timeless
dance only to find a cure for their soul in the performance of
this expression in front of an appreciative audience.
Western Dancer's Guilt,
a Respnse to Naajidah, by Miles Copeland
People have occasionally suggested Arabs would be “horrified”
by the inclusion of the Tribal style in our show but I can tell
you that this style is extremely popular with Middle Easterners
who come to our show.