My Life as a Dancer: 1980’s South America

My Life as a Dancer: 1980’s South America

In 1980, I met a singer who sang on cruise ships and at hotels in Miami Beach. She suggested I could travel the world as a dancer. She then incorporated me into her hotel shows.
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Got to be Real: Self-Reflection and Making the Moment Important

Got to be Real: Self-Reflection and Making the Moment Important

Do you remember watching a dance performance that you truly enjoyed? Do you remember what made it so memorable? Do you ever catch yourself taking mental notes for “things to try” when watching a great performance?
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What To Expect In Your First Belly Dance Class

What To Expect In Your First Belly Dance Class

You’ve seen an exciting Bellydancer performing at a local middle-eastern restaurant and you were mesmerized by her grace, fluidity and beauty. You’ve heard that belly dancing is a great way to keep fit and build strength and balance! You love the
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Got to be Real: Professional Dancer or Eternal Student?

Got to be Real: Professional Dancer or Eternal Student?

When we make the decision to become a professional belly dancer, we are doing so much more than wearing a fancy costume and shaking our hips. We are taking on the responsibility to represent a specific history, a culture and an art that deserves to be represented respectfully and beautifully. We are taking on the responsibility to stay authentic to the origins of this timeless art form, to be eternal students, and to always strive to spread the beauty of this art form with our audience.
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Keeping Dance Motivation During Quarantine And Curfew

Keeping Dance Motivation During Quarantine And Curfew

Without a doubt, the quarantine experience has left so many of us feeling uninspired and unmotivated. This is the opportunity to contemplate where we'd like to go from here both as individuals and as a community.
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15 Signs You're a Bellydancer

15 Signs You're a Bellydancer

1. You’re easily distracted by anything that sparkles… (especially rhinestones!)

2. You have cats…and they get angry when you practice your finger cymbals.

3. You have a sword in your car’s trunk and you’re not afraid to use it!
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Top 10 Reasons to Belly Dance by Amaya

#10) For the Sisterhood of it…nothing like a girl’s-night-out to the dance studio to laugh, shimmy and have a drink afterwards with like-minded women!  When women gather outside the circle of men, kids, jobs….they glow.

#9)  Better Health….burn some calories, flatten those abs, stretch out those kinks and stand taller.  Gain cardio stamina, muscle strength PLUS the knowledge that you can hold those arms up longer than any football player. Your doctor will love you for taking bellydance classes...
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My Vision of Belly dance as an Alternative Spiritual Culture By Ansuya

During my time with the wonderful women of Prem Shakti, I am once again amazed by the power of Belly dance to overcome language, cultural, and personal differences, uniting women on a quest to understand the power of sensuality and its physical and spiritual implications. How many reasons are there to dance?
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How To Look Better Naked or In Costume Without Exercising By Meleah

That's right, no exercise required. We have all been told that we have to work out to tone up. Well, that is true of toning muscle. However, you can achieve toning effects for the skin from the outside. Your skin is the most visible part of your body. It should be pampered and maintained as part of your grooming routine. Try some of these techniques and you will see a great improvement. Some of these tricks yield instant results, and others will show improvement in 2-4 weeks. Your skin will be soft and silky to the touch. It will also appear firmer.
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