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Men in Belly Dance

In the West, most men in belly dance are husbands of bellydancers – in fact there’s a great Facebook support group specially for them! Male students are so rare, most...

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Dancing with Fan Veils

OK, so maybe I’m an old fogey – but I just don’t like fan veils. Not just because they’re not traditional – although they are certainly not traditional in belly...

The Magic Carpet Man

Ever since I started this website, I’ve been mystified by the number of visitors who are looking for “magiccarpetman.gif”. It finally dawned on me to check the Wayback Machine and...

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Is Belly Dancing Teaching a Sisterhood?

As someone who has danced in many other genres, when I (finally) discovered belly dancing, one thing struck me very forcibly. Belly dance teachers talk to each other! Some belly...

Weight Belts for Belly Dancing?

I’ve recently come across something called Power Belly weight belts, and I was totally fascinated! Here’s a promotional video for it: Basically it involves wearing a 10-pound weight belt around...

Can Belly Dance Prevent Alzheimers?

When I first got up the courage to start belly dancing, I was expecting to be the only fat old broad in a class of nubile young women.  So I...

Improvisation

Improvisation is so vitally important, I’d go so far as to say: If you can’t improvise confidently and fluently to a familiar piece of music, you’re not ready to take...

10 items to pack for your trip to Egypt

You are going to Egypt to study belly dance with local teachers and you are maybe going to Luxor or Cairo. Lucky you!   Learning raqs sharqi in Egypt is an...

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