“Doing” Belly Dance History – Persian Snap

March 8, 2021

Today’s Research Tip: Create a list of museums with digital archives to use as a starting point for conducting image research. Image: Qajar Dancer in the act of a “Persian Snap” Located at The Met aka  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – View Here One of the tools that I use when I’m conducting […]

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Belly Dance Showgirl: Nejla Ates

February 15, 2021

  Belly Dance Showgirl: Nejla Ates The life and legacy of the “Turkish Delight” Sunday, February 28th 2:00 pm PST/5:00 pm EST $25 Includes live talk, .pdf handout & 30-day replay Bonus – “Fabulous Fifties” ebook Hosted by Mahin of the Bellydance Quickies Reserve your spot Join me on Sunday, January 28th for a history […]

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Inspiring Belly Dance videos – Winter 2021

February 12, 2021

This has been a year of creative exploration in the world of visual communication through dance.  As dancers, we’ve moved away from in-person live performances, but we’ve never stopped performing.  Dancers have taken to the leap into digital space where today’s dance shows are composed of live pieces and recorded programs. From rote recordings of […]

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Roman-era Egyptian Finger Cymbals

January 30, 2021

“For belly dancers, our deepest and oldest connection to our performing ancestors is through our signature instruments, finger cymbals.” Dawn Devine ~ Davina Finger Cymbals in the Egyptian Exhibit at the Bristol Museum, Bristol, UK Photo by Alisha Westerfeld Finger cymbals are an iconic element in our dance. They are a defining hallmark for performers […]

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Teaching Finger Cymbal History – Free Workshop For Subscribers

January 15, 2021

January – Topic & Talk This month my “Topic and Talk” is all about the ancient history of finger cymbals.  Over on my Facebook page, I’m sharing lots of images of bronze-era finger cymbals from the collections of museums around the globe.  My goal is to help my fellow instructors, self-directed students, and belly dance […]

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