Everyone has told us that if you've never been to Egypt before, to expect to be grounded at least one or two days with intestinal distress. Day 3 was our day. We've been washing our hands, and drinking bottled water but somehow Melissa and I both managed to get sick. It hit her really hard … Continue reading Day 3: Pharaoh’s Revenge
Today was a wonderful first day of the festival. Our cover photo is from one of my favorite performances last night at the grand opening gala. Today I took an Awalum technique class with Gamal Seif. It was beyond fun to learn something entirely new to me in belly dance and learn so much more … Continue reading Day 2: Learning about the Awalum, the really long nap, and what am I doing here?
We did so much in Cairo on our first day I felt like I have been here for a lifetime. It's a good lifetime, one that will never be long enough. I woke up with the sun (I'm sure I can thank jetlag for that) and decided today would be a beautiful day. The scene … Continue reading Day 1: Khan al Kalili and the Umm Kalthoum museum
After nearly 22 hours of travel Melissa and I finally arrived in Cairo. We exited the plane down a staircase to the tarmac and were loaded on to crowded buses and shuttled to the baggage area. Inside, a short stout smiling Egyptian man greeted us with a "Raqs of Course" sign. He introduced himself and … Continue reading Arrival in Cairo
Lately, I’ve been reading extensively on creativity and high-performance. I secretly hope that just reading the right thing will forever change my ability as a dancer and make me the best I can possibly be. I’m looking for a quick fix, if you will. In my frantic search for the missing ingredient in my dance … Continue reading “Talent is Overrated: What Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” and What that Means for You as a Belly Dancer
“This is the time that you as a dancer pull the audience into you… It’s as if you could put them inside of your chest, and it’s a very difficult thing to do”, Ava explains to group of 20 or so young women, intently listening to her every word [Ott 2013]. Find yourself within the … Continue reading Raks Sharqi (Belly Dance) as a Community of Practice