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Day 3: Pharaoh’s Revenge

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

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Day 2: Learning about the Awalum, the really long nap, and what am I doing here?

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?

“Talent is Overrated: What Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” and What that Means for You as a Belly Dancer

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

Raks Sharqi (Belly Dance) as a Community of Practice

“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