Monthly Archives: June 2005

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards

Sorry this is relatively short notice, but your deadline is July 28.

I know hundreds of dancers have videotapes of performances between July 28, 2002 and July 28, 2005, so if you think you’ve got a great SOLO PERFORMANCE and you’re in Maryland, it might be worth submitting it to the MSAC. Awards are up to $6000 (I know… that barely covers a costume…)

Ballet, Culturally Specific, Flamenco, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Traditional and other forms Ė
unaccompanied or with appropriate accompaniment
Four identical videotape or DVD copies of your solo performance(s) that took place after
July 28, 2002 must be submitted. Tapes or DVDs may not exceed 30 minutes in running time, and
only work performed by the applicant artist may appear on the tape or DVD.
Because the jury will be reviewing a large volume of material, on average, they will spend no more
than 10 minutes reviewing each work sample. Therefore, we suggest that you cue each sample to the
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samson seeks delilah july 31

official “cut time” is 4:30. I’ll be in the neighborhood (and you’re welcome to drop by) anytime after about 3pm. the salon closes at 5pm, so after being sheared, i figured we’d find a local place in the area to drop in for dinner and hang out for a while.

ok, it’s official. 17th is out, 31st is in… thanks for your opinions

the 17th is getting a lot of complaints about conflicts through the back-channels, and i have a conflict on the 24th, so, if you’ve got some thoughts on the 17th versus the 31st, get in touch…

many of you that know me know that i’ve been putting off the “Grand Cut” since around the end of last year, with great global events (tsunamis, popes, wars, etc) and minor personal events conspiring to ruin the best laid plans and best intentions… now that the spring crunch is [mostly] over, it’s time to get this done.

for those that don’t know, i’m cutting off about 16 inches of hair.

i’m looking for people who will play with me on a sunday toward the middle of july (july 17 would be perfect), and i’m going to bring myself and hopefully a bunch of amazing dancing girls in full dance regalia into adams morgan (washington dc) to take off some hair for locks of love.
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ten new b&w images

finally (!) got around to adding a set of 10 black-and-white images to the performance photo site.

all of these from sahara’s under a desert moon performance in may… drop by, tell me what you think… Continue reading

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maragret cho on bellydance

some personal commentary from maragret cho on bellydane in general, cairo carnival in particular and body image. Continue reading

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arabic pop in the post

picking up on the theme of music related to dance, the washington post has a piece, In the Arab World, Pop Stardom Can Be A Touchy Subject, related to the upcoming big-deal Nancy Ajram show here in the DC area.

it’s worth checking out, if you can catch it before it gets locked behind the archive-wall at the post.

that said, i do want to pick one small nit with the story…

In 2003, the Egyptian Parliament banned the video for another of her songs. (The legislature’s jurisdiction covered only Egyptian television stations; the video was still seen in Egypt via satellite from Lebanese broadcasts.) By Western standards, the video is demure. She is shown swaying her hips and arms while wearing a black dinner dress that covers her ankles.

it’s entirely possible that i saw a different version of this video, but that little black dinner dress didn’t cover much ankle when i saw it.
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linux journal on bellydance

geeks and dance? of course

Belly Dance and Free Software

This article is based on our collaborations with several Bay Area belly dancers and a digital photography workflow that is done entirely with GNU/Linux software.

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American Dance Slam Alert

from the better business bureau, American Dance Slam (ADS) Event in Atlanta, GA a Sham.

The organizer behind ADS is Todd Fischer who, operating under the name American Dance Force, has already been known for booking dance events that never occurred and then failing to make restitution to those who had paid to attend. Where his previous forays were relatively small itís possible that the impact from ADS could be substantial.

The Indiana Attorney Generalís Office would appreciate knowing Mr. Fischerís whereabouts. If you or anyone you know has been a victim of this scam, please contact the Indiana AGís office by calling: (317) 232-6201 or going to:

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ballroom dancing robots

from baku today, Shall we dance? Robots offer a hand on the ballroom floor

The Partner Ballroom Dance Robot — or PBDR in robot talk — has a woman’s face, a sensor around its waist and can move in all directions on its three wheels hidden underneath an evening gown.

As its partner takes steps, the robot analyzes his movements and figures out how to accompany him with its shoulders, elbows, waist and neck.

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putting oojami on tour

i don’t have much time to devote to this (i wasted all of my ‘free time’ for the month yesterday eating cake and ice cream), but it is something that came to my attention this week and i wanted to say something… so, since i have a short break now, here’s something.

oojami came through the area recently, near the start of their east coast tour. six musicians off on the road, bringing their stuff (which you may know from the first bellydance superstars disc or elsewhere)… and while they were here, i learned that their next stop was… canada. i don’t have anything against canada (and even tried to push a few people into the show), but that struck me as a pretty odd place to go from this area. it’s 500-ish miles, with two big cities in between (pittsburgh and philadelphia) and several others (in no particular order and off the top of my head – frederick, md; hagerstown, md; york, pa; harrisburg, pa; morgantown, wv; cleveland, oh; erie, pa; syracuse, ny; buffalo, ny; rochester, ny). so i decided to check out the rest of their tour, and it looks like this:
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