Monthly Archives: April 2006

ballet mori: dance with the earth

“In this improvisational performance, SF Ballet Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre responded to a musical composition modulated live by the unpredictable fluctuations of the Earth’s movement as measured in real time by a UC Berkeley seismometer at the Hayward Fault.”

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belly dance banned in california

ok, just part of california, but… the story from the modesto bee:

Stanislaus County Library patrons can read any of 10 books on belly dancing, from techniques to costumes. They also can check out a DVD on belly dancing as an exercise.

But they can’t attend a belly dancing program at the library anymore.

Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Rick Robinson has canceled the program, which was scheduled for April 22.

“The issue is what is appropriate for a library and what is not appropriate,” Robinson said.

Robinson saw the event scheduled on the library calendar and questioned it.

“Does it support some form of educational opportunity, or is it just pure entertainment?” Robinson asked. “I couldn’t answer that to my satisfaction, and I couldn’t answer it to my board.”

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belly dance banned in the middle east

ok, just part of the middle east, but… the story from the guardian:

“Bellydancing is naked women. This is not Islamic. The Egyptians come here and do it. And there are a lot of Russian bellydancers in Egypt and they come here too,” said Mr Sibbah, 58, an Islamic scholar who joined the cabinet of the Hamas government installed last week.

“People do it indoors, in secret. There’s lots of it,” he said.

“If the phenomenon of bellydancing spreads our people might react against it by killing people. We don’t want our people to become like the Taliban.”

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