Monthly Archives: July 2004

avi nesher, oriental

from variety, august 3, 2003…

Also mining an allegorical vein, Nesher is currently developing “Oriental” — a humorous doc examining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a portrait of a Russian belly dancer and her troupe of Arab musicians.

i bring this up, as it seems to be one of the features shown at the jerusalem film festival a couple weeks ago. has anyone seen it? Continue reading

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witness the birth of a dancer

just a short little thing to point you to… here. Continue reading

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najla goes underground to film second video

having faced a “wave of criticism” and having her singing license revoked by the egyptian musicians union, najla has resorted to secrecy to film her second video.

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verde valley tribal dance

hot off the presses in arizona, a brief, but pleasant article from the verde valley news: Tribal Belly Dance. Continue reading

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East Coast Belly Dance Classic Caravan

For organizing rides needed and seats available to and from the East Coast Belly Dance Classic 2004, rooms or couches to share and anything else that comes up. Post comments with anything you need or have available for people attending the Classic. Continue reading

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bellydance and playboy – the debate is on

we saw this light up today, mostly through the indigo feed….

the word is that kaeshi of bellyqueen was approached by playboy for an upcoming “girls of bellydance” issue (well, it’s more than a word, i saw the newsletter too…). this, of course, brings up a whole raft of issues that come with modern american culture – is it exploitation? inappropriate? acknowledgement and acceptance? good clean fun? good dirty fun? access to mainstream media? perpetuating inappropriate sterotypes? good for business? bad for business? good for art? bad for art?

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get your groove on

presented by the mayor’s fitness council (that’s mayor of chicago), a piece from the chicago sun-times: Get your groove on, and get healthy while you’re at it.

also here: Belly dancing classes shake up fitness scene – from the state (south carolina).

health and fitness and dance popping up in headlines. i can’t say much about healthy – i’ve been slowly rotting away for years now, but… i’ve also surrounded myself with amazingly healthy and talented people, so there is hope… Continue reading

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suggestions for this site

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about this site

you’ve found your way here, either through some prodding on my part or some random cruise of the net, and now you need to know what’s going on here and what you can do….
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how we got here

i’ll need to write something here to explain how all this works and encourage people to take advantage of it. it could be brief, it could be tedious, but it does need to get done, and i’m probably going to go ahead and do it in public.


i suppose the best thing to do is start at the beginning (a very good place to start) and explain a bit about why i’ve done this and what i hope it might accomplish.

several months ago, i set up about a dozen dancers with access to a bloging system i was using for my own personal stuff, in the hope that they’d find some use for it – either the ease of getting information out there, or the inexplicably high search engine placement i get here, or something else. the idea was to simply offer up a platform and let the community figure out how to use it.

at about the same time, i was frustrated with the calendar problem, and used the same package in an attempt to fix that too. that was kludgy, awkward and while the results were pretty good for me (i had a single place to go for upcoming events and to look for conflicts), it was a pain for people to use and was completely useless for recurring events (which happen a lot in this business of dance). i kept experimenting with calendar solutions (and still am), and after

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