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    Levantine snake dancing is a thing now?

    Truth be told, it's not my cup of tea, either, but I haven't seen anyone incorporate animals into dabkat before. (I suspect a big reason they did it was so they could include the tart political comment at the end.) I did hunt down their NPR Tiny Desk concert and watch it, though. Almost all...
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    Afternoon!

    I was thinking that maybe if you leaned into practicing the versions that twist, learning to control the extra movement intentionally might help learning to stop it when you don't want it? "Camel" is another one of those moves with a general theme (body undulation in the front-back plane), but...
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    I need new music - suggestions?

    Here's the Sunday longread... Mohamed Ramadan is a hoot, isn't he? He's also a very popular actor--and major props to him for captioning his YouTube clips in English. 💐💐💐 Ever since Ricky Martin, a segment of the MENA music industry has been hoping to score a big international hit. (Miles...
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    Levantine snake dancing is a thing now?

    Well, this is not the sort of snake dancing we're used to seeing. This turned up in my YouTube feed the other day. 47SOUL (47soul.com) call their style "Shamstep," a fusion of traditional Levantine music with electronica, hip-hop, dubstep, and other worldmusic elements. The fusion of dabke...
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    Afternoon!

    Wasn't "goosh" originally a Jamila Salimpour term? I've only had one teacher who used it, and she applied it to the scooping-up-to-down "maya" traveling sideways with a level change. I can't remember if she also used it on the opposite-direction maya. "Goosh" seems to be one of those terms...
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    I need new music - suggestions?

    Depending on how you look at it, it's either good news or bad news that the MENA music industry has caught up to everyone else. If you want online streaming and download availability, it's a vast improvement over the former experience of hoping Rashid Music had what you wanted to order by mail...
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    Does this help explain choreography vs. improv in tribal? http://www.gildedserpent.com/cms/2010/12/14/jamine-june-tribal-fusion-jill-parker/
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    Happy Moves yoga/dance/story

    I am struggling to tell if this thread, which appears to have started out legit in 2014, still is. I don't want to come at new users who are lurking/not comfortable posting on other topics, but newbies who only post in the fringe threads do tend to raise a red flag since it looks a lot like how...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/old-man-yells-at-cloud
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    FCBD's style is probably the best place to start. There are other good groups out there, some more famous than others, but you can hook into the FCBD system directly or through Datura. https://fcbd.com/about/fcbd-online/ https://daturaonline.com/categories/fcbd-style
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Shanazel, I'm sorry. I never meant for you to interpret what I wrote as a personal attack. It's not you. It's me. The longer I've been involved in MED, the more frustration I've built up over the feeling that, intentionally or not, MED is secretly an industry built on ripping people off...
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    Ironically, the classic FCBD-style ATS was supposed to be an improvised style. It might have seemed somewhat less spontaneous because it used large, "canned" chunks of material, but it's not entirely fair to ignore that many non-ATS dancers recycle(d) movement combinations in their...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Fortunately you posted this before I uploaded my BS tirade, although your comment may still apply...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    I don't think of this as being blunt or cruel. It's laying our cards on the table for the benefit of all players in the game. Just like the Indian butterfly set and the Egyptian cone-bra-and-tuna-can-belt bedlah, these costumes are not quality. They're not meant to be quality. When you buy...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Nah, this bottom-feeder "Turkish bizarre" junk has been around for a while. Miss Belly Dance was selling costumes similar to it about 10 years ago. I don't know if this particular orange creation is a cheap Turkish souvenir or a Chinese copy of a cheap Turkish souvenir, though.
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