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  1. Safran

    My take on khaleegi

    Hello! One night I decided to put together a few words about khaleegi dance from bellydanceers' perspective... and ended up with a full article :lol: Enjoy! And if you know any other links that I should add at the end...
  2. Safran

    Emirati culture

    There is currently a big heritage festival happening in Abu Dhabi. I was there a few nights ago, and I was very very impressed. Here are some of my thoughts, photos and videos (locals dancing!) in a blog post. Enjoy!
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    Interview with Sabriye about her new CD

    Sabriye Tekbilek released her very first CD of bellydance music this year. I did an interview with her about her relationship with music in general, and about what it really takes to produce a CD. Enjoy reading...
  4. Safran

    Talk about monkey-cam :)

    in India I worked together with a French dancer called Leela. Recently she posted a video of herself dancing, which she says summarises her India experience...
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    Studying Arabic with the help of songs

    Lately I have picked my Arabic studies again. Yesterday, I was googling for a specific phrase and came across this blog It has 15 "lessons" of Egyptian Arabic, each concentrating on one song. I find it very cool! It does help if you know how to read/write...
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    Ideas for floral costumes

    I've come to a possession of a bunch of artificial flowers, and I want to make a costume with them. I have a few ideas, but I'd like to find some more inspiration... So, feel free to post your favourite flowery costumes. I'll start off with a pic of my friend Jamila's costume...
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    Recommendations for LED-wings

    I have been planning to get a pair of LED wings for a long time. There are plenty of sellers out there, but I would like to buy them from someone who has good references, and who would actually answer my questions when I send them. I want wings with LED lights all over the wings, and preferably...
  8. Safran

    Assuit evening dresses from the 20ies

    /I was not sure which sub-forum to post it in, but it is distantly related to costumes, so here we go.../ Currently there is an exhibition running at the Art Museum of Estonia, presenting art deco fashion design. It is a feast of dresses and shoes and accessories in general - the volume of fine...
  9. Safran

    Shaabi meets traditional

    The modern shaabi might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I quite enjoyed watching the melayas and fishermen suits and a shamadan in a somewhat different context. Enjoy!
  10. Safran

    The Estonian swapmeet

    I can't believe I have not advertised the Estonian swap meet on the forum yet. (Either that or the search is not functioning ;)) I guess as the season is about to start, it is the best time to get those hip scarves, costumes and a lot more into circulation! So, here is the webpage...
  11. Safran

    Tell me about Sephora

    Has anybody used their make-up? I was given some of their brushes as a gift and I am quite happy with these, however I have never tried their make-up. I am especially interested in their foundations and concealers. How is the pigmentation? Are they wear-proof from a dancer's perspective?
  12. Safran


    I am in Bahrein for three months now... and I must say, before I came here, all I knew was that it was an island. So, I figured I would start a thread with some photos and tidbits that I've learned here. I mean, I will probably posting more on Facebook, but I know that not all of you are there...
  13. Safran

    One of the perks of working as a bellydancer

    Here is a short clip from my show on Sunday... there were two little boys in the audience. When I asked them to come and dance with me, the younger one was very ready and willing... he was so happy to shimmy with me!
  14. Safran

    Repairing wings

    It has been quite the past weeks - it seems all my dance stuff is falling apart at the same time. I wonder if there is an astrological disposition or something like that going on :lol: Anyways, by the time I got on stage for my first show yesterday, I discovered that the seam edging my wings...
  15. Safran

    The Oum Kalthoum Project

    In autumn 2013 I celebrated ten years of oriental dance in my life. This dance has given so much to me, so it only seemed logical to continue… and not only to continue dancing, but also exploring everything around and behind the dance… So, I’ve decided that year 2014 will be dedicated to Oum...
  16. Safran

    An amazing pharaonic show

    I've seen An Najma before, performing short pieces at events, and I have always found their stuff very entertaining. Today I discovered that their latest show has been fully uploaded to Youtube. I've watched the first two parts so far, and I find it amazing! Don't expect too much belly dance...
  17. Safran

    How come I have not heard of this book before?

    I was just doing a bit of random googling and came across this Belly Dance Around the World: New Communities, Performance and Identity: Caitlin E. McDonald, Barbara Sellers-Young: Books It seems like a really good resource. Has somebody read it already? What are your impressions...
  18. Safran

    IX International Oriental Dance Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, 1st-3rd November 2013

    I am very happy and honoured to announce, that this year our Festival's main guest is Mr Yousry Sharif himself! In addition to him, our guest instructors include Sabriye Tekbilek, Anu Toivonen, Daniella, and several teachers from Latvia, Finland, Estonia and beyond! You can see the program of...
  19. Safran

    Do some research before ordering costumes

    I just prefer to not think of what is going on in Egypt right now, so instead, I will talk costumes ;) But actually, I wanted to share a problem I have heard here, which should remind you to always do some previous research before ordering costumes from someone you don't know. On this board we...
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    Awkwardness of Arab social dancing (funny)

    Although they are used to dancing freely at family events, even Arabs have their moments of awkwardness... :lol: