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    Salma al-Shimi

    Personally, I don't understand how some people can turn making attention-desperate fools of themselves online into millions of dollars, but apparently, it is a thing that occasionally happens to a tiny fraction of the ones who attempt it. She managed to get trending on Google News yesterday...
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    Salma al-Shimi

    So this happened... https://nypost.com/2020/12/02/model-photographer-arrested-after-pyramid-shoot-in-egypt/ News outlets have also identifed her as a "dancer," but without watching everything on her YouTube channel, it looks like "person who lip syncs and poses to music in the hope of...
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    Problems with lower back while dancing

    I've heard that move called "weighted down" "Souheir Zaki," "down accent," and "chonk." The traveling version was one of Souheir's signature moves, but she was also famous for doing the standing ones. She does it in multiple places here, but compare the three accents she does at 1:25 to...
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    Problems with lower back while dancing

    What Shakira is doing around 1:30? Or more like what Sadie is doing around 1:20? And for reference, here's Bozenka, Shakira's...teacher? choreographer? collaborator? doing a lot of down accents around 2:10. Personally, I don't find it comfortable to do a hip drop as far out of body line...
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    Helloo! Excited to get involved

    Welcome! I don't want to get into a massive rant about free online material and the ethics of undercutting teachers whose expertise is subsequently devalued and income is lost (much bandwidth has been spent on this topic and its sister, dancers who volunteer to perform in professional settings...
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    Problems with lower back while dancing

    I'm not quite sure what you are describing--a smooth over-and-down infinity or the sort of percussive over-and-drop accent that Shakira (the singer) does? Are you twisting while you do it or moving on an angle, or does it stay in the torso plane? This may sound peculiar, but what does it...
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    Problems with lower back while dancing

    Another thought...Are you by any chance a tribal-style dancer? There are certain aspects of tribal ("fence" posture, working one side more than the other, upper-body isolations with laybacks, etc.) that can be problematic for some bodies. It doesn't mean you would need to give up dancing. You...
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    Problems with lower back while dancing

    We had a conversation a while ago in another thread about skeletal problems due to foot abnormalities. If you have issues with your feet (and especially if a doctor has already recommended you wear orthotics), dancing barefoot can cause all sorts of misalignments to ripple up the body. If you...
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    Egyptian Style DRILLS DVDs?

    I spent a half hour yesterday looking for a site I found earlier in the year and never got around to trying that had streaming and remote classes with dancers in Egypt, but I couldn't retrace my steps. Unfortunately, I had to reset my system and I lost my browser data between then and now. I...
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    Nice to be here :)

    Welcome!
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    Anyone heard from Hadia (Jocelyn Chouinard) of Canada?

    Since we both found her work contact easily, this won't be much of a deterrent for any determined weirdos out there, but I'm going to delete it upthread out of courtesy to her....
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    Anyone heard from Hadia (Jocelyn Chouinard) of Canada?

    Sorry, no clue. I haven't heard anything about her retiring from dance, but that doesn't mean much since almost everything happens on social media, and like Zorba, I'm not plugged in by choice. Her web site was offline for me, too. You could try reaching out through these if you haven't...
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    Back from a long break

    Wecome! It can be a little slow here compared to how things once were, but feel free to start a lively discussion! I still have way more opinions than everybody else wants to read! 😜
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    Yet another odd question...

    Since when are dance costumes about comfort? Tops, bottoms, accessories--everything seems designed to maximize misery in order to look pretty while avoiding a wardrobe malfunction. You do you, but I'd have figured you for someone who would have seen the potential of decorated leggings...
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    Yet another odd question...

    You could just wear opaque theatrical tights, and skip the ordeal. Look for convertible or footless if you're dancing without shoes.
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    Belly Dancing During Quarantine

    Ann Macy Roth, for example, disagrees: https://as.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu-as/faculty/documents/RothFatherEarthMotherSky.pdf "Some scholars would like to locate women's power in their fertility and ability to generate new life. The analysis presented here, however, suggests that women's...
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    "Classic" belly dance songs

    I hate to say it, but as one of the last of the old-school Egyptian sha'abi singers, and as a hafla staple for over 25 years, Hakim probably qualifies as an essential artist for dancers to know. But look on the bright side...At one point, Miles wanted to promote Hakim more aggressively...
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    "Classic" belly dance songs

    [Sorry, I have lots of opinions on music...] Finally, the significance of bringing up different regions of the ME being excluded from or under-represented on "the list" is that these are often distinctive, non-interchangeable musical styles that a well-rounded dancer should have familiarity...
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    "Classic" belly dance songs

    Depending on the circles you travel in, you will naturally encounter some songs more than others, and while dancers have attempted to compile "essential" lists, there is no universally agreed upon master list, just as there is no universal agreement on names of movements, or what is required to...
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    "Classic" belly dance songs

    First off, please don't interpret my long-winded, philosophical answer here as any sort of attack or ridicule of your inexperience. Everybody starts at the beginning, and when I was at your level, I was paying a teacher to feed me some genuinely odd, under-informed ideas about Middle Eastern...
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