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    Hannan, Egyptian beauty!

    Well, that was like trying to work a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing in dim light with no idea what it was a picture of... I wasn't able to find Hanan's full name and a first name alone wasn't enough to go on, but I managed to eventually find this from CaroVan Video & description...
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    Esal Rohak

    As far as I know, it's the usual guidelines for performing to Umm Kalthoum. YMMV, but I was taught by a native teacher that if you are dancing to her music (whether she's singing on the record, or it's a remake with or without vocals), a dancer should be on their best and most dignified...
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    Get down with your dishes!

    So I started trawling around the internet, trying to teach myself about the career of Golden Age Egyptian singer and actress Badeaa Sadek the other day, because that's the sort of thing I do in my spare time... My Arabic is way too weak to understand the intricacies of whatever crazy jive went...
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    COVID-19

    I think there is also a component of "No way to tell where science ends and educated guessing begins." Sure, some media outlets are goosing this story for ratings and attention, and definitely, the US has some issues of governmental competence, but as cynical as I am, I still believe when you...
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    COVID-19

    No cases in our immediate area yet, but our county is between a cluster of 6 cases and a cluster of 3 cases, each about an hour away in opposite directions, so it'll probably get here sooner or later. I went to the store yesterday. No rice, sugar, flour, fresh chicken, or milk. No toilet...
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    I'll see that and raise you "...and all candidates are restricted to one month of campaigning prior to each election. Furthermore, citizens must EXPLICITLY OPT IN to any and all political mailings, phone calls, surveys, and door-to-door canvassing efforts."
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    It's difficult to convince people to vote third party because of the perception you are throwing your vote away. In the case of the President and the Electoral College, it would be virtually impossible to get a third-party elected from some states, because of the way the two major parties have...
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    Egyptian cotton

    Just came across this article about Egyptian cotton farming... https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-end-of-egyptian-cotton Other than the throwaway line about folkloric songs, it isn't BD related, so let's see what we can dig up music-wise... From the film "Khadra W al-Sindbad...
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    Anyone know more about this teacher?

    I remember her from the album covers, and I have a vague sense that somewhere (Bhuz? the old MEDlist?) I read a thread that might have been ever so slightly critical of her stylistic authenticity, but fortunately I don't remember enough to gossip. I did find this...
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    Anyone know more about this teacher?

    There are multiple Cassandra's floating around. There is one who runs the Cassandra School in Minnesota, but I was talking about a different one who teaches at the University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Cassandra's web site is down, but her FB page is here...
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    Helping students defeat the stereotypes?

    This would have been about 15 years ago, and it was a Catholic school, so it would have been a pretty nervy move to roll in with the plan of forcibly converting everybody by the...sagat and assaya? Because if there's one thing that the sort of people who embrace an overbearing, aggressive...
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    Anyone know more about this teacher?

    Schehera was/is based in the Dayton area, so about an hour north of Cincinnati. I'm sure she crossed paths with Bobby, but IIRC, she was more of a Bert disciple. I'm not sure who the Cincinnati dancer would have been that far back. The Habeeba's franchise has been in Cincinnati a long time...
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    Helping students defeat the stereotypes?

    You might also investigate the "passion play" costumes at the back of the mainstream pattern companies' books. YMMV, but if you're looking to make a plain (woven) thobe, some of them aren't bad, especially if you can pick up the patterns when they are on sale for a few dollars instead of full...
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    Helping students defeat the stereotypes?

    I once helped organize an event at a local school where my dance teacher at the time gave a folkloric presentation about traditional Egyptian music and dance to the fifth graders. We're talking about a woman in her 50's in a full folkloric costume (with extra harem pants underneath!) doing a...
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    Anyone know more about this teacher?

    Many of the names resurfacing recently were also on Bhuz. It's been so long that I'd assume more than Kharmine have moved on from dancing, but some are probably still active over on FB, and hopefully a few of them will get an e-mail notification for their old thread and wander back here.
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    Anyone know more about this teacher?

    Are you talking about Aida Al Adawi? As far as I've heard, she's still in Michigan and still teaching. I took a workshop with her years ago (2008-ish) when she was on the first lap of her "It doesn't do any good for me to die hoarding all this knowledge!" tour. She is an incredible dancer...
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    Belly Dancing Home Alone: New group on Facebook for dancers in isolation.

    I am not on Facebook, either, but I understand your situation. FB seems to be the main place for dancers to congregate, but it does have some drawbacks. If you are not currently associated with a teacher or troupe, it can be difficult to assimilate on FB, so you may not think of it as your...
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    That was supposed to be the point of the Libertarian Party, but they haven't had much luck getting their act together for the national stage. It doesn't help that the current US system is stacked so hard against third parties, but based on the televised coverage of their 2016 convention, they...
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    One of the reasons it is so challenging to grow democracy in places that don't have a history of having it (even from within like the Arab Spring) is the inability to unseat the idea that the whole "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" thing is not a zero-sum gain. If you can't accept...
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    While it's true the average person is just trying to get through the day and provide the best quality of life they can for their loved ones, that's a broad brush to paint the extremists of history with. I'm not sure I'm comfortable putting Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther...
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