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  1. AyaKara

    Invited to Fundraiser -- Help!!

    Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all of your holidays went well this season :dance: My university is having a fundraiser for an injured student. Myself and two other alumni were invited to perform individually for 2-3 minutes each. I would love to do it, but I haven't been in class since May --...
  2. AyaKara

    I made my bellydance FB!

    I'm not sure if this is thread-worthy or not, but since I've been meeting a lot more dancers as of late, I've decided to make my official belly dance Facebook page. Please add me, everyone! :dance: https://www.facebook.com/aya.bellydancer Mods, feel free to move or delete this thread if it's...
  3. AyaKara

    I Met Morocco at a Hafla!

    Among many others :D I went to Tamalyn Dallal's intensive hafla(h?) & helped out with set-up, vending, & I also recorded the show for Kaeshi (whom I also met). There was also one point where I had to run to get a plug for the projector, a feat that I am very proud of :lol: The dancers were...
  4. AyaKara

    What is this song called?

    It's such a beautiful song but comments are disabled so I have no idea what it is! Does anyone here know it? :think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC0L0ljTUiw Thank you :D
  5. AyaKara

    So . . .

    I performed! Not only once, but twice :D EDIT: Here is the video of last week's show! I'm on the right side, 2nd dancer :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQwWH2Lucso My teacher & I: Me (& the source of my new avatar): These were from the performance on April 6th. I'll try to get some...
  6. AyaKara

    Went to Haflah + First Rehearsal!

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to update you on my first (of many) experiences in the BD community. :dance: What really moved me at the haflah was that I was actually seeing dancers dance; Youtube doesn't capture the experience. It was so beautiful & mesmerizing. During intermission, I met a...
  7. AyaKara

    Guess who has her first hafla coming up?

    This girl! :dance: I found a (non-tribal) instructor in my town through Shira's site, so I sent her an e-mail asking if she was still active. She replied with her new location & number, & then told me that she would love to meet me at a hafla on March 3rd! Our town's FCBD will also be there (I...
  8. AyaKara

    Suggested to Change My Username . . .

    . . . Because I was telling a friend about the differences between raqs sharqi, raqs baladi, raqs assaya, etc., and he said, "Maybe you should make your username AssayaKara if you study cane dance!" I had such a great laugh. Happy New Year everyone :lol:
  9. AyaKara

    Do you do Yoga/ Pilates/ Calisthenics/ etc.?

    I'm starting yoga & Pilates next month to help increase my flexibility & to gain a better posture, for both dance & my physical health. What activities do you participate in to make you a better dancer? :D
  10. AyaKara

    What Is the Suhaila Salimpour Method/ Format?

    What is the Suhaila Salimpour Method/ Format? I always read about BDers completing Salimpour Format Level I, II, etc. I recently read a blog post about how emotional Level III was. But I'm so confused! What exactly is Suhaila Salimpour's method? Why is it considered such hard work? Why does it...
  11. AyaKara

    Had This Out-of-Body-like Experience

    I was practicing just now when all of a sudden, I was moving to the music that I had left on without thinking. I didn't realize it until I looked at the clock & saw how much time had passed :lol: but, it was the first time that I've ever felt so in-touch with music with my body (even if I wasn't...
  12. AyaKara

    So my teacher said . . .

    That she wants six girls from class to do a student performance in May. She said that although I'm new to BD, I'll be able to handle it since I'll be with BellyQueen 4-5x weekly over winter break & 1-2x in addition to her class at school next semester. I'm so happy. :pray: I just wanted to...
  13. AyaKara

    Good Costume Websites?

    I'm not buying one any time soon, but I would love to just scroll through them & look through beautiful creations. & of course, I can keep the websites for future reference :lol: What are good websites for BD costuming & accessories? Thank you! :D I suggest that a mod stickies a thread with...
  14. AyaKara

    BellyQueen's Neighborhood?

    I'm going to start going to BellyQueen soon, but my parents said that the neighborhood around BQ & NYU isn't too safe & they would be nervous for me to leave at night after class. For those of you that have taken classes at BQ, how do you feel about the neighborhood? I don't really have anyone...
  15. AyaKara

    Do I have to be a Tribal/ Fusion dancer to wear Tribal clothing?

    I know that it's such a random question, but it stems off of my ATS thread :lol: I'm really in love with Tribal's fashion, makeup, & overall aesthetic but not Tribal dance itself. If I were to study Cabaret or Egyptian, would I be allowed to dress that way for performances, or would I have to...
  16. AyaKara

    What is this song?

    I watched this video last night (thanks to the lovely Darshiva :D) & am completely in love with the song that starts at 2:15. What is it? I love it so much & would love to perform to it one day. :redface: Here is the link if the video itself doesn't work: k6nK2jBYAz8
  17. AyaKara

    Is ATS . . . boring?

    I've been watching videos of my town's FCBD (our only BD studio) & I'm really excited to start in December -- I'm attending a workshop held by them tomorrow -- but, when watching their videos, I can't help but feel like it's . . . boring. :confused: They do a lot of spins, hip work, & zills...
  18. AyaKara

    The shimmy: knee-driven or hip-driven?

    Hi everybody! Hope you're all doing well :D Over the past few days, I've been practicing my shimmy (mostly hip/ muscle driven) when I decided to view some various Youtube vids. A lot of them emphasized the movement of the knees. I decided to do that & felt that my shimmy could finally hold the...
  19. AyaKara

    Tiazza Wilson

    Does anyone here watch Tiazza's belly dance videos? She is an extremely talented BDer from Morocco whose videos are very in-depth on how to do moves. She also discusses a lot of topics within BD and she has BD-based workout vids & choreographies up on Youtube. She has hundreds of videos! I use...
  20. AyaKara

    How Long Did It Take You?

    How long did it take you to reach advanced level of dance & look professional in your movements? How many hours a week of class did you take during these years? How many hours of personal practice? Did you use DVDs or Youtube videos? I'm a newbie & I practice daily for 30 minutes to 1 hour...
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