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    Default Greeting and Salutations

    Guess i shoulda started here first, but got distracted by other forums...

    My names Mikey, I've joined to become more involved and educate myself on the subject of Belly Dance. I can't say I've taken lessons from a teacher, but have collected some 16 instructional DVD's but become interested in the urban Egyptian style Baladi after Hilary Thackers set and then kinda fell inlove with Baladi after Ranya Renee's very well done instructional DVD. I've only just become aware of Hafla's, and hope to get down to in London, as there must one, if not more. Think i've just seen one called Saqarah on here!

    I've made some errors not being to aware of how costume goes with any given tradition or style of Belly Dance of divers countries of the Near and Middle East.

    I've been documenting my progress on Youtube with my friends (who are more or less moral supporters) and anyone else who may pass by them, made some good acquiantances along the way. I've also shared the learning curve on Livejournal, but sometimes find people take pleasure in breaking you down rather than giving feedback or advice. And now here, a proper site for Belly Dance (), in all instances some just condescend, while others give sound critique. Either way you learn something if not of yourself, then of others! Styles, techniques, traditions and folklore, as well as becoming aware of musical artist and/or performers.

    But since August 09 i've not stopped, and every week or so make a vid and compete against myself if you will to get better, watching pro's and natives on Youtube doing their dance, trying to pick up on subtleties and nuances.

    I hope to get more involved in the Belly Dance community, find my niche, most likely in Baladi, one day even perform if i'm not too old by then, as I'm already 26, but I've seen unlike the pop industry the dancers of Baladi tend to be matured anyways, i do hatha at an intermediate level, and weigth train, take care of the aesthetics too, so hopefully when I get there I wont be to ancient!

    Its actually taken a while to bring my mind round to the contained sensual reserve and sens of nostalgia of Baladi, to developing an understanding of the culture and respect for this folklore. Luckily my mother was a folklore dancer in her home country, who was influenced by Ottoman occupation, which influenced so much folklore about Eastern Europe and Near and Middle East, and grew up listening to similar music from Bosna and Herzgovina, as well as Dalmatia.

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    Glad you came along to Meet & Greet Forum. Good luck with all your endeavours. Oh by the way at 26 You have many years of performing left in you
    ~Mosaic
    Dance is like glitter, it not only colours your life, it makes you sparkle, you find it everywhere and in everything and it's near impossible to get rid of. (unknown)


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    Default ah hellooo!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mosaic View Post
    Glad you came along to Meet & Greet Forum. Good luck with all your endeavours. Oh by the way at 26 You have many years of performing left in you
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    ...again, thankyou, i would like to perform one day, i've never heard of halfa, or rather heard of it, but ignorant as to what one was. theres a cake from Bosna with a similar sounding name!

    with reference to the youtube forum, where you accosted me for being unpolite, it was far from being so on my part, nor a comment into the thin air, nightdancer posted on the thread and i was responding to him. makes one feel as if one has walk upon egg shells. i never been one for insincere politeness, you know, like trying to be too nice, but nor am i one to go to offend others.

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    welcome!! best of luck in all your learning. catch you around the boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyStacey View Post
    welcome!! best of luck in all your learning. catch you around the boards.
    nice to meet you!

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    Welcome in the forum !!
    I saw your video's, for the time you ware studying oriental you are excellent and very good.
    Continue the good hard work !

    Maria Aya, Greece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria_Aya View Post
    Welcome in the forum !!
    I saw your video's, for the time you ware studying oriental you are excellent and very good.
    Continue the good hard work !

    Maria Aya, Greece
    hi maria, i've posted to you on youtube, i loved your baladi to a track on jalilah raks sharki vol 2 or 3 i think it was.

    i did a traditional costume performance doing a baladi improv to rakset al wadiyya, from vol 1 of jalilah, put it up yesterday morning. it was reading the comments on your youtube that i found this track, its a simple baladi but i love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ababalond View Post
    nice to meet you!
    merry meet. i was watching your vids that you posted. i enjoyed watching you dance. jealous of some of your movements...lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyStacey View Post
    merry meet. i was watching your vids that you posted. i enjoyed watching you dance. jealous of some of your movements...lol.
    merry meet....?

    this is a greeting they'd used the pagan and wiccan circles, isn't it?!

    PM me if i'm am right, we could have little chat.

    mikey.

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    Welcome to the forums. I am new too. Seems like you have been working real hard. I shall have to look up your vids in Tube. You will find alot of great info here.

    Keep Dancing

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