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    Question New student needs a dancer name

    Would anyone know where I can find an online reference for names for belly dancers and their meaning? Perhaps I'm not ready for a name yet, since I am so new I haven't developed a style or persona.

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    This list of feminine Arabic names could help inspire you: Feminine Arabic Names

    Of course, it doesn't have to be Arabic. Some people also like Sephardic Jewish names, Persian, Armenian,etc.

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    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for --- THANK YOU!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellyDance Girl View Post
    Would anyone know where I can find an online reference for names for belly dancers and their meaning? Perhaps I'm not ready for a name yet, since I am so new I haven't developed a style or persona.
    Dear Bellydance Girl
    Please be sure that any online source is giving you correct information. Sometimes the names are not correct in their meaning, so it is worthwhile to double and triple check so that you don't end up naming yourself Halime, for example. which means "nipple" in Arabic and not what I saw printed on some list or other!!!
    There are two good books on the subject that I can recommend:

    Muslim Names, by Fatima Suzan Al-Ja'afari, ISBN 0-89259-030-0, (1982)

    Arabic First Names, no author, Hippocrene Books Inc. ISBN 0-7818-0688-7, (1999).

    Regards,
    A'isha

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    A'isha, thank you SO MUCH for this very sound advice. The online like is a good first step for me, I beleive, and fun to look at. However, I agree with you that more research should be done when I am ready to choose a name. Therefore, I am most happy for these book references. I want my name to be fabulous and reflective, not embarrassing. Thanks again for the head's up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellyDance Girl View Post
    A'isha, thank you SO MUCH for this very sound advice. The online like is a good first step for me, I beleive, and fun to look at. However, I agree with you that more research should be done when I am ready to choose a name. Therefore, I am most happy for these book references. I want my name to be fabulous and reflective, not embarrassing. Thanks again for the head's up!!

    Dear BellyDance Girl,
    You are very welcome. I hope you find a name that fits perfectly. Where do you study in Ohio? Have you met Shakira yet? She is an American Oriental style and fusion dancer who is a wealth of info. I once had the pleasure of sharing a hotel suite with her when we were both teaching at the same event in Virginia. She is a great teacher, so if you get the chance to take a class with her, give her my love!
    Regards,
    A'isha
    Last edited by Aisha Azar; 10-11-2007 at 04:48 PM.

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    Thank you,

    I'm in the Cleveland area, and taking classes at a local school as part of the community's adult recreation/education program. I don't remember the name of the Troupe my instructor (named Paula) is from. However, they do have a studio nearby and I plan on continuing there after the class is over on Oct. 30th.

    I have not met Shakira yet, but the name has come up. I will look into her whereabouts. Thank you for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellyDance Girl View Post
    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for --- THANK YOU!!!
    You might be interested to know this list is on a web site run by Christina M.K. Al-Sudairy that is dedicated to the study of Arabic language and culture. There are sections for Middle Eastern recipes, music downloads, etc. I've just begun the study of Standard Arabic myself so I find all the additional info very helpful:

    welcome to www.sudairy.com

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    This is a great site! Lots of info! Thank you very much! MMMM - recipies!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellyDance Girl View Post
    This is a great site! Lots of info! Thank you very much! MMMM - recipies!!!!!!
    You're very welcome. Yeah, the food's delish!

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