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  1. LibraRaqs

    Which instructional DVDs/Videos do you have? (2012 Version)

    I still have all of mine. I began dancing with DVDs long before I went to my first class, so in the new lockdown era, it's like old times. Neena and Veena's Bellydance three-vol. DVD's, Dolphina's Goddess Dance (3 DVD set), and a random find by a "Leila" that is actually terrific. And a Rachel...
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    Frustrating DVDs that won't play

    I am so sorry you've had this experience! :( Much sympathy. I'm not very "tech-y" so I have no advice, but how disappointing! Ditto for some cassette tapes, they may fade but they're awesome!
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    ^^^ Sounds like an interesting story... ?
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    But hilariously original! Thanks for sharing. :)
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Okay; when it comes to a whimsical art design, this is CLASSIC. Thanks for sharing!
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    Who's your favourite bellydancer?

    I also had a time sorting my list. So I just decided to add my favorite favorites. :)
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    Belly dancing in rural areas

    Definitely, these ideas are for after life gets back to "normal"! But, if anything, now's the time to sit back and make plans...
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    Awesome stuff, thank you both!
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    Belly dancing in rural areas

    Okay, having spent most of my life in tiny-town rural America (think of Lake Woebegone, or the town in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite"), I totally understand this! And the modern trends toward xenophobia in rural areas is doing nothing to help rural folks open up to new internationally influenced...
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    Any recommendations of who has the best original ATS?
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    While I know that sweatshops for costumes do exist, nearly all bellydance costumes I have seen in person were, come to find out by talking to the dancers, made by the dancers themselves or by an artsy friend they knew. Some of them were incredible, many were re-purposed from thrifted garments...
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    Who's your favourite bellydancer?

    Okay: waaaaaaay too many, but I've got a couple of favs I can list! A name some of us may all recognize is an American dancer, Tamalyn Dallal. She was featured on Bellydance Superstars, and I really like her classy, medium-paced style. There's a dancer on YouTube, not sure if she's very...
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    What's Your Favorite Style and Why?

    Because I really like improv better than choreographed dance routines (no offense to all the hard working choreographers!), my favorite is Egyptian cabaret style, Lebanese and Turkish are also great! Really, cabaret style as a whole (MENA and American blends). I have mixed feelings about...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Oh my goodness. I don't want to be that mean person who picks on somebody's creative effort, but I think a dance in street clothes would be far better for the morale of all involved! The awful cut is terrible enough, but the poly-velvet crush looking fabric is...straight out of a Halloween...
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    Afternoon!

    Welcome! And awesome idea to use Skald music.
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    I have no idea if the beads are glass or plastic, but that would make a ton (no pun intended) of difference! And that is a good point about the belt width--thanks for bringing that up!
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    Helping students defeat the stereotypes?

    Very, very true! I've heard of/read about Egyptian traditional musicians and dance teachers (supportive of the dance, against the stigma) express a desire to have more regional interest in bellydance, and therefore a regional student base, but with the increasing stigma and rise of conservative...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    Kind of like this one. For credits, btw, this is a public domain image from Pinterest. Here we have a narrow belted outfit, bra seems of a pretty average dimension. The two pieces are balanced in proportion to each other through the use of beaded fringe, artistically draped in a...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    So, I had a look at the piece in question, and my first thought was: that belt is too narrow. Usually I'm used to narrow belts compensating through a network of hanging embellishments to give it far more height, but it's over simplicity with the large, chunky bead work gives it a kind of "cheap"...
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