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In honor of The Belly Blog’s new look, get inspired by all gold everything!!!! #goldisagirlsbestfriend

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TBB

Bellyrical

I was introduced to Bellyrical on twitter. It’s Japanese belly dance music by DJ Cool-K, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Listen here and get yo groove on!

Anahid Sofian….where should I start????? Anahid has been a HUGE INSPIRATION in my life. Not only is she an incredible dancer, but she is the symbol of perseverance and strength.

You guys might have seen the What’s Coming Up posts promoting Anahid’s 35th anniversary show, well, Crain’s NY Business wrote an article about it and about Anahid’s studio. They also shot an absolutely beautiful 4 min. documentary of Anahid. You can really get a sense of her passion and love for oriental dance. She never gives up and she makes things happen for herself. Take a look below and read the article here!

 

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been seeing metallic tattoos everywhere and I’m pretty OBSESSED with them. I was browsing www.flashtat.com for myself and thought I should share this with my belly blog peeps! Seriously how cool would these look with your costume? And they’re pretty reasonable too. I will def. be buying some – if you get them tweet me pics!

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TBB

 

Clear your calendars for the end of the month, because it’s time for Anahid Sofian’s annual intensive in NYC! Anahid Sofians intensive will include workshops on Zills and Rhythms with Anahid and Richard Khuzami an awesome dumber player, Chifte Telli, Karshilama, The Art of Flying Silk with Eva Cernik  Signature Moves with Eva Cernik, and Floorwork! This is a once in a life time opportunity to study with LEGENDS!!!!! See below flyer for contact info etc. and get your booties over to 15th street Aug. 28th- 31st!!!! #YOLO

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see event page on FACEBOOK

p.s. want me to promote an event??? contact me at thebellyblog13@gmail.com

 

 “I grew up in a very diverse atmosphere but was always taught to honor my roots, this is what I bring to dance and what is evidenced in the shows I produce.”

 

On the 15th of last month, I was lucky enough to be included in Kay Kizi’ah’s event: Katrina’s School’s Out Hafla Summer Edition. It was the first time I ever really got to spend time with Kay, who is very prominent in the NYC bellydance scene. She is a talented, passionate dancer and such a warm and sweet person.

In addition to dancing, Kay has been working at a high school for eight years as a special education teacher working with emotionally disturbed children. She has also been an adjunct at the College of New Rochelle for six years, teaching courses in the Psychology Department.

In fact, her event, which included 17 performers, was also offered as a part of a summer college course called “Dance as a form of Cultural Expression”. This course is 6 credits, matriculated, and was the first Middle Eastern dance course offered at The College of New Rochelle. The course, taught by Kay, was offered last year and became SO popular that despite budget cuts, it was offered again this year and recieved double enrollment!

Kay has her students approach the study of Middle Eastern dance from theoretical, cultural, spiritual, historical and practical angles. They study the history of the dance, learn basic movements, interview dancers, write poetry, and view clips of the great stars like Fifi Abdo and Nagwa Fouad. Attending shows, like the Summer Hafla, is an important part of the course. Students get to see dancers of different ages, genders, sizes, and races express themselves and dance in a way that is true to them and their own style.

I was so impressed with the organization of the show, the line up of dancers, and with how amazing and chill Kay is, so I approached her about an interview, and lucky for me – she said yes! 

So…here goes!

TBB: How and why did you get started in bellydance?

KK: I was a middle school teacher, and one of my colleagues wore a low key hip scarf to work. I liked how she walked with it on and I asked her what it was. She invited me to class, and as usual, I was hesitant, but it sounded like fun. I passed on it the 1st Friday night and the next one I said, ” Ok, I’m going.”

TBB: What is your favorite bellydance style?

KK: Definitely Egyptian!  To me it’s about the music. There are so many instruments and hidden layers, so many dynamics and I really feel at home when I hear it.  I used to say “I like that song” for instance: Alf Leyla, Princess of Cairo (Princess of Cairo on iTunes), Bitwannes Beek (Bitwannes Beek on iTunes) and people would say “That’s Egyptian.”

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ATTENTION DANCERS IN THE NYC AREA: Uza Mitra (click here to read her interview on The Belly Blog) is teaching a workshop next weekendIraqi “Raqs El Kawliya” with Uza  on Saturday, July 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT WITH AN AMAZING TEACHER! 

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