Yalla Nir-Os Ya Banat! – Come on Girls, Let’s Dance!

Who Belly Dances and Why?

A few recent conversations have brought belly dancing into a new perspective for me, particularly in how others view it. Turns out lots of people imagine belly dancing being only for the experienced dancer, someone exotic and mysterious and fabulous! Well, I'm here to...

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Belly Dance Restaurant Etiquette

We North Americans can sometimes be unsettled when confronted with a live Belly Dancer while having dinner at a restaurant. What's going on? Where do I look? Oh no, she's coming my way! Sometimes watching a belly dancer can make you feel embarrassed, uncomfortable or...

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Tipping the Belly Dancer at a Restaurant

You're at a restaurant and there is a belly dancer performing - lucky you! You watch appreciatively for a while and then...oh no, she's coming my way! What do I do? Is tipping okay? I've heard this quite often and the short answer is tipping the dancer is not a...

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What Fun at the Nelson Lake View Manor!

I was invited do dance at the Nelson Lake View Manor this past Friday and what a hoot! I really couldn't ask for a more receptive and encouraging audience, everyone there was so lovely. And, thank you so much to Cyndi for organizing everything, giving me such a...

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Working on a new Khaleegy Workshop

The Thobes arrived today!!!! That's me shrieking when I received my mail today - I've just purchased a schwack of Thobe al Nashaal so that I can have some fun Khaleegy classes and workshops, yay! Khaleegy has to be one of my favourite rhythms and styles, and I enjoy...

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What the heck is a Zaghareet?

We were talking about this in class the other day, so here's the lowdown... A Zaghareet (also known as an ululation) is a loud trilling that sounds something like "loo loo loo loo loo...." and often ends with an "eeeeeeeee" sound. It's a combination of a high pitched,...

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Belly Dance Workshop with Nada El Masirya in April!

Yahoo! Guess who is going to the next big workshop in Kelowna...It's me! Hello Nada El Masirya! And thank you so much Linda Kovach for bringing such excellent talent to our area. Check out the Facebook event here I've already registered and booked my AirBnB - all...

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One of my favourite Egyptian Pop artists

Seems we've been talking about music in all my belly dance classes lately, and it's made me take a look at my music collection - turns out I have a lot of Egyptian Pop! Who knew? One of my favourites has to be Hakim, so much of his music is just plain fun, I can't...

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