How Much Do You Love Bellydance?

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Tell us in a paragraph what you love about Bellydance, Cultural Dance and fusions of the art. Send us a photo or story about how much time and effort you put into your troupes, show preparations and overall dance hobby (or work – as for some this is your life as it is ours). We look forward to hearing from you and each person that enters will be featured on our blog and social media! We will have one fan favourite and one we pick ourselves to win a grand prize of a $50 gift card to MissBellydance.com plus a basket full of surprises! You can submit your stories and photos on our Facebook wall and we’ll connect with you there! Deadline is February 20th!

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We can’t wait to hear your love for dance stories! Remember to enjoy 10% off all orders of $50 this week using code “DanceLove” at check out! It’s one of the many ways we say we love our fans! Give the gift of dance!

Little Bit of Love – Dance Love

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Coming Soon ^^ !!

We’re thrilled to bring our friends, fans and followers an amazing set of cute cool couture for Valentine’s Day! New reds, traditional pinks and seriously sensual shades of both are available in costume form right now at MissBellyDance.com!

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To top it all you can get 10% off all orders of $50+ with code “DanceLove” at checkout! So shop to heart’s content! You’ll like what you see and save money while doing it!

Wearing our costumes for Valentine’s Day dinners and gala shows? Let us know! We’ll feature you in our blog and happily talk about your next event! Let us know where you’re dancing in MissBellyDance.come!

Thanks for reading!
-Team MBD

Alima – A Fan For Life

Alima is one of those fans you look forward to seeing at a show or workshop. She’s everyone’s friend…and we do mean everyone! There’s not a Raqs Star she doesn’t know or one that doesn’t know her. At just about every event, she is requested in VIP section and was recently asked by the Salimpour Company to be a member of the Bal Anat Tribute show that will tour globally in the coming months. Her dedication to the dance, the art and the culture are outstanding and we’re proud to call her not just a friend…but family!

The photo above speaks for itself…a kind, loving and gentle person who supports the people of the cultures she loves and in many ways has adopted. It’s an honour to see her decked out in MissBellydance raqs wear in her photoshoot with Fox Gradin. Alima is wearing our Turquoise Kalidescope ensemble, famous for the cool colourway and cool yoga style pants with panels and fluted sleeves. You can see it here in both the turquoise and creamy peach colourway as well.

She wears it well! Be sure to connect with Alima at dance shows in Atlanta and beyond!

What’s in a Dance Floor

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The floors in our sister dance studio AFBD were recently changed. They are floors designed to improve shock absorbtion and to keep performers comfortable. We’re still learning about the floors and asking dancers that stream out of the studio after hours of classes what are their thoughts and how do they feel.

We’ve heard nothing but good things. Several mentioned that not every studio has them. They said they could tell a difference in their level of soreness the next day. Mind you, this was after one of Suhaila Salimpour’s visits. She offered Jamila Salimpour certification course here in Atlanta this time. These floors are very similar if not identical to the floors in her own studio. The dancers we spoke with all reported feeling quite good and not as sore or worn out after their training. That speaks volumes.

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Because the studio is 100% used by AFBD with the occasional use for photoshoots, dance parties, lectures and more, it was not MissBellydance’s decision to make the change. Leadership of AFBD should be credited for this and we hope that all who come by and purchased clothing and classes will benefit from this investment.

Have you taken a class since having the new floors? Let us know and get 10% off your next order from MissBellydance.com

Thanks for reading!
Team MBD

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Bring Me This Dress!!

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This is what we’ve been waiting for…a bonafide Beladi Dress that meets the standards and then some. We wanted a stylish homage to the region that didn’t look like it was just another tourist attraction. Enough with the kitsch and on with a respectable piece of clothing that really shines and celebrates the culture.

This garment has stretch but it’s vertical vs. horizontal. This means the pattern is not going to go sideways in an odd fashion. This is important as patterns that stretch can distract from even the most skilled of performances.

We know you will enjoy this dress! It’s the highlight of our Raqs wardrobe right now. While many new garments are to come they will be limited edition and we will not resell them or remake them more than a few times. This Beladi Dress is here for just a few weeks and then it’s onward and upward for the next awesome item. Call or email us today to place your order. If you need a custom size, smaller or larger it’s $10 extra and will be made with care by our team.

We can’t wait to see it on you. Send us photos and we’ll happily share it and feature your show.

 

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Happy Dancing!
AA @ Team MBD

 

Take Me Back to Toronto!

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Our raqs archivist returned to Toronto to reconnect with family and the raqs sharqi and Arabic music and dance community there. This trip was quite an investment on all parts of those who travelled and we’re grateful that they used their time there to assist us in connecting with those who appreciate the culture we come from and hold dear no matter where we live in the world.
The highlights of the night were Hany Morgan, Dr. George Sawa, the Arabesque Drummers, a Debke duo, Yasmina Ramzy, the Righteous Rogues of Raqs and Arabesque Dance Company. Enjoy!

Hany Morgan is a genius from Egypt whose skill in music is mind blowing. In addition to teaching and leading several classes over the past two months (and will continue to do so throughout 2018), Mr. Morgan performed multiple times in the show as a tabla player, drummer, zillist and overall support for several sets. He and the Righteous Rogues of Raqs are one of the main reasons we came and they both made it worthwhile. I’m thoroughly inspired to go the extra mile with my sagats courses. I’ve always wanted at least a 1/4th the skill he possesses.

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Again, Mr. Morgan’s skill with the zills was incredible to say the least. It’s been about 3 weeks since I returned from the show and I still can’t find the words to describe his outstanding performance. He’s an artist you must see in person to understand why I would be willing to invest in recordings of his work the way that one might pay 1M Euros to get the copy of anything Mozart’s hands touched. The man is just delightful to the point I wanted to cry. It hurts that we have to travel so far to be in the presence of talent like that. Perhaps I’m jealous? It’s just so hard to hear and see that and then go back to the states where we’re not fostering an environment for good music on that level. I feel we’re so focused on the glamour of the costume and competitions, dance technique and performance. I say to the producers stateside, without music, what are we? Kudos to Tribal Con, Essence of Bellydance and other conferences on the west coast who have music tracks featuring drummers and zillists.

The great Dr. Sawa was also there with his oud, giving us his genius as always. I could have listen to him at least six or seven more times that night. He was one of my favourite memories from 2008 and I’m so glad he is front and center as support and a key part of Arabesque’s history. Check out his books here.

Aside from his writing and commentary, I simply enjoy his presence and listening to what he has to say on a variety of topics. Tonight was another wonderful memory to be stashed away in my memories of Toronto treasure box. I swear, if ever there was a city I wish was closer it’s Toronto. I guess the 2-hour plane ride is close enough and I need to be grateful for it.

The Arabesque Drummers were spectacular! I believe there were more at one time, I could swear Yasmina had an orchestra. This was a smaller number of people and some looked new to the group. Together and with the help of Hany Morgan they did a great job and made the night memorable and worth the trip up.

The Righteous Rogues of Raqs performed earlier in the evening and were exceptional! Valizan and Tim have an electric energy that made me wish I had sat a lot closer to the stage as in years past. Please enjoy this video and understand why they were such a hit!

I first saw them back in 2008 at the IBCC. I loved them then and I love them now. Again, they are such good dancers, they also make me ache for Toronto to be closer. One doesn’t simply watch The Righteous Rogues of Raqs, one is hypnotised by them. There was more than one squeal of “More! More!” after their performance.

Yasmina and Arabesque were also enjoyable and their colourful costumes were a highlight of their sets. While this group looks very different from those I saw in 2008, the grace and enthusiasm is still very present. I look forward to seeing how this new team will grow, leave us spellbound and grateful to be a part of the international dance community.

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The strong parts of the show were definitely the musicians, the supportive icons such as Dr. Sawa, Valizan, Tim and the closing number by Arabesque as a troupe. For those things, I would gladly return and I pray I can. Yasmina and team’s work from many years ago produced life changing moments for many of us who continue to travel to Toronto for inspiration and authenticity. There’s nothing like seeing this dance performed by those who are truly dedicated to the art and in some cases have a direct tie to the culture(s) from which it originates. Yasmina is continuously in Egypt and stays close to the root and its continuous development there on the soil and the diaspora. This is important. I trust her new students will follow suit and absorb the dance from teachers there as well as cherish their time with Hany Morgan.

For over a decade I have praised Arabesque, certain that there are few that compare, they were the standard. I want their legacy to continue in that same light and I feel Yasmina’s dedication to bringing Egypt to Toronto and vise versa is the solution to ensuring a successful future…I want to be there for Arabesque 60 and all the good things inbetween!

Thanks for reading!

Bellydance Fashion Basics – Beyond Beginners

Many dance studios offer a variety of dance courses including modern dance, yoga and ballet. Each dance compliments the other and is a great foundation for improving flexibility, stamina and discipline among other things. A basic leotard and unitard are essential for these classes. MissBellydance.com supplies not just bellydance wear and costumes specifically but a wide variety of dance wear that looks good and fits well.

This unitard is long sleeved and very comfortable as it is the Eurotard brand. You can use this for many dance styles and genres’ classes and even recitals where applicable. Pair this with modern dance skirts, legwarmers and other essentials for getting through your dance courses and workshops successfully.

Simple Elegance in Bellydance Fashion

Looking for something simple to start your beginners off with in the new year? Try a satin skirt with a fun flowing top with a dance belt. Allow the dancers to see the moves completely while still dressed to the nines in a fun outfit. Many dancers tell us they are in it because it’s a beautiful art form and they want to learn more about the culture behind it all while getting a chance to dance. This ensemble meets the needs of your basic and beginning students who are looking to dress in the fashion while learning.

This bellydance ensemble is also great for their first show. Some teachers have told us they want their students to have a uniformed look in their presentations. Because this skirt and top set includes solids and patterns it is memorable. With each student wearing this they will stand out with elegance and style.

If you and your troupe adorn themselves in this set, send us a photo to be entered to win a gift basket of cool jewelry and accessories from MissBellydance.com

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