Amani of Lebanon, an Awesome, Friendly Force in the Raqs World

Spotlight On: Amani of Lebanon – Coming next month to Houston’s International Dance Community – the Houston Oriental and Folklore Festival. This is an event you can’t miss. Get in on the opportunity of a lifetime!

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This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Be there! This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Be there! As an International Dance Artist, performer and Master choreographer in the world of Raqs Sharqi, Amani of Lebanon is a friendly force, loved and adored by all who meet her. Her history and Knowledge in this art is vast and she’s known globally for her unique style, beautiful elaborate costumes, incredibly intricate showcases coupled with amazing music and some of the most outstanding dancers and followers. It’s no wonder she accepted Lebanese Simon invitation to be featured in this year’s Oriental and Folkore Dance Festival taking place in Houston, Texas USA ( Amani is a well-known legend in the Middle East and is one of the most popular raissat in the region. When dancers travel to Lebanon, she is often at the top of the list to visit and from which to learn.

If you think her DVDs are over the…

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Terrific Tops for Raqs!

check out the dance tops on
check out the dance tops on
Dance tops are a wonderful addition to your raqs wardrobe. Colourful bright and easily adjustable, they make great pairings with dance pants and skirts. Recently we refreshed our look at tops pairing them with ruffled skirts and different types of harem pants.

Some fans and dancers like to wear their raqs tops as regular eveyday wear and that’s cool. We suggest pairing them with cool accessories and earrings to match. These tops are head turners and people may ask you about them. They come in plus size and, again, are adjustable so you can tie them in the front or the back.

Matching troupe ensembles look great on stage
Matching troupe ensembles look great on stage
They also make great troupe wear. So if you’re looking for something fantastic to display on stage, consider the adjustable choli tops that tie in different ways. They range in price and we suggest pairing them with your favourite pair of pants and skirts for the best deal. Send us a photo of yourself wearing your raqs couture and we’ll enter you to win some cool prizes from

Happy Dancing!
-Team MBD

Lace Gives New Life

imageWe’ve been giving several of our new items, new life! It’s been fun going through the fabric, designs and styles in our big closet (the warehouse) and seeing what we can improve upon or brighten up. One thing we paired were our lace skirts with the satin solids, giving them new life.

This gorgeous ensemble is a total of four pieces. You get this great ruffle edge crop top that can be worn off the shoulder or on. It stretches to fit a variety of sizes in the bodice, arms and neck/shoulders. A corresponding hipscarf (style shown in photo) comes with it and of course the double skirt featuring our very popular black lace spinning 25 yard skirt and a corresponding solid satin as well.

Model: Karma Karmelita Photog: Studio Jaki - Atlanta GA
Model: Karma Karmelita Photog: Studio Jaki – Atlanta GA
As you can see from the pictures, one’s possible range of motion would be quite grand in this. You can do a variety of dance styles and themes in this costume. The elastic in the waist of the skirt allows for a variety of dancers to wear this with ease, comfort and elegance. This is a real troupe treasure.

Enjoy this today for only 109.99 in our online store Send us photos of yourselves in this costume and get entered to win prizes such as jewelry, music and more. We can’t wait to see this on you!

-Team MBD
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Adoring Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia, capturing hearts and praise at Tribalcon XI
Donna Mejia, capturing hearts and praise at Tribalcon XI

Adoration for Donna Mejia, a well-loved scholar in the arts. Explore some of her work through the heart of our Resident Archivist…

Teacher, Scholar, Designer, Amazing Mother…I can go on and on… adding to that spiritual leader perhaps for those in the raqs world who are moved emotionally by her contributions and praise her work continuously …and rightly so. Over the past few years I’ve gone on and on about how awesome she is. I can barely find the words because she leaves me absolutely speechless.

Donna Mejia is someone you just HAVE to meet. She has several courses coming up and wonderful videos. Follow her on her Youtube. She also has a great website. Lady Mejia also sews and if you saw her elegant ensemble at TribalCon you’ll want to follow her sewing blog.

I could go on and on about Donna Mejia for days. And I have. Past blog posts, recently cataloged on the AABCE page feature a few of my OMG – Donna Mejia moments. Others also talk about how amazing her seminars are in addition to the presentations she has put on at Smith College. In addition to her amazing stage work, I am a huge fan of her lectures.

Why lectures? Because each one…
-Provides a firm foundation for all levels of Mideast dance and enthusiasm in the raqs world
-Raises questions and help each individual think through their personal decisions in this art
-Helps dancers see the bigger picture and how their actions and roles play in the ribbon of history
-Gives a voice to the unheard, showcases and shines a light on the roots of the art
-Fills a void, provide checks and balances for areas of Raqs Sharqi that others just don’t “think” about.
-Makes “Raqs Sharqi” make sense and cents: helps many understand in what they are investing and provides the industry with a better method of presenting the art as valuable and worthy in arenas where it is often ignored.

But don’t just take my word for it, go see for yourself!

Here is a list of upcoming appearances:

ColoradoAmerican College Dance Conference Northwest Regional Conference

NYC: 11 Reflections on September (by Andrea Assaf), @ La MaMa Theatre

Orlando: Bellydance Masters

Washington D.C.: Sahara Dance Studio

We are grateful for this great share by our archivist. Donna Mejia is a wonderful supporter and educator. We appreciate her work as well! We know many of our fans are her fans as well and love to take pictures of themselves in her presence. So, send us your selfies with Donna Mejia! Post them to our Facebook page. Share with us what you love most about one of her recent lectures and where you plan to see her next. Let’s continue to share and promote her great work with everyone around us!

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