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Biographie de l'auteur is an online resource in magazine format that seeks to become a freely available library of knowledge supported by and for our Middle Eastern music and dance community. Our goal is to become the Journal of Record for this community. Online we include articles ranging from historical research to up-to-the-minute news, reflecting a full spectrum of viewpoints. This is our first book, written and edited by our community. Lynette Harris is the principal editor and publisher of - an all volunteer organization that encourages the inclusion and tolerance of all those who wish to participate. Together, we can promote our identity and pride by sharing the resources and ideas, concepts, history of dance, and the rich music and culture of the Middle East. We thank you for helping to support our goals by purchasing this book! Please also visit us online at

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18 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The Table Of Contents Tells the Whole Story! 27 décembre 2012
Par Dawn Devine - Publié sur
I'm going to start with a disclaimer, I wrote one of the articles in the Belly Dance Reader, but I'm not here to toot my own horn. Rather, I'd like to share with you my delight and amazement at the quality and scope of this book. I just got my copy, and it occurs to me that from the description above, you can't really make the most informed decision about purchasing The Belly Dance Reader. But rather than tell you how much I love it, I thought I would give you something even better - the Table of Contents! Just one quick skim, and you will see that this book has an amazing collection of authors from academics to working professionals, this book has a little something-something for every belly dance enthusiast. I'm enjoying reading this collection! Happy Costuming! Dawn Devine ~ Davina (Author of Embellished Bras and Costuming from the Hip)

Belly Dance Reader Contents

Section 1 - An Introduction
* Gamar a poem by Beatrice Parvin of the UK
* Welcome to Bellydance by Najia
* Belly Dance and Contemporary Dance Studies by Barbara Sellers-Young PhD
* Reading Like a Researcher, Can You Trust Your Sources? by Mahsati
* Orientalism, Zumarrad's Completely Non-scholarly Quick & Dirty Guide by Brigid Kelly
* The Soul of Belly Dance, The Most Importatnt Thing is the Feeling by Alia Thabit

Section 2-Dancing Through the Stages of Your Life
* Teaching Children to Dance, Joys and Pitfalls by Martha Duran
* A Dancer's Journey, From Beginner to Semi-Pro by Elianae Stone
* The Teacher-Student Relationship, A Psychological Point of View by Izzah Isabelle Gagnon PhD
* Bellydance Class... or Cult? Artwork by Leela Corman
* Turning Pro, From Hobbyist to Star to Teacher by Lauren and Jillina
* Boomerang Career, Life and Dance in the Land Down-Under (Pro to Teacher/Hobbyist) by Amera of Australia
* It Ain't Easy being the Crone by Shelley Muzzy

Section 3-History
* "Harem Girls", Dance in Historical Harems, Early 1700s - Early 1900s by Andrea Deagon PhD
* The American Belly Dancer in Early Burlesque and Vaudeville Theatre by Catherine Mary Scheelar (married name here)
* Belly Dance as a Performance, Historical Phenomenon or Logical Evolution? by Iana Komarnytska
* Dancer Trading Cards- Artwork by Leela Corman, Stats by Sausan
Section 4-Biz
* What a Band Needs, But Doesn't Always Get by Denise Mannion of Pangia
* Dancing with Live Bands, The Little Book of Etiquette by Leyla Lanty
* Selling your Dance, A Series of Elevator Pitches by Athena
* Marketing Belly Dance for Fitness, Is It A Good Idea? by Mayada
* Tip O' the Hat to Tipping, Practices of Appreciation by Samira Sharuk

Section 5-Costume & Appearance
* Raqqin the Retro, Vintage Costume Care by Princess Farhana
* Omani Jewelry from the Collection of Nancy Hernandez Photography by Alisha Westerfeld
* Practice Makes Perfection, Make up Artists Share Their Secrets by Davina ~ Dawn Devine
* A Costume Gallery

Section 6- Regional Styles
* Beyond Sequins, Meaning in the Movement by Yasmina Ramzy
* The Rom, Nomads of the Spirit by Sierra (Sadira) Suraci
* Romani (Gypsy) History An Introduction by Renee Rothman
* The Zar, Dancing with Genies by Yasmin Hekesh
* In Search of Zambra Mora by Dondi Dahlin
* Improvisational Tribal Style, Constructing Self and Community by April Rose
* The Ghawazi by Jalilah
* Two Weddings and a Dancer, The Beledi and The City by Leila Farid
* Zeffat Al 'Aroosa, Ritual Procession for the Egyptian Wedding by Sahra Carolee Kent
Section 7-Theory & Technique
* Belly Dance Motivations, Context and Content of Performance by Jezibell Anat
* Contextualizing, Giving Your Dance Context! by DaVid of Scandinavia
* Performance Enhancement by Mahsati
* How to Balance Anything! by Stasha Vlasuk
* Improvising with Ease, Strategies that Work by Anthea Kawakib Poole
* Shimmylab, Muscular Activation Patterns in Belly Dance by Venus Marilee Nugent
* Are the Stars Out Tonight? Fitting Music & Dance to Your Gig by Najia

The Backside
* Maps- Sahra's Regional Dances of Egypt, The Mid East, Mediterranean, and North Africa
* A Few Maqamat and Rhythms
* References, A Bibliography Project, Bonus Material, Disclaimers, Errata
* Gig Form
* A Glossary of Common Belly Dance Terms
* Contributors Bios
* Photo Credits
* Late Additions photos
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A good collection of articles by dancers who know their stuff! 12 décembre 2012
Par Maura Enright - Publié sur
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The book contains lots of what I wanted, which is, research and strong opinions by folks who have earned the right to have an opinion. Too many of the existing belly dance magazines are little more than belly-dance versions of People magazine, predictably featuring the dancer-du-jour and then filling the rest of the pages with bits of diluted information and rambling articles on topics that have been recycled for decades. This book is more like the late lamented Habibi and Arabesque magazines, capturing the insights and enthusiasms of articulate people who are Names in their field. You won't be bored. I suggest you buy it.
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Wish I had this book 10 Years ago! 27 mars 2013
Par jj - Publié sur
Review for "The Belly Dance Reader" from the editors of Gilded Serpent

For anyone at all interested in the art of belly dance, "The Belly Dance Reader" from the editors of the Gilded Serpent, will enthuse and educate. Its collection of articles, written in part, by many Bay Area dancers, are geared towards the novice, but has valuable insight for both advanced and professionals as well. It offers a variety of articles addressing belly dance basics, such as costuming, make up, and working with a live band, to more educative topics, such as, origins and styles of belly dance, their evolutions, and important discussions about depicting cultures and ethnic groups accurately. Most of the articles are very accessible to the average reader via first person accounts, but this great source also easily forays into a more collegiate realm. With little in the way of media coverage for belly dance, this book is a highly valuable resource. One can gain great knowledge from another dancer's experiences, and that is one of the many great tools offered here. With this in mind, anything written by Najia Marlyz is a delight, and in this reader she has two fabulous articles. "Welcome to Belly Dance!", by Marlyz opens the discussion of belly dance and provides a compelling overview of the subject. Her approach is serious yet comedic, and this I find refreshing. Her article "Are the Stars Out Tonight" is a no no nonsense discussion of music for your "gig", as well as your expectations as a dancer, (will you be paid to dance in the background, or are you a star performer?) and how to achieve your goals.
The article "The Teacher-Student Relationship, A Psychological Point of View", helps us recognize good and bad teacher-student relationships and discusses the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), which to sum it up, teaches "just a little bit beyond what the student can already do" so that they may one day be autonomous in their dance careers. As a dancer who's taken classes from many teachers, it is true that finding the best fit will ensure growth in your dance. You want to be praised for your abilities, but also pushed to to better, or you will not feel excited about what you are learning. Conversely, having to be a clone of your teacher only ends in disharmoney. Another poignant article entitled "It Ain't Easy Being the Crone" will strike a chord with many. It discusses one woman journey as a praised dancer to one who has been forgotten. I think that the desire to be a beloved dancer is a dream of many, whether you are professional or not and it was touching to read about this personal experience. In addition to figuring the accuracy, reliability, and validity of source material,"Reading Like a Researcher" discusses how dancers passionate about their art can go beyond dance training and learn"about the cultures, history and evolution of their art...". An article by Brigid Kelly discusses "Latent Orientalism" a phrase coined by Palestinian critic Edward Said in 1978, that reveals how the West's historical "othering" of Arab cultures "...can be used to feed the racism at the discourse's heart". This is an eye-opening article that must be read! The fabulous article by Princess Farhana offers a valuable discussion of vintage costumes and their care. Many more articles worth reading are to be found within this well-organized three-hundred page reader that will indulge, inspire and educate you about the art and culture of belly dance in America and beyond.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great collection; but an index and bibliography would make it even better. 9 novembre 2013
Par A. Keyes - Publié sur
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The publishers of the long-lived online "zine" Gilded Serpent have collected a stellar anthology of essays by some of the most respected names in belly dance. The breadth and depth of the topics is commendable, from transnational issues such as orientalism to nitty-gritty business issues such as soliciting tips. I'm very happy to have it in my personal library, and I suspect I will refer to it quite often.

That said, despite the inclusion of more scholarly work (such as by Barbara Sellers-Young and Andrea Deagon, both PhDs), the overall presentation of the book and its inclusion of "dancer trading cards" (cartoony, but useful, clips about influential oriental dancers throughout history) and an appendix called "The Backend" (complete with a photograph of a dancer facing away from the camera and looking back over her shoulder) belies its homegrown roots. This is definitely a "by dancers for dancers" publication, and would be perfect for the beginning hobbyist looking for a comprehensive, but not overwhelming, introduction to the dance.

Two things that I hope future editions include:

1) Index. This one really bothers me. I know that indexing a book is tedious and a big pain in the ass. But it must be done, especially for a book like this one that covers so many subjects that has the potential to be a paramount reference volume on its subject. Hell, I'LL index it for future editions.

2) Bibliography. Some of the articles themselves have references, but a compilation of sources at the end would also be useful and appreciated. Again, I know that writing a bibliography is time-consuming, but it's a necessary element for any non-fiction book.

Overall, despite missing two very important sections, this book is an excellent addition for the hobbyist and professional belly dancer.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Informative, organized and well written 26 avril 2013
Par Y Cardona - Publié sur
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I love belly dance and this is a great reference book to have in your collection whether you are an amateur or a pro. This book has articles about costumes, styles, music and everything else a belly dancer needs to know to prepare for belly dance and then some. There are some great tips about ethics and how to market yourself in the business so if this is something you would want to do, this book could give you a great outlook. Most of the pictures are a little outdated, if you want the current glamour and glitz of belly dancers you'll need to check youtube for that. There are some great articles about becoming a professional belly dancer as well that are worth reading.
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