Free Belly Dance Magazine articles. A blast from the past with ‘The best of Habibi’.

I recently came across this fantastic belly dance resource. The best of habibi contains 260 articles from the Californian belly dance magazine “Habibi” that was published from 1992 to 2002. I have only had time to read 2 articles so far and found them of high quality and very informative.Habibi magazine

Best of all – it is totally free to read.

the-best-of-habibi

Have you read Habibi magazine before? Do you know of any other great resources like this one? Please comment below.

 

Egypt’s love-hate relationship with ‘Belly Dance’.

I keep writing belly dance articles and natural make up reviews and not finishing them off! Very soon I will put up a few, in the mean time enjoy this excellent article and feel free to comment below.

Dirty Dancing in Egypt – NYTimes.com.

Life as Dancer in Egypt – documentary

There is a documentary about dancing in Egypt has been making the rounds on social media that is of interest to belly dancers.
It is about Egyptian dancers – not the famous dancers in the 5 star hotels, etc. This is about the dancers that do the rounds of the weddings and clubs that ordinary Egyptians go to.
Some dancers like what they do, others are ashamed.
check it out here
The story is reminiscent of “A Trade Like Any Other – female singers and dancers in Egypt” by Karin van Nieuwkerk

a trade like any other

“In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions. Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family’s prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire. Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestige in Egyptian society.”

The film and the book are well worth watching / reading for those that are wanting to get a better understanding of the cultural nuances involved in the belly dance scene.

Have you watched or read either of these resources? What did you think? Was it a shock to you? Please comment below.

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