Welcome to White Woman Drums – Belly Dance Information and links:
I have recently discovered the wonderful world of belly dance, a great low-impact exercise that is for women of all ages and sizes who want to tone and tighten, along with finding as I am the Goddess within.
The links below are the people and places I've been and met on my journey so far: Please do tell them I said Hello should you find your way to them as well.
Belly Dance Instructor:
Jeri St James - JJ and the Habibis Jeri St James calls her style "American belly dancing", as she is an American woman and have no pretenses about being Turkish or Egyptian." She also dances tribal and Middle Eastern. Classes are offered on four levels: Tues - Thurs. Eve. in Laguna Beach and through San Juan Capistrano Adult Education Program, currently in Aliso Viejo. Sooz - Tribalsooz.com Sooz is a dedicated student & performer of tribal style bellydance. Her most proudest achievement is recently being certified an official
FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio and has also completed Teacher Training and the
General Skills Intensive! Classes. Classes at 2 locations in Santa Ana and Placentia!
Sarah al Nour "Danse Orientale" - bellyssimadancer.com Sarah al Nour has been studying and performing Oriental and Tribal Fusion styles throughout Orange County and LA for nearly a decade and currently teaches in Anaheim.
More wonderful ladies to come...
Belly Dance groups:
Laguna Beach Belly Dancers - meetup group - This is Jeri's meetup where her students can keep up all the latest and greatest.
more to come...
Belly Dance Clothing and Accessories
Tribal Bazaar - http://www.tribalbazaar.com/ since 1992 direct importers of Tribal Jewelry, Textiles and Handicrafts from India & Pakistan. We also carry a wide selection of Jewelry and Textiles from around the World. We have the best selection for Tribal Fusion, ATS, and Folkloric Belly Dancers, Ren.Faire, and SCA Participants, and people with a taste for the exotic. Saroyan Mastercrafts - Welcome to the world of Finger Cymbals. Saroyan Mastercrafts is in its fourth decade of providing the finest Middle Eastern dance accessories and Finger Cymbals available. (I have the ARABESQUE Brass MC-300 very pretty sound and a good weight for a beginner with a strong hand) Sirik - Ebay store - Directly Imported Authentic Tribal Artifacts from Central Asia ~ Tribal Dance Accessories ~ Antique Tribal Clothing ~ Belly Dance ~ Tribal Jewels ~ and MUCH MUCH More !!! (Purchased a beautiful coin bra at a great price)
Writers and Books:
DeAnna Cameron - THE BELLY DANCER a novel - A scandal that shocks a nation… A passion that transforms a woman… due out in 2009...
40 Days and 1001 Nights, One Woman's Dance Through Life in the Islamic World
by Tamalyn Dallal Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Melati Press; 2nd edition (February 15, 2008)
Advance Belly Dance by Vicki Corona
Paperback: 28 pages Publisher: Dance Fantasy Productions; 1 Ed edition (April 1989)
Ancient Egyptian Dances by Irena Lexova, Diane Bergman (Introduction), K. Haltmar (translator)
176 pages Publication date March 2000
Dover Publishers, ISBN 0486409066
Belly Dance: the dance of Mother Earth
by Tina Hobin
Tina Hobin has written a book outlining the roots of dance in myth and religious practices around the globe. She takes the evolution of the belly dance as a representation of the rites of passage from Ancient Greece to modern times, focusing on different forms of belly dancing and its place at the core of fertility rites and marriage ceremonies in Middle Eastern societies.
Paperback: 262 pages
Marion Boyars; (June 2003) - ISBN: 0714530913
Foundations (Bellydance for the Versatile Dancer, Volume I)
Publisher: ZD Publications; 1st edition (2007)
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