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Runa's Belly Dance Explorations

My Belly Dance Blog chronicles my learning process, thoughts, feelings, observations, and experiences as I learn Egyptian Belly Dance under the tutelage of Nada El Masriya and all my other great instructors at Hannan's Belly Dance Studio in Toronto, Canada.

  1. A sword-umbrella, a musician, a belly dance student, sterotypes, and the Egyptian Panorama all on the Toronto Transit

    by on 03-25-2012 at 10:58 AM (Runa's Belly Dance Explorations)
    Yesterday a very cute young man came up to me on the TTC and asked me about my sword-umbrella. It was supposed to rain yesterday, so I was carrying my big black umbrella. The handle is in the shape of a sword handle. It's realistic looking enough that it attracts a lot of attention, and a lot of second looks. I also get a lot questions and comments on it, unless the umbrella part is open and it becomes obvious that it is only an umbrella.

    Anyway, after it was established that I was ...
  2. Wow! The Egyptian Panorama Production in Toronto!

    by on 03-24-2012 at 12:23 PM (Runa's Belly Dance Explorations)
    This past week I was talking to one of the dancers in the upcoming Egyptian Panorama production coming up next week (OMG - it's only NEXT Saturday March 31st!), and I asked her how long she and the others in the Egyptian Dance Academy had been practicing for the production. She said they had been preparing for well over a year (in between other performances and gigs of course).

    I had no idea that so much time, energy and work went into the creation and preparation of a major theatre/dance ...
  3. The Egyptian Panorama! March 31, 2012 in Toronto!

    by on 03-22-2012 at 10:06 PM (Runa's Belly Dance Explorations)
    Yes. My Right Big Toe is still broken, buddy-taped, and in an air-cast. Probably because I am stubborn and keep trying to dance on it. I have been standing in the back of the class, hiding so I don't get in the way when people are doing twist-steps or Saidi, or anything involving weight on the toes...I really do have a hard time keeping myself from dancing, and also from participating in all things Belly Dance at my school and the associated dance academy. Is that good? Bad? I don't know...
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  4. My new blog on health/diet/fitness/belly dance

    by on 02-28-2012 at 11:18 AM (Runa's Belly Dance Explorations)
    I've started up a new blog via google blogger that covers my health/diet/fitness/and belly dance explorations.

    http://runadancesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

    I just wrote about a new favorite song from last night's class:

    Lamma Bada Yatta Thana...

    My right toe is still broken. I'm wearing an air-cast. The doctor thinks I may be better by the end of March.

    I'm still having problems with an upper body injury that is sending nerve pains ...
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  5. Broken Big Toe, Nerve pains in left arm

    by on 02-02-2012 at 10:34 AM (Runa's Belly Dance Explorations)
    Lately I seem to be injuring myself everytime I turn around.

    I dropped a 10 pound weight on my right big toe a week ago. I got it x-rayed yesterday. It's smashed into pieces. I argued against a cast and we compromised with taping the toe to the next one, and going really easy on the dancing - sticking to shimmies with my weight well back on my heels.

    I moved house on Jan 14 which was a nightmare for many reasons (pirate movers held my stuff ransom til I came up with the ...
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