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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 , 03-25-2012 at 11:58 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 , 03-24-2012 at 01:23 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 , 03-22-2012 at 11:06 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...
  4. My new blog on health/diet/fitness/belly dance

    by , 02-28-2012 at 12:18 PM (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.

    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 ...
  5. Broken Big Toe, Nerve pains in left arm

    by , 02-02-2012 at 11:34 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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