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  1. A dance coach is like a mirror. . .

    by , 11-01-2011 at 03:33 AM
    A good dance coach is invaluable. She’s like your mirror–always giving honest feedback–only wiser, and more talented.

    She’ll tell you how wonderful you are, and the ways in which you are not wonderful–and it’s necessary to hear both.

    You go to the coach because you want to get better. There’s a special show you’re working on, or a competition, and you want her guidance and input. Or, you feel you’ve reached a plateau in your dancing, or you are not progressing at ...
  2. Doing things right

    by , 10-19-2011 at 05:51 AM
    On the journey through life, my train often takes a layover at Procrastination Station. Couple that with a busy schedule, and I’m even late getting there.

    Recently, I traveled to Los Angeles, where I stayed a week, then flew to Cleveland, saw friends and family, then rented a car, and drove four hours to Cincinnati, where I stayed two days before returning to Cleveland on Saturday evening. That night, I had a performance scheduled for Yalla, a gala show at Bohemian National Hall. ...
  3. Performance Self-evaluation

    by , 10-04-2011 at 12:36 PM
    I have a love/hate relationship with this video taken this August in Turkey.

    I love the costume, but I hate the way the wind is blowing up the skirt, threatening to compromise my modesty.

    I love the song, but I hate the way the person is taping it is telling all my business in the background: “Bu kiz ogretmen, biliyormusun?” (“This girl is a school teacher, you know.”) “Yirmi dokuz yasinda.” (“She’s 29 years old.”)

    And the arms! I was so focused on ...
  4. My incognito gig

    by , 09-21-2011 at 06:49 PM
    I was working with an agency, doing from 1-3 belly dance gigs a night in Bodrum, Turkey this summer, mostly in hotels, but occasionally at a wedding, nightclub, or circumcision feast. However, I still wanted more gigs, more money, and more excitement, so when a “friend” (not really a friend)–an artists’ manager and event organizer who we’ll call “Nur” breezed into Bodrum from Istanbul and asked me if I’d be interested in picking up some extra gigs, I was all for it.

    Nur, who I still ...

    Updated 09-22-2011 at 12:02 AM by Lara Adrienne (typo)

    My Travel Blog , My Life
  5. One Down, Three to Go!

    by , 09-15-2011 at 03:47 AM
    For the past two weeks, I've been trying my hand at selling my gently used costumes. It's tough going. I've recently posted about 4 costumes for sale, and none of you dancers out there in cyberspace are exactly wrestling each other to be the first buyer in line. (I don't know why not. Good costumes! Great prices!)

    I took two costumes that I wanted to sell to the dance studio tonight, and a friend tried on one of them. She has a performance coming up and the custom costume she's ...

    Updated 09-15-2011 at 03:52 AM by Lara Adrienne

    Belly Dance Musings , My Life
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