Book Review – Midnight at the Crossroads: has belly dance sold its soul?

Book Review: Midnight at the Crossroads: Has belly dance sold its soul?   Very rarely are we allowed to enjoy our dance, just for the sake of having fun with it. If we ignore the culture or change our interpretations we are accused of cultural appropriation; if we are not willing to learn, we are labelled as uncaring or shallow; if we take one form of our dance and match it to another, we are even called stupid. So what is to be done? Start crying and realise you will never be good enough? Give up belly dancing? Or become […]

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Interview with Rachel Bond from Inspire Bellydance

Interview with Rachel Bond from Inspire Bellydance   I first met Rachel in Perth in 2013. It was part of the WA Middle Eastern Dance Festival, and she performed a beautiful show with live music. I was instantly struck by her grace (beautiful arm lines especially) and feeling with the music. Rachel lives in Sydney and is passionate about Middle Eastern dance. For this month’s newsletter, I was lucky enough to interview her about her passion, recent trip to Egypt and life as a dancer.   “Performing is another thing that I adore doing, for much the same reasons: it’s […]

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