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Middle Eastern Dance - What's New?

Other Props - The Non-Traditional Props used in Middle Eastern Dance

by Cassandra on 09/09/12

I am delighted to say that Phase II is now (finally!) complete.  I just updated the final page of the Other Props section.  A lot of fantastic dancers consented to having their images used in conjunction with the various articles so I would first of all like to say thank you to all of them.  These prop pages are a little different in their format in that they are more like a general overview covering history of the prop and it's use in Middle Eastern dances, tips for buying, making, using the props, etc... The following are now all available for viewing:

Other Props

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On-line courses now available! Sign up today!

by Cassandra on 09/04/12

It's official, Middle Eastern Dance University (MEDU) is now open!  Our first course offering Middle Eastern Dance History 101 is now open for registration.  We've got two easy and convenient payment plans either one time payment or subscription payments so the courses are affordable for everyone.  If you've ever wanted to learn more about the hisotry of Middle Eastern Dances then sign up today!  Our academic courses offer you a convenient and easy way to expand your knowledge as a dancer or enthusiast.  Click the link below to read more information about MEDU and our course offerings or to sign-up.

MEDU - On-line Classes

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Tray Chic!

by Cassandra on 06/03/12

The Tray section of the props pages is finally done.  I want to give a special thank you to Lee Ali, Hannah Romanza, and Tarik Sultan who graciously allowed the use of their photos to grace the pages.  If you want to learn about using trays as a dance prop, performing traditional Moroccan Seneeya, buying and caring for this prop, and tricks to keeping things in place be sure to check it out!

Seneeya (Trays)

The last few pages of the props section are underway!  Just a few pages about other miscellaneous props and we begin Phase III of our website remodel which will be a much needed update to the music section!  Keep checking back for our latest updates to the pages and watch for an upcoming page in the styles section about Moroccan raqs as-saneeya.  You can also follow updates by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Cane you believe it?

by Cassandra on 04/07/12

The canes (assaya) section is completed!  I can hardly believe it but it's true.  The annoying and ancient coming soon sections have been finished some new movements described, errors fixed, and all of the content has been revised and updated to the ne site look.  Take a look and enjoy, get your canes out and practice a little too.


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The Scimitar section is finally done!

by Cassandra on 03/31/12

The scimitar pages in the props section are now complete.  You can read about their history and cultural context, learn about buying and caring for one, how to bablance them, and of course special moves for use with scimitars.  Check it out today:


up next are the cane pages so be sure to check back soon for all your assaya learning needs ;) 

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Ahalan Wa Sahalan!  Welcome to Middle Eastern Dance.  This site is an informational resource on Middle Eastern Dance.  Although the main focus is on what is commonly called "Belly Dance" there is information on other dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Mediterranean, Balkans, and the Indian Sub-continent.  My goal is to give people (dancers especially) easy access to understanding the dances and cultures from which they come.  With somewhere around 400 pages and growing this site is full of information to keep you busy.  Take some time to look around, you won't regret it.  I've tried to organize information into logical hierarchies so please explore.  Use the navigation menu at the top of the screen to check out the different pages.  There are hundreds of pages of how-to's many of which now feature video and other visual or audio aids.  Learn about history, music, styles and more.  If your a dancer looking to advertise your services for hire check out the Dancer's Directory, just fill out this form for a listing. You can also advertise you classes if you are an instructor in our classes directory by filling out the following form.  If you own a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean Restaurant or Deli and would like to list your Restaurant in our Restaurant section please fill out the following form.  Visit the chat room and talk with fellow dancers.  If you have a minute please take some time to vote in the polls.  Be sure to check back regularly to see what's new!
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