Articles of Interest

9/8 Choreography

Please enjoy this delightful 9/8 choreography by Hannah Romanowsky. If you would like to learn the full piece contact me and we can set up a coaching session. Music: “They…

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backstage at the Austin Belly Dance Convention Gala Show 2019

Baba Karam Dance

This, perhaps, requires some explanation. Baba Karam, or Jaheli dance, is a popular Iranian character dance portraying a low-class urban tough guy. Members of this subculture have been known to…

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Nowruz Mobarak!

Happy Spring! This past week Iranian and Central Asian communities celebrated the ancient Zoroastrian new year holiday Nowruz. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox (March 21), and marks…

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Be the Eye of the Storm

Be the Eye of the Storm and Cultivate Centering through Whirling Practice Doesn’t life sometimes feels chaotic?  With our busy modern lives and the whirlwind of media input that draw…

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Migrations & Cultural Encounters: Pamirs

Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan General Overview of Central Asia Central Asia is commonly understood to encompass the territory of six nations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,…

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Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Punjab

Welcome to Part 2 of “Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Pakistan”. In this post we will acquaint ourselves with dance from the Punjab province of Pakistan. There are many dance traditions…

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Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Pakistan

The second stop on our journey “Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Nomads, Caravans, and Dancing along the Silk Road” is Pakistan. (PART 1) History & Geography The land of Pakistan was…

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Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Rajasthan

Welcome to the first post of “Migrations & Cultural Encounters: Nomads, Caravans, and Dancing along the Silk Road”. This blog series is being released in conjunction with my dance instruction…

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Mary and Rumi walking together

The great poet Mary Oliver died today.  An article I read about her said she read Rumi every day.  This poem by Rumi reflects a similar affinity with nature, infusing…

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Capax Universi

I have a poem I want to share with you: Capax Universi capable of the universe are your arms whenever they move with love. And I know it is true…

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