Summer reading

One of my favorite pastimes is reading and the summer is the perfect time to catch up on books, magazines and articles. Since I got a tablet I’ve been reading more and more online articles. They are free, there are available for various topics that I am interested in and it only takes about ten to fifteen minutes tops to read. Gold-Bella-Reading

If you love costuming, you’re probably familiar with Sparkly Belly’s website. If you haven’t heard of her before, go to the website and read her articles and tutorials! It includes various projects, like no-sew practice tops, but also directions to create a baladi dress or fully beaded bra and belt set. For the summer, Mao teamed up with Mahin from Daily Bellydance Quickies. They are doing a series on costuming this summer!

Part 1 by Mahin: Belly Dance Costume Inventory

Part 2 by Mao: 3 ways to spice up your old costume

I look forward to the rest of the series 🙂

One of the oldest and biggest resource on the internet is constantly being updated and added to. I am referring to Shira’s website! On every topic you could possibly imagine related to bellydance, from performance tips to how to structure your practice sessions, it includes background information on music, costumes, dance styles and business advice. If you haven’t visited the website for a while, check in and see what’s new.

Remember the time when printed magazines were the best source for what was happening in the belly dance world? One of the biggest and longest running magazines in the US was Habibi. Unfortunately it went out of print in 2002, but Shareen el Safy has put many of the old articles online at The Best of Habibi. Check out the early days of bellydance in the US, in depth articles and interviews with famous dancers.

I am a professional bellydancer and costume-a-holic living in the Netherlands. My biggest passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I intent to continue for quite some time! If you enjoyed this post and like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Leave your questions or comments in the box below, or let me know through Facebook.

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