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Who's Who Challenge! -

We love love love to learn here at DO! And we know you do too. That’s why we’re introducing this brand new series where we all take a look at some important figures and events in belly dance history and share our resources to find out more. And, check it out members: if you do the research, follow our guidelines, and share it on our Facebook page or the DO blog, you get $5 off your membership! Think of it as a research challenge to supplement your dance practice. Knowledge is power!

Here’s how it works:

1. We’ll give you a historical figure or event to research and you have five questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge.

2. You can use the internet, books, DVDs, magazines and journals, etc. to do your research. In order to win the challenge and get $5 off your membership, you must already have a membership to Datura Online and you MUST cite your sources using MLA citations (Brush up on your citation skills here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or use this handy dandy tool: http://www.easybib.com/). To participate in this challenge we must refrain from embedded opinion: supported and cited facts only, fellow scholars!

3. You don’t have to write a paper (unless you are super nerdy like we are and enjoy that sort of thing), just answer the five questions we give you in at least three sentences per question. Of course, you are more than welcome to share any fascinating tidbits you find in your quest for knowledge. If others share the same information as you, that’s ok! But let’s do our best to share different resources and knowledge so we can all grow together.

4. We’ll compile several of the juiciest Who's Who? challenge winners’ answers in a separate blog post, along with all the resources you find so they’re all easy to look at in one place. If we choose your answers, we’ll include your profile name and a link to your profile next to your answers, naming you as a “History Buff” on Datura Online!

Casino Badia (April Rose gives us a great starting point for our first historical figure in the Who's Who? series)

Our historical figure for May: Badia Masabni!

Here are your questions (the 5 W’s):

1. Who was Badia Masabni?

2. What did she do to impact our dance?

3. Where was she from and where did she live throughout her life?

4. When did she live?

5. Why did her actions impact our dance form?

You have until May 15th, 2017 to submit your answers. Now get out there and have fun researching!

If you have a suggestion for our Who’s Who Challenge, let us know in the comments below!