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The Process: Makeup!

Jan 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Makeup for the stage...

Makeup

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Q: What makeup are you using now and what are your favorite makeup resources?

April Rose:  I'm not a makeup expert and I can barely keep up with cleaning my brushes. I learned what I do know by imitating the look of Mila Kunis on the cover of a 2010 Cosmo magazine, by getting lots of tips from the dancers around me, and by trying a new product each time until one worked. Here is a list of what I keep in my makeup bag: Tarteist Lip Paint, Too-faced Liquified Matte Lipstick, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer and Blackout eyeshadow, NYX gel liner paint pot, NYX light brown and dark purple eye shadows, Dermablend liquid foundation, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil for blending, & Cultured Pearl for highlight, Maybelline Define-a-lash mascara, and Duo dark-tone eyelash glue with fake eyelashes - and that's about all I need! 

Colette: Makeup is so much fun! Before dancing and performing I never wore much make up. But it is such an important part of the whole costume that I've had to educate myself on products and techniques. When brainstorming makeup ideas, I'll search for images, usually based on color palettes, casting the net wide as I view everything from vintage looks to makeup art, collecting ideas and noting techniques. For the troupe, I usually describe the look and let the dancers pick the specific colors or products that work best for them as we all have different coloring and skin types.

Some of my current favorite products are:

Smashbo...

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The Community: Goals for 2018

Jan 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Goals for 2018...

 Dance Goals for 2018

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success” - Pablo Picasso

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: what are your personal goals for dance in 2018?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Prioritizing your practice...

 Prioritizing your practice

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect” - Vince Lombardi

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is how do your prioritize what you want to work on in your practice?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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The Community: Gratitude

Nov 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Gratitude...

 Thankful

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is what are you most thankful for in your dance?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Who's Who?: Samia Gamal History Buffs

Nov 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Congratulations to our history buff in November: Dido Victoria! She did research into the life of Umm Kalthoum and investigated how she impacted our dance form. We'll include her research and sources below so you can learn more about her as well! And if you didn't participate this month, join us for the next Who's Who challenge and you might get $5 off your next month of membership to Datura Online! Way to go Dido, we loved reading your answers!

Find out more about Samia Gamal!

1. Who was Samia Gamal? 

"Samia Gamal was one of the most famous raqs sharqi dancers of the golden age of Egyptian film, appearing in over 50 films from the 1940s to early 1960s. Born Zeinab Khalil Ibrahim Mafouz in 1924, she was fascinated by dance and particularly inspired by the dancers on the silver screen. She escaped a difficult childhood and moved to Cairo at the age of 13, dreaming of dancing in the famous Opera Casino. At the young age of 15 she was discovered at the Gamal Cafeteria by the son of the owner, who then introduced her to Badia Masabni (renowned dancer and founding owner of Opera Casino). She was trained by Badia, who renamed her Samia Gamal (as a tribute to the man who introduced them) and gave her a well paying job as a chorus dancer. After her first solo performance ended in her being booed off stage, she became even more determined and sought out private lessons with the Lebanese choreographer Isaac Dickson. She then took back to the stage and t...

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Who's Who?: Samia Gamal

Oct 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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It's time again for another Who's Who Challenge! Members: if you answer our questions in the DO blog AND cite your sources, you'll get $5 off your next month of membership!

The Rules:

1. We give you a historical figure or event to research and you have a few questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge. Post your answer in the comments below!

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 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.

We’ll compile several of the juiciest Who's Who? challenge winners’ answers in a separate blog post, along with all the...

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The Community: Stage Fright

Oct 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Stage Fright...

 Performance nerves

“If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?” - Stevie Nicks

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: 1) Do you get stage fright? 2) If so, what do you do to combat it?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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The Community: Finding your voice

Sep 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Finding your voice in dance...

 Finding your voice in dance

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” - Neil Gaiman

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question: How do you find your unique voice in dance?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Belly Dance in the Movies...

 Samia and Farid

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.” - Roger Ebert

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's questions: What are your favorite belly dance or dance scenes in movies and why? How do they inspire your own dance?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Read all the things...

Bookworms

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Q: What books are you reading right now?


Rachel:
  The books that are most inspiring to me right now are the same books that I’ve been reading for probably three years over and over and over. I’m reading Bruce Lee’s “The Tao of Jeet Kun Do”. I’m always reading Pema Chodran’s “Taking the Leap”. But the biggest inspiration book that I’ve actually been using and talking about is “Little Book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle because he gives actual actionable ideas for creating a practice and gives little steps and big details about how to actually progress in skill building. And this was my biggest challenge and frustration when learning dance: just trying to understand how to practice and trying to figure out what practices actually yielded results.


Tamalyn:
 I like non fiction. One that impressed me a lot was "I Didn't Do It For You" by Michela Wrong. It is the history of colonialism and post colonialism in Eritrea. Engagingly written. Not dry. The stories popped off the pages. I was so inspired by the Eritrean people and their tenacity, organizational ability and intelligence that I convinced a friend of mine to include Eritrea in our vacation plans. We were two of only three tourists in the entire country. Not the easiest trip, but an experience of a life time. On a more personal note, my niece, Erika Hayasaki wrote "The Death Class", which may be made into a TV movie.... And 11 years ago I wrote "40 Days and 1001 Nights, One Woman's Da...

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Who's Who?: Umm Kalthoum History Buffs

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Congratulations to our history buffs in July: Kennedey, Azhara, Devorah, and Anjali Ayala! They did research into the life of Umm Kalthoum and investigated how she impacted our dance form. We'll include their research and their sources below so you can learn more about her as well! And if you didn't participate this month, join us for the next Who's Who challenge and you might get $5 off your next month of membership to Datura Online! Way to go everyone who participated, we loved reading your answers!

Find out more about Umm Kalthoum!

1. Who was Umm Kalthoum? (Devorah) "Umm Kalthoum was a legendary Egyptian singer, songwriter, actress, and film producer who left a lasting impact throughout the Arab world and remains a beloved figure to this day. She was born to a poor family in the Nile Delta area of Egypt sometime around 1889-1904, although the exact date of her birth is unknown. Kalthoum was a talented singer from a young age and – dressed as a boy – started out performing religious songs with her father. She began to pursue a professional career in the early 20’s and quickly gained stardom. The peak of her career extended from the 30’s through the 60’s, with great success in both performance and cinema. With the Egyptian Revolution in 1952, Kalthoum became a symbol of Arab Nationalism and an ambassador for Egyptian culture. Umm Kalthoum passed away in 1975, but lives on in the enduring popularity of her music. Her musical style is known fo...

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This Edition: What drew you to belly dance?

 How did you start belly dancing?

“Dance when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” - Rumi

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question: Why belly dance? What drew you to this art form and how did you get started?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Who's Who?: Umm Kalthoum

Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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It's time again for another Who's Who Challenge! Members: if you answer our questions in the DO blog AND cite your sources, you'll get $5 off your next month of membership!

The Rules:

1. We give you a historical figure or event to research and you have a few 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 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 ea...

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This Edition: Who Inspires you to dance?

 It's time to inspire

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: Who ispires you to dance? And do you have favorite dancers and dance videos that you like to watch for inspiration?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Music that gets you up and dancing...

 Music

“The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on.” - Colette

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Q: What music is inspiring you to dance right now?


Tamalyn:
 The latest CD by Ilahun, a young band from Salta, Argentina is gorgeous! Unfortunately, they aren't on itunes, Spotify, etc. Instead, they sell the CDs at their shows around South America, as does one of the band members sister, Lujan. Somehow, this CD is making the rounds in China, copy by copy and many people don't know where it is from nor who created it. The Lakhdar Hanou Ensemble has an amazing Andalusian- Arabic music CD with a Chinese instrumentalist. Really great. It's called "Ne Fut-ce Qu'en Chine".


Colette:
 I have found myself returning to the music I was introduced to when I began belly dancing. Specifically, Aisha Ali's field recording of The Music of the Fellahin, and the Music of the Oulid Nail. The Music of the Fellahin has songs I routinely use in class and this album gave me some of my first tastes of Middle Eastern instruments (argul, mizmar, and doumbec) and rhythms. One song that always mesmerized me when I watched FatChanceBellyDance perform to it was Saidi Dance. I have also been listening to Music of the Oulid Nail for inspiration. The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on. After taking Journey Through Egypt, I was able to place the music to a specific location, and being able to visualize who was creating the music has re...

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