Articles for Dancers
Akropolis, painting by Lana.
Lana's entry on my teacher's page.
I'm a very philosophical kind of a guy, so I tend to analyze and philosophize on darn near everything. So here are a number of articles, intended for my sisters & brothers in dance - but open to the curious among non dancers as well.
I am soliciting for articles on the subject by others, if you have one you'd like to contribute, E-mail Me.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and, because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is. Nor how it compares to other expressions.
It is your business to keep your's clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself, or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channels open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatsoever, at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us different than the rest.
-Martha Graham in a letter to Agnes DeMille
Zorba's Video Reviews. - Mini-reviews of videos Zorba has encountered.
Dream the impossible dream. - Think you've danced it all?
Belly Dance Tips. - Dancing.
More Belly Dance Tips - Performance, Props, and Costuming.
Zorba's First Performance - A tale of Terror?
Zorba's First Solo - A Rite of Passage.
Of Pain & Beauty. - Zorba gets Tattooed!
Nadia Gamal's canes - how Zorba came to own these sacred objects.
Floating Sleeves - Simple pattern and directions to make your own.
The State of Male Belly Dance in the United Kingdom. - Guest article by Mike Waldie.
Belly Dance Mastery. - Guest article by Rossah.
Getting Started. - Finding a teacher and taking classes.
Teaching a Male Student. - A guide for teaching that first male in your class.
A Rant. - Zorba rants on gender roles and dress.
Male Belly Dancers, Are We Feminine? - Article explores this question.
Selecting a Belly Dance Veil. - More serious than you may think!
So You Want to be a Veil Dancer, Huh? - Overcoming "Veil-Phobia".
Basic Skirtsmanship. - A guide for the brave guy.
Cymbals and Their Influence on the Appearance of the Dance. - Guest article by Janette Brenner.
Musical Zill Playing - Play like a musician!
Men in the Dance. - Guest article by Amy Hoff.
Love A Woman. - A beautiful poem by Lisa Citore.