Iana Dance Podcast
This is a truly helpful episode for everyone who aims to fully understand traditions and folklore related to belly dance. I'm so excited to feature Kristin Raeesi, a Romani researcher, activist and performance artist.
We often think about different folklore styles separately: Ghawazee belongs to Egyptian culture, Kawliya to Iraqi. But did you realize that their roots have so much in common? Also, this interview made me rethink my understanding of belly dance, and start questioning how much Indian influence there is in this art form... Wanna know where all those thoughts came from? Listen to this insightful interview with Kristin who takes us on a tour across Romani, Domari and Lom cultures and its influence on belly dance.
For more information, references and articles, please check show notes below.
Articles by Kristin Raeesi:
Romani Reading resources (Suggested by Kristin)
"We are the Romani People" (book) Ian Hancock
"Romani Routes" (book) Carol Silverman
"Gypsy Music in European Culture" (book) Anna Piotrowska
"On Romani Origins and Identity" (article) by Ian Hancock
Rom Archive: https://blog.romarchive.eu/
Mundi Romani YouTube channel (features 42 part series on Romani lives/perspectives in several countries): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLoTPR8wANp1V0S2yF02gOJcJrfpp-_nH
The Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History: http://www.oocities.org/~patrin/
Rroma Foundation: http://rroma.org/en/home/
Romedia Foundation: http://en.romediafoundation.org/
Dom Research Center: http://www.domresearchcenter.com/index.html
US based teachers for various Domari/Romani dance styles:
Mohanned Hawaz, US workshops (based in Sweden)
Sara Al Hadithi, California
Aisha Ali, California
Eva Cernik, Colorado
Jessaiah Zure (also teaches Macedonian style Romani dances), Oregon
Rabia Gultekin, West Virginia
Artemis Mourat, Washington D.C.
Šani Rifati, US workshops (based in Germany)
Carol Silverman, Oregon
Alexander Markovic, Illinois
Vadim and Marina Kolpakov, North Carolina
Richard Balazs, Pennsylvania
René Heredia, Colorado
Bellydance Evolution: bellydanceevolution.com