A Day With a Belly Dancer

A Day With a Belly Dancer

A sneak peek into a belly dancer’s day-to-day life.

Sunday. Morning. Glass of water, light breakfast, training clothes…. There is nothing better than starting the day with dancing.  I know that later I will be caught by emails, classes, performances, or other errands... But mornings are my special dance time when I can focus on polishing my own technique. I like the feeling of...

New Perspectives on Erotica, Love and Humor in Arabia

New Perspectives on Erotica, Love and Humor in Arabia

A book review

Last weekend I finally started reading “Erotica, Love and Humor in Arabia”, the new book by historian, musician, and my dear friend Dr. George Sawa. It’s a collection of translated stories and poems from ‘The Book of Songs’ by al-Isfahani, written in the 10th century. “What?!”, you would ask me, “how could a historical book about such topic be related to Arabian culture?”

Stunning results of my shopping “fiasco” in Istanbul

Stunning results of my shopping “fiasco” in Istanbul

A fun story of how my plans for shopping in Istanbul got a completely unexpected direction.

Once I got a chance to visit Istanbul with the purpose of studying dance, but I've decided to combine it with another official goal: shopping! No need to say how excited I was about...

 

My Urban Genie Look, or What Did Belly Dance Change in My Closet

My Urban Genie Look, or What Did Belly Dance Change in My Closet

My Oriental fashion experiments beyond the stage.

I’m often asked why I belly dance. Ukrainian by nationality, living in Canada… For some people (actually, for a surprising number of people) it is strange that I would do belly dance, let alone choose this art as my profession. The answer is...