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Musings on Middle Eastern Dance
by Chelydra

Graphic of dancing turtle with tambourine. These articles were originally published in a variety of magazines on middle eastern dance. They are provided for your personal, individual use. Each article is copyrighted, and may not be reproduced or distributed without the written consent of the author. Please email or write me if you would like to re-publish or otherwise distribute them.

The articles are in PDF format. The Adobe Acrobat reader (acroread) is required to view them.

 

A Practical Guide To Travel In Egypt
© Copyright 2000, 2003 by Chelydra.
6 pages (85 KB)
Tips on planning packing, budgeting, and surviving your first trip to the land of the pharoahs.

A Turtle Woman
© Copyright 1992 by Chelydra.
2 pages (86 KB)
A history of Chelydra's fascination with turtles.

Being A Professional Means More Than Being Paid
© Copyright 2001 by Chelydra.
2 pages (55 KB)
What does it mean to be able to call yourself a professional dancer? There's more to it than just being paid.

Confessions of a Costume Addict
© Copyright 1991 by Chelydra.
4 pages (62 KB)
The dangers of combining a love of sewing with a love of middle eastern dance.

Dance for the Right Reasons
© Copyright 2004 by Chelydra.
1 page (40 KB)
Some hints for being happier with yourself and your dance.

Developing Fluid Arm Movements
© Copyright 1997 by Chelydra.
2 pages (39 KB)
Developing graceful, strong, and fluid arm movements isn't difficult, but it takes practice and patience.

Etiquette and Ethics in Middle Eastern Dance
© Copyright 1994, 2000, 2003 by Chelydra.
9 pages (79 KB)
One dancer's take on how to behave ethically and courteously in class and in performance.

Evaluating A Middle Eastern Dance Instructor
© Copyright 1992, 1993 by Chelydra.
5 pages (74 KB)
Tips and techniques for assessing the skill level of an instructor.

Hints for Healthier Hair and Stronger Nails
© Copyright 1992 by Chelydra.
2 pages (60 KB)
Some would say that long, healthy hair and fingernails are a critical asset to the performing dancer. Here's some hints on how to get them.

The Case For Choreography
© Copyright 1994 by Chelydra.
1 page (34 KB)
Contrary to popular opinion, choreography can help your creativity more than hinder it.

In Search Of The Authentic Fellahin (Village) Dress
© Copyright 1992 by Chelydra.
4 pages (78 KB)
The story of the creation of a set of Egyptian fellahin (village) dresses, from research to stage.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sponsoring A Middle Eastern Dance Seminar
© Copyright 1992 by Chelydra.
29 pages (217 KB)
What's involved in sponsoring a dance seminar? Where do you start? What are the pitfalls? This exhaustive article tells you just about everything you want to know (or think about) in advance.

Folklore: Spell It R-E-S-P-E-C-T
© Copyright 2002 by Chelydra.
3 pages (59 KB)
What is folkloric dance? How do you make sure you don't mislead or mislabel?

Leave Your Dance In A Bag At The Door
© Copyright 2004 by Chelydra.
1 page (34 KB)
Some advice on getting the most out of a dance seminar.

Putting Your Best Photo Forward
© Copyright 2004 by Chelydra.
3 pages (51 KB)
What makes a good publicity photo? Some things to consider to help you look your best in print.

Quick and Easy Ways To Anchor Your Costume
© Copyright 1989 by Chelydra.
1 page (47 KB)
What is folkloric dance? How do you make sure you don't mislead or mislabel?

Troupe Costuming By Teamwork
© Copyright 1991 by Chelydra.
4 pages (62 KB)
The story of one troupe and how they costume.

Tips For Putting Together A Costume That's Just Right
© Copyright 1995 by Chelydra.
3 pages (61 KB)
Tips and techniques for avoiding common costuming mistakes.

What makes an ideal seminar experience?
© Copyright 1993, 1994 by Chelydra.
5 pages (73 KB)
One woman's view on what makes an ideal seminar experience, and ratings of some of the ones she attended.

Be prepared for the next step: The importance of "and"
© Copyright 1996 by Chelydra.
1 page (41 KB)
The all-important count of "and" is how you prepare yourself for the next step.

The trials and tribulations of sewing with lame.
© Copyright 1992 by Chelydra.
3 pages (67 KB)
A description of the different types of metallic lame fabric, and tips for sewing with it.

So, you want to be a teacher? Are you ready?
© Copyright 1992, 1993 by Chelydra.
5 pages (60 KB)
Thoughts and tips on deciding if you're ready to teach, how to make it a reality, and some lessons learned.

Why don't dancers like to be on video?
© Copyright 1996 by Chelydra.
2 pages (38 KB)
A show video does not always contain all of the performances. Why not?


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