Saturday, September 24, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Novelists Hisham Matar and Ali Al-Muqri Speak on Writing During a Revolution

Hisham Matar
Ali Al-Muqri
Libyan novelist Hisham Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance) and Yemeni novelist Ali Al-Muqri (The Handsome Jew) consider the writer's role during revolutionary times in this recent post written for Arabic Literature (in English):  The IPI will bring writers from other parts of the Arab world in the same series.  See M. Lynx Qualey's great blog for more information: Arabic Literature (in English).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"The Best of Habibi" Goes Online

Covers from the earlier years.
When I was dancing in Boston in the early 90s, I remember crowding around my friends to read Shareen El-Safy's invaluable magazine, Habibi: A Journal for Lovers of Middle Eastern Dance and Arts Journal Dancrs at my teacher's, Lorraine Lafata's, house.  This was in the days when the magazine was carefully curated and had classy black and white covers.  El Safy edited the magazine from 1992-2002.  We miss that Habibi and the even older Arabesque!  I just got the announcement that Ms. El-Safy is putting the magazine online.  A great resource for dancers and students.  Sign up on her website, The Best of Habibi, for email updates!Thank you, Shareen!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Belly Dance Classes at NYU: 2011 A/B Quarters

Previous NYU dance students after a group performance at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon (NYC) with me and musican Scott Wilson.

We're starting classes again this fall at NYU Coles Gym! There will be a beginning/Level 1 class studying basic movements and isolations ending with a short combination and an Intermediate and Advanced Class/Level studying more complex layering and a drum solo combination. Please join us and consider joining the newly forming NYU Belly Dance club!
Registration for classes: In-person at Coles Gym: Tuesday, Sept. 13: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14: noon-8 p.m. Online starting Tuesday, September 13:
Course codes:
Level 1: CLS 230.1
Level 2: CLS 232
(Picture shows a previous NYU class group performance at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon (NYC) with musician Scott Wilson.)