Julia Benson-Slaughter

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    Why We Dance in Perry, GA

    Perry Belly Dance has been invited to perform in festivals and events all over middle Georgia. But this year they were specifically asked NOT to perform at the Perry Dogwood Festival this weekend — there was “no appropriate space” for them, and when they asked about doing street performances, they were told “We’d rather you …

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    What Is ATS®? — another view

    Sam Brenneman posted this today in the Fat Chance Belly Dance group on Facebook. I loved it so much I had to share it. …just for the record: American Tribal Style® bellydance is a subculture of the general bellydance culture. It tends toward an American stance in a number of areas, one of which is …

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    Even Bellydancers Have Memes

    Tempest in Town!!

    Sometimes good things happen on very short notice. In November, Lacy found that Laura Zakroff, aka Tempest, would be in town for a few days with The Ghost Project. Well, let’s not let THAT opportunity go to waste! Time was short and money was tight for many people right before the holidays, though, so two …

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    “Work That Skirt” Workshop

    When I found out that my new friend from ATS GS, Lara Baker Whelan, was giving a workshop up in Chattanooga, I immediately went to the website to sign up, even before telling Margali. Skirts and Romany 9/8 rhythms, what’s not to love?? Luckily Margali was all for the road trip with me (again, skirts …

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    Raks Geek

    I was checking my Facebook feed at lunchtime and found that Mary had found and shared an incredibly geeky bellydance video from the Chicago Raks Geek event last month. After giggling through watching the first one, I had to find the rest of the videos from the event, put them into a playlist, and share …

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    MidSummer in Athens Part III — ATS® Basket Dance

    (Read Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already) Ah, ATS®, familiar territory after four months of classes with Lacy & the intensive General Skills workshop. But what is this? Baskets with it?? Yes, baskets. Jaki Hawthorne, director of Jahara Phoenix Dance Company in Lawrenceville, has adapted some of the traditional moves and added a couple of …

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    MidSummer in Athens Part II — 9/8 Romany Workshop

    (continued from Part I) After a quick break, Christy Fricks introduced the 9/8 musical rhythm, a staple of Turkish Romany dancing, to us. To a Westerner brought up on the standard 4/4 time signature and its variants, 9/8 seems a little, well, odd! If you were counting it out, you would literally count from one …

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    MidSummer in Athens Part I — Drumming

    Christy Fricks of Sulukule in Athens hosted a mid-July, day-long trio of workshops to celebrate the middle of summer. Andrea & I found out about it via Facebook, and said to each other “why not?” After all, Athens is less than 1.5 hours on good highway from Andrea’s house, we had the weekend free, and …

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    An Impromptu Performance

    The weekend after July 4th my nanobusiness, Copper Dancer Designs, was at the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza to sell our jewelry. The AFFPS shows generally not only have an artist market, they have entertainment as well. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good, and sometimes, well… Sunday at noon the stage hosted Aviva and the …

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