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Becoming The Music On The Dance Floor | Arts in Context Shorts

Becoming The Music On The Dance Floor | Arts in Context Shorts


– It’s really,
truly amazing to me that something that I
thought is so simple, such as teaching a dance class, touches peoples lives in
so many different ways. (middle eastern music) I started actually teaching
the belly dance classes before I opened the store. I started teaching in 1999, and it all came together
when I found this space, and the store in opened
in August of 2001. Belly dance is a dance
genre that was designed specifically for
the female body. It is not about sexuality. It’s about the beauty
of a woman’s body and having her become the
music on a dance floor. It’s a beautiful environment for people to come
here, feel safe, develop friendships, and
deal with body issues. (upbeat dance music) Hold it up. Now I want you to shimmy. Switch sides. The goal has always been to promote world
cultures in general through their music and dancing. Belly dance personifies the vibe or the overall feel of the
people of the Arab world. There is so many misconceptions
about Arab culture with the all the turmoil
in the Arab world and having the news
focusing a whole lot more on the violent part of
the existence of Arabs. But in reality,
they’re a fun crowd. They love music,
they love to dance, they love to eat, celebrate
family, celebrate life. It is far more important now
to talk about the aspects that are not talked
about in the media of the Arab culture
and my heritage because there is so much more to that region and to its people than what is being
exposed in the media. Hopefully, this is just
a very small example of how we can all get to
know each other better, and get to know where
we come from better, and develop much better
understanding of each other than what’s stereotypically
could be on the surface. And I’m always so honored
to hear from people that, yes, I have
opened their eyes to something that they would not have had happened otherwise. (middle eastern music) Four. (middle eastern music)

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