This is a compilation of me Bellydancing using the song Bellydance
1.2 from Raqia Hassan's Wash Ya Wash Vol 1.
In this clip I was interviewed for a segment on Bellydance for the
television show Body + Soul.
feature as the Bellydancer on Australian country singer Melinda Schneider's
music video for her song TV Or Me. After a improvising to the song
once for rehearsal, I dance again with the cameras rolling to get the
footage you see in the clip.
Here I am Bellydancing on Channel 9's cooking show Fresh for their
Lebanese cooking segment. The dancing you see me do is improvised.
In this clip I dance (all improv) with veil and zills to the popular Arabic song Shik
Shak Shok by Hassan Abou Seoud.
Here I'm interviewed for Optus TV at
All the shots of dancing is improvised.
I'm dancing (all improv) in this clip to Solo Akkordeon from Beata and Horcacio
Cifuentes's Oriental Fantasy Volume 6.
This video is of me improvising with zills (finger cymbals) to a Greek
Bellydance song called Maheria by Katerina Topasi.
I was invited onto The Kerri Anne Show to be interviewed and then
dance a simple choreography with students, first to the song Arab Rapsodi
by Mezdeke and then to Solo Nuria from Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We
Improvised dancing at Amera's
Palace mid-year 2011 hafla to Tamra Henna from Raqia Hassan and Yousry Sharif's Wash
Ya Wash Volume 2, and then to Ya Amera from Amera Eid's Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We
Amera's Palace at Brent Street Dance Studios for the 2011 launch of the
national dance qualifications. The props I use in the performance are (in
order): veil, sword, fan veils, and wings. The songs used in this performance are (in
order): Salaam Ya Amm from Oriental Fantasy Vol 3, Marco
Polo by Loreena McKennit, Bayt Al Qadi by Mokhtar Al Said,
Tabla Solo With Khamis Henkish from Raks Sharki by Mokhtar Al
Said. The finale music is Bellydance 1.2 from Raqia Hassan's Wash
Ya Wash Vol 1.
The entire performance is improvised.
In this clip I'm dancing with a cane. The style of dance comes from Egypt
and is called saiidi or raqs al asaya. The song I'm dancing to is called
Halawa and I'm improvising throughout the entire piece.
performance is an improvisation to a tabla (drum) solo. The track is called Naar El Hawa
from the CD Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We Tabbel.
In this video I'm improvising with tambourine to a drum piece called
Baladi Drum Solo.
I'm improvising once again in this clip, this time with a relatively new
Bellydance prop: the Isis wings. The name of the music is unknown.
Jessica and I are the Sydney Bellydancing duo
and in this clip we are doing a veil choreography at a festival to a song called Escape From
Jessica and I (aka
each improvise solo in this video with sword and wings respectively. The name of
the song we perform to is unknown.
performing a choreography to a drum solo called Solo Nuria. I play zills (finger
cymbals) as we dance.
Here we are, the Sydney Bellydancing duo
dancing a choreography with veils to a song called Escape From
Cairo. The performance was at the hafla of a local Bellydance school.
These performances are improvised (to an unknown Arabic song). Jessica
dances with sword, and I dance with wings.
This is a partly choreographed partly improvised piece. The song Jessica and
I are dancing to is a drum
solo by Mokhtar Al Said with Khamis Henkish.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:
"The greatness of
a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are
SAY NO TO PUPPY
MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead
- they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000
dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough
homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions
every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the
terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills
are essentially 'dog
factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no
thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought
for profit. The dogs live in
appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no
longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy
mills are generally where petshops get their animals from.
animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to
your family should
be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it
doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders,
and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless
animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal
breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come
in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can
either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the
problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part
of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local
to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you
that adopting is
the only responsible choice to make.
"To my mind, the life of
a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."
- Mahatma Gandhi