Bellydance {raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎)} Discussions (45)

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“Tribal Ecstatic Dance Experience Weekend” Sept 22-25th, 2011

“Tribal Ecstatic Dance Experience Weekend” Sept 22-25th, 2011 “Join the spirit & power of 'the tribe' & the dance!”   General info…

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0 Aug 29, 2011

The Veil and Oriental Dance

This article is an excerpt from Artemis Mourat's manuscript, "The Illusive Veil". In the original manuscript, Artemis details the results o…

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0 Feb 26, 2011

Oriental Dance: A Dance For The Whole Family by Shira

Contrary to what many Westerners believe, Oriental dance (the correct name for belly dancing) did not originate as a dance of seduction do…

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0 Feb 26, 2011

What is Belly Dance?

Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the mid-East.…

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0 Feb 25, 2011

Belly Dance History ~ An American Odessey - by Helen Waldie

Early Days, Golden Years Belly dance has probably been enjoyed in the USA for as long as widespread immigration has existed, indeed we have…

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0 Feb 25, 2011

Stretching, Warming Up, and Preventing Injuries - by Elayssa

About a week ago I injured my back while dancing at a Belly Dancing gig. I lay immobile on my bed, a friend was kind enough to come over a…

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0 Feb 25, 2011

Naming the Dance By Amara / L. Osweiler

What to call this dance is perhaps the most contested issue in the American-Middle Eastern dance community.1 The employment of different na…

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0 Feb 25, 2011

Egyptian Belly Dance by Anuradha Muralidharan

A dance so ancient that it is depicted in Predynastic hieroglyphics Egyptian, Oriental, Arabic... the dance has many names, but the one whi…

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0 Feb 24, 2011

Put Together a Belly Dance Performance Bag by Susan Caplan

When a belly dancer begins performing she'll find it useful to fill a bag with the items she might need in an emergency.   The new belly da…

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0 Feb 24, 2011

Body Acceptance in Belly Dance: Is a Bare Belly Mandatory? by Meredith Rankin

Some people are afraid to try Middle Eastern dance because they don't want to show their belly, but belly dance is a great way to find body…

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0 Feb 24, 2011


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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