Dance Bloggers Wanted for Guest Posts

Guest Posts Wanted!

A. Keyes Dance is looking for guest posts to keep the conversation going on belly dance in the 21st century. Do you have something to say about belly dance? Keep reading for guidelines.


A. Keyes Dance: Guest Posts Wanted


Submission Guidelines

Here’s what I’m hoping to get:

  1. TOPIC: How do you negotiate imperialism, colonialism, privilege, and stereotypes in your belly dance practice? Consider how you engage with Arab/Middle Eastern cultures, who you study with, what you read, how you train. If you primarily do a “fusion” form, how do you navigate that practice?
  2. Dancers of color and/or LGBTQ+ dancers are STRONGLY encouraged to contribute.
  3. Not primarily a belly dancer? Dancers in other traditions who are not from the culture of origin are welcome to contribute!

What will make me love your posts?

  1. 800-1000 words. No more, please.
  2. When referencing materials on the web, use embedded links.
  3. I prefer Chicago Manual of Style, but whichever style you choose, make it consistent. (Psst! I love the Oxford comma.)
  4. Coherent arguments. I’m not looking for PhD-level writing, but make sure your piece flows and makes sense.
  5. Stick to the topic. Rambling and unrelated subject matter won’t be accepted.
  6. Proofread it, please. Grammar matters to me.
  7. I don’t need to agree with you for me to want to publish your post.

If you’re feeling stuck, read my post on fostering non-oppressive practice and my post about BeyoncĂ© and Orientalism.

Email your post in .doc/.rtf/.pages format to akeyesdance [at] gmail [dot] com. Include a short bio (150 words max) and a photo.

Looking forward to reading your work!

One thought on “Dance Bloggers Wanted for Guest Posts

  1. I’m looking forward to reading these blogs, I’m very interested in this topic (but not the person to blog my thoughts). I’d like to hear something addressed to recreational/semi-professional dancers who enjoy the trappings – how to participate in a wonderful activity without being unintentionally disrespectful? For example, I never wrap my veil in a fake hijab then do a big reveal – I believe that would be offensive. What (specifically) might we be doing that is offensive to some, of which I/we might be unaware?
    Also, I get that educating ourselves about the different countries and cultures where the dances originate is essential, and appreciate your suggestions about readings. Even more of that would be welcomed. Thank you for hosting this and encouraging others to share their thoughts.

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