Writing

When I’m not on the studio floor, I’m a professional writer. From blog posts to full-length books, I focus on movement, wellness, and dance history. My specialties are movement, wellness, and historical context, but I can also write killer press releases, email newsletters, and (of course) blog posts. With eight years of experience writing for top policy makers in the US Federal Government, I can make even the most complex subject matters an ease to read and understand.

I’ve been keeping my popular blog, formerly known as “Bellydance Paladin,” for over 10 years, observing the ins and outs, ups and downs, of the American belly dance community. Since then, I’ve expanded my focus beyond belly dance, integrating my studies and research in dance. Read my blog and share with your 100 closest friends.

Salimpour Bellydance CompendiumI’m also a published author. In 2014, the Salimpour School of Dance published The Salimpour School of Belly Dance Compendium Vol. 1. The first section fills in the details of belly dance matriarch Jamila Salimpour’s biography. The second part is a trove of introductory information about the history, culture, and people of the Middle East; brief biographies of the great Arab dancers as well as the early modern American barefoot dancers; and overviews of how Western Europeans, Americans, and Hollywood have viewed the Middle East for over 100 years. Read a sample here (PDF).

Currently, I’m writing a book for the academic publisher McFarland & Co. on the lives of the four great early modern dancers: Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Maud Allan, and Ruth St. Denis. When conducting research for a paper for a course while earning my MA, I noticed that there was no single volume that addressed the lives of all four of these groundbreaking, innovative, and subversive women. This book will provide readers with a comprehensive look at these dancers and how they shaped the face of modern dance in the 20th century and beyond. Expected publication: Spring 2018.

Send me an email if you have a writing job that needs some love. akeyeswriting [at] gmail [dot] com

I also write with my partner, Tim Rayborn, together as Inkhorn Writing. We provide a number of writing services for artists, musicians, and non-profits, from website copy to full-length books.

 

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