Weird Dance: Curious and Bizarre Dancing Trivia
With Tim Rayborn
Weird Dance processes through the odd, grim, and unintentionally humorous history of dance, uncovering strange stories and weird facts.
These dark tales of murder, rivalry, insanity, and more reveal all sorts of grim goings-on, proving that—for dancers—life was not just one grand plié.
From Roman Bacchanals to medieval and Renaissance dancing plagues, from the bloody world of ballet to scandals, ghosts, spirit possessions, superstitions, and more, you will attend a grand ball of the bizarre that shows just how awful dancers, choreographers, and even audience members have been to each other over the centuries.
Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
With Tim Rayborn
A comprehensive introduction to Middle Eastern music, including history, instruments, rhythms, maqam and tarab, and basic Western music theory. A must-have for any belly dancer or anyone interested in the rich musical traditions of the Arab world.
$17.95 for .pdf / $26.95 for full-color hard-copy.
Salimpour School of Belly Dance Compendium Vol. 1
The book on belly dance you always wanted, but never existed, until now.
A full survey of Middle Eastern history, people, and languages, as well as belly dance history, the rise and fall of the American Middle Eastern nightclub, and an introduction to orientalism in belly dance. Includes full bibliography and index. This volume also includes an expanded 40+ page biography of Jamila Salimpour.
$37.95 for .pdf / $72.95 for full-color hard-copy.
Bellydance Paladin: 9 Years of Dance Blogging
What first started as a humble blog on blogspot.com (remember them?) grew into its own domain, bdpaladin.com, where I developed a loyal following of readers. I moved my blog to my new website, which you’re looking at now, in 2014. But what happened to those older posts? They’re right here.
This collection includes best, most popular, and some of the problematic posts of my past. It is a kind of bird’s eye view of one dancer’s journey into tribal fusion belly dance and back out again. Practitioners and historians will enjoy this volume for its first-hand account of tribal fusion on the East Coast of the United States in the 00s. It also includes photographs from my own archives, including some rarely-seen performance photos.
The Ultimate Belly Dance Reading List
Lots of dancers ask me what books I recommend to read about belly dance. So, I created this handy guide, complete with helpful annotations, and organized from the the most basic to more complex.
PDF and ePub on Gumroad
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