root announces our new topic for August and September: Bellydance
We will feature interviews with pioneers in the contemporary artform and articles tracing the history (and historicity) of this powerful dance. Keep checking back for the music reviews, photos and video clips.
What I've discovered in researching this dance is that Bellydancers love to talk! There is a great deal of passion involved in what has, for many, been a transformative power in their lives. With this passion comes controversy and the thread topics are full of opinion and emotion.
Specifically in regards to the American dancers, the message boards have women from all over the country talking about how the dance has opened them up emotionally and given rise to a power that has lain dormant in our vast consumerist culture. Women are finding community, pride in their bodies and confidence.
That said, root invites all dancers and musicians to chime in. Feel free to contribute your comments and feelings and spread the word about what you see here!
Also, a reminder that our First Annual Photo Contest is still open for entries. Submit your photo today!
Limit one entry per household.
Entries must be emailed to
August 31, 2006.
Contest winners will be notified by Sept. 25th and announced by October 1, 2006. All winners will be posted online. Photo Essays may be part of the prize, so send in your photos today for a broader chance of being discovered.
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