I love being able to photograph other photographers I like and was hoping to be photographed by Heather Addley. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the picture. I flubbed most of mine today, I’ve been having problems adjusting to new Rx glasses. I’ve got some incredible footage of a dancer that I’ve never seen shimmy beyond any I have seen before and didn’t even break a sweat. A couple of photos of Shahrzad below and video pending.
UPDATE June 2014 : Re : Copyright infringement
The film I did “Shahrzad, Balliceaux RVA, Bellydance Brunch Cabaret” is constantly being stolen, butchered, and miss-labeled. I’m usually busy creating and was unaware of how many YouTube sites are devoted to profiting off original owners works. I’m currently putting a stop to this and am at 11 Copyright infringement’s and counting. Thanks to these Weasels my video is appearing stolen on “tune.pk”,”daily motion”, “Sathy New Zealand”and probably other sites.
DO NOT HARASS me! these copyright infringements are final!
Santa knows when you’ve been nice! These women are sweethearts along with very talented and I have been privileged to be able to photograph. Here is some dance history for those that are clueless :
Belly dance has only been called “belly dance” in the last century and it was coined by western culture to entice people to go see it. (This was when seeing a woman’s ankle or elbow was considered extreme.) Belly dance is known by different names depending which culture it is in (Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese etc) such as Raqs Baladi, Raqs Sharki, Oriental etc.
When it comes to costuming, the outfits you’re thinking of are the cabaret-style costumes introduced by Hollywood only in the last 50 years or so. Traditional dancing costumes would cover from ankle to neck and was usually long sleeved. There would be layers and something to tighten them up at the hips. Many middle-eastern dancers will now wear cabaret-style costuming but it is usually only in more touristy areas and it is generally not looked upon favorably by the locals.
Dancing in the middle east is not considered ‘sinful’ in the context you are presenting it, dancing (again women together separate from men together) was a celebration, not something to be ashamed of. Dancing being sinful is an invention of the puritans pertaining to Christian religions in the last couple hundred years.
More info here : http://khalimadance.com/