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How Belly Dancing Saved My Life By Kalidah

A dancer at heart, health issues and injuries made Kalidah think she may never dance again. Then, she found belly dance. Though obstacles continue to make pursing belly dance difficult for her, she is grateful to both the community and the dance for saving her life.

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Beg, Borrow and Steal: Reflections on the True Artistic Meaning of Middle Eastern Dance

Couscous from California, who is quickly becoming a "Belly Dance Cat" cult icon, shares a fun and educational story of the "true" realities of belly dance divas.  Enjoy this favorite story from the HipMix.net Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story Contest.

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Diva Belly Dancer Steals New Years Eve

Sabrina from California tells her first-hand story about the evils some belly dance divas can dole out.  

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Breaking Beads Under A Moroccan Moon - 2nd Place HipMix.net Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story

Soraya, belly dancers and entertainment entrepreneur from New Jersey tells her story of being an international belly dance diva.  Her story paints images of the exciting and colorful experiences she had when she  flown to Casablanca, Morocco as an invited guest of his Majesty King Hassan to belly dance at the palace for a large gala event.

Congratulations to Soraya, Voted 2nd Place in the HipMix.net Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story Contest.

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Didn't even know I WAS a Diva!

Jamie Lynn from Texas tells her story about her own personal Belly Dance Diva experience.  Read on to learn what Austin, Texas, and Camels have in common! 

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The Gifts of Belly Dance - 1st Place, Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story

California based belly dancer Libertad, shares with HipMix.net readers her personal journey in learning belly dance and how it helped her in meeting the man of her dreams, and now husband. 

 

Congratulations to Libertad, Voted By HipMix.net Users As The First Place Winner of the Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story Contest

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Showing Others What I Can Do Without Their Help - 3rd Place, Ultimate Belly Dance Diva Story

The journey of Xi'Balba in belly dance.  She shares how she started and how those around her reacted.  Congratulations to Xi'Balba, Voted 3rd Place Winner of The HipMix.net Ultimate BElly Dnce Diva Story Contest.

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Cookie Cutter Dancers

Belly Dancer, Lady Lysette shares her thoughts on what she calls, "Cookie Cutter Dancers," and asks you - the belly dance community, your opinions.  Inexperienced teachers... do you see what Lady Lysette does?

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Don't Discount the Full-Figured Belly Dancer

Are all belly dancers thin?  Can full-figured ladies find fun and acceptance in belly dance?  HipMix.net member Lady Lysette shares her first-hand experiences and thoughts on this subject.

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Why Do I Teach Belly dance by Nisaa Shuvani.

When Nisaa Shuvani was posed with questions like: Why do people chose to belly dance? and Who are they?   Her response, shared here, is one that everyone should read.  Thank you for sharing your story on HipMix.net Nisaa!

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Don't Kick Ms. Perfect Out of Belly Dance Class Yet

We've all seen her: Ms. Perfect. She is slim, shimmies to the beat and never drops her veil. But before we throw her out of class, listen to DC Sargent give us her take on why we should be friendly to those Ms. Perfects in our dance class.

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You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

After reading the inspiring story HipMix.net published about Michelle Conway, Texas-based belly dancer Xi'Balba was moved and shares some of her wisdom and insights of her own. Based on the emails we have recieved... she really strikes a chord with many dancers around the world.

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Beginner Cabaret Costume Design Part 2-The Top

HipMix.net continues the series on DYI constume design. In part 1 of the series, you learned how to make a cabaret skirt, so lets grab our tapes and material to complete your personal creation.

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Beginner Bellydance Cabaret Costume Design Part 1- The Skirt

A belly dancer has many tools in their bag to enhance performances and that includes a great costume. A fabulous belly dance costume can be expensive and what if you are a beginner belly dancer? Read on as a belly dance newbie, Daisy shares with HipMix.net solutions to start your belly dance costume collection, DIY style. 

In this part, she begins with a skirt, but jump over to Part 2 to complete the full look.

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It Takes Two To Belly Dance

If you thought you were alone in your new found passion in the world of belly dancing, think again.  We depend on our supportive partners to help keep us balanced and grounded. A loving and supportive bellydance husband, Ken McCarty shares with us his insightful journey watching and supporting his wife Daisy learn the art of belly dance.

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