I'm a GoodReads user testing new waters after the serious website changes. I mostly read fiction, usually Anglophone classics/ modern classics; I like nonfiction (mostly social and cultural history), good fantasy and graphic novels. For guilty pleasure, I read advice and how-to books. I made at least two reading resolutions recently; 1. read less, live more; 2. read books which give me more pleasure. I have poor filters, and books I find stylistically pleasing tend to be depressing, so I need to do something about that; if you think you know a book that is very well written, but won't make me weep, please drop me a line.

Belly Dancing Basics

Belly Dancing Basics - Laura A. Cooper, Sarah Skinner Interesting introduction to bellydancing, with a focus on steps and veil work (separate, detailed chapter). The book also contains a chapter on props - candles (on a tray), scimitar, Isis wings, and zills. I enjoyed this chapter, since it really gives a sense of what it is like to work with each prop, and gives many practical tips (how to make the candle tray stay put; how to work and PLAY the zills). I also appreciate the fact that the book offers variations for nearly all (if not all) exercises, and possible combinations for many, as well as tips on creating your own, 6-part routine. I really like the fact that this book gives beginners a sense of where their skills may realistically take them. The only thing I was not happy with is that sometimes the models presenting dance movement are photographed in harem pants that obscure, to me at least, some of their leg movements.

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