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Archive for August 7th, 2008

Aladdins, Part 2

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

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Here are some photos of me and dancer Maia dancing at New Aladdin’s restaurant with our beloved toddler friend, Isabel. This was August 1 at New Aladdins’ restaurant at Frandor in Lansing, Michigan. No surprise, I’m the one in turquoise!

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(There are dancers there the 1st and 3rd weeks of every month, with approximately half-hour shows at 6:30 and again at 8:00. We Habibi Dancers take turns dancing there, each show is different.)

One of the skills involved in this sort of dance, is keeping one’s head still while the rest of the body executes the dance move. Here you see Maia walking with her beaded hip belt moving as a blur, and yet her head is steady. This is a very important skill to master if one is to balance a cane, basket, jug or other object on one’s head while dancing.

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Toddler Isabel is very important to both Maia and me. We have both spent much time with her and miss her deeply when we can’t see her for a while. It was great for all of us that she could come.

There were other children there who seemed interested in dancing, too. In the end, they were too shy to dance with us (kids are always encouraged to participate if they wish).

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Here April and Isabel are saying goodbye. Can you see that “our kid” is wearing a beaded hip wrap? Too cute. Kids fully appreciate the “dress-up” aspect of this sort of dancing.

Yes, Isabel danced the entire half hour we did. I am sure she slept well that night!

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