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So, this is my first foray into blogging. Well, not strictly true, since I have written ¬†blogs for my accounts on myspace and tribe.net. It feels a little more author-writer-like, here…………..

So who am I? ūüôā¬† Little old me…. literally , a petite 5’0″.

I am a ¬†British dancer /student of many Middle Eastern/bellydance styles: including Egyptian (Oriental/Cabaret/ Ghawazee(Roma/”Gypsy”) Saiidi, folk, Classical 1940’s) Turkish (Oriental and Roma), Moroccan (Schikhatt and Folk) Tunisian, ATS (American Tribal Style bellydance) and Tribal Fusion, Dunyavi “Gypsy” ( Turkish, flamenco and North Indian Roma styles fused by Dalia Carella of New York). I have been studying this form of dance since 1998.

Also since 1998, I have been a student of Flamenco, another great love of mine. I have had many teachers, who have studied both in Spain and in the UK, and have been lucky to study the many palos(styles) ; solea, soleares, bulerias, tientos, tangos, huelva, malaguena, with footwork ( oh yes!) castenet ( harder still!) and body work.

I have an interest in the Zambra Mora, which, strictly speaking, is a flamenco music form, which lent itself to beautiful choreographed dances in the 1940’s (with the resurgence of ¬†an interest in Andalucia and her Moorish past). It has been touted as the oldest flamenco dance form , but research by dancers /writers such as Ana Ruiz explore this idea and come up with a more interesting dance truth. I’ve explored the Zambra Mora in my myspace and tribe .net accounts: http://www.myspace.com/qurtubiyya and http:// people.tribe.net/maureen-theresa .

More over, I have a deep and long term interest in Moorish Spain/Portugal: culture, art, artistry, poetry, literture,  history, language, mores and philosophies, which I hope can feed into my dance art  ( Middle Eastern and Flamenco dance) on some level.

I am currently learning kathak and ballet- both very highly disciplined dance forms. I am hoping to add a classical infrastructure to my Flamenco and Middle ¬†Eastern dance studies. The classical teaches great mastery, depth, and the push for knowing everything inside out, that stands the test of time…..

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Alongside my dancing, I’m a writer, but I was a writer first. I write on many things:articles on art, arts, culture, cultures, language, languages, history, histories, anthropology, sociology, literature, socio-politics, women’s issues, gender issues, and more recently short-story writing. I want to explore short, lyrical, vivid poetry, both as descriptions and stories, capturing the sharpness and accuracy and romanticism of a Brancusi sculpture: my aims ūüôā

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I journal dreams, since I want to listen to my intuition ( ¬†with Saturn in Pisces in my natal (astrological) ¬†eighth house, it’s not surprising for me – for those of you who read astrology on a more psychological, subsconscious level – that Pisces is symbolical of dance, dreams, the feet, spirituality, the social conscience, ¬†and ¬†breaking down boundaries,in the eighth house of shared resources, sexuality, the hidden, the occult; ¬†Saturn is the structure- what a good way then for me ¬†to focus on writing clearly and deeply ¬†on those ¬†all themes……………. I’m sounding a little too serious , here, LOL…)

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In my day to day life, I teach foreign and second language students English, at a further education college. Hey, no one knows it’s me, writing all this…… ūüôā

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