E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

proudly announcing...

The next belly dancer I am interviewing...

Zanbaka is recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest for her well-conceptualized performance pieces, researched fusion styles, and elaborate group and solo choreographies. In addition to teaching numerous workshops locally and nationally, she is sought after as an instructor by absolute beginners who want a thorough foundation in technique to seasoned performers who want to challenge their limits.

Zanbaka is also the authoress of a fabulous series of books designed to teach belly dance in a variety ways:  

The Bellydance for the Versatile Dancer Series.
*pictured at right
These books give a very thorough exploration of key concepts in this art form.
Her approach really opens the door to endless possibilities for growth & mastery in any style of 
belly dance.
I particularly appreciate how she narrows down a simple terminology for communicating what she wants you to do with your body.  As an instructor who was taught by several different people, I know that I have been bombarded with several different names to call and ways to explain the same moves.  
Her approach to explaining the moves leaves no room for miscommunication so I think it is a great resource for instructors, so they can learn better communication skills with regards to explaining to their students what they would like them to do.
I highly recommend these books and this week you will have a chance to win 
Volume One: Foundations!!!
(regularly $45 + shipping)

Just leave a comment answering Zanbaka's question:
Flash forward 10 years from now…. It’s summer 2020… where do you see the art of bellydance? Has it grown in popularity? Are the old stereotypes a thing of the past? Are there more theatre productions? Are there more bellydance studios? Are there classes offered in schools and higher educational institutions? What new innovations have bellydance artists incorporated? What elements of tradition of folkloric roots has the dance retained? Describe how you envision bellydance to be 10 years from now!

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