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It's Zilltastic!

by Cassandra on 10/23/13

Regular visitors to the site are probably already aware that updates to the site tend to be somewhat sporadic.  They usually happen in clusters.  Well today, I finally finished off the Zills portion of the Music section.  I'm happy to announce the new and improved zills section contains a more detailed history of zills, better care instructons, and expanded zilling patterns and playing tips.  The new zill patterns are written out to let you count out the patterns using numbers, right/left hand alternation, and mnemonic phrases.  In addition each pattern has notes on which rhythms it works well with.  The only thing I didn't finish and decided I could update slowly over time is adding videos of the playing patterns.  Unfortunately there aren't that many decent quality videos freely available to embed so, when I find them I will update the page.  To view our newly updated zills section click on any of the following links


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    Ahalan Wa Sahalan!  Welcome to Middle Eastern Dance.  This site is an informational resource on Middle Eastern Dance.  Although the main focus is on what is commonly called "Belly Dance" there is information on other dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Mediterranean, Balkans, and the Indian Sub-continent.  My goal is to give people (dancers especially) easy access to understanding the dances and cultures from which they come.  With somewhere around 400 pages and growing this site is full of information to keep you busy.  Take some time to look around, you won't regret it.  I've tried to organize information into logical hierarchies so please explore.  Use the navigation menu at the top of the screen to check out the different pages.  There are hundreds of pages of how-to's many of which now feature video and other visual or audio aids.  Learn about history, music, styles and more.  If your a dancer looking to advertise your services for hire check out the Dancer's Directory, just fill out this form for a listing. You can also advertise you classes if you are an instructor in our classes directory by filling out the following form.  If you own a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean Restaurant or Deli and would like to list your Restaurant in our Restaurant section please fill out the following form.  Visit the chat room and talk with fellow dancers.  If you have a minute please take some time to vote in the polls.  Be sure to check back regularly to see what's new!
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