Belly Dance Publication Tribute 2/24/12: The Belly Dancer Magazine (Los Altos, CA). Where were you 32 years ago?



Some would answer, not born yet. Or some would say, raising a small child.

Well 32 years ago, I was raising a small child, and I was also a Belly Dance student back then. I LOVED the belly dance publications, like The Belly Dancer Magazine, Arabesque, Habibi, The Caravan, Jareeda, etc. Back when I was a beginner dancer, I fantasized about the day that perhaps maybe, just maybe I could grace a magazine cover. Did not happen until 1994 when I graced the cover of Shimmy Chronicles.

The old belly dance magazines bring back so many good memories. It’s weird to look at the ads and names in the dancer directory and see names of great dancers and musicians who are no longer with us (Bobby Farrah, Bert Balladine, George Abdo, etc.)

BDM1Belly Dance has changed so much in the past 30 years, that it is refreshing to look back on “simpler” times. No Facebook buddies to share the latest dance item, no dancers on Twitter giving their latest dance update or being able to view any dancer or video instantly via YouTube or MySpace.

Back then, you had to TRAVEL and take a dance workshop to study with the greats. Now you can just buy or rent their DVDs.

Most dancers used to make their own costumes back then, but now it is so cheap to get costumes on eBay, why bother?

Belly dance times were so simple then. You had to wait 1 month to get caught up on the news, Belly Dance news by waiting for your favorite magazine to arrive by mail.

BDM2And when you got your copy, you were in for a treat. That’s how you found out what dancers were doing all across the country. Now that we have Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, email and Internet, we don’t need to wait a month, we can find out in seconds.

A great place to search for rare books and magazines is Abe’s Books (URL is below).  Here’s to a look back at simpler times . . .
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BDM4Now is your time to Join the Conversation!  Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, etc., are all welcome!

Where were you 32 years ago?


41 comments on “Belly Dance Publication Tribute 2/24/12: The Belly Dancer Magazine (Los Altos, CA). Where were you 32 years ago?

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