What Is a Turkish Costume?

The Turkish costume is a two piece costume which exposes the abdominal area of a belly dancer. There are many interpretations, beliefs, and myths as to why this area of the body is exposed.

Use your imagination and visualize a tent located in a desert thousands of years ago. The dancers’ clothing is made from cotton and wool. As the dancers performed their bodies got hot and for relief part of their clothing was removed in order to cool off. They also did not wear bras in those years. And so the breasts and the abdominal areas were exposed through a thin layer of cotton fabric.

It seems reasonable to me that this practical solution to cooling down may have started the concept of a two piece garment. With the passage of years, fabric availability, fashion trends, and women’s interests this costume has made many changes.

Old photos of these costumes appear to be everyday clothing and do not compare to the glittery and glamorous costumes of today.


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Learn the Art of Mentalism

Want to learn the art of mentalism? People do it for different reasons. Some are intrigued by what they see in theaters or on TV and want to mimic them for fun while others want to perform the art in a professional manner.

It does not matter which group you belong to. Here are some tips to get you prepared on your path to learn the art of mentalism.

1. Pick up the skills from experts

Picking up the skills from experts can be expensive especially if you want to consult top magicians like David Blaine, Criss Angel and the like. And you may not be successful at all.

2. Pick up the skills and tricks from guides

Of course, another way to do so is to pick up the skills of the trade is to learn from guides. We know that there are some professional guides that show you how to perform different tricks and are good enough to make you look like an expert mentalist. These guides are often much cheaper than becoming an apprentice to a master.

3. Masterin

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August Wilson – The Most Compulsive and Strident Voice From the Black American Theatre

August Frederick Kittel Wilson, a prolific American writer whose plays, like Eugene O’Neill’s, Arthur Miller’s and Tennessee Williams’ are produced throughout the U.S. regularly soon became the most important voice in the American theater after Lorraine Hansberry, a position that he maintained until his death in 2005 with a string of acclaimed plays starting from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom first exciting the theater world in 1984.

August Wilson mostly relies on the “4 B’s”: the Blues; fellow playwright, Amiri Bakara; Argentinian author, Jorge Luis Borges, and painter, Romare Bearden to tell what in his estimation he needs to tell in writing his plays. Apart from this, he has no particular method of writing his plays.   

The blues have always had the greatest influence on Wilson, as he himself confessed in an interview with Sandra G. Shannon: “I

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A Brief Background On Hip Hop Dance Moves

Hip Hop Dance as we know it today, for example the dancing we see in music videos is a fusion of a wide range of conventional and unconventional dance styles and techniques. This includes Jazz dance, indigenous folklore dance and even martial art.

Due to its robust nature, Urban Dance could be perhaps a more appropriate title for what we commonly classify as Hip Hop Dance. Despite the array of styles and techniques added to its current repertoire, the roots of Hip Hop Dance can be attributed to street dancers in America. For many of these dancers, the art forms they created are the most accurate classification of Hip Hop Dance.

Breaking & Funk Sytles

During the 1970s, DJs in America would set an entirely new trend, mixing what is called drum breaks which are drum solos in funk and soul music back to back between two turn tables. The result would produce an entirely new sound containing a repetitive drum break track. In essence, the dancing that emerge

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7 Rules to Follow at the Theatre

There’s nothing quite like attending a live performance at a theatre, but every seasoned audience member knows that there are rules and etiquette guidelines that must be followed during the show. For those attending their very first play, it’s best to get a firm understanding of the expected behaviour before the night of the event. Here are the basic rules to follow.

Arrive Early

It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the time stamped on the ticket. Most venues start seating patrons half an hour before show time and stop seating once the show starts. If someone is late, ushers may require that they wait in the lobby until a break or intermission. Avoid missing the first part of the performance by getting to the venue early.

Silence Cell Phones

Most theatregoers prefer a quiet atmosphere. Ringing cell phones or smart watches sending out notifications can be distracting. Once the lights dim, make sure all technology is either turne

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The Blind Boys of Alabama Take The High Road in Song

The Blind Boys of Alabama recorded their latest Grammy Award winner, “Down in New Orleans,” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The proceeds from that album went toward the city’s restoration. Now they raise their glorious voices in “Take The High Road,” the group’s first country gospel album.

Lead singer Jimmy Carter has been with the ensemble since the beginning 72 years ago at Alabama’s Talladega Institute for the Blind. He and his colleagues grew up singing and harmonizing in the church, so it is no wonder that their five Grammy Awards and five Lifetime Achievement Awards were topped by their 2007 induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

They hope their new album filled with uplifting and thoughtful songs will earn a sixth Grammy. They are testing the waters as far as concert music goes because this takes them in a new direction. The guest artists include Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill

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Three Types of Belly Dancing Styles

The art of belly dancing had its beginning in America during the 1950’s in America. It was marketed as a way to entertain your husband. It gained mass popularity, and has continued to be popular with thousands of women.

There are three popular styles which women can now pursue according to their individual interests.

  1. Cabaret or night club dancing is very popular and in demand for entertainment functions.
  2. Folkloric dancing is attractive to those who have an historic and cultural interest in Middle Eastern dancing.
  3. Tribal Fusion is an American inspired dance blending Flamenco, Middle Eastern, and Ballet into its movements.

The costumes also help to indicate the style of dancing which is being performed.

  1. Cabaret or night club dancing is Turkish and Egyptian costuming. These costumes are very figure flattering and made of glamour or fancy fabrics associated with evening glamour.
  2. Folkloric cons
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7 Reasons Why Indie Theatre Rocks

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like spending your hard-earned (or fairly stolen) money on the same old thing you can get everywhere. And I’m not sure about you, but I can’t afford $150 for 2 hours of theatre. Even if I could, I’d likely use that same money for a weekend binge of DVD rentals, takeout Chinese and cheap booze.

But I still need my live theatre fix. So indie theatre is my hustler of choice. Of course, it helps that it’s awesome. If you think about it, there are tons of reasons why indie theatre (also known as off-off Broadway, indie, experimental, Equity showcase, small theatre, black box theatre or whatever term someone can cook up that means “anything but Broadway”) is just about the coolest form of entertainment around.

1. It’s cheap.

A lot of indie theatre shows cost about as much as a movie ticket. Of course, you also have tickets in the $20-$30 range. But you’ll

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The Best Way to "Learn All Those Lines"

In my classes, I ask that my students learn their lines by “rote.” This means without emphasis or inflection. It is a mechanical way to learn your lines, where you don’t attach any emotions or objectives to the words. This process was introduced to me by William Esper when I was getting my MFA at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and has its roots in the Meisner Technique.

I find that when students learn their lines in this way they don’t fall into a set way of saying their lines. They are then more available to be open to their acting partner’s behavior. Too often young actors fall into the trap of performing a scene based upon their preconceived ideas of how that scene should go. This memorization technique short-circuits that tendency and facilitates an exchange of energy between the two actors.

Memorizing by rote allows the student to be in the present moment. This is where we want to live when we’re acting! When ful

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Come Experience The Unique Comedy of Jason Neistadt at Las Vegas’ Best Variety Show

Being a Comic Vocal Impressionist takes a lot of practice, Just ask Jason Neistadt of V-The Ultimate Variety Show! Having been featured in every major resort and casino in Las Vegas, Jason has his act perfected down to the T! Elvis, Forest Gump and everyone in between, you never know who might turn up in this unique act. Born in Rancho Cucamonga, CA in 1976, Jason began showing early inclinations of a performer. When Jason was two he moved to Wyoming, and over the years developed his interest in stunts and acrobatics while playing in the surrounding mountains. When moving back to California at age ten Jason quickly became known as the class clown and soon after that, he learned his first performing art, juggling! From there on he committed himself to the art of the juggle and sought to bring joy to whoever he could, using his impersonations and juggling acts.

Becoming fixed on perfecting his juggling skills, Jason soon saw what he would declare his destiny. On a family vacati

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