The Happenings December 2013
Interview with the One and Only Marguerite Kusuhara Pg. 15
CONTENTS Whats Happening This Issue... Pg. 2 - Calendar of Events Pg. 3 - Letter from the Editor Pg. 4 - MECDA Bulletin Chapter Happenings Pg. 7 - Arizona Chapter Pg. 8 - Heartland Chapter Pg. 9 - Inland Empire Chapter Pg. 10 - Las Vegas Chapter Pg. 11 - Los Angeles Chapter Pg. 12 - San Francisco Chapter From Our Readers Pg. 13 Special Feature “A Traveler of Many Places - Finding Dance in the Unexpected” an exclusive interview with Marguerite Kusuhara Pg. 15 Lifestyle “Surviving the Holiday Season - tips for bellydancers” Pg. 23 History and Culture “Dessert Shakedown” Pg. 27
Health and Wellness “Stoke the Inner Fire and permission to SLEEP - Tools for Winter Wellness” Pg. 31 “Affirmations - Believe in Yourself” Pg. 33 Chapter and Central Board Pg. 35 TH Staff and Special Thanks Pg. 36 How to Submit and Article Pg. 38 MECDA Mission Statement Pg. 39
Calendar of Events
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Letter From the Editor Dear MECDA Members, Its December, the busiest time of year for so many of us. I am writing this while flying out see family for the holiday season. I know for me it has been non-stop every since Thanksgiving! It is so easy to fall out of dance shape and forget to add a little dance into my day. I’m going to share some of my travel tips for sneaking a little dance into your busy holiday schedule. 1. Right now, in my seat on the plane I am actually practicing my stomach undulations! Thats right I am working on isolating my upper and lower abs right in my seat! We have another hour and twenty minutes, so I plan on having the perfect roll by the end of the flight. 2. Instead of putting up with hours of holiday music while traveling, download a playlist of Middle Eastern Rhythms, put it on shuffle and play “Name that Rhythm” Maybe add “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer” in for good holiday cheer. 3. Take you most recent dance book with you and use that as travel reading. My favorite book to read is “Grandmothers Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dance” by Rosina-Fawzia AlRawi . Its a small book thats easy to pack but packed full of personal stories about The Dance. 4. Practice shimmies while you are at the stove cooking dinner, or washing the dishes. You can also sneak in a little shimmy practice waiting in line at the store to check out with all your holiday goodies. Big winter coats help hide the shimmies, if you are a little hesitant to practice in public. If you have some great ways to get a little dance into your holiday chaos let us know! I hope you enjoy this issue of TH. The interview with Marguerite Kusuhara is packed with great personal and cultural stories. And our ode to winter wellness is sprinkled throughout this issue like well place sprinkles on a Christmas Cookie. Have a Very Happy Holiday Season! See you in the New Year!
Special Announcements Central Board Meetings The Central Board Meetings are now being held on the Second Sunday of the month. These meeting are open to any MECDA member, and the central board highly encourages attendance, since important decisions and updates are made at these meetings and they would love for you to be a part of your organizations decisions. These meetings take place over Skype (audio only-no video) at 9am Pacific Time/12:00pm Eastern Time. If you wish to attend the next meeting please RSVP by December 4th with your Skype name to MECDA Secretary, Rosa Noreen at email@example.com
The Next Meeting Will Take Place on Sunday January 12th 9AM PT/12PM ET We hope to see you there!
As of January 2014 there will be new regulations for all chapters to follow. This is part of the reconstruction process of MECDA as a whole. Januaryâ€™s issue of TH will include information about these new regulations. If you have questions or need clarification on any of these please make sure your chapter president contacts Samira, Vice-president and Chapter Liaison. Everyone here at MECDA is looking forward to improving this organization for all our members. Samira Tuâ€™Ala E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful, But at MECDA Our Events Are So Delightful So If You’ve Got No Place to Glow Let Us Know, We’ve Got Shows, We Want You to Go! 5
MECDA Chapter Happenings
Want to know what other chapters have been up to? Read reviews of past events, see sneak peaks of future events, and celebrate with all of the chapters on their accomplishments. MECDA is a nation wide organization of dancers dedicated to sharing their love of this dance. It is important that we all stay connected with each other. If you want to submit a review of one of your chapter events to be seen here in this section of TH, please email them to our editor at email@example.com Please make sure when you submit an event to a review you include the chapter name.
Arizona Chapter Cgs 2013 Ws D S
ATS Bootcamp ®
Topeka, Kansas January 18th 2014 11:30am - 4:30pm Classes will be taught by Cyndi Cyreigna Elliott a FatChance® BellyDance ATS® Instructor. Certified in General Skills, Teacher Training 1 and 2, and is a FCBD® Sister Studio Level 1 - ATS® Basics - Getting back to basics! Review and refine! Technique, formation, and control. This class is designed using the FCBD® format. Level 1 helps reinforce ATS® posture, angle, technique, and control of the basic fast moves as well as basic slow. Whether you are a seasoned dance or a newbie, these classes will be beneficial to help refine, and reinforce the ATS basic vocabulary and beyond! Level 2 - ATS® and Beyond - This is where we have some fun!! Learn the more dynamic steps that keep an audience wanting more! Refine individual technique by drilling basic steps and their variations in creative combinations. If there are steps you specifically want to go over, now is the time to ask! Be ready to drill and zill and have a GREAT time! Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ats-boot-camp-level-1-and-2-tickets-9254561643 Congratulations to the New Board Members of the Heartand Chapter President - Darcy Predmore Vice President - Judie Dansby Secretary - Suzanne Shields Treasurer - Paige Parker
Inland Empire Chapter
We heard you had a great Christmas Show on Dec 19th! Congratulations!!! Canâ€™t wait to see some fun photos from that event! 9
Las Vegas Chapter
The Big Fat Deal Hafla December 7th 2013
There were venders...
...There were Prizes There were GREAT Performances!!! Congratulations to the New Board Members of Las Vegas Chapter President - Virginie Inara Guillemette Vice-President - Cindy Cindy Coons Secretary - Beth Miller Treasurer - Kirsten Staton
Los Angeles Chapter
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Holiday Show 2013 December 8th
So many great Holiday Events throughout the MECDA chapters! Canâ€™t wait for all the photos to come in! Make sure you send some to us here at TH.
From Our Readers n! ctio e S ar New t to He an ! We W m YOU o Fr
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