Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two cool things to tell you about...

First, Ansuya has launched her online video class series on her Web site and it looks great. You can see for yourself here (click on the "Free Sample of Online Bellydance Class" link on the righthand side of the screen). The free sample class is the first in what will be weekly lessons, which will each be between 45 and 60 minutes. The cost is $12.50 per class, and it allows the viewer to pause, rewind, fast-forward and watch the lesson as many times as you'd like during the logged-in session. However, because it's a streaming video, the lesson cannot be saved to your computer and saved for a future viewing.

At the end of the free sample class, Ansuya also brings in Ozzy for some dance instruction with live drumming, runs viewers through cool-down exercises, answers a Myspacer's question about dancing with snakes, sits down with Ozzy to talk about the dancer-drummer dynamic, discusses costuming and her term "caba-ribal-usion," performs in full costume with Ozzy, and ends on a funny note with a few outtakes.

The second cool thing is that Google now hosts Life magazine's archive of historic photographs and it contains some terrific images of Samia Gamal from the March 1952 issue, including the famous photographs showing her movements highlighted by a continuous stream of light. There are also 1942 images of Tahia Carioca. Another cool thing is you can order framed prints of these images. You can find the archive here, and type the dancers' names in the search field to see the photographs.

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