About Mezdelene

I am passionate about belly dance, and I love to share my passion by publishing Jareeda Journal, the leading resource for Middle Eastern dance! My intent is to inform and celebrate, by creating a positive and supportive community for all belly dancers. I also sponsor Belly Dancer USA Competition and Mezdulene's Annual Retreat.

About Mezdulene

I am passionate about belly dance, and I love to share my passion by publishing Jareeda Journal, the leading resource for Middle Eastern dance! My intent is to inform and celebrate, by creating a positive and supportive community for all belly dancers. I also sponsor Belly Dancer USA Competition and Mezdulene’s Annual Retreat.

“Belly Dance Transformations”

Jareeda has published it's first book, "The Soul of Belly Dance!" It's beautiful and filled with great articles by authors including, Morocco, Shira and many more.Our next book will be "Belly Dance Transformations" and we are looking for dancers and enthusiasts willing to share their story of … [Read more...]

“The Soul of Belly Dance”

FORWARD:We’ve all been drawn to belly dancing by something. Maybe it was for exercise, an attraction to the costumes, the desire to perform. Maybe it was just your friend inviting you to attend a class with her. For whatever reason you started dancing, there is something deeper that kept you … [Read more...]

When You Need a Bodyguard

Let me start by stating right off, I am not a bellydance snob. You know the type who only want to do huge events. I do plenty of small gigs and love, or loved, each one. I rarely ever said “no” to a gig, until one night I worked a private party that changed my mind.I have danced many private … [Read more...]

Jareeda, Fall 2012 Highlights

This issue is packed with articles!! Some of the articles are about teaching, some are general topics and many are reviews about DVDs, shows and workshops letting you know the latest and greatest news! The Secret Insanity of Belly Dance by Savanah Radaelli 2012.........Throughout my seventeen … [Read more...]

Arabic Language

ARABIC LANGUAGE By Katisha I was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and soon after my family moved to Genoa, Italy where I spent my early school years. Being raised in Europe gave me the opportunity to be exposed to many different languages. Ever since, I have been fascinated by them. I hear languages as … [Read more...]

Your Best Side

Your Best Side by Teraz It's amazing that you can have a hundred or more costumes and have danced more than a thousand and one nights and never have adecent photograph of yourself as a dancer!! Many people will promise that they took great pictures and will make sure you get one. That's like telling … [Read more...]

Advertise Yourself

ADVERTISE YOURSELF!By Angelique When I began performing and teaching professionally, I knew I had tolet other people know that I was in business. I have been successful at this, but along the way I've managed to waste a lot ofmoney! By trial and error, I've learned some of the the … [Read more...]

The Truth About Reviews

THE TRUTH ABOUT REVIEWS AS I SEE ITBy MezduleneRecently, more than one person has commented that Jareeda is "too nice" when it comes to reviews. It isn't that they want to read something negative that tears someone or something down, it is that they feel an all positive review isn't … [Read more...]

Belly Dancing, What it Is and What it Isn’t

There are many myths and misconceptions about the women's dances of the Middle East. Here are the ones I hear most often:* MYTH #1: Belly-Dance is some sort of sex dance performed by "harem girls" for some sort of "sheik" or "sultan."* MYTH #2: Belly-Dance is the same as Hula Dance, Gypsy … [Read more...]