Sherezzah Bint al-Waha


Sherezzah Bint al-Waha's Home on the Web

"If you don't dance, then the music goes to waste."

Anti-Cancer Belly Dancers

Hi, I'm Sherezzah Bint al-Waha, and welcome to my place on the web. If you haven't been here before, you probably have some questions, so I'll start with some answers. (If you have been here before, you may want to skip straight to the main content.)

What kind of a name is that?
"Sherezzah Bint al-Waha" is my dance name. I teach and perform Middle Eastern Dance (what's commonly called "belly dance" and related dances) in the area of Delray Beach, Florida, USA. I made up the "Sherezzah" part based on my real name, Sherry, and the Spanish word for sherry, jerez. I figured the result was sufficiently close to "Sheherezade", of "1001 Nights" fame, that it probably didn't mean anything bad in Arabic. Alas, the name is sufficiently close to "Sheherezade" that many people can't seem to notice a difference.

The "Bint al-Waha" part is Arabic for "daughter of the Oasis" and is a sort of tribal surname for devotees of Oasis Dance Camp.

What is the significance of "Beledy" in the title?
"Beledy" is Arabic for "my town", generally used in the sense of "home town", and so seemed an appropriate name for my home on the web (especially now that it's also my domain name). The term is also often used to refer to a particular style of Middle Eastern music and dance, and also for a particular drum rhythm, both of which I also like.

What's with the hands up there by the title?
Those are my henna-decorated hands, after I had them professionally done at Rakkasah. You can see more detail in this larger picture.

What's the quotation at the top of the page?
That's my current motto. In late summer 2003, I had an experience that inspired this. During intermission at a bellydance show, they were playing some fun music and I was bopping around to it. I ran into another woman doing the same thing, and she smiled at me in a knowing way and said, "If you don't dance, then the music goes to waste." Well, we don't want that to happen, do we? (Alas, I do not now recall who this woman was, so I'm unable to attribute the quote!)

My previous motto was "One can never have too much Afghani jewelry." Okay, so this was really a rationalization for buying stuff... However, while poking around on eBay once, I found the adjacent picture with the caption "You can NEVER have enough." It was on the Internet, so it must be Truth. (Photo credit, of sorts: taken from eBay item 511405050 by seller collex2much.)

So what's this page all about anyway?
While I plan to use this site for stuff related to Middle Eastern dance, there are already many excellent sites on the web that provide a lot of good information on this dance, and I don't even want to try to compete with them. (One way to find these sites is to start at my troupe site, and use its extensive "links" section.) So this site will be for my personal perspectives, my personal opinions, my personal commentary, my personal interests--whatever tickles my fancy in a dance-related way. Maybe you'll find some of it entertaining as well.

So, here's what's here today: - Orientalia - Camel Stuff - Seminar/Show Reviews - Miscellany -

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