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This scan doesn't at all do it justice, I commissioned Maria Parasson to paint this as an anniversary gift for my wife. Maria also sells her paintings of Belly Dancers on Link opens in new window ebay, you can find out more about her Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window here.


Here are links to other male dancers, articles I've found on male dancers, and a few of the more important general Belly Dance links. And then there are a few links I've thrown in that have nothing to do with Belly Dance at all!

I have scoured the web looking for articles and websites by, for, and about male Belly Dancers. Most of what I've found is listed here. I have, however, omitted sites that merely mention the fact that there are male dancers, or mention that someone saw a male dancer, or other sites that may mention male dancers in one context or another but have no real content (related to male dancers).

If you see the red "Belly Jewel" (Recommended by Zorba!) by a vendor's link, Zorba has had dealings with and can recommend that particular vendor. Nothing at all against the others though!

If you have a favorite link you'd like to contribute, please contact me. Do note that I generally do not link to Facebook, MySpace, GeoCities, or similar fad/amateur sites; although I'll make an exception for male dancers *IF* the site is publicly accessible without a logon.

Jump to your favorite category with these quick links or scroll down and read it all:

On This Links Page:

General links - Discussion - Zills - Articles about male dance - Male dancers' sites

On Second Links Page:

Mostly Pictures - Female dancers' sites - Vendors - Henna, Bindis, etc.
Non Belly Dance links - Linking To This Site


General Belly Dance Links:

Link opens in new window Doumbeks - An interesting article detailing the various names this drum has in various countries.

Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window Arabian Nights at Sea - Belly Dance cruise. If you can take this cruise, DO IT!

Link opens in new window Belly Dance Florida - Statewide Florida resources, teachers, dancers, etc.

Link opens in new window Sushanna's Costuming page - Great info for making costumes!

Link opens in new window IAMED - The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance. They claim their videos are the "best in the world". From what I've seen of them, they very well may be - but VERY pricey!

Link opens in new window Shira's Belly Dance Page - All roads lead to Shira's site, and with good reason! There is more good information, and tips here than any other place on the 'net. How-to's, techniques, Zills, you name it!

Link opens in new window Oriental Dancer dot net - Belly Dance news, articles, discussions, directories, more!

Link opens in new window VajraVision Link Heaven - A large and good Belly Dance link site.

Link opens in new window Jasmin Jahal (Female) Dancer in Chicago who has a TON of useful and interesting articles! Don't miss this one!

Link opens in new window Dreaming of Jeannie - Despina's site. Wonderful articles (don't miss her article on shimmying!)

Link opens in new window The Joy of Belly Dancing - Lots of good articles and tips to be found here!

Link opens in new window The Gilded Serpent. - Very nice Belly Dance E-Zine. Zorba even has written some articles!

Link opens in new window Mohammad El Bakkar - The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Site has info, and MP3 Downloads of his music

Link opens in new window Rakkasah's Web Site - Billed as the largest Belly Dance festival in the world, it probably is. It is huge, and well worth attending!

Link opens in new window Carnival of Stars - Combined comic book and Belly Dance festival, put on by the incomparable Pepper Alexandria.

Link opens in new window "Radio" Bastet - All vintage Belly Dance music, all of the time. Real audio non-realtime WebCast. Very cool!

Link opens in new window Bay Area Belly Dance And Music Association - All new WebSite, very useful!

Talk About It:

Link opens in new window Bhuz.com - Bhuz Discussion Boards, you can often find me here.

Link opens in new window Lotus Flower - Belly Dance discussion board in the UK.

Link opens in new window Belly Dance Forums dot net - Belly Dance discussion board. Zorba moderates the male dancer's area!

Link opens in new window Men of Middle Eastern Dance - Jim Boz's Tribe group.

Link opens in new window Yahoo! Groups male Belly Dancers forum - Sometimes VERY slow, sometimes VERY active!

Link opens in new window Yahoo! Groups Bay Area Belly Dance - San Francisco Bay Area dancers, news and events.

Link opens in new window Yahoo! Groups Belly Dance Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Area dancers, news and events.

Link opens in new window Dance.net - Has discussion groups about many different dance forms. This links directly to their Belly Dance discussion.

Zills:

Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window Saroyan Mastercrafts - Zills, costume coins, a pair of must have CDs, you'll find 'em all here!

Link opens in new window El Coyote enterprises - Another well regarded Zill maker. The late, great John Compton recommended them! Their workshop was destroyed by fire in 2008, but the website remains. Hopefully, they'll come back someday...

Link opens in new window The Ethnic Musical Instrument Company - Click on "Belly Dance" to find Zills and other goodies.

Link opens in new window Turquoise International - Also well known.

Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window Zildjian Online - Zildjian is the Armenian family who has been making cymbals of all types, including Zills, since 1623. My Zildjian Zills are my favorites!

Link opens in new window The Online Finger Cymbal Workshop - From Shira's site.

Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window Zills on Fire - Sells a complete how-to CD and book. Recommended by Zorba!

Link opens in new window Hear Middle Eastern Rhythms Online! - Oriented towards drummers, but totally useful for Zills as well.

Articles about Male Belly Dance:

Articles in newspapers and on news sites tend to come and go rapidly. If you know of one not listed here, or one of these has departed cyberspace, please Contact Me.

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancers Make a Comeback in Istanbul - A rather good WSJ article on the subject.

Link opens in new window Boys who belly dance - Chinese male Belly Dancer Cheng Anqi.

Link opens in new window Male Bellydancer Teaches Women in Shanxi - In China.

Link opens in new window Male belly dancer challenges social bias - In China.

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancer Rachid - Nice article about him!

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancer Convicted of Rape - Apparently raped his student(s). Dirtbag! We have enough problems, especially in the UK, without this crap.

Link opens in new window Its Hard Out Here For A Male Belly Dancer - Fairly decent article on the subject. Several pictures borrowed (with permission) from Zorba, although he feels slightly mis-quoted in one place.

Link opens in new window For Chinese Man, A Gut Instinct For Belly Dancing - Male Belly Dancer in China. He even teaches veil!

Link opens in new window Boys who belly dance - Another article about the above Chinese male Belly Dancer!

Link opens in new window The Genderings of Dance - 'Blog article about male Belly Dancers

Link opens in new window Gender, Politics and Power in the Technology of Belly Dance - Same author, another 'Blog article about male Belly Dancers

Link opens in new window A Quest for Beauty part I - Gilded Serpent article by Zorba!

Link opens in new window A Quest for Beauty part II: Damn the Torpedoes and Full Speed Ahead! - Part II of IV.

Link opens in new window A Quest for Beauty part III: A Sense of Humor, It Can Help! - Part III of IV.

Link opens in new window A Quest for Beauty Part IV: Beauty Has its Price - Part IV of IV

Link opens in new window I am Become Pure, Destroyer of Dreams... - Gilded Serpent article by Zorba about the "Belly Dance Police"!

Link opens in new window Whose Dance is This, Anyway? - about male dancers. Followed by a huge gallery of male dancers, including Zorba! From the Gilded Serpent.

Link opens in new window Interview - with male Belly Dancer Ozgen. From the Gilded Serpent.

Link opens in new window Don't Judge Me By My Tights - Article by a male Ballet dancer that is very apropos for male Belly Dancers.

Link opens in new window MaleBellyDancing.com - An odd little site. I'm really not sure how to classify it. It appears to be an enthusiast site; it is comprised of a copy of part of my links page blatantly lifted (but at least with credit given), coupled with links to male dancer's videos on YouTube.

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancers in Egypt - Its been talked about for years, how male dancers once graced the stages of Egypt, but are now pretty much Haram and unheard of for decades. Now, that is slowly changing. Granted, the guys have to conform to very narrow male stereotypes, but its a beginning...

Link opens in new window Beer Belly Dancer - Las Vegas (male) reporter gives it a try!

Link opens in new window Hawai'i Belly Dancer Magazine - Has several interviews with male dancers in their archives, including Zorba (April '08)! (Appears to be offline as of 07/04/15)

Link opens in new window From Reuters - Male belly-dance back in vogue in Turkey

Link opens in new window Another Copy - of the same article.

Link opens in new window Article - By Australian male Belly Dancer "Ghassan" discussing how the dance enables him to step outside of normal gender expectations.

Link opens in new window "Future belly dancers may be male" - Article about Australian Belly Dance competition - and HEY! There are male dancers!

Link opens in new window Men Being Encouraged - to join a Belly Dance class by Chiropractors. May require a free registration to read.

Link opens in new window Wall Street Journal Article - About male Belly Dancers.

Link opens in new window Aziz - Male Belly Dancer inspired by God. (Which one?)

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancers in Turkey - From Jasmin Jahal's site.

Link opens in new window Moosetafa - A humorous look at Male Belly dancers. From Shira's site.

Link opens in new window Hip Grandpa - 63 year old male discovers that Belly Dance eases back pain!

Link opens in new window Pink Gypsy's Male Belly Dance page - Very informative.

Link opens in new window Masculine Belly Dance - This article has been around forever, which I find unfortunate as it is being quoted as "Biblical Gospel" (To use Christian phraseology) all over the 'net. Frankly, I disagree with about 95% of it, but you decide...

Link opens in new window Male Dancers - Some varied information, pretty good!

Link opens in new window Lebanese male dancer - Mousbah takes the Beirut nightlife by storm!

Link opens in new window Belly Dancing for Men - Advice from Ankh, a male dancer. Lots of rulebooks.

Link opens in new window Cross Dressing Male Dancers - Article on Shira's site, discussing historical and modern day incidences of Male Belly Dancers who perform in drag.

Link opens in new window Amara's Excellent Articles page - Several of her articles discuss male Belly Dancers in terms of: Is Belly Dance always feminine? Are male Belly Dancers feminized? These rather intellectual treatises explore these questions.

Link opens in new window Feminism & Belly Dance - Interesting treatise. Belly Dance from a Feminist's viewpoint. Especially poignant for male dancers is footnote [6]

Link opens in new window John Compton talks about the old days - From the Gilded Serpent.

Link opens in new window Male Belly Dancers in Istanbul - A world wide phenomenon?

Link opens in new window BBC News Article - About Mohammed Khordadian.

Male dancers' sites:

Link opens in new window Achilles - of Muskego, Wisconsin.

Link opens in new window Adam Basma Middle Eastern Dance Company - In Los Angeles.

Link opens in new window Amir Thaleb - of Argentina (Site in Spanish).

Link opens in new window Amrit - In south Florida.

Link opens in new window Asi - Male dancer in Israel. Site in Hebrew.

Link opens in new window Aziz - Not the famous, but retired, one in Utah; this one is in Canada.

Link opens in new window "Attila The Hunk" - I'll leave it to the ladies to determine if he lives up to his name!

Link opens in new window Bondok - Of Germany. Folkloric style dancer, including Tanoura (Twirling Dervish). Page in German.

Link opens in new window Bagoas - of Maryland. Of all the male dancers I've seen, he is closest to my own style!

Link opens in new window Cihangir - Male Belly/Flamenco/Eastern Indian Dancer. Site in German. Seems to like performing in high drag, but not exclusively.

Link opens in new window Belly Dancing By Zamoras - Male Dancers - Cory Zamora's male dancer's page.

Link opens in new window Dallas Martin - Young male ATS dancer in Modesto, California. Got his start in High School! Warning: Auto-start music.

Link opens in new window Diva - Of Turkey. Warning: entire site is done in flash.

Link opens in new window DaVid - Famous male Belly Dancer, first of Norway, then of Sweden, and now in California, USA!

Link opens in new window Desert Passion Middle Eastern Dance Theater - Featuring male Belly Dancer "Drakon".

Link opens in new window FamousFeline - A male Belly Dancer who blogs "The Pinkcoinbelt Chronicles"...

Link opens in new window Farouq - Of the Netherlands. Site in Dutch.

Link opens in new window Guy Schalom - Of Britain. Percussionist and dancer. Warning: entire site is done in flash.

Link opens in new window Hakim al Yassir - Of Argentina. Site in Spanish.

Link opens in new window Horacio and Beata Cifuentes - Oriental Fantasy Productions in Germany.

Link opens in new window Jhoneygoddess - Two spirit dancer. As such, s/he has entries under both males and females!

Link opens in new window Jimmy - of Melbourne, Australia.

Link opens in new window Karim Nagi - Percussionist, (folk-style) Belly Dancer, Composer.

Link opens in new window Khaled Mahmoud - of the UK. I really like his look, he isn't afraid of looking like a Belly Dancer!

Link opens in new window Lee Na-Moo - Young male Tribal Fusion dancer in Chicago.

Link opens in new window Magdy El-Leisy - Male dancer in Germany.

Link opens in new window Maharasha - Male Belly Dancer in Las Vegas.

Link opens in new window Mark Balahadia - Young male Belly Dancer in the Washington DC area. (Site broken as of 07/04/15)

Link opens in new window Mohamed El Hosseny - Of Helsinki, Finland.

Link opens in new window Mohamed Shahin - one of the very rare native Egyptian male Belly Dancers. Link opens in new window Skip slow loading splash page.

Link opens in new window Momo Kadous - Of Germany.

Link opens in new window Mustafa - Of Denmark? I like his look.

Link opens in new window Nath Keo - Cambodian-Canadian male Belly Dancer, singer and model.

Link opens in new window Numa'ir & Naiya - Husband & Wife Belly Dancers.

Link opens in new window Direct Link - to Numa'ir's page on the above site.

Link opens in new window Ozgen - Of the UK.

Link opens in new window Prince Andrew - of Southern California. I like his look and his costuming!

Link opens in new window Rachid - Of the Netherlands. Auto-play video - but nice site!

Link opens in new window Said-el-amir - Munich, Germany. Bilingual (English/German) site.

Link opens in new window Salmak Toub - Of Houston, Texas. Flash based site.

Link opens in new window Sameh El Dessouki - Of Russia. This links to the "English" portion of the site, which is only partially translated, but interesting!

Link opens in new window Sayed El Joker - An Egyptian Dancer who has danced all over Europe.

Link opens in new window Serkan - Of Belgium. I like his costuming, and it is obvious that he, like myself, loves his veils!

Link opens in new window Shafeek - Well regarded dancer and instructor in the UK. (site appears broken as of 07/04/15)

Link opens in new window Sharif - Male Belly Dancer in Santa Cruz! He also has a dance diary, check it out!

Link opens in new window Shiva - Male dancer of Sydney Australia.

Link opens in new window Tarik Sultan - Protegé of the storied Morocco. Probably the foremost male Belly Dancer of our time!

Link opens in new window Valizan - And his ATS troupe, Shades of Araby!

Link opens in new window Viraj - Of Edmonton, Canada.

Link opens in new window Viraj's new page - Replacement for above? (appears broken as of 07/04/15)

Link opens in new window Werner-David - German male Belly Dancer. (Site in German)

Link opens in new window Yousry Sharif - Egyptian Academy of Oriental Dance in New York City.

Link opens in new window Yuska - Of Indonesia. FCBD certified male Tribal dancer/instructor.

Link opens in new window Zadiel - In Berlin. Student of Horacio. Pulls off a very pretty, androgynous look.

Link opens in new window Zahir's Oasis - Zahir is/was a male Belly Dancer in the San Francisco area. Site has been in hiatus for many years.

Link opens in new window Zaza Hassan - Of France. Seems to be a male folkloric dancer more than a strictly a Belly Dancer. Site in French.

Link opens in new window Zorba, "The Veiled Male" - You're already here dude.


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