Links of interest
This scan doesn't at all do it justice, I commissioned Maria Parasson to paint this
as a Christmas gift for my wife. You can find out more about her 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" () 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 First Links Page:
General links - Discussion - Zills - Articles about male dance - Male dancers' sites
On This Links Page:
Mostly Pictures - Female dancers' sites - Vendors - Henna, Bindis, etc.
Non Belly Dance links - Linking To This Site
Male Belly Dancers - on Pinterest. A bunch of photos, including a couple or three of me!
Shemadan! - Khaled Mahmoud with a Shemadan. Not too many males will dance with one.
A few pix - Of a male Belly Dancer at someone's birthday party. Look in the middle of the group of thumbnails.
Turkish Male Belly Dancer - In feminine pink costume!
Lebanese dancer Mousbah - On his agency's WebSite.
Female Dancers' Sites:
Even though this is a site about male Belly Dancing, I have included links to female dancers whom I know, or admire, or who simply asked to exchange links with me (Who don't otherwise appear elsewhere).
alexandraking.com - Alexandra King's (Duh!) site. Don't miss her if you can take a workshop or see her perform!
Aradia - Lovely dancer and instructor in Las Vegas.
Caroline - of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Daniela - Of Queens, NY!
Gia al Qamar - Gia is another nice lady who gave me a lot of encouragement on the BellyDancers group on Yahoo, and more recently on the boards at Bhuz.
Moving harmonies - Helia, just a bit south of me here in Florida. Vero Beach and environs.
Layla - Of New York. Teaches at Serena Studios - was able to help me with an obscure veil technique that was pioneered by the legendary Serena - and she was able to do it OVER THE PHONE! Very impressive!
Maria - San Francisco Bay Area.
Mariah - Cleveland/Akron Ohio area. Also paints wonderful Belly Dancer artwork!
Mariyah - of Brooklyn, New York.
Mesmera - An absolutely fantastic dancer. Good videos too!
Morocco - The Mother of us all, who also gave Tarik Sultan his start!
Nadirah Johara - New to the Space Coast from the DFW area! - (site unresponsive as of 7/30/22)
Natika - San Francisco Bay Area
Outi - Of Cairo!
Rachel Brice - There is no substitute! I've been mistaken for her once or twice.
Sabiba - I saw her at Zorba's in San Jose years ago, and at Rakkasah more recently. She does Wings-of-Isis dancing to die for!
Sahar - Of Santa Cruz.
Saqra - of Seattle.
Belly Dance Basics - Sese of Santa Cruz, Ca.
Shoshannaland - Shoshanna's WebSite. This wonderful dancer teaches GREAT workshops! Oh, did I mention she can dance well too?
Dancers of the Crescent Moon - Siwa's troupe - she also does costume work. I'm the first, and only male in this troupe!
Cory Zamora - Of Fresno, California. Fabulous, "Old Skool" Cabaret dancer.
Be sure to check under the headings for Zills and Henna for vendors in these specialized areas.
Zorba's Café Press Store! - Don't see your favorite item yet? Just ask Zorba!
A'Kai Silks - "Official" silk veil supplier for Zorba!
Artemis Imports - The legendary Artemis has retired, but the new owners continue the tradition! They carries stuff that is impossible to find elsewhere, and at good prices! (site down as of 7/30/22)
Butterfly Frillies - Corset Maker - great gal, good products at good prices! Corsets for both men and women.
Cat's Paw - Wonderful dance belts, plus swords and other goodies. My very first coin belt came from them!
Dahlal International - Friendly folks, good prices. This is THE place to buy an Egyptian Shemadan!
Dancing Poetry - Tambourines, and a lot more! She got me out of a jam one year by loaning me one of her beautiful tambourines for a Rakkasah performance when I'd forgotten mine!
Denver Fabrics - Belly Dance section. Patterns, trims, costuming books, bits and pieces!
Eyescream Jewelry - Absolutely stunning jewelry, mostly with a Gothic theme. Not cheap, but very good. My wife and I both enjoy our pieces!
Geisha Moth - Innovative, and well made Belly Dance fashions.
IAMED - "Producers of the best Belly Dance videos in the world!"
L. Rose Designs - The official supplier of harem pants for Zorba! Cool veils too! (site down as of 7/30/22)
Overnightprints.com - Go here for your business cards! Excellent quality, fantastic prices!
Sew-Biz Fabrics - Great place for very affordable trims, fabrics, etc for your Belly Dance costumes!
Shiny Sparkly Things - If you are a Belly Dancer, you will understand...
Sugar Petals - All kinds of Belly Dance costume bits, good prices! Try their black Rayon harem pants for class, they're machine washable!
Henna, Bindis, Etc.:
The hazards of "Black Henna" - Read this article and stay away from anything other than natural, pure Henna! From the Henna Page.
The Henna Page - Everything you ever wanted to know about Henna!
The Art and History of Henna as Body Art - Nice page on the history of Henna.
Misc. non Belly Dance links:
ACME Klein Bottles - These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions.
Purple Dragon Tattoos - In the redwoods in Boulder Creek. Ask for Suzi! (site down as of 7/30/22)
Serpent's Kiss - Santa Cruz's own metaphysical book/supply store. The late Didi worked here and held her classes here!
Air and Fire - We are blessed with a second metaphysical book/supply store in nearby Boulder Creek. The Mighty Siwa worked here for a number of years.
The Haute Enchilada Restaurant - In Moss Landing. I was the house dancer for a year!
Murals By Lana - Lana is one of my dance sisters, and an exceptional one at that. Not only is she one of the loveliest dancers I've ever seen, but she does utterly fantastic murals as well!
Baby, The Stars Shine Bright - A Leading Lolita Fashion House.
HackneyPonies.com - Can you believe there are some people who are NOT into Belly Dance?
Ammo Seek - Looking for the best deal in ammunition? Go here first!
Gonesh Hindu Incense - My father got me started with their wonderful "Hindu #2" cones when I was a small boy. I use it on my altars to this day!
Sturdy Safe - of Fresno California.
Gethsemani Abbey - Near Bardstown, Ky.
The Fellowship of Isis - Modern day acolytes of the Goddess Isis. Zorba is a member!
The Gunny! - We could use a few more men like him. Deep respect!
Katie Ladybug - Katie Ladybug is adorable, and has an important message!
Phantasm - In honor of the late Angus Scrimm.
IMSAI - The Legend Returns - or did it ever go away?
1960-1966 GMC Trucks - Hey! I'm a guy after all, my life can't be all silk and chiffon! This site features the mighty GMC big block V6, the best gasoline truck engine ever made!
Mercedes-Benz USA - It's not a real car, unless it bears the three pointed star! How did you think I got to all those Belly Dance classes and performances? In a Lexus?!?!?
49er Village RV Park - Looking to get away from it all? I have been coming here since the mid 70's! Yep, several times in a 1963 GMC with my beloved big block V6!
Sinusrinse.com - Sinus problems? My ENT showed me this product and it works!
Americans United - For separation of church and state.
Theocracy Watch - This site is terrifying.
The Utilikilts Company - Has nothing whatsoever to do with Belly Dance, male or otherwise! However, I like their products and think every male should own a Utilikilt (or two, or three...)!
Macabi Skirts - Ankle length, versions for both sexes. "The original Adventure Travel Skirt".
Goddess-Athena.org - Everything you ever wanted to know about my Goddess, The Goddess Athena.
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Moving on, I'd prefer text links to read:
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Last checked for broken links: 30 July 2022