Confessions of a Belly Dancer Heartland of America

Kids would ask me if I was a boy or a girl because I was a tomboy with short hair. In dance class, even though there were lots of girls around, I didn't really interact with anybody. I was there to learn. I felt fairly comfortable ...

Author: Raksanna Larcher Gore


ISBN: 9781304919779


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Confessions of a Belly Dancer Secrets of the Hieroglyph

Our bodies dance in a frenzy. The Kodia challenges the Zarone last ... We fall to the floor, surrounding my girl. Our hands beat the floorintime ... My dear little girl, I love you. Confession 6 I Kept Dancing Music and dancing have been.

Author: Raksanna Larcher Gore


ISBN: 9781300289319


Page: 53

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Confessions of a Surviving Alien

In the early evening, I thought I'd catch this dancing girl bar, which was also quite small and quiet. Two girls were up on the little area just behind the bar, and they would exchange spots with two other dancers as the night ...

Author: Jon Meade

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781490768359

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 504

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More than a book, more than a non-fiction read, more than a memoir, CONFESSIONS OF A SURVIVING ALIEN will engage the reader like most have never experienced. It will take them through a maze of lifes pathos, and elicit the emotions of sadness, joy, pain, regret, guilt, remorse, pride, fear, revenge, happiness, forgiveness, evil, good, and much uniquely intertwined with humor, often times outrageously so. Although defined by the premise of Vietnam, it is much more than another war account, to the contrary. It is more often the dredge of a neophyte Marine trying to get more into the war and action, than out of it. It is more about his disillusionment in practically every aspect of that officially declared police action, but not in ways one might expect. It is more about his evolution and regression as a human being and inner torment, including feelings of alienation. The book starts at the end, and ends with the start, with a chronological account in between, covering four parts: Before Vietnam (BV), During Vietnam (DV), After Vietnam (AV), and finally, After Marines (AM). The story covers the life of a young American, and follows his incredible journey through the decades to find himself, to explore every possibility of livingand nearly dyingand reach some hopeful level of success, however that is defined. From having a unique tour in Vietnam, to escorting deceased Marines to their families and final resting place, to his life threatened by a mob guy, to learning about a deeply held family secret concerning his father, to experiencing a profound spiritual experience in the unlikely locale of Beverly Hills, California, and much more, author Jon Meades biggest challenge may be getting readers to believe his surreal story. He merely shrugs and says, I am just a very ordinary guy, with an extraordinary life to convey. It is nothing less, nor more than that. Maybe, he admits, in the end analysis, success in life is merely surviving life, failures and all. With that admission and a very personal and engaging approach and writing style, the genre of Memoirs may never be the same.

Dance and Dancers in the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall Ballet

... (Supplement) — 1913, Confessions of a dancing girl by Herself, London: Heath, Cranton & Ouseley — 1932, 'Empire memories', Dancing Times, June p.267 Anstey, F. 1890, 'London music halls', Harpers New Monthly Magazine December pp.

Author: Alexandra Carter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351163620

Category: Music

Page: 185

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The Victorian and Edwardian music hall ballet has been a neglected facet of dance historiography, falling prey principally to the misguided assumption that any ballet not performed at the Opera House or 'legitimate' theatre necessarily meant it was of low cultural and artistic merit. Here Alexandra Carter identifies the traditional marginalization of the working class female participants in ballet historiography, and moves on to reinstate the 'lost' period of the music hall ballet and to apply a critical account of that period. Carter examines the working conditions of the dancers, the identities and professional lives of the ballet girls and the ways in which the ballet of the music hall embodied the sexual psyche of the period, particularly in its representations of the ballet girl and the ballerina. By drawing on newspapers, journals, theatre programmes, contemporary fiction, poetry and autobiography, Carter firmly locates the period in its social, economic and artistic context. The book culminates in the argument that there are direct links between the music hall ballet and what has been termed the 'birth' of British ballet in the 1930s; a link so long ignored by dance historians. This work will appeal not only to those interested in nineteenth century studies, but also to those working in the fields of dance studies, gender studies, cultural studies and the performing arts.

Actresses as Working Women

Collet, Clara, Report on the Statistics of Employment of Women and Girls, pt. 2, 1894. The Confessions of a Dancing Girl by Herself, London, Heath, Cranton & Ouseley, [1913]. Confessions of Madame Vestris; in a series of letters to ...

Author: Tracy C. Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134934478

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

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Using historical evidence as well as personal accounts, Tracy C. Davis examines the reality of conditions for `ordinary' actresses, their working environments, employment patterns and the reasons why acting continued to be such a popular, though insecure, profession. Firmly grounded in Marxist and feminist theory she looks at representations of women on stage, and the meanings associated with and generated by them.

Dancing in the English style

106 '15-Year-Old Dance Girl's Peril: Judge's Condemnation', Daily Express (20 November 1931), p. 3. 107 Bland, Women on Trial, pp. 55–101. 108 'Dance Club Charge', Glasgow Herald (30 November 1933). 109 'Night Life', Edinburgh Evening ...

Author: Allison Abra

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526105950

Category: History

Page: 304

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Dancing in the English style explores the development, experience, and cultural representation of popular dance in Britain from the end of the First World War to the early 1950s. It describes the rise of modern ballroom dancing as Britain's predominant popular style, as well as the opening of hundreds of affordable dancing schools and purpose-built dance halls. It focuses in particular on the relationship between the dance profession and dance hall industry and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated the creation of a 'national' dancing style, which constructed, circulated, and commodified ideas about national identity. At the same time, the book emphasizes the global, exploring the impact of international cultural products on national identity construction, the complexities of Americanisation, and Britain's place in a transnational system of production and consumption that forged the dances of the Jazz Age.

Confessions of a Belly Dancer Coming Home

For me, I couldn't properly project myself singing, but I was ALWAYS dancing, so from 1968 to 1977, I was a go-go girl in a cage. Growing up, my dad was abusive to us. He beat the shit out of me for years. I started running away at 14 ...

Author: Raksanna Larcher Gore


ISBN: 9781329938564


Page: 53

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Bread Winner

Templeton, Old Lady, pp. 14–16. ... For girls without homes, this really was their only option. ... Confessions of a Dancing Girl; Gibbs, In Service; Lewis, Queen of Cooks; Newbery, Picking Up Threads; Walker, Heart to Heart. 6.

Author: Emma Griffin

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300252095

Category: History

Page: 453

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The overlooked story of how ordinary women and their husbands managed financially in the Victorian era – and why so many struggled despite increasing national prosperityNineteenth century Britain saw remarkable economic growth and a rise in real wages. But not everyone shared in the nation’s wealth. Unable to earn a sufficient income themselves, working-class women were reliant on the ‘breadwinner wage’ of their husbands. When income failed, or was denied or squandered by errant men, families could be plunged into desperate poverty from which there was no escape.Emma Griffin unlocks the homes of Victorian England to examine the lives – and finances – of the people who lived there. Drawing on over 600 working-class autobiographies, including more than 200 written by women, Bread Winner changes our understanding of daily life in Victorian Britain.


The text's sensational and self-exploitative perspective is that of a woman who can only see herself as an object of sensation for men. ... The anonymous author of Confessions of a Dancing Girl (1913) was born in Camden Town in 1887.

Author: Regenia Gagnier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195362969

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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This comparative analysis draws on working-class autobiography, public and boarding school memoirs, and the canonical autobiographies by women and men in the United Kingdom to define subjectivity and value within social class and gender in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain. Gagnier reconsiders traditional distinctions between mind and body, private desire and public good, aesthetics and utility, and fact and value in the context of everyday life.