Belly Aches: Shahina's Editorials
Shahina has some strong opinions about the business of belly dance, the arts, and why she does what she does.
Often opinionated, sometimes controversial, always thoughtful and entertaining, Shahina shares her observations
An excerpt from "The Wanderer by Khalil Gibran
Once there came to the court of the Prince of
Birkasha a dancer and her musicians. And she was admitted to the court.
And she danced to the music of the flute, the lute, and the zither.
She danced the dance of flames and fire, and the
dance of swords and spears; she danced the dance of stars and the dance
of space, and then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.
When she had finished, she approached the prince and
bowed her body before him. The prince bade her to come nearer, and said
unto her, "Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and delight, whence comes
your art? And how is it that you command all the elements in your
rhythms and your rhymes?"
And the dancer came near and bowed her body again
and said, "Gracious majesty, I know not the answer to your questionings.
Only this I know: The philosopher's soul dwells within his head, the
poet's soul dwells within his heart, the singer's soul dwells about his
throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body."