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Iana Dance Library:
Recommendations For Dancers

Iana Komarnytska around books

How much do you know about the history of belly dance? Do you have a real understanding of Egyptian mythology, or the word “Isis” is only associated with wings in your mind? What do you know about the influence of the Ottoman empire in Egypt, Europe and the Balkans? 

As belly dancers, we should not only know how to do shimmies, but also understand the culture and history of the dance. We also would benefit from studying the basics of marketing, nutrition, mindset coaching, and leave some time for simply fun reads. 

Create a new habit of reading dance-related books on a regular basis.


It can be 20-30 minutes daily during your morning coffee, or maybe a couple hours on the weekends. Whatever schedule works for you, but include this activity as a regular part of your life.

Find you next read among books below!

Belly Dance Related Books

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A Trade like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt
Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female Entertainers in Egypt, 1760-1870
Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930
The Belly Dance Handbook: A Companion For The Serious Dancer
Serpent of the Nile: Women and Dance in the Arab World
The Belly Dance Reader
The Belly Dance Reader 2
You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi
Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt's Roaring '20s
Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing
Fire In The Belly: A Memoir of Falafel, Flings, and Shiny Things
Belly Dance Around the World: New Communities, Performance and Identity
The Secrets of Egypt - Dance, Life and Beyond: A Journey of Death and Rebirth in the country of the
40 Days and 1001 Nights, One Woman's Dance Through Life in the Islamic World
Looking for Little Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Dances
Mahraganat Dance in Egypt: Between Acceptance & Rejaction

History, Culture, Politics

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Orientalism 1st (first) edition
Erotica, Love and Humor in Arabia: Spicy Stories from The Book of Songs by al-Isfahani
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
When God Was a Woman
Folk Dance and the Creation of National Identities: Staging the Folk
The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers: Dancing, Sex, and Entertainment in the Islamic World
Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation, and Power
Choreophobia: Solo Improvised Dance in the Iranian World
Cambodian Dance: Celebration of the Gods
Orientalist Lives: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830–1920

Business, Marketing, Money

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Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

Mindset, Health, Lifestyle

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Atomic Habits
You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Fina
How To Do The Work
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
The Artist's Way
Women Who Run With the Wolves
Glucose Revolution: The life-changing power of balancing your blood sugar
Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Fiction: For Fun & Inspiration

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The Flamenco Academy
The Belly Dancer
Three Ancient Egyptian Novels: Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War
Forty Rules Of Love
Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth

This book list is provided by the Iana Dance Club.

The Iana Dance Club is an online platform dedicated to helping you navigate your dance life, offering 300􏰟􏰚􏰚+ video tutorials in the format of 􏰗􏰚20-min technique drills, choreography breakdowns, 􏰟3 to 􏰙􏰚10-week intensives, and in-depth full-length courses. You can find all details HERE.

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