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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

DOTD – 024 – Camila Santana

I have no idea what country this is from, but the dancer is clearly Latina.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

DOTD – 023 – Guadalajara, Mexico

The YouTube comments said this took place in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, which is adjacent to Guadalajara.

Ironically, Guadalajara, Mexico is named after a city in Spain whose name comes from an Arab word which means Valley of Stones.

Guadalajara
Guadalajara is the 10th largest city in Latin America in terms of population, urban area and Gross Domestic Product. The city is named after the Spanish city of Guadalajara, with the name originating from the Arabic word wādi l-ḥijāra (واد الحجارة or وادي الحجارة) the literal translation of the Iberian name Arriaca, meaning “Valley of stones”.

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

DOTD – 022 – Aswam dances

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

DOTD – 021 – Yasmin Shadrawy School of Dance

The Yasmin Shadrawy School of Dance has an impressive website: (Click Here)

Again, to our American eyes, this may seem a bit racy; but they see it as more cultural.  Orchestras and big productions are brought out.

Before we criticize, we Americans have beauty pageants  for young girls.  It depends on the culture.

Below is a poster from a show of hers from last year.   They have not kept the website up to date, but it is impressive, nevertheless.

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If you are in Buenos Aires, check her out. Tell her than Latin Arabia sent you.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

DOTD – 020 – Solange Cohen

Cohen is a Jewish name.

This is her Facebook Page: (Click Here)

Her Facebook About Page indicates that she is in Buenos Aires, but has a connection to Israel. She lists Tel Aviv in her Biography.

"Egresada del Instituto “Studio Elizabeth” Tel Aviv * IsraeL"

Argentina has a large Jewish community, and it shows that prevalence of Arab Culture in Argentina that a Cohen would take up Arab Dance.

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