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By Allison Brickell and For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
In the cavernous space of Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown, a small group of women shimmy their hips and move their arms in time to drum solos and Middle Eastern pop music. It's the first day of a five-week session in a beginner's level belly dance class. The class is taught by Elizabeth Miner, who goes by the stage name Isabel. Miner has been teaching belly dance classes for three years and says belly dance is a great physical activity that helps people form a positive body image. The class is geared toward those new to belly dance and those looking for a refresher on the basics.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
In what might fully qualify as one of those "only in Baltimore moments," an Elvis tribute artist named Jim Parsley - white jumpsuit and red scarf, fabulously coiffed black hair with 1970s sideburns - performed songs of the King on Saturday night on the big stage in Lithuanian Hall, backed up by a blues band and three belly dancers. Elvis and belly dancers, and the belly dancers trying to keep up with "Suspicious Minds" - a memorable tableau, with a whole lot of shaking going on, and unlikely to be found in any other American city.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2004
Where: Minas at 815 W. 36 St., Baltimore When: 5 p.m. Sunday Why: Because belly dancing is sexy and, as it turns out, quite difficult to learn. About 10 dancers will perform, wearing colorful costumes laced with gold bangles. It will be about an hour long, and the dancers will be accompanied by live drummers. Minas is a vintage clothing store and gallery. It sponsors monthly belly-dancing performances but not on a regular schedule - so you've got to catch them when they show up. Tickets: $5. Information: 410-732-4258 - Annie Linskey
HEALTH
By Allison Brickell and For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
In the cavernous space of Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown, a small group of women shimmy their hips and move their arms in time to drum solos and Middle Eastern pop music. It's the first day of a five-week session in a beginner's level belly dance class. The class is taught by Elizabeth Miner, who goes by the stage name Isabel. Miner has been teaching belly dance classes for three years and says belly dance is a great physical activity that helps people form a positive body image. The class is geared toward those new to belly dance and those looking for a refresher on the basics.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
This is the third installment of the fourth Grammarnoir serial. The final installment will be posted on National Grammar Day, March 4, a Sunday, because grammar never takes the day off. You can read Part 1, "A Belle in the Night," here . Part 2, "The Mission," is here.   Part 3: The belly of the beast The Greyhound bus nosed through a darkened landscape as flat and barren as a corporate vice president's conscience.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 17, 1995
KINGBelly (Sire/Reprise 45833)It's easy to understand why people have such great expectations for Belly. This quartet would seem to have all the ingredients for alternarock stardom: Obvious ambition; an attractive, mixed-gender lineup; an approachable, guitar-based sound; an impressive heritage, thanks to Tanya Donelly's days with Throwing Muses; and a solid track record, courtesy the 1993 hit "Feed the Tree." All Belly needs to complete the picture are great new songs -- something the group's second album, "King," just doesn't deliver.
NEWS
By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | August 20, 1992
Next to a flier urging a Coca Cola boycott, across the aisle from the garlic pills, stands the political agenda of The Belly food cooperative -- a holdover from the '60s back-to-nature movement that is struggling to survive the age of the microwave."
NEWS
By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 2, 1997
IT ISN'T ONLY children who return to classes in the fall. Adults have the opportunity to add something new to their schedules, too.East Columbian Elvy Zakaria is new to our neighborhood this year, but the dance she teaches -- called Raks Al-Sharqi -- has been enjoyed for centuries.Better known as "belly dancing," the Middle Eastern dance form can be traced to Indian merchants, who introduced it to countries they passed through in their travels."The dance nourishes a woman's femininity as well as improving her health," Zakaria says.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2002
With a steady drumbeat reminiscent of ancient tribal rhythms pulsating from a boombox, Candy Ranlet, barefoot and bejeweled, raises her arms above her head and moves her hips back and forth, up and down, building from a slow, seductive sway to a fast shimmy. "Nothing else should be moving, just go back and forth with your hips," she says, introducing a class of 25 women in Eldersburg to belly dancing. "The upper body is as motionless as you can get, but unless you are a stick, things will shake, rattle and roll."
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1996
It's Monday night, 7: 30, time for stomach rolls, shoulder shimmies and hip lifts in a basement studio in Columbia's Long Reach Village Center.Bathed in the lilting sounds of Middle Eastern music, a small group of working women and suburban homemakers gathers for lessons in what is commonly known as belly dancing.Columbia is the unlikely hub in Maryland for such dancing -- more properly called Oriental or Middle Eastern dance. The planned ,, community, known more for its forested neighborhoods and youth soccer leagues, is also home to the Maryland Company of Middle Eastern Dancers.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013
It's fine — for amateurs Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times The most sleep-inducing word on the PGA Tour this year is "bifurcation," although the issue over whether the tour should break from USGA and R&A is hotter than Dubai. Golf's ruling lords have proposed banning "the anchoring" of a club (putter) to a player's body. The PGA Tour has suggested it won't go along. In a perfect world, this ban should have been initiated 40 years ago or at least before belly putting players won three of last five majors.
FEATURES
The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Question: How do I train my adorable but irascible cat to let me pet her tummy? Answer: Just as not every person likes being tickled, not every cat likes belly rubs. But if your kitty isn't thrilled by your attempts at affection, there's hope. It will just take a bit of patience and simple classical conditioning. Don't ever forget that cats are sharp. Play these games when kitty is calm and happy, and don't push her to a point of discomfort. First, you'll need to find her very favorite treats.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | August 28, 2012
Someone with a lot of belly fat has a higher risk of death than those who are obese, a new study suggests. "We knew from previous research that central obesity is bad, but what is new in this research is that the distribution of the fat is very important even in people with a normal weight," said Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, senior author on the study and a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic , in a statement. "This group has the highest death rate, even higher than those who are considered obese based on BMI. From a public health perspective, this is a significant finding.
TRAVEL
By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
The OC Blog is back again with another spot check for you and your hungry palettes. If you are looking for one of the best local eats in Ocean City, go no further than Belly Busters Seafood & Deli on 45th Street and Coastal Highway. With a surf shack feel, "Belly's" serves up the good eats, including excellent steamed crabs and seafood, wraps and beers. It also serves up huge sandwiches that at times are so big they serve as two meals. And there's no need to stop at the store to grab yourself a few brews for the evening, Belly Busters has carry out beer for you right in the restaurant.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
This is the third installment of the fourth Grammarnoir serial. The final installment will be posted on National Grammar Day, March 4, a Sunday, because grammar never takes the day off. You can read Part 1, "A Belle in the Night," here . Part 2, "The Mission," is here.   Part 3: The belly of the beast The Greyhound bus nosed through a darkened landscape as flat and barren as a corporate vice president's conscience.
EXPLORE
By Katie V. Jones | October 29, 2011
When Nawal Qalbi enrolled in a belly dancing class at the Carroll County YMCA five years ago, she never dreamed she would find her calling. Qalbi discovered the ancient dance form offered not just exercise, but camaraderie. "I was curious, really," said Qalbi said about signing up for that first class. "I thought I would be going in and be one of the oldest. There were so many women of different shapes, sizes and age groups. "It was very refreshing to see such a mixture of women in this classroom, and everybody enjoying each other's company.
ENTERTAINMENT
By BRITTANY BAUHAUS and BRITTANY BAUHAUS,SUN REPORTER | February 16, 2006
Instructor Erissa Castro stands in the middle of Latin Palace's dance floor and pauses for a beat. The moment ends. "Let's do it from the beginning," Castro says. "Tempo! Five, six, seven. ... " The five students behind Castro begin to mimic her moves. At first, their facial expressions vary: lost, hesitant, nonchalant. A half hour later, they look much more confident. Offered every Wednesday, Castro's classes are among many in the city and county. Here's a sampling of dance studios and lessons in the greater Baltimore area.
FEATURES
By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2000
One is an award-winning international belly dancer, a woman who learned the craft from her mother and is noted for her awesome hip action. One is a woman with a biochemistry degree, now a Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. candidate who is studying human genetics while working in the field of mental retardation in children. Both, believe it or not, are one woman: Piper Reid Hunt, medical researcher and the recent winner of the Belly Dancer of the Year 2000 award. Can anyone say 21st century Renaissance Woman?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
Since mid-September, lots and lots of bars in town have been touting specials and tie-ins in observance of Oktoberfest, the 200-year-old celebration of Bavarian culture and huge excuse to drink lots of beer. But few places in Maryland have a right to these promotions quite like Blob's Park in Jessup, a nearly 80-year-old resident that claims to be home of America's first Oktoberfest. Blob's is Maryland's very own Valhalla, a beer hall as big as an airport hangar where German culture is celebrated year-round, though with especially distinguished gusto during these few weeks in the fall.
NEWS
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
In a recent episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" called "The Bare Midriff," Larry David is disgruntled that his new secretary is wearing a shirt that exposes her tummy. When he confronts her, she tells him she's proud of her body and wants to flaunt it. "You can flaunt two-thirds of the day outside the office and then you have one-third non-flaunt," he tells her. "Why not take a break in the flaunt?" In white-collar offices across Maryland, "the flaunt" has become an issue and a distraction, particularly when it comes to interns who, professionals say, perennially show more daring than sense in their work wardrobes.
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