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Dr. Laura (Amara) Osweiler’s articles.

 

She is passionate about history and culture of Middle Eastern dance. Her research focuses of gender, post-colonialism, history, oral history, anthropology of performance and choreographic practices. Her dissertation ‘Dancing in the Fringe: Connections Forming An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance’ analyses discursive practices of genres and types of relationships choreographers produce between ‘traditional’ and ‘experimental’ Middle Eastern dance.

 

Laura has presented at international conferences including, Congress on Research and Dance (CORD), Society for Dance History Scholars (SDHS), Oral History Association, International Belly Dance Conference of Canada, International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance and Bold Festival.

 

Laura holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from University of California Riverside. She has BA in Music History and Literature with a certificate in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University and a thesis ‘Nalini Vinayak: Sitarist, Teacher, and Woman Connecting Three Cultures’. She worked towards an M.A. and M.F.A. in Dance at University of California Los Angeles.

 

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Published Articles
“Class Act: Guideline for Writing Interesting Workshop and Class Descriptions.” Bellydance Oasis. #60 2018:32-33.
“Introduction."Critical Dialogues: Claiming Spaces: Artists with Disabilities Redefining Dance #7.2. Mar. 2017: 4.
"Intercultural Dance Space." Critical Dialogues: Intercultural #6. Apr. 2016: 72.
"Learning How to Teach Dance." Opa. Nov. 2012:5.
“The Introduction of Middle Eastern Dance into the United States. Part 1." The Belly Dance Chronicles. Jan./Feb./Mar. 2012: 53-56.
Laura presents this material as a lecture. Contact amara@amaradances.com for a presentation.
“The Introduction of Middle Eastern Dance into the United States. Part 2." The Belly Dance Chronicles. Apr./May/Jun. 2012: 70-76.
Laura presents this material as a lecture. Contact amara@amaradances.com for a presentation.
"Contextualizing Your Position and Leaving Space for Others: Thoughts while Attending IBCC 2012." Gilded Serpent.
"The Role of Gender in American-Middle Eastern Dance. Part 1" Zaghareet! Jan/Feb 2007: 30-31.
"The Role of Gender in American-Middle Eastern Dance. Part 2" Zaghareet!Mar./Apr. 2007.
"The Role of Gender in American-Middle Eastern Dance. Part 3 " Zaghareet! May/Jun. 2007: 39-40.
"Cover Story: Loving Middle Eastern Dance" Jareeda Nov/Dec 2006: 7-8.
"Designing Experimental MED Costumes" Jareeda Jan/Feb 2006: 50-51.
"Naming the Dance. Part 1" Zaghareet May/June 2006: 24-25.
"Naming the Dance. Part 2" Zaghareet July/Aug 2006: 26-27.
"Naming the Dance. Part 3" Zaghareet Sept/Oct 2006: 34-35.