Top Contributors to Shira.net
Although much of the material on Shira.net was written by me (Shira), I have been blessed to receive contributions from many other friends of the dance over the years! If you have read an article by one of my contributors that you enjoyed very much, perhaps you'd like to read other pieces by the same person. On this page, I've highlighted those individuals who have contributed 10 or more distinct items to Shira.net:
||Dina Lydia. Also
known as The Costume Goddess. In the past, she used to write
a regular column titled "Ask the Costume Goddess".
Since publishing her books, she has retired the column, but she
graciously allows me to leave the archive online. Dina has written
more than 50 costuming-related articles which appear on this
Tahseen has contributed 100 Arabic-language
translations to this web site.
||Dr. George Dmitri Sawa. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Sawa has over 50 years of experience in Arabic music performance, history and theory. He has contributed articles about tarab, translations of Medieval manuscripts, and Arabic-language song translations.
||Priscilla Adum. Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who shares information about Arab culture, with a special focus on historical information about Golden Era Egyptian dancers.
||Saqra. Saqra is an award-winning performer and popular workshop instructor who offers some of her secrets here in the form of dance tips.
on Toronto, Canada, Arabella has written on a variety of different
topics: analyzing dance technique, offering opinions, exploring
Arabic culture, and more. Arabella has contributed more than
10 of the articles on this site.
||Yasmina Ramzy. Yasmina has contributed more than 10 song translations for Arabic
music to this web site. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
||Despina. From Sydney, Australia, Despina has contributed 5 articles and several tips.
Throughout my web site, you'll find contributions by many other people, too, including artwork and poetry, fun & frolic, opinion pieces, and more. On this page, I'm just highlighting those who have contributed the largest number of items.
Would You Like to
Contribute Something to Shira.net?
I welcome contributions from my readers, and if you're interested
in having your own work featured on Shira.net, I'd love to hear
Types Of Articles Desired
These are the types of articles I'm especially interested
in receiving, but if you have something that doesn't fall into
any of these categories, contact me and ask me whether it might
- Any kind of how-to's, advice, or tips. Could include
costume ideas, how to do certain dance moves, how to handle something
in the business side of dancing such as running an event, etc.
- Song translations. I welcome translations of songs
from Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, and Armenian to English.
- Artwork, opinion pieces, poetry, fiction, essays, journals.
Our dance is wonderful for both the body and spirit!
What I Don't Need
- Product reviews
- Event reviews
- Photo galleries
I might consider publishing an interview, but only if the dancer being interviewed is of worldwide importance (such as Fifi Abdo, Soheir Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, etc.) and only if the questions asked by the interviewer have true substance. I'm not very interested in fluff pieces - the interview would need to provide insight on the historical and cultural factors that help readers understand why this person became important to our dance form.
I expect you to have the legal rights to send me whatever
you're sending. In other words, please don't copy a song translation
out of the liner notes of a CD or songbook and send it to me,
because legally I can't use that! Please don't trace someone else's photo or drawing and claim it as your own artwork.
I expect you to grant me permission to feature the article on my web site into perpetuity. In other words, I want you to grant me the right to keep it on my web site forever.
If you send me one or more photos to illustrate your article or to publish alongside your biography, you must get permission from the photographer to have his/her photos be published on my web site. You also must ask the photographer whether s/he wants her/his name published as a photo credit, and if so, provide me with the photographer's name. (Most professional photographers expect it.)
If you have written an article that has previously been published
in one of the print Middle Eastern magazines or one of the e-zines (web-based magazines), I'm still willing
to consider it for my site. Please double-check the magazine's
copyright policy - typically, they expect you to grant them "first
serial rights", which means that they get to print it before
anyone else does. But most of the magazines, once they have already published it, allow you the right to offer it to me
for publication on my web site. But please check on this before you offer me the piece. When sending it to me, please
identify the magazine that originally published it, along with
the issue number and cover date.
I regret that I cannot offer cash payments to contributors
to my web site. I incur considerable costs in paying for the
hosting of this web site, and the money I collect from the Amazon
affiliate links don't even cover that.
The best I can offer you is attribution / visibility. If you
contribute a full-length article, poem, or a piece of artwork,
I can include your photo and biographical information at the
bottom of the page. If you have your own web site, we can also
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