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Dance to your dream like Dareen!

dareenSwivelling her hips and swaying her body to the oriental rhythm is Dareen who has a vivacious personality in addition to having a pretty face! A dazzling dancer, an eloquent choreographer and a renowned dance teacher, Dareen has come a long way from the time she was inspired by a dancer with a snake at her cousin’s wedding in Minsk. Possessing Greek blood but born in Belarus, Dareen has worked to Moscow and Cairo. “I loved dancing at a young age but it was only when I was 21 that I felt that I had a calling to take the dance limelight,” said Dareen, who is now domiciled in Dubai.

Wanting to be more close to belly dancing, known as oriental dance, she started her affair with the sensual dance form after she finished her secondary school in 2003. “I tried different kinds of art encompassing acting, dancing, and singing. I even studied at musical school where I learnt how to play the piano,” she said with a brilliant smile.

Performing in some Hindi movies and Arabic pop videos, she ensured that she made her mark in dancing by organising and choreographing her own Belly Dance Festival called ‘Jawhara’ last year. Just like Jawhara means jewel in Arabic, Dareen explains that she wanted to highlight that a woman is a like a shining jewel and Dareen reflects that not only in her dance but in her charming personality and friendly spirit.

Giving dance lessons, performing for various events and now having revived her belly dance band called DayraDance, Dareen has proved that belly dance is beneficial for a woman.

“My advice is that women should all dance and belly dance is a feminine dance that makes a woman confidence, graceful and makes her healthy,” she said. Dareen said that belly dancing was a kind of healing for any woman. “Many of my students have reported benefits after belly dancing such as pregnant women and even women with abdominal complications such as periods, fibroids and ovarian cysts,” she said.

Dareen of Dubai

Dareen said that you can tell a lot from a woman from the way she does a belly dance and one can pinpoint what physiological conditions and psychological feelings they have.

“I even create and design my own attire and use several props like fans, feathers and even lighted candles to make the dance more sensational and interesting,” said Dareen.

She has competed in several competitions around the world including the World Championships, the international festival “Assambleya”, Championship of “Liga professionals” and has won titles such as “Miss Bellydance 2006” and “Miss of Charm”. Dareen has travelled all over the world to five-star and six-star hotels including Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Sri-Lanka, India, Egypt and hopes to travel more to spread the joy of dance everywhere. She said, “Oriental dance is not my hobby or a job, it is a style of my life, a part of my soul, implementation of my dream.

“I believe Woman is a goddess and this dance helps her to feel it, to trust herself, to be powerful and self-confident”. So let’s do the goddess dance and be a goddess!

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American Presidents professions

So where did they begin their careers? Read on to find out what 11 U.S. presidents did before landing in office.

Bing: First jobs of the rich and famous

1. George Washington

Before he became the first president of the United States, George Washington was a surveyor. Surveyors measure land, air space and water, explain what it looks like or how much is there, and then put those facts into legal documents. Washington was the official surveyor for his county in 1749, which allowed him to purchase his first piece of land in western Virginia. (“Washington: A Life,” by Ron Chernow.)

2. John Adams

John Adams, the second U.S. president, was expected to become a minister, but he wasn’t sure he wanted to take that career path. After teaching for a few years, Adams decided to become a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 1758. (“John Adams: A Life,” by John E. Ferling.)

3. Thomas Jefferson

Before taking office as the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was somewhat of a jack of all trades. Growing up, he studied history, science, math, metaphysics and philosophy, in addition to several languages. As a result, he was recognized as a horticulturist, political leader, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, musician and inventor. He also founded the University of Virginia. (“Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography,” by Merrill D. Peterson.)

4. Abraham Lincoln

After a brief stint as owner of a general store in 1832, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was the postmaster for the area in which he lived. After that, he taught himself to become the county surveyor. Then he became a lawyer, another self-taught profession. He was admitted to the bar in 1837. (“Lincoln,” by David Herbert Donald.)

5. Andrew Johnson

Before his career in politics, Andrew Johnson worked as an apprentice tailor for his mother while in his adolescent years. He eventually left his apprenticeship and found work as a tailor in South Carolina and Tennessee. He became the 17th president of the United States in 1865. (Encyclopedia Britannica and “Labor of Innocents: Forced Apprenticeship in North Carolina, 1715 – 1919,” by Karin Zipf.)

6. James Garfield

James Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, dabbled in education before entering the second-shortest presidential term in 1881. He was a preacher for about a year at a Christian church when he decided to try his hand as principal of a high school in New York. When another applicant got the job, he became an instructor at the Eclectic Institute, where he taught classical languages and then was made principal. (“Garfield,” by Allan Peskin.)

7. William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was in the legal field before his presidency in 1908. After passing the bar, Taft was the assistant prosecutor for his county in Ohio. In 1882, he was selected as local collector of internal revenue (IRS, anyone?). A few years later, he was appointed a judge on the Ohio Superior Court and then in 1890, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him solicitor general of the United States, otherwise known as the person who represents the government before the Supreme Court. (“William Howard Taft” by the National Park Service and “William Howard Taft” by Walter Hertz, Unitarian Universalist Historical Society.)

8. Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson also got his start in education. After receiving his Ph.D., he was a visiting lecturer at Cornell University in 1886, but wasn’t offered a full-time gig. He landed teaching jobs at Bryn Mawr College (1885-1888) and Wesleyan University (1888-1890), where he coached the football team. Wilson was also the president of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910 and was elected president in 1912. (“Wilson, Woodrow,” by Arthur S. Link.)

9. Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology. He served as a geologist and mining engineer while searching the Western Australian gold fields in 1897. After being appointed mine manager at 23, he mined the Sons of Gwalia gold mine, and also the Big Bell, Cue, Leonora, Menzies and Coolgardie mines. He continued his mining and engineering career until 1908, when he became an independent mining consultant. He was elected to office in 1928. (Gwalia Historic Site and “Hoover’s Gold,” from Australian Broadcasting Corp.)

10. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was an actor before taking office as the 40th U.S. president in 1981. He starred in more than 50 movies, was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and was a spokesman for General Electric, which is when he got his start in politics. Before that, Reagan was a sports broadcaster at the University of Iowa, where he was paid $10 per game. He became a radio announcer before working as an announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He received his contract with Warner Brothers in 1937. (“Actor, Governor, President, Icon,” by Lou Cannon, The Washington Post).

11. Barack Obama

Current U.S. President Barack Obama had several jobs before being elected as the first African-American president in 2008. Obama worked for three years as director of the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization in Chicago. He also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community-organizing institute in Chicago. (“Who’s Who in America, 2008,” Karen Chassie.)

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Islamic fashion: A modern makeover for mums abaya

Statuesque models clad in black robes with strategically placed slits and headscarves boasting vibrant flashes of color sashay down a Dubai runway to the theme song for a James Bond movie.

For the Dubai-based designers of the Rouge Couture line on display, the Western music combined with the unusual twists on the traditional abaya worn by observant Muslim women is the perfect contrast which sums up Islamic fashion.

“Our designs are there, in part, to empower women and show that traditional Arab women are strong,” said Rouge Couture founder Sarah Madani at the show in October. “Our line is both traditional and religious and no matter how far we go with it, our clothes are still modest.”

Modesty and religion are the cornerstones behind the fast-growing Islamic fashion industry, which is making a mark on runways from Indonesia and Dubai to Monte Carlo. Islamic fashion is part of a growing appetite for sharia-related industries and assets, ranging from finance to halal food.

Some of the biggest names in couture, such as Christian Dior, are racing to produce Islamic-inspired attire that will tap into the spending power of Muslim women globally.

Muslim designers are also eager to find their place in a fashion industry that is conservatively estimated to be worth more than $96 billion globally.

But the industry has its detractors, who say Islamic fashion misses the spirit of Islam and exploits the faithful by producing attire that is labelled Islamic, but whose aesthetic appeal owes much more to Western ideals of beauty.

A fashion show in Monte Carlo last August — where the Malaysian prime minister’s wife was a patron — sparked protests from student groups and politicians in Malaysia as well as widespread criticism on the Internet.

Some designs featured at the Islamic Fashion Festival were reviled for portraying the Prophet Mohammed’s name in Arabic calligraphy on the chest of a sleeveless abaya-inspired gown.

“The pride of the entire Islamic community worldwide has been tarnished by the Islamic Fashion Festival,” one Malaysian parliamentarian said at the time.

A Facebook page was created calling for the Prime Minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansur, to apologise to Muslims.

But Islamic Fashion Festival founder Raja Rezza Shah said critics missed the point of the event, which brings together designers of all faiths to create clothes with consumers from the Muslim world in mind.

“My event is about showing the gentle side of Islam to a non-Muslim audience,” Shah said. “There will be mistakes made by some designers that do not have a deep knowledge of Islam. How can I show Islam is gentle if I chop a designer at the first mistake?”

Shaykha Halima Krausen, a German-born sharia scholar, said there is always a concern that religion will be exploited for economic gain, but there were also opportunities to be had.

“Rather than looking for conflicting Western and Islamic values … I would really like Muslims to be more creative themselves in order to revive their cultural wealth,” she said.

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