Welcome to Bellydance.One! "The Lifestyle of World-class Bellydance" (http://Bellydance.One) is the new publication from some of the key figures behind the creation of The Bellydance Superstars.
There are now few in the world of Bellydance who have not been affected by the advent of the Bellydance Superstars and the first concerted effort to take this ancient art form into the mainstream of international entertainment up there along with ballet and shows like Riverdance. It has been a rocky road in many respects and many disbelievers had to be converted both in the established world of bellydance as well as the mainstream dance arts. By 2009 the BDSS, had performed concerts in 20 countries to well over a million people in over 600 shows including the biggest shows ever in the history of bellydance anywhere. Meanwhile when not touring BDSS stars have taught workshops in the four corners of the globe adding many more countries to the BDSS list.
In 2009, PBS (American public television) TV stations began airing the Live in Paris show filmed several years ago at the famed Folies Bergere and stations are currently setting airdates for the rest of the year which we are informed will include at least 50% of all U.S. PBS stations. Meanwhile the Documentary Channel began regularly airing the first documentary, American Bellydancer on their network and Direct TV Latin scored high viewership with both shows in January throughout Latin America.
This rocky road had so many unlikely turns it is sometimes baffling to believe the troupe and show has come so far. Performing to huge audiences there to see rock and roll bands at the 2003 Lollapalooza tour, then in small rock clubs where glass had to be dug out of the stage carpet to keep the dancers from carving up their feet but the audience were there to see bellydance - to now perform in symphony halls, opera houses, performing arts centers, major Casinos and the like to audiences clamoring for autographs is almost mind blowing. Throughout the process the dancers honed their art and the production grew and grew with success to deliver the best we can to continue to see the appreciation for bellydance grow worldwide.
2009 launched with an entirely new show titled the Art of Bellydance which received acclaim across the US during Feb-March. In May this year the BDSS performed the first shows in Japan selling out 4 of the 5 shows to an attendance exceeding 8,000 people. We took the opportunity to film the first Japanese show which was a special Babelesque performance especially put on to film for DVD and TV release later this year. The last half of the year will add Peru and China concerts to the list as well as a third tour of Taiwan, and a second tour of Morocco taking in Marrakesh, Casablanca and Rabat.
The BDSS organization continues to build relationships within the bellydance community itself through such projects as our Raqs events as we feel there should be a symbiotic relationship of inclusion as much as possible if we are all to see bellydance achieve the status it deserves and create ever more opportunities for dancers to dedicate their passion to this art. Our second Raqs L.A. in April was a great success as was Tribal London. Raqs Britannia in June enters its 4th year and Raqs America its second. At all these events we regularly hold auditions and can safely say that the quality of the dancers who attend continues to rise which is very gratifying to see but then again so do the requirements of the BDSS troupe.
For the company this is often a high pressure business but for our dancers it is a great love and passion which in turn inspires the company to deliver ever more opportunities. Without the inspiration and talent of our dancers, we could never have achieved what we have. Meanwhile for so many others bellydance is a great pleasure to experience as a participant or simply as a spectator. We hope the BDSS will always be here to add to that pleasure and be a source of inspiration to dancers everywhere as we know our dancers constantly find inspiration from other dedicated dancers not only in bellydance but in all the dance arts.
With an education in information, technology, business and related disciplines, Aaron entered business on radio. Beginning as a disc jockey in Southern California, a nationally syndicated talk show host position soon followed.
During the transition from regional to national, he launched a national print magazine in several countries, and was distributed by Time Inc.
Having a handful of humble business media entities, a decade or so later he has divested himself from most of his companies to pursue new interests.
The quest for thought continues...
As a member of Think since 1999, TED, and with the subject of politics being substantive to Aaron, he decided to launch one publication that would be of interest to the mass of like-thinkers who travail, burdened with a painful void of culture and politics that plagues their every waking moment.
The publication that launched, laden beneath the weight of gnarl, was AND Magazine.
Aaron is non-partisan. He is neither liberal, conservative, nor independent. He looks at each issue and takes a position based on that issue. He tries not to speak on things he has not researched. He takes far too many risks and routinely makes even more mistakes. He drinks a multitudinous amount of coffee and has never looked back... ever. Somehow, he prospers.
Now, aside from the murky fog of travel and laborious baggage removal, his days are filled with doing what he can to abolish the party system and have the civilized world of politics be non-partisan (intentionally redundant.) The conduit of this effort, for now, is AND Magazine.
Whatever meager charitable efforts he can give, go to Americans and others worldwide in need, animals and peace.
Senior Political Editor
Miles Axe Copeland III is an articulate and charismatic businessman, entrepreneur and influencer, with a track record of being at the forefront of innovation in the music and entertainment industries. His constant focus on evolution and revolution is dominant throughout his varied and successful career, which spans five decades and is littered with household names.
From being at the centre of the British ‘progressive rock’ and ‘punk rock’ scenes in the late sixties and seventies, to launching record labels and managing hugely successful bands and musicians such as The Police, Sting, Squeeze, REM and The Bangles, Miles spent over thirty years working with artists who dominated the charts in the US, the UK and across the world.
His inspiring ability to manage and grow talent, identify and influence changes in the market, and develop highly creative and innovative promotional strategies has resulted in countless hit singles and albums, Grammy Awards, and Gold and Platinum records, as well as some surprising but hugely successful collaborations. Meanwhile, his latest series of live touring projects has focused on creating a brand that can operate successfully with whatever artists might be available at any given time, creating both ownership and longevity for each concept.
Miles’ entrepreneurial approach has enabled him to find solutions when routes to market were closed, or evolve his business model when the internet fundamentally changed the industry. His experience and vision have led to numerous speaking engagements for companies including Motorola, HSBC Bank, Vanderbilt University, The University of California, The Grammy Organization and a host of music associated media.
Miles spent his childhood and adolescence moving between the US, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. His mother worked for British intelligence and his father was in US Army counter intelligence as well as being a founder member of the CIA. Miles’ cultural awareness and global outlook have been a common theme throughout his career, which has included boosting the popularity of Arab music and dance in the US, as well as advising the Pentagon on how to ‘win hearts and minds’ following the invasion of Iraq.