For the past few months, I’ve taken a step back to evaluate the building blocks of my life and work in a holistic way - including projects like the BDQ that take a considerable amount of time and creative energy.
Remember back to your first few month of bellydance class - or maybe you are still in those first few months! Every week you are presented with a few new places to try to coax your hips to go. Some are easier than others. One side works better than the other. That's the way … Continue reading Build Your Staircase: What Learning Riq Reminded Me About Belly Dance
Sometimes you just need an idea. Whether it's something fresh to motivate you for a personal practice session, planning a class or something to spark a solution for a section of choreography. Those are good times to think out of the box. Having a few prompts on hand can help you get started. Let's look at … Continue reading A Belly Dance Prompt For Practice & Choreo Ideas
Recently I've been doing a lot of reading and research on practice techniques - both for my own personal practice and to better help my students achieve their dance goals. In my reading this week, I came across this description of an expert baseball hitter's skills. It instantly resonated with me and I recognized the parallel … Continue reading The Drummer, The Belly Dancer… And The Baseball Player?
I recently had the opportunity to interview Joana Saahirah, international performer and instructor. Joana's dance career has taken her around the globe, including living and working in Egypt for 8 years, performing with her own orchestra. In this interview, we discuss the different views of Raqs Sharqi she has encountered, originality within the confines … Continue reading Originality & Tradition in Belly Dance: An Interview with Joana Saahirah of Cairo
Does your brain get it? Anyone who's been in a class or workshop with me has probably heard me say this when checking in with students. Once I've presented and broken down a combo or section of choreography, I ask if their brain gets it before we move on. So what exactly do I mean by that? … Continue reading Does Your Brain Get it? Tips for Learning & Memorizing Belly Dance Choreography
Bad people are out there - and some of them have their sights set on the the bellydance community. In particular, I’m talking about scam artists. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people posting about this on Facebook, asking if a request for services they have received is legitimate. I have been getting these for … Continue reading The Belly Dance Lesson Scam: How To Spot It & Not Get Taken