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 it … 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
“Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage” is a collaboration by Sara Shrapnell, Dawn Devine, Alisha Westerfeld and Poppy Maya. All of these women are experienced belly dance performers and bring their own voice and experience to the content. This is one of the most unique things about this particular book - and one … Continue reading “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage” – A Book Review