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
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
“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
I recently had the opportunity and privilege to interview Shira, of Shira.net fame. Shira is a dancer and instructor, but is perhaps best known as a writer, researcher and lecturer on a broad variety of topics related to Middle Eastern dance and culture. Her website, Shira.net, is the most linked to bellydance site on the … Continue reading Interview with Shira: Travelling in Egypt and Breaking the “Bellydance Bubble”
This is Week #1 of Your Sparkly Wardrobe, a collaboration with Sparkly Belly. How many costumes does a bellydancer need? Just one more, right? We'd all like a limitless wardrobe of sparkly things, but whether it is our budget or our closest space that constrains us, most of us will never achieve that beautiful dream. … Continue reading Belly Dance Costume Inventory: Why & How To Do It
Last week, I taught a private lesson that was very different than usual. My student, who has been taking both weekly and private lessons consistently for over 3 1/2 years now, is on the cusp of performing professionally. An opportunity popped up, so instead of technique and improvisation, the week's lesson became how to … Continue reading 6 Tips To Close The Deal On a Bellydance Gig