“Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage” – A Book Review

“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

6 Tips to close the deal on a bellydance gig

6 Tips To Close The Deal On a Bellydance Gig

    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

2 Tech Tricks for Your Belly Dance Business

I have many times said that I spend an awful lot of time at my computer considering my business is bellydancing! As things get increasingly digitized and globalized, the computer and internet have become more and more embedded in my day-to-day business. I can't remember the last time I used a music CD for a … Continue reading 2 Tech Tricks for Your Belly Dance Business

2015 DBQ Bellydance Challenge: Vote for the Finalists!

I am so excited to be moving to the next phase of the DBQ Bellydance Challenge!  Thank you to everyone who submitted their ideas - there's a lot of wonderfully creative people out there! We now have 5 semi-finalists with very diverse projects. It's time to cast your votes to select the 3 projects we … Continue reading 2015 DBQ Bellydance Challenge: Vote for the Finalists!

Back In The Day – What It Was Like To Be A Belly Dance Star in the 60’s & 70’s

Are you ready for a trip in the bellydance time machine? We're turning back the clock about 40 years to a time when glamorous bellydancers graced the stages of big clubs almost every night of the week. I chatted with Roxxanne Shelaby, a California-based bellydancer and daughter of Lou Shelaby, owner of some of the most … Continue reading Back In The Day – What It Was Like To Be A Belly Dance Star in the 60’s & 70’s

The 2015 DBQ Bellydance Challenge

So it's almost February. The shiny enthusiasm you had for lofty New Year's resolutions has probably settled down. Hopefully it's settled into some lingering creative ideas for what you'd like to do with your dance this year. Maybe you need a little nudge to get it rolling. This year, I've decided to launch the DBQ Bellydance … Continue reading The 2015 DBQ Bellydance Challenge

How To Plan Smooth-Running Belly Dance Events

This is the latest installment in the occasional series, "Raks Me A Question" where I answer bellydancers' questions about learning, teaching, performing or doing business in Bellydance Land. If you've got a dilemma, an obstacle you haven't found your way around or a sticky situation and you'd like some advice - just send it in ! … Continue reading How To Plan Smooth-Running Belly Dance Events