Interview with Shira: Travelling in Egypt and Breaking the “Bellydance Bubble”

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”

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

Interview with “Improv Roulette” Founder, Elizabeth Joy

One of the most fun, creative and inspiring things I did in 2014 was to participate in an Improv Roulette event. It really was unlike any other dance experience I'd ever had. You can read all about it here, including my combat veil to "Living Dead Girl"!  Yes, I know you're shocked!! Naturally, I wanted to … Continue reading Interview with “Improv Roulette” Founder, Elizabeth Joy

Interview with Egypt’s “Ambassador of Rhythm”, Hossam Ramzy

          If you told me back in 1996, when I was a baby bellydancer, that  I'd one day  speak with the person that recorded the music I performed my very first student solo to, I'd have said you were crazy! But it happened - and here it is. An interview with the one … Continue reading Interview with Egypt’s “Ambassador of Rhythm”, Hossam Ramzy

“She’s Got Hips” Podcast Episode #6

Part II of our interview with "The Costume Fairy" aka professional costumer, Gail Wolfenden-Steib on prepping new costumes for long, trouble-free wear and best costume choices for theatrical stages. 3 ways to increase grace and fluidity in your dance - an answer to a "Daily Bellydance Quickies" subscriber question, events, a look at digital dance … Continue reading “She’s Got Hips” Podcast Episode #6

“She’s Got Hips” Podcast – Episode #5

          SGH Episode #5 Episode #5: Interview with Rukshana aka "The Costume Fairy" with advice on buying bellydance costumes in person and online - what can be fixed and what's a deal-breaker. Review of "Looking for Little Egypt" by Donna Carlton, event news, and Greek music from Cosmos. Links from this … Continue reading “She’s Got Hips” Podcast – Episode #5

She’s Got Hips Podcast – Episode #4

SGH Episode #4 In this episode: Interview with Morgiana on her nearly 40 years teaching and performing bellydance, review of Middle Earth Ensemble's CD "Passage", a report from the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in Toronto, and upcoming event news. Show Links Middle Earth Ensemble http://www.middleearthband.net Fat Chance Bellydance Intensive http://www.plazadeanaya.com Cool Summer Workshops in … Continue reading She’s Got Hips Podcast – Episode #4