Does Your Brain Get it? Tips for Learning & Memorizing Belly Dance Choreography

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

Quick Change Tips for Bellydance Costumes

I love getting questions from DBQ subscribers - especially great ones like this! Recently I was in a bellydance show and performed 2 numbers close together and was a lot slower than some of the other dancers changing. I was wondering if you could offer some tips in a Friday DBQ on quick costume changes. … Continue reading Quick Change Tips for Bellydance Costumes

Thoughts on “Bad Musicality” in Belly Dance

At a bellydance event, I recently overheard one dancer remark to another that she thought that the performer they were watching had "bad musicality". Putting aside questionable politeness, was does that mean  anyway? We have discussed musicality in the Daily Bellydance Quickies many times and in many ways. Loosely defined, it is the ability to illustrate the music … Continue reading Thoughts on “Bad Musicality” in Belly Dance

Must-Know Song for Belly Dance: “Taht Il Shibbak”

We are moving on to #10 from the "Must Know Songs for Bellydancers" list with "Taht Il Shibbak" - a real favorite of mine! Who, What and When? This song first appeared in the Egyptian movie "Laabet el Sitt" (The Lady's Puppet) in 1946.  The music was composed by Asis Osman and they lyrics were … Continue reading Must-Know Song for Belly Dance: “Taht Il Shibbak”

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

How To Tame Your Backstage Nerves and Find Your Inner Bellydancing Superhero

3 more dancers and you're on. Your stomach is churning and sweat is running down the inside of your arms before you have even started dancing. Not feeling like thisTamin? Backstage nerves are no fun and I'm pretty sure every dancer has experienced them at some time. Even if you are an experienced dancer and are … Continue reading How To Tame Your Backstage Nerves and Find Your Inner Bellydancing Superhero

Let’s Get Specific: The Training Principle of Specificity and Belly Dance

As serious dancers, we should always be looking to grow, expand and improve on our skills. Sometimes this means taking on new physical challenges in strength, balance, flexibility and maybe even endurance.  The key to success in training for these kinds of belly dance achievements is to define a clear path of how to get there. … Continue reading Let’s Get Specific: The Training Principle of Specificity and Belly Dance