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

Skill, Challenge & Creative Flow in Belly Dance

Let's begin at the end this time. Have you ever set to working on a bellydance choreography and found that you competely lost track of time? Ideas are coming, you're jumping forward and backward in the music as you find the movement that is the perfect fit of musicality and style. Ahhh... flow is a … Continue reading Skill, Challenge & Creative Flow in Belly Dance

The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Anasma

Have you ever wished you could peek into the iPods of famous bellydancers? I have - so I thought I'd ask a few... Anasma is the co-founder and co-director of the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, director of World Citizen Dance and an incredibly versatile all-around artist! Her performances tap into her background in ethnic … Continue reading The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Anasma

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

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

What Beginners Should Practice & Study Outside of Belly Dance Class

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 What Beginners Should Practice & Study Outside of Belly Dance Class

The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Aubre Hill

Have you ever wished you could peek into the iPods of well-known bellydance instructors? Well, I have - and thought I'd ask a few! Our first guest drill list comes from Aubre Hill, a performer and instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. She is also the director of the LuminaDance Co.  and Qabila Folkdance Co.  … Continue reading The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Aubre Hill