Build Your Staircase: What Learning Riq Reminded Me About Belly Dance

  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? 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

“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

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

Below The Knee: A Primer on Feet and Ankles for Belly Dancers

Bellydance puts a lot of focus on the hips and torso, but like a house with a beautiful second floor balcony, it needs a strong first floor to support it. We may not be as hard on our feet as ballet dancers, but we depend on the muscles and ligaments of our lower legs and feet … Continue reading Below The Knee: A Primer on Feet and Ankles for Belly Dancers

Making the Most of Your Belly Dance Music

Around this time of year, I get the urge to clean out things and get rid of what I no longer have use for. I literally spent 8 straight hours ripping my bedroom apart this week.  I even vacuumed under that bed - take that dust bunnies!  Not only did I clear my room of … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Belly Dance Music