Sometimes you just need an idea. Whether it's something fresh to motivate you for a personal practice session, planning a class or something to spark a solution for a section of choreography. Those are good times to think out of the box. Having a few prompts on hand can help you get started. Let's look at … Continue reading A Belly Dance Prompt For Practice & Choreo Ideas
Recently I've been doing a lot of reading and research on practice techniques - both for my own personal practice and to better help my students achieve their dance goals. In my reading this week, I came across this description of an expert baseball hitter's skills. It instantly resonated with me and I recognized the parallel … Continue reading The Drummer, The Belly Dancer… And The Baseball Player?
I recently had the opportunity to interview Joana Saahirah, international performer and instructor. Joana's dance career has taken her around the globe, including living and working in Egypt for 8 years, performing with her own orchestra. In this interview, we discuss the different views of Raqs Sharqi she has encountered, originality within the confines … Continue reading Originality & Tradition in Belly Dance: An Interview with Joana Saahirah of Cairo
Bad people are out there - and some of them have their sights set on the the bellydance community. In particular, I’m talking about scam artists. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people posting about this on Facebook, asking if a request for services they have received is legitimate. I have been getting these for … Continue reading The Belly Dance Lesson Scam: How To Spot It & Not Get Taken
This is a guest post by Dawn Devine - Davina. I am really honored to have her work shared here on my blog. I have such respect for her dedication to research and her ability to show us the depth of history in all aspects of our art. If you are as fascinated by this history … Continue reading The Evolution of Finger Cymbals
This is Week 7 of Your Sparkly Wardrobe, a collaboration between Sparkly Belly and Mahin's Bellydance Quickies. For most bellydancers, a costume wardrobe represents a significant investment of money, and possibly time if you made your bedlah yourself. To keep your pieces in top condition, it is important that you store them properly and pack them carefully … Continue reading Storing & Transporting Your Bellydance Costumes
This is Week 3 of "Your Sparkly Wardrobe", a bellydance costume project collaboration between Mahin's Bellydance Quickies and Sparkly Belly. In Week 1 of the "Your Sparkly Wardrobe" project, you learned how to do a complete inventory and assessment of your bellydance costume pieces. Now that you truly know what you have, let's learn how … Continue reading “Your Sparkly Wardrobe”: Mix, Match & Extend Your Belly Dance Costumes!