“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

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”

Storing & Transporting Your Bellydance Costumes

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

“Your Sparkly Wardrobe”: Mix, Match & Extend Your Belly Dance 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!

Belly Dance Costume Inventory: Why & How To Do It

This is Week #1 of Your Sparkly Wardrobe, a collaboration with Sparkly Belly.  How many costumes does a bellydancer need? Just one more, right? We'd all like a limitless wardrobe of sparkly things, but whether it is our budget or our closest space that constrains us, most of us will never achieve that beautiful dream. … Continue reading Belly Dance Costume Inventory: Why & How To Do It

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