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Our first week of Spring Cleaning is all about assessing our costumes situation. Here are some more in-depth resources to help you with this week’s tasks. See the Spring Cleaning Week 1 Checklist here. Doing a Costume Inventory A few years back, I wrote this post on belly dance costume inventories. Yes, there’s an app for this! There are several wardrobe apps to help you catalogue your pieces. By changing up the category names, these
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Welcome to Spring Cleaning for Belly Dancers! Over the next 5 weeks, we’ll be “freshening up” our dance life together. Each week we’ll focus on a different area with a short list of tasks to tidy up and refresh your dance wardrobe, makeup, jewelry, accessories and even your digital dance life. Think of it as KonMari meets bellydance! Take it one step at a time – you don’t have to do everything at once! If
Bellydance, Bellydance Costuming, The Sparkly Life: Mahin's Musings
Bellydance combos and choreographies are like recipies. You combine the ingredients in different ways, use different cooking techniques and add your personal flair, and voila! You have a delicious dish. But just like in cooking, the most delicious dishes always start with top quality ingredients. That’s how I view the role of drills in bellydance. When we up the quality of our individual movements, we elevate the overall quality of our performances. Look at ballet
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A typical question I get from beginner bellydance students is how they can remember what they learned in class from week to week. Retaining and building movement vocabulary is a big part of the beginner phase. But no matter what level you are – beginner to pro – we all know we never stop learning, so let’s look at this question more broadly. How can we effectively retain important points from any bellydance learning experience?
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Be great at taking performance compliments!

December 19, 2019

How Not To Take a Performance Compliment

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I’ll bet you recognize this kind of post-performance bellydance conversation… It’s after a show and one belly dancer compliments another’s performance. The dancer on the receiving end says thank you – maybe. Then goes on to explain that she’s coming down with a cold and felt really off, or…. fill in with whatever sub-optimal performance condition you can think of. Maybe you’ve heard this before. Maybe you were the one saying it. If so, please
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