How Not To Take a Performance Compliment

How Not To Take a Performance Compliment

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 […]

The Drummer, The Belly Dancer… And The Baseball Player?

The Drummer, The Belly Dancer… And The Baseball Player?

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 in my own world: “These hitters have just a split second to decide whether to swing and, if so, where […]

"Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" – A Book Review

"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 of it’s strengths, in my opinion. Reading it is like attending a panel discussion on entering the pro bellydance track. […]

"Your Sparkly Wardrobe": Mix, Match & Extend Your Belly Dance 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 to make the most of it! In this video, Rukshana (aka The Costume Fairy) and I will show you how […]

Mix, Match & Extend Your Belly Dance Wardrobe