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What's New in 2016 for "Mahin's Bellydance Quickies" & Other Sparkly Plans

What's New in 2016 for "Mahin's Bellydance Quickies" & Other Sparkly Plans

Hello to all my BDQ subscribers and blog readers! I hope you are all having a lovely holiday season! This time of year is so full with both celebrations and work, with trying to be “in the moment” for this short and special season and at the same time looking forward into next year to decide how to focus our time and energy.  This season of reassessment is very important to me – the momentum that keeps […]

Skill, Challenge & Creative Flow in Belly Dance

Skill, Challenge & Creative Flow in Belly Dance

Let’s begin at the end this time. Have you ever set to working on a bellydance choreography and found that you competely lost track of time? Ideas are coming, you’re jumping forward and backward in the music as you find the movement that is the perfect fit of musicality and style. Ahhh… flow is a wondrous thing. The “flow” state, as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his TED talk,  is that lost-in-the-work feeling you get […]

Thoughts on "Bad Musicality" in Belly Dance

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 with movement. It can include larger elements such as instrument sound textures down to the tiny details of accents and […]

How To Tame Your Backstage Nerves and Find Your Inner Bellydancing Superhero

How To Tame Your Backstage Nerves and Find Your Inner Bellydancing Superhero

3 more dancers and you’re on. Your stomach is churning and sweat is running down the inside of your arms before you have even started dancing. Not feeling like thisTamin? Backstage nerves are no fun and I’m pretty sure every dancer has experienced them at some time. Even if you are an experienced dancer and are used to being calm, cool and collected in front your audience, if you find yourself in a new situation where […]

How To Plan Smooth-Running Belly Dance Events

How To Plan Smooth-Running Belly Dance Events

This is the latest installment in the occasional series, “Raks Me A Question” where I answer bellydancers’ questions about learning, teaching, performing or doing business in Bellydance Land. If you’ve got a dilemma, an obstacle you haven’t found your way around or a sticky situation and you’d like some advice – just send it in ! You may find your answer in the next installment of “Raks Me A Question”! From monthly haflas to full-blown theater […]