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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 […]

How To Get Motivated & Organized In Belly Dance When You Don't Have A Teacher

How To Get Motivated & Organized In Belly Dance When You Don't Have A Teacher

I’m introducing a new occasional feature on the Daily Bellydance Quickies called “Raks Me A Question”. (Thanks, Pamela Yvette on Facebook for coming up with a fun name for this segment!)  This will be part belly dance Q & A, part Dear Abby for dancers. We’ll tackle some why’s and how’s of belly dance and also take on some more sticky situations with clients, fellow dancers, students and other relationships. Our first question comes from […]

Staying Focused In Your Belly Dance & Fitness

Staying Focused In Your Belly Dance & Fitness

Do you go through phases of being super-committed to your belly dance practice or workouts, then fall off the wagon? I think we all exhibit this pattern with something in our lives. For me it’s keeping my office out of a state of chaos so I can actually concentrate on work. Success with long-term commitments, is not about the big push, it’s about the consistency and building positive habits. I picked up two tidbits that […]