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 […]

A Classic Bellydance Combo for a Classic Song: “Tamr Henna”

A Classic Bellydance Combo for a Classic Song: “Tamr Henna”

This week’s combo is to a well-known and well-loved classic, “Tamr Henna”. This song is from the 1957 Egyptian movie, also called “Tamr Henna”. Naima Akef dances to this song in this famous scene. One thing I love about this scene…. she’s playing finger cymbals! So when you hear someone say “Egyptians dancers don’t play zills”… there you go! But I digress…. our combo this week has lots of footwork and direction changes and accents […]

Arabic Pop Bellydance Combo to “Shayef Nasak”

Arabic Pop Bellydance Combo to “Shayef Nasak”

This week’s bellydance combo is to the Arabic pop song “Shayef Nasak” by Mohamed Fouad. This is a beginner level combo, using some of the most common steps and movements beginners learn: Basic Egyptians Drop kicks Sways Hip drops Shoulder accents Although this a beginner level combo, the second half of the combo may be a little challenging if you are a brand new student – but keep at it and you’ll get it! What’s […]

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 the week’s lesson became how to handle a call from a client looking to book a performance rather than our usual technique and improvisation lesson. When you are seriously invested in […]