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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 Bellydance Drill Could Be a Short Combo

Arabic Pop Combo for Beginners

Arabic Pop Combo for Beginners

This week’s combo uses lots of beginner level bellydance movements with a nice sense of musicality! If you are learning (or teaching) this combo, you can choose to add the arms with the travelling and opening section, or just focus on the feet and hips at first. If you are a instructor, be sure to check out my upcoming lecture + movement class! Practical Anatomy & Body Mechanics for Bellydance – packed with lots of […]

My Interview on Alicia Free’s “A Little Lighter” Podcast!

My Interview on Alicia Free’s “A Little Lighter” Podcast!

This year’s East Coast tour took through Ithaca, NY again. I was there teaching and performing with Taksim Ithaca last year, and was super-excited to be able to return to this wonderfully artsy community of dancers and musicians for more! While I was there, I got to be a guest on Alicia Free’s fantastic podcast, “A Little Lighter”. If you haven’t listened to this podcast yet, check it out! It is a delightful mix of […]

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 […]