Bellydance has had a long struggle finding its legitimacy around the world as an actual art form. One of the main issues is the lack of real terminology. There are several different styles and each teacher uses their own vocabulary- making it very difficult for your skills to be applied for different teachers/locations. I have … More Bellydance Terminology (in Egyptian Arabic)
There are so many positive aspects of bellydance- expressing yourself, connecting with others, improving self-confidence, and staying in shape are just a few. However, there are also a few glaring negatives. One of these seems to be on the rise, especially here in the USA! I am talking about fake, uneducated instructors. I don’t mean … More Fake Workshop Instructors on the Rise!
After taking so many workshops all over the world, I’ve come to the conclusion that no instructor teaches the mechanics of a shimmy (or exercises leading into it) the same way. I researched the topics for hours on who has the best shimmy and different shimmy styles and all the results kept linking me back to … More Life-changing shimmy advice!
I just read one of the most interesting books! With the oriental dance community growing so rapidly and all the articles about anti-white bellydancers, I thought I would share some of the knowledge and post a few questions for discussion. The name of the book is (Re)Framing the Arab/Muslim: Mediating Orientalism in Contemporary Arab American … More Authenticity in Oriental Dance
As an artist, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our glamorous (and sometimes not-so-glamorous) world and forget your true goals as a dancer. For example, as a baby dancer I remember preparing for a big stage show and thinking for days on what style and song would fit me best. What style should … More It’s Never About You- Being a Selfless Bellydancer
Mahraganat is sweeping across the dance world very quickly! Its popularity in Egypt spread to Europe where it is heavily performed (even to the point that it is already considered a legitimate folk dance in some of the most world-renowned competitions!) and can be seen now making its appearance in South and North America. It … More What is mahraganat shaabi??
Summer is always packed full of workshops and opportunities to learn more about our art form. Here are some tips and etiquette to make sure you’re prepared so you have a great time and learn as much as possible. BE PREPARED! Nothing is worse than spending all that money only to forget your veil during … More Workshop tips & etiquette