Over the years, I’ve helped a lot of my students create their first belly dance choreography. This method works! Whether you’ve never created a dance before or you’re trying to get unstuck, give it a try.Read More »9 Steps to Create a Belly Dance Choreography
What is Zar, exactly? And what does it have to do with bellydance? Let’s take this apart and figure it out.Read More »Bellydance Styles: Zar Ritual in BellyDance
ALL photos in this article are by Yasmina of Cairo Hey, Lauren?” My new friend Sabrina is peeking around a fluffy drapery. I’m sitting in… Read More »Yasmina’s B&B: A Slumber Party for Dancers in Cairo
Zaina Brown’s memoir of her time as a performer in the Middle East is taking the belly dance world by storm. Here’s a sample from… Read More »Book Excerpt: Fire In The Belly: A Memoir of Falafel, Flings, and Shiny Things
Read More »Bellydance Styles: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
What does it mean to dance Egyptian Style? How is Egyptian Oriental different from other bellydance styles? Who are the most famous Egyptian dancers? You’ve come to the right place for answers.
What is American Cabaret belly dance? Is it authentic? How is it different from other belly dance styles? Who are the main influencers in this style? Let’s explore the topic in depth.Read More »Learn Bellydance Styles: American Cabaret
Turkish Oriental dance (aka Tansi Oryental) is an exotic, fiery whiz-bang style that is simply not getting enough attention these days. Let’s demystify it a little.
Read More »Learn Bellydance Styles: Turkish Oriental
By Talia, cofounder of Omi Mahina, a tribal fusion duet in Rocklin, Ca.
Dance offers particular benefits to somebody with PTSD and you never know when somebody with PTSD might walk through your studio door.
What is Egyptian baladi style dance, and how is it related to other styles of bellydance? Here are all the answers, with lots of video examples.Read More »Learn Bellydance Styles: Egyptian Baladi
Bellydance Styles: Iraqi Kawleeya Dance
What is Iraqi Kawleeya (Kawleya, Kawliya, Qawliya) dance? How is it different from the Khaleegy styles bellydancers have done in the past? Why is it suddenly so popular? Where can you learn it?Read More »Learn Bellydance Styles: Iraqi Kawleeya Dances
Unlike ballet students, who learn body lines from the beginning, bellydance students learn from the center outward. Beginners obsess over hipwork, intermediates struggle with their arms, and advanced dancers remember to point their toes and have elegant fingertips.
The head and neck come last, if at all — but they add a gorgeous finish and are the mark of a pro.Read More »The Final Touch: Using your head and neck in belly dance
Read More »Learn Bellydance Styles: Saidi and Raqs Assaya
Saidi dance is a folkloric dance (one of the baladi dances) from the Sa’id, a rural area in Southern (Upper) Egypt. The dance style includes a lot of energetic bouncy footwork and horse-styled steps, and frequently incorporates a stick or cane, called an Assaya (Arabic for stick). Saidi-style Raks al Assaya is the classic masculine dance of the Egyptian stage.
As a baby belly dancer, I came across the word “Gypsy” all the time. It’s often used to mean free-spirited, bohemian, or untethered. Don’t want… Read More »What’s Wrong With Using The Word “Gypsy?”
Rosa Noreen has to-die-for arms and hands. They float through the space around her with heartbreaking grace and fluidity, adding an ethereal quality to her movement… Read More »6 Tips for Fluid Arms and Hands from Rosa Noreen