The Simsimiyya Music of Port Said: Evoking a Sense of Place

In this post, I explore the sense of place that music can evoke. When I listen to Middle Eastern belly dance music, I don’t usually think too hard about the locality it comes from. But in this YouTube video of musicians from Port Said playing on the beach, I feel a strong sense of place. Continue reading The Simsimiyya Music of Port Said: Evoking a Sense of Place

How to Apply Laban’s Planes of Movement to Improve Belly Dance Movement Isolation

What do Laban’s planes of movement have to do with belly dance? Let’s start with the general (Cartesian co-ordinates) and then make it more specific to the human body (anatomical planes). And then apply it to dance (Laban’s planes of movement). By applying these concepts to your belly dance practice, you can improve your movement isolation, a key feature of belly dance. Continue reading How to Apply Laban’s Planes of Movement to Improve Belly Dance Movement Isolation

How to Use a Ritual to Anchor Your Dance Practice

How do you make time for your personal dance practice? Do you have a daily or weekly creative routine that enables you to practice regularly? One of the most powerful ways to build a practice is through ritual: a “ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order” (Oxford English Dictionary). While a ritual generally has religious connotations, in can be … Continue reading How to Use a Ritual to Anchor Your Dance Practice

How to Give Feedback in Dance

Instruction in dance and sport often consists of a teacher imparting correct technique to achieve an end result. There’s a much broader spectrum of feedback techniques beyond this out there. I’d like to explore a few of them in this blog. I hope you can apply this in your own practice giving and receiving feedback as a dance teacher or learner. Continue reading How to Give Feedback in Dance

Belly Dance Teacher Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ Course

Have you ever thought about belly dance teacher training? In this review, I share my experience of the JWAAD Belly Dance Training “Understanding Safety” course which helped me take my first steps towards teaching belly dance. I hope that by sharing my experience, it might inspire you to consider your first steps into dance teaching! Continue reading Belly Dance Teacher Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ Course