I’d like to continue my review series with a book I recommend to any belly dance enthusiasts who are interested in learning about the roots of belly dance: Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930 by Heather Ward. Heather’s book busts widely held orientalist stereotypes of belly dance. In Heather’s words, stereotypically:… Continue reading The origins of belly dance: A review of ‘Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition’ by Heather Ward
In a previous blog post on What is Belly Dance?, I touched on belly dance’s core movement vocabulary. I’ll build on that in this blog to classify common belly dance moves. There are many ways to describe belly dance movements, such as whether they are smooth or sharp, done with the chest, torso, or hips,… Continue reading Introduction to Belly Dance Moves
I first performed to this classic belly dance song at a local hafla last February. I didn't film the whole performance though. In the absence of any in-person dance since then, I've been polishing it on and off at home. I put on a dance costume for the first time in months today to film… Continue reading Video: Performance to Habibi Ya Eyni (‘Darling, Oh My Eyes’)
Are there different belly dance styles? I thought it was all ‘belly dance’! People often assume there is only one style of belly dance. Like most things, there’s more beyond the surface once you start looking. In a previous blog post, I explored the idea of ‘What Is Belly Dance?’ I’d like to build on… Continue reading Introduction to Belly Dance Styles
Belly dance is a dance form originating in the Middle East, featuring isolation and articulation of the torso, chest, and hips. Unlike many other familiar dance forms like ballet, which are primarily concerned with the movement of limbs through space, belly dance movement originates from the torso. Broadly speaking, belly dance movements can be characterised… Continue reading What is Belly Dance?
Have you ever thought about belly dance teacher training? Back in 2016, I completed the JWAAD Belly Dance Training ‘Understanding Safety’ course which helped me take my first steps towards teaching belly dance. I chose a JWAAD course because it’s the only organization in the UK that offers belly dance courses which are externally accredited… Continue reading Belly Dance Teacher Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Understanding Safety’ Course
I wanted to share one of my favourite recent-ish performances. Sure, if I have my critical technical eye on, I can see a few flaws. But who doesn't love Hakim and the one and only godfather of soul, James Brown? Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdK12ZJmkIw
I’ve always liked movement and dance – from trying ballet when very small and sticking with figure skating during my school years, through to yoga in college and beyond. I had never experienced anything like belly dance before when my friend dragged me along to a class in college for the first time (About Me).… Continue reading My Belly Dance Journey So Far