It feels like people perceive dance as a 'lesser' art. This is despite dance being an essential aspect of human culture. In this blog post, you will learn about the history of dance in European culture. And how this history has informed the modern European and North American view of dance as a 'lesser' art, excepting ballet as the 'highest' dance art. Why does this matter? There are so many other forms of dance out there. One is not 'better' than the other. Go out into the world and try them!
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In this post I review Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930 by Heather Ward. I recommend it to any belly dance enthusiast who is interested in learning about the roots of belly dance. This post will give you an overview of how belly dance came to be 'belly dance'. I hope it will whet your appetite for reading the full book!
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In this blog post I classify common belly dance moves based on which shape you draw with your body. These are lifts and drops, slides, shimmies, twists, circles, figure 8's and undulations. Knowing how you use various bits of your body to produce belly dance moves will help you recall and reproduce the moves you learn in class or see in a video. Knowing how you use various bits of your body to produce belly dance moves will help you recall and reproduce the moves you learn in class or see in a video. You can improve your movement isolation by knowing which body part you are supposed to move. And then keeping the movement only in that body part. This is so important in belly dance.
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How do you become a more skilful dancer? Practice! But not just any practice, rather, deliberate practice appropriate for your skill level. In this blog, I'll explore practice strategies you can use to increase your dance expertise beyond your current skill level.
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Are there different belly dance styles? I thought it was all 'belly dance'! In this post, you will learn about the different styles of belly dance and how they relate to each other. I hope this will help you as a student inform which styles of belly dance you would like to learn.
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In this post, I explore the key characteristics of belly dance across its different styles. I hope that this can help you as a student to chose which characteristics are important to you. And this can inform which styles of belly dance you would like to learn.
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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.
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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.
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Have you ever thought about belly dance teacher training? In this review, I share my experience of the 'Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes 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!
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How does one go from being a complete beginner to belly dance to being a full-blown belly dance enthusiast and teacher? Here's my story.
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