Belly Dance

The origins of belly dance: A review of ‘Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition’ by Heather Ward

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

Belly Dance Music

Belly Dance Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Understanding Music’ Course

I’m writing a second installment of my review series, this time focusing on the JWAAD Belly Dance Training ‘Understanding Music’ course I just completed. I previously wrote about the JWAAD ‘Understanding Safety’ course and how much I enjoyed that, and the ‘Understanding Music’ course was the same for me in terms of enjoyment and how… Continue reading Belly Dance Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Understanding Music’ Course

Dance Theory and Practice

What Can Effortless Mastery Teach Us about Belly Dance Practice?

Effortless Mastery is a book written by Kenny Werner, an American jazz pianist and educator. It’s about overcoming dysfunctional fear-based practicing and playing music to achieve effortless mastery. I first heard it referred to by Alia Thabit in relation to belly dance. At first glance, the connection may not seem obvious, but have you ever… Continue reading What Can Effortless Mastery Teach Us about Belly Dance Practice?

Belly Dance

Belly Dance Teacher Training: Review of the JWAAD ‘Understanding Safety’ Course

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