Performing at Bruce’s was Great! It was Wonderful meeting and chatting with all the other dancers while watching all their fun performances!
FYI I am not teaching dance classes as this point and have decided to keep belly dance fun for me. So I work other freelance projects for income. I look forward to enjoying my dance by spending time with the dance family instead of trying to monetize this art form. I keep up my practice at home with video classes and also physical classes with Master Teachers where the dance family congregates, practices and shares our experiences.
Edit: I may teach classes in the future. I have come to realize that my style of teaching is technique and drill based; with a focus on proper body isolations and muscle movements before moving into “dancing”.
So here are my favorite online resources for belly dance Technique:
- http://www.freebellydanceclasses.com/ by Tiazza Rose, already wrote about this, but hey, i LOVE her site!!! The style she teaches is most similar to “Cabaret” ie what is considered traditional belly dance
- Datura Online Quality classes on modern Tribal Fusion, American Tribal Style, LOTS of different fusions, from Indian dance, to Samba and MORE. Dancers: Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Sedona Soulfire, April Rose and MORE just go to the site and Check It Out!!
- http://www.powhow.com/ Class Bonanza on ANYTHING you want to study!!! I take classes from Sadie here. She watches her page very well and will notify her students and refund if there are any changes to her schedule. Not all the teachers are that responsible so make sure the teacher is present and actually using powhow … i’d go look at their personal website or facebook page. I have signed up and paid for classes that never happened.
- YOUTUBE : doesn’t need a link because you know what this is
I highly recommend that you pair this with physical classes from a teacher who can correct you and also give you recommendations. I’m not going to list teachers here because there are Way too many, every community center and community college in my county and ALL those around it have belly dance classes. I think they are all wonderful and if you are serious about taking classes you would take the time to go look for them on your own.
You can also go to a privately owned dance studio for belly dance classes And there are so many that i am not going to bother listing them for people who aren’t serious enough to click on the search bar and type in “belly dance classes” along with their city and or county.
Tiazza Rose of Free Belly Dance Classes posted this wonderful article on her facebook page about 9 Reasons Every Woman Should Take Up Belly Dancing and i enjoyed it so much that i had to share and also talk about my love of dance!
I really connect to many of Carol E Wyer‘s points. It is a fun feminine way to exercise while moving to music. The costumes are gorgeous and fun to oogle at (had to stop myself from buying those gorgeous pieces of art). There is a huge variety of movements, styles and combos to learn : Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, American, Fusion, it goes on. Belly Dance has become internationally renown it is very inspiring to see conventions, performers and teachers located all over the globe, spanning All seven continents. Attending belly dance conventions is ridiculously fun! And most of all, I felt comfortable and supported in an environment with other women who were also taking dance class for fun, fitness and enjoyment.
I enjoy dancing, sharing dance, and creating a supportive environment. I have taken breaks from “belly dance” when the stresses of life overwhelmed me or when it felt too competitive. I came back after realizing that I dance for enjoyment and not to compete, it is not for me to compete in this area. I will probably write another article about my journey away from competition, how I found myself and allowed myself to return to belly dance.
Also, I totally recommend going to Tiazza’s Free Belly Dance Page, she is a wonderful teacher and her site is an Amazing resource that is meant to be shared!
Hello everyone! I just made a video on how to do a belly roll and here it is on youtube!
I explain how to do a belly roll with visualization. There are many explanations online and the ones that other teachers talk about, which involve separating the abs and moving them independently did not work for me. I taught myself how to do a belly roll by imagining that I was squeezing a ball down my stomach. I imagine that there is a ball inside my stomach, starting right where my ribs meet my sternum, and I try to squeeze it down to my lower belly where the pelvis is. For a reverse belly roll I imagine that the ball is where my uterus is (pelvic area for men :P ) and squeeze it up into my ribs.
An exercise I like to do that helps with articulating the ab muscles, toning them, and figuring out where they are and how to use them is nauli. I learned how to do this from Yogi Nora‘s video here:
- I will be performing on Sunday at Bruce’s Prime Rib and Spirits, located at 12623 E Imperial Hwy, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 sometime between 5-7pm with many other belly dancers in the American Fusion Belly Dance Showcase