Belly Dance Intro/Mejanse Combo with Optional Veil

This video teaches you a Sashay and Spin combo that is good for moving across the floor in an Intro/Mejanse or general movement. You can dance with or without veils, there are many ways to customize this movement. I demonstrate a few in this video.

Let me know if you have any questions! And definitely send me performance videos if you incorporate this move into our dance! I love to see what other dancers are creating!

Dancing with Veil : “the Pizza” in vertical and horizontal

Here I show two of my favorite Veil Dance Moves, “The Pizza” which has two versions: horizontal and vertical.

I also show include a dance combo which incorporates both and blends them together with figure 8’s and spins.

The Difference between an Undulation and a Camel

In this video I explain the difference between an Undulation, or upper body movement, and a Camel, a lower body movement.

I also show different ways to incorporate them into your dance, and a few combos using these two movements.

Inspired Dance Combos!

I love coming up with fun new combos and choreography inspired by dancers whom i have taken classes from, or just enjoy watching. I recently read an article that mentioned Kitty Flotsaty, as well as the many social issues surrounding belly dance regarding the appropriation of the female body which affect the public’s opinion on this dance form.

Notes on Belly Dance is a wonderfully enlightening article written by a Cairo based Ismail Fayed and translated by Amira Elmasry. Give that a read to find out more about the chaos and conflict surrounding belly dance in Egypt along with notes about this dance form’s history and evolution.

This fun combo also incorporates movements i learned from Sadie Marquardt and Ruby Beh. Thanks to those wonderful dancers for teaching and inspiring all of us. Also Thanks to Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech for providing royalty free music that is free to download!

The combo consists of:

  • Hip bump (2 counts) 1 big hip drop (2 counts)
  • two small hip drops while rotating (2 counts)
  • omi/ami + stomach roll up while arms go up (2)
  • 2 big body undulations (2 counts)
  • 2 camels while stepping backwards (2 counts)

Let me know if you perform this or put it into some choreography, i love seeing how people mix different dance movements and combos with their selection of music. If you perform this for a public stage performance please credit me somehow, like when someone compliments you about this specific combo, let them know you got it from me.

I have taken workshops from Sadie in person and continue to take her classes virtually via Powhow. I purchased several of Ruby‘s DVDs from Cheeky Girls, I would Love to take some in person classes from Ruby sometime.

♪ The music clip inserted into my video is from the song
Balzan Groove by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

(go check out his site if you need some free royalty free music, And remember to read the FAQ so you know how to properly use and credit his music)

Here is a clip of Kitty Flotsaty dancing 😄 to inspire You!

Happy Dancing! 💗

PS For the cute ascii symbol codes look at http://www.alt-codes.net/

My Favorite Online Resources for Belly Dance Technique

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.

Happy Dancing!

Instructional Video on How to do a Belly Roll

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:

Performance Info

  • 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

Happy Dancing!