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.

Video of the Week! How the Ancient Art of Belly Dance Captured the American Imagination

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I remember researching about the how Belly Dance has been translated into American culture, mixed with history, Orientalism, Sensationalism, and Hollywood Glamour. Then how American Belly Dance started influencing the dancers in the Middle East. It was a long research paper and I love how this video summarizes major concepts in a short TWO Minutes!

Happy Dancing!

Video of the Week! Male Body Builders Trying Belly Dance

There are so many fun videos online that I have decided to start a Video of the Week series. The Amusing Video of This Week is Buzzfeed’s Body Buidlers Trying Belly Dance for the first time:

This is not just entertaining, but also shows some of the frustrations that beginning belly dance students have, such as not being able to move as fluidly as they want to. However, practice makes perfect and as we keep dancing and drilling certain movements, muscles areas that are used specifically for belly dance will become more responsive and easier to control.

❤ Happy Dancing!

Taxim Video and New Classes

I wrote about performing an improvised Taxim to live music at Mendocino Middle Eastern Dance and Music Camp in July 2016, but I have not posted the link yet, so here it is!

I am also starting up some new classes! They are held on Monday evening at 7pm, at a private location in Irvine, and are $50 per month. Please message or email me privately to get the location.

For the new students who want more examples of my dance style, here is a my 2016 dance reel