to Belly Dance
Since I started my website I receive emails from people all over the world
wanting to know how they can learn to belly dance. The best way to
learn belly dancing is from an instructor. A teacher can work with
you and make sure you are executing a move correctly. You can ask
questions if you feel your are doing something wrong. I know I learn
from watching, so it's nice to have someone in front of you demonstrating
the movement. But let's face it, this is not always
feasible. This is not an all inclusive lists of sources, hopefully this page will start you in the right direction.
Check back from time to time, I will be adding more information to this
page as I find it.
Belly Dance Instruction on the Web
Finding an Instructor
Belly Dance Instruction on the Web - websites that offer instruction,
lessons and papers on belly dancing.
Lessons Online - learn Belly Dance in your home in your time to
your schedule" by Charni of Happy Hips Belly Dance
Datura Online - Learn belly dance, yoga + Pilates now with belly dance classes online from Rachel Brice's studio, Datura. 100's of lessons from multiple teachers that fit your budget, schedule, or style, available for rent or through subscription. Learn how to belly dance anytime and anywhere.
How to Do Belly Dance Moves - explanation of how to do various
belly dance moves and more from Shira's website.
Kawakib's Dance Tips - Instructional
papers on the art of Oriental (belly) Dance for beginners through
Page - from Middle Eastern Dance page
Finding an Instructor - don't know where to
look to find an instructor? Here are a few suggestions:
- check your local yellow pages under dance studios or dance
- restaurants in your area that have dancers
- your local city's Parks & Recreation department
- the Internet - several websites have a dancer or teachers directory
- also email dancer's that you find on the Internet, they might be
able to help
- colleges and universities - some offer noncredit classes that might
include belly dancing if it is not offered as a credit course
- health clubs
- new age stores
- Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
- if you see a dancer perform, ask, they will be glad to help - this
could be at the fair, a grand opening, a festival, a singing telegram
or belly gram, etc.
Promoting Yourself - how do you promote yourself as a dancer? From pro to student dancer you need to know how to promote yourself to be successful.
How you present yourself on social media, with business cards, fliers, photos, blog and
website; all these say a lot about you and if you will get the gig you are after.
The Art of
the Blurb - by Brad Dosland
A Belly Dancer's Cover Letter - by Salome
Business Side of Bellydance, Getting the Gig! - by Shetan Noir
A Homemade Promo Picture - by Salome
Inside Secrets: Marketing Yourself - trailer video on YouTube with Michelle Joyce
Marketing Yourself as a Dancer - by Shira
Promotional Photos: get the most for your money (3 parts) - by Shira
Belly Dancing Taught me About Personal Branding - by Lisa Barone
Props - performing with props adds a lot to
ones dance and is a lot of fun and at times can be challenging.
Cane (Raqs al Assaya)
Dancing with a Stick - by Valeria Lolacono
Mirabai's Chinese Fan
Fusion & Belly Dance
Belly Dance Lesson - Fan Veils - short instructional video on an
introduction to fan veils / performance
of double fan veil
Phoenix: An Isis Wings Belly Dance Choreography
- by Ayshe (video)
- by Sakti Rinek
Dancing with Snakes - by Neferteri
with Snakes - by Maria
than you ever wanted to know about Living with Constrictors -
by Eva Cernik
Dancing - from Middle Eastern Dance Resource Guide
and Dancing with a Belly Dance Sword - by Zarifa
Using and Strong Balanced Props - by Princess Farhana
Tips & Tricks for
Swords - by Shira
Veil Dancing - one of the most
moving, flowing, expressive and prettiest part of belly dancing. This is one of my favorite props to work with.
Great American Belly Dance Veil Routine - by Najia El Mouzayen (from
the Gilded Serpent)
Books and DVD's/Videos
Dancing - clips of various dancers from You Tube
Belly Dance Lessons -
- Veil - short instructional video on an
introduction to veil
Basic Veil and Veil
- short instructional video on basic veil moves and a veil drape
performance - single silk rectangle veil performance, 3rd place at
Wiggles of the West 2011
Videos - this is a wonderful way to learn
belly dancing. Doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a
professional dancer, you can learn from video
tapes. Don't think you can only learn from instructional videos, you
can learn a lot from performance tapes also. A video shouldn't
replace an instructor, they are a great tool to use along with
lessons. If you don't have an instructor or classes in your area
videos are the best.
The Internet is another good source. Try to find websites that have video
reviews. This will help you in making a decision on what to
buy. Also ask dancers about the videos they like before you
Online auction sites, like eBay are a great source for purchasing belly
Check out your local library to see if they might have a video to check
Also check out bookstores, (don't forget the web bookstores) and
electronic stores, like Best Buys, that carry videos.
Zills - also known as finger cymbals, and sagats. These
circular disks really add a lot to your dancing.
I posed a question on my website asking dancers, "Do you play
zills when you dance? I was amazed at the results, (see survey
below). I love playing zills and it adds so much to your
dance, so I decided to add more info to this section. Don't give up,
keep trying you will succeed.
Books, Audio Tapes and Videos
with Zahira - Three's - DVD with Zahira, beginning to intermediate
Online Finger Cymbal Workshop - find lessons, videos and books on
how to play the finger cymbals. Great source from Shira's page.
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