Incorporating dance into enrichment programs is essential in every community. When I learned that Khalima Sikorsky, Richmond, Virginia based belly dancer, posted that she was starting such a program, I just knew I had to write about this.
Dealing with grief is difficult on everyone. Individuals handle grief differently. Some become distant, others let their emotions out, while others look for support. Death of a loved one impacts a dancer's ability to stay on track with performances, rehearsals, and other events.
Every year on May 9, dancers from all over the world celebrate World Belly Dance. In conjunction with promoting belly dance all over the world, Shimmy Mob raises awareness and funds for abused women and children organizations.
World Fusion Festival will run from May 1-3, 2015 at Lake Casitas Ventura, California. It is going to be filled with music, dance, art, food and vendors. What makes this event unique is the fact that it will be outdoors.
Recently, there was concern about the lack of dance opportunities for students and beginners. In a large city, there is no excuse, but little is known, even in a large city, about what venues will host beginner dance events. The solution is of course, to create dance opportunities.
There are often more distractions in daily life, making certain goals difficult to accomplish. Our emotions and beliefs set things into motion. Learning how to manage your goals starts with learning how to keep emotions in check.
In just a few, I'll be celebrating the new year with family and friends. I'll admit that I'm thinking about the changes I need to make for the new year. Yes, I'll admit too that about this time, is when I think about the changes and not before. I'm going back to the basics.
Dancers, this DVD is a must for your toolbox. Fusion, especially when using the skirt as a prop, is popular amongst belly dancers. Treasure's Skirtwork for Belly Dancers is a useful instruction DVD to get you in the right direction.
Artists face many challenges that make them stronger and wiser. Their stories in turn inspire future artists/dancers to take that first step into becoming the next generation of amazing performers. Andrus Ramir is known in the belly dance community and he is a true inspiration.
There are certain types of dance that require strength, stamina, and balance. Skill of the dance alone, is only part of a successful performance. The other part requires a dancer to maintain a physical fitness level, so that the dancer appears flawless while in motion.
This month our country celebrates our amazing LGBT community. Slowly but surely, this great country is more accepting of men and women whose sexual identity or preference is non traditional. The belly dance world embraces such a diverse group of dancers, including LGBT individuals.
Most dances today are a fusion of the old and the new. Call it what you like, disagree, or embrace it, new fusions are here to stay. It is important that as dancers, artists and teachers, we come together for the love of dance.
In this day and age, really earning what is your worth is difficult. The general public has a misconception of what a true artist/belly dancer is worth. When it comes to fees and such, who is really paying and who is not?
Yoga Meets Dance is an excellent method of combining dance with yoga. Individuals are always looking for fresher methods of movement and healing for the body. This method is the answer for a balanced mind and body workout.
This is a must read for all women. Most of what is written, relates to oriental dance and the lives of dancers, instructors, and those who dream of becoming a dancer. A woman's journey is of importance and Unveiling: The Inner Journey is a terrific guide.
It is that time of the year for celebration, family, and fun. The weather calls for those warm blankets and hot chocolate. A fire to gather around, telling stories. A time to reflect on who we are and what wishes we have for next year. I would like to share a few thoughts.
Now it is time for storytelling at its finest. In this discussion, I will refer to the storyteller Shahrzad, in the Persian transliteration. The first parts are "The Merchant and the Genie" and "The History of the Fisherman".
It has been awhile since I last spoke of the Arabian Nights. There is a reason for it. I've read so much into the story, that I don't want to finish. Scheherazade and her stories amaze me. As dancers, we should at least try to know her, this fascinating woman who inspires the music and our dance.
On July 14, 2013, dancers and musicians will come together to celebrate the legendary Fez nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Roxanne Shelaby, daughter of founder Lou Shelaby, is raising funds for this wonderful documentary.
Recently, I saw a remark from a belly dancer about another belly dancer using profanity on Facebook. Although the remark was more of a suggestion, I really had to think long and hard about myself and my mouth. How does profanity reflect on a dancer?
Every occupation has certain guidelines and standards under the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the Department of Labor, establish these statistics for those working in the United States. Those interested in becoming a dancer or a choreographer, visit the website.
There is that certain time of the year where dancers do not perform, do not rush to have practice time with the troupe, and the time to just focus on her/himself. Usually, this time is at the end of the year. Why is that?
My recent trip to Spain allowed me the opportunity to experience flamenco at its finest. International Belly Dancer Mesmera, coordinated this beautiful travel adventure that allowed myself and many others to experience the beauty of flamenco.
In this presidential campaign with women's rights being an issue, I can't help but think of the past, the struggles, the scandals that impacted women. Maud Allan was a rebel in her day, a time when women could not embrace their sexuality.
Social media comes in all forms. With this, it seems the world is always at the tip of your fingers. Every type of issue, person, group, food, you name it, is represented on Facebook. Belly dancers who want to be in the know, well, Facebook is the place to be.
Also known as finger cymbals, zills are an instrument used in belly dance. Dancers wear the instrument on their thumb and second finger, both hands, as part of a performance. It takes time and dedication to learn how to play, but one will never know unless they give it a try.
There were several titles that I wanted to call my particular article. After several deletes, I'm satisfied with this title. You see, I try to be positive for the most part, but when I came across this blog, Ugly Costume Goddess, I had to write something about this, uh, negative page.
Today on Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), the performers danced with emotion. They were each required to perform a piece that was a moment in their life, whether good or bad. The performances were amazing.
The last article, I gave helpful suggestions on planning a successful show. Now, I want to focus on the dancers that will perform at your show and what must be done, so that dancers are willing to peform again and again at your special event.
A belly dance show and/or event takes proper planning, for in order to be successful, the planning can not be done over night. Whether there is one person or a group coordinating the show, several things need to be considered.
Belly dancers are in a unique situation when it comes to marketing themselves. Of course, not all belly dancers and belly dance troupes are alike. The name speaks a great deal and it is important when it comes to marketing.
I decided to take one night off, so that I could introduce the dancers on stage and entertain the crowd. It was the kind of role that I had always wanted to do, since I've seen the best of the best do it.
A forum is a meeting place to exchange views, thoughts, opinions about a certain issue. Bellaonline provides forums for all topics on the website. Belly dancing is no exception and it is easy to become a member of the forum.
I find myself observing what others wear during workshops and at practice. Especially at workshops, I find that most dancers who sport the best, have a great dance attitude. I can't help but to admire their confidence, yet do I really want to sacrifice my comfort to be so dolled up?
When people who have a desire to learn a new dance, they think they can just jump right into it. Snap the fingers and there it is, a new dancer. Not so fast. The body must be conditioned the right way to start any type of artistic dance.
December 11, 2010 in Houston, Texas started off as a warm day. As the day progressed, the wind came in, with all its might, bringing the temperature down. However, that didn't stop the Houston Area Belly Dance Association (HABDA) from dancing.
Dancers always want to be beautiful, loved and admired by all. A dancer wants to be flawless when she gets on the stage, receiving praises from the audience afterwards. However, there will be moments when a dancer does not have positive feedback from the audience.
Dancers probably wish they had a permanent place, so that they can have their essentials to get ready for the performance. Most of the time, dancers have to carry a bag, or two, or three. What to bring and what not, is always a dilemma.
It was a totally cool experience, on a warm, Houston, Texas night. Co-Founder and Director Ken "Tulo" Knezick of Gypsy Dance Theatre, coordinated a live drum session, with black lights, strobes, and smoke machines to make the mood groovy. I am so looking forward to the next one.
If you haven't heard by now, this week is National Dance Week. Dancers from all over the United States are taking part in this week long celebration. Through May 2, 2010, dancers are putting their best foot forward to show the public that dance is alive and well.
There is something magical about dance movies. These movies we can see over and over again. What is it about these movies that make us keep watching? What is it about these movies that makes us want to dance?
The story of The Arabian Nights, inspires movies, books, music, and belly dancers. It is not uncommon to hear of belly dance songs inspired by such a magnificent book. However, to become familiar with the story, is well, another story.
The traditional question that seems to make its way once a year, is answered in hundreds of ways. Everyone answers with family and friends. Dancers are no different, but about the art of dance, yes, we are thankful.
Last minute decisions, not finding the right costume, and not having the right size, are all part of every woman's costume panic. Every woman wants to look great and sexy. At times, when a woman feels hopeless, there are always items around the house to consider.
The weather is finally cooling down, after this long hot summer. However, it is never too late to heat things up. There are many events coming up for October and November. If you like traveling and meeting up with other belly dancers, then check out the events.
I've never watched the show, "So You Think You Can Dance", but when the headlines read that the judges were emotional over a performance, I had to find out. After seeing the performance, I could not stop crying. Dance does have that power.
After a review of Sarah Skinner's DVD, I decided to do a little research on the songs that were used in her DVD. Both are very popular, and to really find out the true meaning of Rompi Rompi and Mastika, well, everyone has their say.
Although dancers tend to become experts in their field of dance, there are dancers who explore and learn other dances. This makes the dancer knowledgeable of other music, choreography, costume, and most of all culture.
On February 25, 2009, the most majestic bellydancers known to the world, visited Houston, Texas as part of their tour. It was a wonderful night filled with dazzling costumes, great music, and unforgettable choreography.
Dancers and others in the performing arts are taking a hit because of the economic crisis. The majority of dancers are full-time employees elsewhere, so with this crunch, dancers are making some tough decisions.
This year, the mother and dauther duo, will be hosting the 19th annual Belly Dancer of the Universe competition. Take a trip to Long Beach, California for a chance to see belly dancers compete for awards.
When a person becomes a member of Facebook, hundreds of ads are shown each time you click on to different sections. Entering your hobby also allows a person to view ads of interest. That is how I found Lacy Chenault.
Most women feel that they need dates for the holidays. However, times have changed and most women are going out to nightclubs, black tie events, and other social gatherings with their gal pals. And for the most part, women are dancing with their gal pals.
You don´t need me to tell you about this crazy economic situation. However, from this mess comes good deals that you can´t pass. Right now is the time to check out the discounts by going online. Don´t wait too long, for Christmas is just around the corner.
Dancing is not just all about technique and skill, it is also about your confidence. When a woman is confident in herself, everything falls into place. However, there are many women out there who lack it.
Right now, the weather may not be your best friend. All this craziness is keeping most people inside. Just remember that there are belly dance events all over this great country. I just decided to narrow some events that are upcoming.
On September 6, 2008, Destination Cairo performed at the HABDA Gala. It was a night filled with excellent performances by many beautiful dancers. Destination Cairo, the dance troupe that I belong to, performed to a fun, energetic song called "Hep Hup Remix" by Yeni Mezdeke.
Not much is known about Gypsy dance or the Roma culture, but through dancers like Simona Jovic, the story can be told about a culture that is vibrant. Today, she travels around the world teaching her audience the true Roma style of dance and music.
There are so many images that come to mind with the mention of the word Gypsy. Immediately, one thinks of freedom, dance, and living wild. A beautiful, earthy woman dancing for the public. These are only stereotypes.
This is the last day that you and I have an opportunity to do some last minute shopping. If you are like me, waiting till the last minute, and don´t know what to give that special person, then I have some suggestions.
Only at Bellaonline.com, will you be able to submit to the belly dance newsletter called The Dancing Lotus. Each newsletter will feature information about a goddess, chakra, tales of the lotus, and belly dance tips.