Bellydance A – Z is a glossary of terms for bellydance students to use as a reference guide. These are terms commonly used in the dance community, which includes Arabic musical terms, basic rhythms, regional dance styles, and other cultural information needed to get a foothold into the world of Bellydance. You’ll notice I give […]

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The art of Raqs Sharqi won my heart in the early 1970’s. It has led me on many amazing journeys around the world and has allowed me to live out my vision as a dance artist, choreographer, teacher and mentor. After 4 decades I am still in awe and humbled by the beauty and magic […]

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In an age where “branding” is important in self promotion, I keep seeing the term, “master teacher” used a lot. It’s made me wonder about that term and why it’s used so much in bellydance advertising. A celebrity dance star, is not necessarily a master teacher, whether a local star, or touring workshop star. They […]

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When did we start dividing oriental dancers into categories? Why is it so important to pin down her (or his) bellydance style, and put it in a box and put a label on it? With so many genres under the vast umbrella of bellydance, we have to identify what it is the person is doing […]

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Ive been staring at my dog, Indigo (“GoGo”), for the last 10 minutes. She’s sleeping on the couch by the Christmas tree and there’s a tiny sprinkle of gold glitter stuck to her sweet, jet black, Labrador face. It’s not unusual for glitter, sequins, and various other kinds of bling to be stuck to my […]

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Happy Valentines Day! I can’t believe it’s been a year ago today since I’ve written in my blog! Time seems to fly by so quickly! I don’t consider myself a writer, I think I do “ok” when I have something to say, but in general I’ve never been very good with words…that’s why I dance. […]

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It’s Valentines Day! The day of love! The day we celebrate the people and things we love in our life. I am lucky to have so much love in my life. I love my husband, Michael, and my dog, Indigo, and all my family, friends, students and of course I love my dancing. To me, […]

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Natural Skin Care For Dancers Beauty And The Feast, Part 3 For all you greenies out there, here’s another use for your used coffee grounds besides throwing them in the compost to nourish your garden. Try an invigorating coffee facial scrub. Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. It’s one of my favorite scrubs! It contains […]

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Natural Skin Care For Dancers Strolling through the farmers market one Sunday, I discovered a delightful treasure sitting at a table under one of the tent awnings. She called herself “Aunt Willie”. She is an elderly lady vendor and bee keeper, who sells her own raw organic honey, as well as other natural bee products. […]

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I was recently thinking about an experience I had in a ballet class when I was young, that had a huge impact on me. An “older woman” (or so I thought at the time, she was probably in her 30’s) was consulting with the teacher before the class began as to whether or not the […]

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Finding Your Creative Genius As artists, we all suffer creative blocks and burn out from time to time, this can be very frustrating. There are times we may feel we’re on fire with inspiration and ideas, then all of a sudden…zilch, nothing. Many artists won’t admit to this, but it happens to everyone. Through the […]

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