Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Last minute show info and makeup hints!

Performance Checklist                                                            

Some of my favorite places to go for makeup inspiration
Lauren Luke - has her own makeup line but does awesome celebrity inspired makeup

Arabic Eyes Tutorial is here - all different variations of the smokey look

And for the ultra dramatic looks - check out Doe Deere's blog

Monday, November 15, 2010

Music for Improv and another practice video for Ramsey

Music for Healing Arts Center Improv can be found here

Link to practice video for Ramsey Beginners (Music "Lawn Ouynack") is here 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Music choices for Healing Arts Center dancers

Here are some of the songs I'm thinking of pairing with Love Shack (some may need to be shortened, but I can do that after we pick)  Please send me any opinions about what you do or do not like!
Darban Jooth na Boley
Nihavent Longa
Turns and Transitions
Allahi Allah

And for your listening pleasure - Love Shack

FWIW - right now I'm feeling partial to Arawar and Arezou

Monday, November 8, 2010

Stuff for everyone!!

Video of Lawn Ouynack from the 40 Watt for Ramsey beginners

 Updated notes for Habibi Ya Eini (Ramsey Intermediates)

Habibi Ya Eini                                                            

Practice Video (on google docs)


Alternate link here

Updated Improv Vocabulary for the Healing Arts Center

HAC Improv Vocabulary                                                            

Monday, November 1, 2010

Show information and notes for Ramsey Intermediates

Show information handout for everyone
Show Information                                                            

Choreography notes for Habibi Ya Eini - email me to get edited version of music or download from google docs https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BwbElWTUF2rxZmE5OTFhYzktYzJjNy00ZGVjLWE5OTQtZWI4MjI2YTlhNDc2&sort=name&layout=list&num=50  (cut and past into your address bar)
Habibi Ya Eini Notes                                                            

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Last week I posted examples of fusion dance (often called "Tribal Fusion")  Here are some examples of traditional tribal style dance, which is all mostly improvisation.  This means that one person leads and everyone else follows her cues.

 Fat Chance Bellydance is the original tribal group and call their style American Tribal Style or ATS.

Devyani - an ATS group from Birmingham, AL

Gypsy Caravan - led by Paulette.  This is still improv by a different style, with slightly different rules.

Atlanta's own Awalim (sponsors of Tribalcon)

And finally, to give you an idea of how varied the description of Tribal Dance is, a montage of opinions from well known tribal dancers.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


A few examples of fusion dance.  This is very hip hop inspired, but fusion is any time you mix non-middle eastern dance or music into belly dance.  These are a few I love.

Zoe and Beats Antique (for those of you who missed Saturday's show - here's a sample of what they do)

Frank Farinino - amazing muscle control and a really nice guy!

And finally, Unmata.  Amy Sigil is super cool and her dancing is unlike anything I've ever seen!!  (BTW, this is all improv or follow the leader!!)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Improv Vocabulary for the Healing Arts Center Dancers

HAC Improv Vocabulary                                                            

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ramsey Beginner Notes

Download "Lawn Ouynack" by Nancy Ajram at here.

Notes for the dance:

Lawn Ouyounak                                                            

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saiidi Videos

Here are a few examples of Saiidi dance, both the more masculine and the flirty.

Tamra Henna with a more traditional dance

DaVid of Scandinavia with his interpretation

Egyptian Dancer Nour

Aziza doing saiidi without a cane

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tribal Basics for Healing Arts Centre students!

For those of you who need a more academic approach, here are a couple of documents for you.  The first is an overview of what makes tribal unique, why it was created, the two basic schools of thought, and basic formations, and leader changes.  The second is a "family tree" that traces how modern tribal improvisation has developed.
Basic Tribal Concepts                                                            

Tribal Lineage                                                            

Monday, September 13, 2010

Choreography music for Ramsey Beginners

This semester you will be learning a dance to "Lawn Ouyounak" by Nancy Ajram.  You can download the song from Amazon

If you are curious about what the lyrics mean, they can be found  here or watch the video complete with English subtitles on YouTube

While you're there - look at some of the other videos and arabic pop that is out there.  What do you enjoy about the music?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Workshop and show in Athens!

There is a dance workshop with Onca O'leary and the Mezmar society on Saturday, November 6.  There are workshops all day followed by a show at New Earth (that I will be dancing in).  Register at http://mezmersinathens.eventbrite.com/

Don't want to do the workshop?  Come to the show and see a variety of dancers!  Watching dancers is the best way to figure out what styles you enjoy the most!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Movement Vocabulary for Bellydance Basics class

A how-to guide for what we will be learning this semester.  Beyond Basics students you can use this to refresh your memory as needed.

Movement Vocabulary  

For Beyond Basics students, here's a video showing how you can put together some of the veil moves we are learning.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Two of my inspirations

As I've been getting ready for this semester, I keep coming back to a handful of dancers who inspire me.  Most recently is Tito, he's graceful and fluid while remaining very masculine.  I love the fact he's talking about his dance style and what makes him unique - other than the obvious!!

The other is Aziza, always one of my favorites.  She's an amazing teacher and glows when she is on stage.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Workshops Galore

I would recommend any of these – if you are looking for lower cost options, Shimmy-a-thon, Mezmar Society, and Amani Jabril would be my suggestions

Even if you don’t do the workshop, you may want to attend the shows.  It’s fun and a great way to see how different people interpret and perform this dance.

Shimmy-a-thon (8/21-22) – www.shimmyathon.com The Shimmy-a-thon concept was created in 2005 by Wendy Darsey to raise money and promote awareness for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She sought a way to contribute her time and talents to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a condition her younger sister endures.  Fabulous dancers have generously donated their time to come and share their talents with the local dance community. Dancers are invited to take classes with these instructors and all proceeds from their workshop attendance go directly to the cause.  This event has amazing instructors and classes for dancers of all levels!!!

Morroco in Atlanta (9/18-9/19)- Belly Dance by Samora and World Belly Dance Alliance (www.worldbellydancealliance.com) are delighted to bring to Atlanta after 20 years, the legendary MoroccoMorocco has an immeasurable amount of talent and experience and she is coming to share her knowledge and expertise with us in two days of fun, intense, and informative workshops!  Morocco will also mesmerize us with her fabulous performances in our Saturday night showcase.  Don't miss this opportunity to study with one of the world's living legends of Oriental Dance.   I highly recommend Morroco, she is one of the legends of American Bellydance and an expert on how things are done “over there”

Mahmoud Reda in Workshop Atlanta, Georgia – Hosted By Amani Jabril (8/7-8/8) http://redaatlanta2010.blogspot.com Reda is a legend in Middle Eastern Dance and the show for this should be amazing.   Mahmoud Reda is a pioneer of dance theater in Egypt. Soloist, choreographer and director of hundreds of productions, Mahmoud Reda has toured in more than 60 countries, performing on the world's most prestigious stages. He has also been principal actor, dancer and choreographer in popular Egyptian films. Mahmoud Reda is universally acclaimed for his dance with the strength and appeal of a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.  As a soloist, choreographer and director, Mahmoud Reda made four world tours to 58 countries with his troupe. The Reda Troupe has performed for many world leaders and Heads of states.  Mahmoud Reda draws from techniques of jazz, ballet, Hindu dance and folkloric dance from the USSR. His work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Many former troupe members include master teachers Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Mo Geddawi and Yousry Sharif.