Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Practice videos

Below are links to tonight's class performances. Remember the "rules" for watching these

1. Look to see what areas you seem hesitant or forgot. Those areas need a little more practice before next Tuesday

2. Look to see where you are not with the group

3. Do not obsess about the way your body looks - focus on what it is doing.

4. Look for chicken wing arms and broken wrists.





Monday, November 12, 2012

As you're planning your costuming, don't forget jewelry and makeup.  Bigger is always better ;)

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, here, and here - all different variations of the smokey look

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

Want to see one of you special guests from Atlanta? Check out Aziza Nawal (watch for the drum solo at the end)

And showing off her fusion side - with an ending (complete with an appearance from Nicola from Nicola's restaurant) you may recognize ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nesatovo - final product!

Show information

Show information

Show is Wednesday, Decmeber 5th at the 40 Watt. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30. Dancers will need to be there by 6:30 and be completely dressed at 7:00.

Dress Rehearsal – during class on the week of November 25 (the week after Thanksgiving)
Last Rehearsal –
Ramsey Center Classes Sunday, Dec 2 times TBA (should be early evening; beginners will go first).
In'tisam final rehearsal TBA

Tickets and posters will be handed out in class on October 30-31 . We must sell 100 tickets by the week before the show, or we will cancel. Ticket prices are:
$5 in advance $8 at the door
Advance ticket money is due to your instructor by their deadline.

See below/back of sheet for more info about small group performances for intermediate and advanced students

Costuming – good places to look
Worldwide Fashions on Prince Avenue across from Aqua Linda
Moondance – www.moondancebellydance.com
L Rose - www.lrosedesigns.com
Miss Bellydance - www.missbellydance.com

Suggested Costuming for beginners:
Choli or half top
Heavily beaded tops like the ones shown in class (just make sure they provide enough support)
Colorful plain, sequined or beaded shirt (which can be tucked up if you would like)
Pants or skirt (if you are wearing pants, make sure they are not faded)
Coined, patterned, beaded or fringed hip scarf. You can also layer several scarves
Mary Janes, ballet slippers or flats
Coverup (to wear before and after you perform in the audience)
Shirt, jacket, caftan or wrap
Jewelry (some ideas)
Big earrings, necklaces with large pendants or chokers
Bangle bracelets or large cuff bracelets
Big, bold and bright! You will need to wear more makeup than you are used to – go overboard. Fake eyelashes are good if they don’t bother your eyes. Check out the blog closer to the show for hints.

Each dancer may only perform in 1 number in addition to their class numbers. Duets, trios and other small groups are preferred to solos. Performances are limited to 4 minutes in length. If you would like to perform, please send the following information to dancer.samira@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

1. Your Name
2. What you want to be introduced as
3. Name of song
4. Are you starting on stage or off?
5. Type of song, props, costuming, etc
6. What other dances you will be in

Spots will be allotted on a 1st come, 1st served basis. You will also need to have your number ready to show to Samira or your instructor no later than 2 weeks prior to the show. We would prefer earlier to give you more time to polish your dance to perfection.

If you need to edit your music, I suggest using a music editor such as Audacity (for PC) or Garageband (for Mac). For hints on how to edit, go to http://radio.about.com/od/funradiothingstodo/a/bleditaudio4.htm . To download Audacity, go to http://download.cnet.com/Audacity/3000-2170_4-10058117.html?tag=mncol . Garageband comes standard on most Macs.

All show music is due to me no later than Thanksgiving (earlier would be prefered). Files must be in an unrestricted (meaning anyone can open it) mp3, wav, or aac format. ITunes music must be converted to an aac file (a couple of suggestions are at http://forum.soft32.com/windows/convert-iTunes-protected-AAC-M4P-MP3-ftopict378063.html and http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550 ).

Music can be sent to dancer.samira@yahoo.com or burnt on a cd and turned into Samira. Please label cds with your name and the song title.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Diamond in the Rough practice videos

I've got all sorts of options for you.

With music - flipped but facing you so you do exactly what I am doing


With music - follow the bouncing butt


Without music - slower so you can go through parts you are having trouble with.


The whole dance is here, so don't freak out when you see stuff you don't remember.

Now to go dress my bouncing butt as a pirate.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Video from 10-23

Batwannis Beek - for Ramsey Beginner. We will review the end of the dance next week, I just went ahead and recorded the entire dance.

Nesatovo - Ramsey Intermediate

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Notes and video for Inti'sam

Notes for Diamond in the Rough - feel free to download and add your own info


Video - dancing is correct, cueing is rough


Stray Cat


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Video Notes from 10/16

For Ramsey Beginner - I couldn't embed this one, but here is the link


For Ramsey Intermediates - check out theseinspiration video of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice and Zoe Jakes

A little humor....

A lotta zills....

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Practice Video - Round 3

Ramsey Beginner class notes

Batwannis Beek


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Practice videos - round 2

Feel free to use zamzar.com to download any of these

Ramsey Beginners

Review of new material (arabic 2 and 4)

Batwannis Beek

Ramsey Intermediate

You can download Nesatovo here

Monday, October 1, 2012

Notes for Ramsey Beginners

Here are the notes for the dance. After class this week, I will post an updated practice video.

Batwannis Beek

If you want to buy the song, you can get the entire album at http://www.amazon.com/Bellydance-Superstars-Vol-IV/dp/B000XUBLIW/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349136213&sr=301-1 I think it is worth the money

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Practice videos - round 1

Bellydance Reality Show - http://www.topbellydancer.com/

Feel free to use www.zamzar.com to download my videos, I just ask that you don't share with anyone!

Ramsey Beginners

Link to video with the song just to listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3yl2GU9-RY

Quick Review new material from class

Practice video for Batwannis Beek

Ramsey Intermediates

Practice video for Nesatovo

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A little something for everyone

For the Ramsey beginners, here is a previous class performing to Batwannis Beek


Ramsey Intermediates - don't forget to bellyroll!!

And now for something in a different style. This is Sera Solstice who taught a workshop last weekend in Atlanta. Love the way she put the large group choreography together and mid way through the video you get to see some of her solo work.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Videos and general notes

Beginners - if you want notes on the moves we will be learning, go to my "Student Resources" page.

Ramsey Intermediates - If you want a video of the arabics to practice along to, go to the "Student Resources" page

Now on to the video fun......

One of the first dancers I fell in love with - Tamra-Henna.  This was filmed shortly after she moved back to the states after being the dancer at the Nile Hilton.

Atlanta's own Awalim - so much fun to watch!

And Aziza of Montreal......my perennial favorite

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Upcoming ATL Workshops!

Some amazing workshops coming up in the next 6 months or so.  Workshops are a great way to stretch your skills and add new things to your toolbox.  Even if you can't make the workshops, go to the shows.  Watching dance (especially live) is a great way to become a better dancer.  I would recommend any of these  to you.

September 15-16 - Aziza and Sera Sosltice  http://atlantafusionbellydance.com/?page_id=293  Aziza is my idol!  She's an amazing dancer and an extremely good teacher.  She does a good job of modifying and focuses of "becoming the music," musical expression, and fluidity.  I've never taken classes with Sera, but the workshop descriptions sound really interesting.

October 25-28 - The Soul of Fusion http://www.blackorchiddanse.com/2012-the-soul-of-fusion/ Black Orchid Danse has beautiful, well run workshops.  There are too many great instructors here to list.  However, if you like Zoe, you will love Kami Liddle and if you want to learn zills, Tarik Sultan is amazing.

November 9-10 - Morroco and Shira http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Patrice-Isis-Raqs-Les-Raissat-Presents-Legends-of-Dance-Lecture Morocco (also known as "Aunt Rocky") is a legend in the bellydance world.  She has over 50 years teaching and performing.  After falling in love with the dance, she has traveled all over Africa and the Middle East learning the true roots of the dance.  I love classes with her, she's no nonsense but is quick to teach authentic dance.  Shira runs shira.net, the most visited bellydance website in the world.  She's another expert in authenticity.  Why worry about being authentic?  You need to know the history of where this dance came from before you can figure out where you are going with it.

January 19-21 - Suhaila Salimpour Level 1 Intensive http://atlantafusionbellydance.com/?page_id=286  Suhaila is not for the faint of heart, but her basic technique and theories have become part of many bellydance styles.  As a second generation bellydancer and performer she brings a wealth of information to her students.

February 14-17 - Tribalcon  www.tribalcon.com  Another workshop jam packed with awesome teachers.  One thing that makes Tribalcon unique is that there is a music track, a dance track and a lecture track so there is something for everyone.  Zi'ah has create a great event that gets better every year.  This year she has Donna Meija (a dance wonder in all forms), Onca O'leary, and Zoe teaching among others.  They are focusing on how each of these dancers have created their own personal style.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Welcome to Bellydance at the UGA Ramsey Center!

Below is all the information you will need to know for my class this semester.  However, if you have any other questions, please contact me. 

I'm excited to get 2013 off the ground!

Belly Dance With Samira

Belly Dance With Samira

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cane Videos!!!

Since we started playing with canes/sticks in the Healing Arts Centre class last night, here are some video examples of the various styles.

Tahtib "sparring" from a documentary

A staged version of the above for tourists, but still very masculine

Tamra Henna of California (who lived in Egypt for almost 10 years and was the dancer at the Nile Hilton for several of those)  The first one is more traditional, the second is more flashy for stage performances.  Notice how these differ from the male version above

Amani Jabril's modern interpretation of street cane - saw this performance live and it rocked!!

And one of my favorite non-cane traditional saiidi numbers.  Not complicated dancing but very earthy and it works!

Monday, April 30, 2012

A little last minute inspiration

For those of you who like Zoe, check out Moria

The fabulous Ebony

And a little more Tito!

See you at the show!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Final Rehearsal and last minute info

Don't forget our final rehearsal Sunday.  Ramsey Beginners from 6:45, Intermediates from 6:45-7:45ish.

74081367 Performance Checklist

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Makeup and Music

As you're planning your costuming, don't forget jewelry and makeup.  Bigger is always better ;)

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, here, and here - all different variations of the smokey look

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

Music links for Inti'sam and  Ramsey Intermediates

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Music for Inti'sam to download

Video of current Cairo star Mercedes Neito for a little modern inspiration

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Practice Video for Ramsey Beginners

Link for Ramsey Intermediate music - download and listen to it!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Video and a Poll

Ramsey Intermediates - check out the poll on the right and vote before Monday!

Ramsey Beginners - practice video below

Inti'sam - practice video coming soon!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Video fun!

Ramsey Intermediates - check out the poll to the right about improv songs. Links to the songs are in last week's post.
Aziza doing one of the most complex drum solos I have ever learned

And a little Tito (since you can always use a little Tito)

And some pretty improv

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Music Links and Practice Video

Ramsey Beginners - Practice Video

Notes for the dance

Lawn Ouyounak

Ramsey Intermediates - Here are links to YouTube videos of the songs we are considering

A couple of things to note.  Shashkin is on here twice, because I have two wonderful versions that would work.  Also, in here are some examples of dancing as well.  The "Flight of Morrigan" video is extremely well done improv, complete with zills!

Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Shashkin 

"Shaskin" by Raquy and the Caveman


Flight of Morrigan - WildCard BellyDance 

I want to see you bellydance - Red Elvis

A Little less conversation - Elvis

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Video of Previous performances and FREE Music

Last performance of Lawn Ouynack for my Ramsey Beginners

Some sample improv performances for the Ramsey Intermediates.

Free Music from Amazon.com
This CD has about half upbeat Turkish pop and half mellow ballads.
7 Arabic pop tracks by notables like Amr Diab, Wael Kfoury and George Wassouf.
This has 19 tracks in all world music styles. "Cleopatra's Secret" and "Mah'Iqaa" are the most bellydance-able.

Monday, February 13, 2012

For beginners - Lawn Oyounak by Nancy Arjam

With English Subtitles

The official music video (with a slightly augmented version of the song)

For Ramsey intermediates

An overview of what makes improv unique (from an American Tribal Style perspective)

A little of the history of tribal improv (once again from an ATS perspective - appropriate since Carolena invented it)  Just be leery of her use of the word Gypsy

Monday, February 6, 2012

Reading for Ramsey Intermediates on Tribal Improv

Beautiful example of how dance doesn't have to be complicated to be amazing.  With the exception of a few things, like the drop at the end, the moves are simple but the formation and precision are perfect.

Need help on the 3/4 shimmy? Three videos with slightly different ways of explaining it. An ATS version, Anthea's, and Mahin's.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Musical instruments and a little history

D you know your nay from a quanoon???  Go here to learn (and listen) about the most commonly used musical instruments in Middle Eastern Music.

An overview of bellydance since 1900.  Pay special attention to Nawga Foud, Samia Gamal, Souheir Zaki, Dina (not specifically named but in a video clip) and Randa in the Golden Era and Egyptian section. 

The term "Tribal Dance" means many different things to many different people.  This film talks to some of the "names" in the movement and asks them to define what their dance is and how it is different from other middle eastern dance.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspiring videos

Beginners - if you want notes on the moves we will be learning, go to my "Student Resources" page.

Ramsey Intermediates - If you want a video of the arabics to practice along to, go to the "Student Resources" page

Now on to the video fun......

One of the first dancers I fell in love with - Tamra-Henna.  This was filmed shortly after she moved back to the states after being the dancer at the Nile Hilton.

Atlanta's own Awalim - so much fun to watch!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Notes for Healing Arts Center students

Over view of zills and rhythms so far

Article with good background AND "zill phrases"

Both of the songs we have been dancing to are by Gypsy Caravan off of Caravan Rhythms

Mafuf (sometimes spelled Malfoof) used heavily in oriental numbers as an entrance.  Good example – “Escape from Cairo” that we danced to last spring.  Works well with chasse’, spins, walking entrances

Sample of rhythm you can download

Malfuf with clap
Dtt  (1 – 2 -2)
Play RLL(1 – 2 -2) RLL(1 – 2 -2) RLL (1 – 2 -2)clap 3X
3 Basic Egyptians and 3 accents on the claps (hips down, down, down)

Masmoudi Kebir (usually called just masmoudi)
Masmoudi  (this version has room for you to play 1-1-123-1-123123)

Dd tkt D tkt
Dd       double drop on R
Tkt      scoop R hip up and in
D         chest drop
Tkt      shoulder shimmy or undulate

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

Belly Dance With Samira

If you want to stop by Worldwide Fashions, here's a map showing it's location if you are new to the area. 

1375 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA 30606-2733

(706) 208-9915

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