Saturday, January 25, 2014

Videos to practice with

3/4 Shimmy Practice

And For Ramsey Intermediates - a review of Arabic 1-6 We learned 3 and 5 on the R left week, but no turning yet!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Feeling all tight?

By request, I'll be showing you how you can use a tennis ball to help relieve tightness in your IT band (down the outside of your leg), hip flexors (right below your hip on the front of your leg) and psoas/tight lower back between Ramsey classes tomorrow.  Bring a ball and join us from 6:45-7:00!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


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 this semester off the ground!

Belly Dance with Samira

Also, if you want to know what is going on in the Atlanta area with Bellydance, check out Barbara Smith's blog at  You can all sign up for her newsletter if you are afraid you are going to forget to check the site.  Her calendar lists local shows, restaurant performances and workshops.  Floorspace dance here in Athens has a couple of workshops coming up, check their website for details (

Another opportunity to dance is Shimmy Mob on May 10th.  Not only is it fun to spend the day flash mobbing around town with other dancers, it also raises money for Project Safe! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Free Week and Dancer's Year in Review

Don't forget - Free Week is here!!

Today - (Jan 6), Mahsati is teaching a free beginner class at the Healing Arts Centre (on Prince Avenue) at 7:15.  On Tuesday I'll be at UGA's Ramsey Center for free week - teaching Basics at 5:30 and Beyond Basics at 7:00 - one change these will be in the martial arts studio (yay for squishy floors!)  Share with friends!!

Dancer’s year in review
As we kick off a new semester of dance and a new calendar year, take a few moments to think about what your goals are for your dancing.  Depending on your life and the amount of time you have been dancing, these vary a great deal from person to person.

A few things to think about as you look back on your dancing thus far:
What did you accomplish/what are you proud about with your dancing?  This can be as simple as making it through the performance, or nailing a combo you were struggling with.  If you can’t think of something, we need to talk J  I can list multiple things each of you have accomplished. 

In planning for the new year – What down you want to work on?  This can be one simple thing or a couple of things.
Looking back in one of my old dance notebooks, I found some of my own lists.  They were simple, like improving my chicken arms (yep, I had them), attending a workshop with Aziza, learning how to Berber Walk and elevator drop without pain.  

If you have been dancing for a while, these goals may include trying your first workshop, joining Shimmymob, or working on your physical strength to make you better dancer.  Need someone to help you be accountable, talk about your goals with a dance friend or me!!  Happy Shimmies!!!!