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Raqs Ritz – How to Be an Awesome Belly Dance Show Host

Raqs Ritz – How to Be an Awesome Belly Dance Show Host

When I consider the shows I’ve danced in over the years, the ones that bring back the best memories aren’t necessarily the ones that showcased the best talent, had the nicest venue, or paid the most. The best shows were the ones that simplified my preparations, fostered a supportive community, and encouraged personal growth. Quite simply, the best shows were the ones that served as an effortless reminder of why I love the art of belly dance.

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Have No Fear! How to Create Choreography Courageously

Have No Fear! How to Create Choreography Courageously

Everyone loves a good belly dance choreography… once, of course, it’s grown up into a well-mannered and polished routine. In its growing stages, choreography can be an unruly, demanding brat- a brat that sometimes makes us want to cry or tear our hair extensions out. It’s easy to get intimidated when you first begin. Suddenly it’s as if you can’t remember any of the moves or combinations you know. You think that everything you try looks stupid, or it’s just not good enough (anyone else besides me a perfectionist?). These kinds of thoughts aren’t helpful. In fact, they can shut down your creativity. So when we choreograph, we have to give ourselves space to experiment. We have to be willing to have some failures, and to acknowledge that this is part of the process. We have to trust ourselves.

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How to Learn (and Remember!) Choreography for the Stage

How to Learn (and Remember!) Choreography for the Stage

Choreography… for some dancers it’s a very long four-letter word. Even for those who love choreography, the process of learning a new routine can be exhausting, confusing, and defeating. As if preparing for a performance wasn’t intimidating enough! Whether the idea of choreography makes you skip or shudder, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll have to learn one at some point in your studies (And if you plan to perform regularly with a class or troupe you may as well learn to love it!). That’s why you need a strategy for learning choreography. It can make the process go a lot easier and it can help you remember a routine when it most matters… on stage!

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Guest Post – 5 Reasons Belly Dancers Need to Stretch Regularly

Guest Post – 5 Reasons Belly Dancers Need to Stretch Regularly

Guest post from Alice Aisling. Belly dance classes aren’t meant to be yoga or Pilates classes, so the fine art of stretching often gets lost inside improvised teaching operations. A dance class should consist of a warm up, drilling/choreography/movement breakdown, then stretching and a cool down. Even if students receive all of these class components, taking classes just once a week isn’t enough to train flexibility…

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Review: Bird of Paradise Hip Scarves from Kahramana on Etsy

Review: Bird of Paradise Hip Scarves from Kahramana on Etsy

I don’t need to tell you that one of the perks of being a belly dancer is all the sparkly gear. Are there really any other professions or hobbies that get to dress this good? I don’t think so. Coined and fringed attire are sort of the standard when it comes to practice wear or student-level costumes for performance. While these are great basics to have in your closet, they do tend to get a little boring and overdone. That’s one reason I like shopping on Etsy. There’s a lot of unique looks and styles available from creative crafters. It’s where I found this beautiful “Bird of Paradise” hip scarf from Kahramana. I decided to test its wings and see how it performed in the classroom for this month’s belly dance review.

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