Dear readers, Kyria is back with another wonderful, deeply informative post on how she uses bellydance DVDs in her practice. See the previous post for her top ten DVDs for intermediate and advanced bellydancers. And check out her website, www.buikdansereskyria.com. Before I dive into my lengthy love story with instructional DVDs, let me start by saying that … Continue reading Guest Post from Kyria: How instructional DVDs helped me become the bellydancer I am now
Dear readers, I’m thrilled to bring you today’s guest post from Kyria, a bellydancer from the Netherlands. Kyria and I have chatted online about our shared obsession with bellydance DVDs, and I asked her if she could provide a professional dancer’s perspective on how and which DVDs to use for at-home training. This is the … Continue reading Guest post: Kyria’s top ten DVDs for intermediate and advanced bellydancers
(Before you read this — subscribe to my newsletter and get the latest updates!) One thing I’ve learned? It makes a difference when a dancer is as obsessed with DVDs as I am. Khalida is a Belgian bellydancer living in Germany. She’s a gorgeous dancer, and, like us amateurs, works with a lot of DVDs. I … Continue reading Review of Shimmies with Khalida
I’ve had Hannan Sultan’s Elegant Turns and Arabesques for a couple of years. Up until now, I’ve mostly just peeked into it, sometimes to see how she describes the technique for a spin I’m having trouble with, sometimes even to try and work with it. However, I’ve been hampered by not really having enough space … Continue reading Review of Hannan Sultan’s Elegant Turns and Arabesques
I try not to be too, too superstitious, but every now and then, the universe organizes its messages a little too neatly. Everywhere I turn I hear the same thing, and finally I start to think that maybe I should pay attention. Take breathing. Suddenly, everyone’s telling me to breathe! Alia Thabit, who tells me … Continue reading And sometimes the universe tells you to dance
Aziza’s oft-repeated wisdom is: “Be amazed.” At one point while I was doing this video, I thought: “Dude, if I found my body doing what hers is doing, in the way that hers is doing it, I sure would be amazed!” When you see the title of the DVD, namely Hands, Arms & Poses, you … Continue reading Review of Aziza’s Hands, Arms & Poses
The second episode of this season of Project Belly Dance was a grab-bag of reality show tricks and twists. You will dance — but not to your own music! Some people will be eliminated, but one will be voted back in! Another will be voted all the way to the finals! And, oh yeah, how … Continue reading Blogging Project Belly Dance: Season 2, Episode 2: On your toes, ladies!