Author: Thea

Shik Shak Shok

The original Shik Shak Shok was written for Soheir Zaki by Helmi Bakris. It’s often danced by amateur troupes, but I’ve always felt that it’s really a number for advanced...

Alf Leyla Wa Leyla

Just the name, Alf Leila Wa Leila – 1001 Nights – conjures an atmosphere of romance and mystery.  It’s another classic Oum Kalthoum, so let’s start with that:   Here...

Inta Omri

Enta Omri is one of my favourite pieces of belly dance music.  Here are some of the many possible interpretations of this lovely piece, starting with the original song by...

Tahira

It gives me great pleasure to add Tahira to the roll of professional Australian belly dancers. I remember Tahira as a quiet student at Leonie Sukan’s classes, so it has...

How to Make a Belly Dance Bra

When it comes to making my own bras, I’ve always been a fan of Shushanna’s tutorials – but I always struggled to get my material to sit properly using her...

How to Make a Belly Dance Bra Fit

For a belly dance student, you feel you’ve “arrived” when you buy your first authentic Egyptian bedleh.   Then it arrives, and the bra doesn’t fit. Before you decide to exchange...

How to Get Your Bellydance Mojo Back

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on losing your dance mojo. At the time, I was referring to several posts I’d seen from teachers experiencing the issue -...

Belly Dancing with Pain or Disability

If you’re physically challenged through disability or injury, you may think dancing is beyond your grasp. Belly dance may offer the solution.   The story of Neena Nour, an inspirational...

Losing Your Bellydance Mojo

Is there something in the air?   There seems to be an avalanche of belly dancers feeling stressed, burned out and otherwise losing their mojo.  I noticed it first in...

Belly Dance in Turkey – the Bad News

Ninety-nine percent of belly dance teaching in Australia (other than Tribal styles) is Egyptian style.   It’s rare to find Turkish – even more so now that Leonie Sukan is...

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