Category: Technique

How to Shimmy: Belly Dance Technique

Every belly dance beginner wants to know how to shimmy, and every intermediate bellydancer wants to know how to shimmy better. Basically, a shimmy is just a fast vibration of...

The Importance of Confidence in Dance

Confidence is critical to a dancer, but it doesn’t have to be real! Even if you’re quaking in your dancing shoes, LOOK confident and your audience will be impressed. Even...

Who’s Dancing, You or the Props?

Props are an essential part of belly dancing, but remember – you’re a belly dancer, not a magician or a rhythmic gymnast! One veil looks lovely, so ten must be...

Stretching for Belly Dance

You’ll find lots of advice on how to stretch for dancers, BUT most of them focus on the legs.  Belly dancers don’t need to high-kick or do the splits, so...

Belly Dance Arabesque

Do you know what a belly dance arabesque is?   Are you sure?  After discussing this with other belly dancers, I’ve discovered I’m not the only person who has misunderstood it...

How to Choose and Use Isis Wings

Purists look down on Isis Wings, because they are not Middle Eastern.  So where do Isis Wings come from? It’s possible they were inspired by the Serpentine Dance, made famous...

How to Make a Belly Dance Veil

Choosing Your Veil Material You have a choice of several materials for your belly dance veil. Silk Veils Veils were traditionally made of silk, but it has a few drawbacks....

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