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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...

Why Dance Folkloric?

The obvious answer to this question is, “Because I enjoy it”.  Great – that’s your privilege!    But lately, I’m detecting an attitude by some teachers that I’m somehow a...

What is a Mejance and Why?

I’ve often wondered what the name “Mejance” means, so I was interested when Keti Sharif for posting an explanation on Facebook recently. I had always assumed it must be an Egyptian word,...

Ballet in Belly Dance

Recently, I moved to a new city and had to find a new belly dance teacher.  I’m getting older and for some time now, have felt uncomfortable performing in a...

So You Want to be a Professional Belly Dancer

It’s often said that if you work at what you love, it doesn’t feel like work.  So it’s only natural that if you love belly dance, you’d like to earn...

What Should I Charge as a Professional Belly Dancer?

WARNING:  I’m playing Devil’s advocate here, be prepared! When I first started performing (at gigs organised by my teacher), I was stunned by the amount being charged for my performance....

My Belly Dance Influences

Dance is an art that is hard to write down, so it’s passed on from dancer to dancer.  It’s humbling to think that we’re all part of a long line...

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