Music Matters: the Case for Learning Finger Cymbals

One of the most most intimidating aspects for some students studying Middle Eastern Dance (or Belly Dance) is learning to play the zills, or finger cymbals. Although no one can forcibly make a person learn the skill, and different styles of Middle Eastern Dance vary...

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Did You Know … That Belly Dance Is Not About The Belly?

... that ”Belly” Dance isn’t really about the belly at all? If you were to name this dance after the body part that is its main emphasis, it would be called “hip dance.” Among the very serious practitioners, as well, there has been a movement to dispense with the term...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Classes: Tip #2

Class Tip #2 ... Where Is Your Weight? Remembering sequences of steps and combinations is one of the most challenging aspects of dance for many students. Mastering individual steps and movements is one thing, but stringing a series of  them together, particularly if...

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Did You Know?

That Middle Eastern Dance is not just one style of dance? The style we call Belly Dance is only a small part of a very diverse set of unique styles found throughout the Near and Middle East, North African, and Mediterranean regions, an area measuring roughly 2000...

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Our Biggest Cultural Export

One of the very-big-deal facets of Middle Eastern Dance is the music. The way I was taught, pretty much everything a dancer does, whether he or she is dancing socially or in a staged show depends on the music.  And along the way, I’ve found that the dance most of us...

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Classes: Tip # 1

Remember that you’re not just paying for the teacher. You are also paying for the environment, such as the space, the mirrors, the time dedicated to your dancing and nothing else, the presence of other dancers to observe and learn from, the music and/or accompanist,...

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Did you know?

....that Middle Eastern Dance is not just a women’s dance? In its native cultures, men, women, children, grandma, your uncle, why pretty much everyone dances! Middle Eastern Dance is, at its root, in its original form, a social dance—an activity done for enjoyment and...

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