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What Beginners Should Practice & Study Outside of Belly Dance Class

This is the latest installment in the occasional series, “Raks Me A Question” where I answer bellydancers’ questions about learning, teaching, performing or doing business in Bellydance Land. If you’ve got a dilemma, an obstacle you haven’t found your way around or a sticky situation and you’d like some advice – just send it in ! You may find your answer in the next installment of “Raks Me A Question”!

 

You’re new to belly dance and totally hooked! The jingly coins, the pretty silk … the fun haflas! One hour of class just isn’t enough and you want to learn it ALL. What’s a baby belly dancer to do? I’ve actually had several enthusiastic new students who are DBQ subscribers write in with variations of this same topic. Today I’ll  share some ideas and ways to structure your dance education outside of class  – without getting overwhelmed.

Get ready to take some notes, students!

 

 How have you organized your out-of-class practice at any level? Share your ideas in the comments below….

November 13, 2014 0 Comments

How To Plan Smooth-Running Belly Dance Events

This is the latest installment in the occasional series, “Raks Me A Question” where I answer bellydancers’ questions about learning, teaching, performing or doing business in Bellydance Land. If you’ve got a dilemma, an obstacle you haven’t found your way around or a sticky situation and you’d like some advice – just send it in ! You may find your answer in the next installment of “Raks Me A Question”!

From monthly haflas to full-blown theater belly dance shows, there are a lot of logistics for a show producer to handle! Being the coordinator of such an event is really a big job, and it often involves a fair amount of headaches and frustration before you get the applause. That’s the topic of this edition of “Raks Me A Question”…

A Daily Bellydance Quickies subscriber wrote…

“I host a small local event. For the most part it’s smooth sailing and the dancers are great to work with, but every now and then we get someone who just ignores the rules of the event or needs a lot of hand holding. Do you have any advice for expressing and enforcing the event guidelines in a way that doesn’t make me look like a big ‘ol meanie?

– Hijacked Host

I’ve hosted everything from class haflas to full-day festivals with over 100 dancers – I can truly relate to this question! Here’s what I have to say…

 

 

Do you have any suggestions to add if you’ve been a show producer or a participant in a show? Share them in the comments below…

 

October 2, 2014 2 Comments

How To Keep Up Your Belly Dance Practice When You Are Injured

This is the newest installment of  “Raks Me A Question” – an occasional series where I answer dancers’ questions about anything and everything to do with this Sparkly Life – from practice techniques to troupe politics. Think of it as a dancers’ Q & A meets Dear Abby!

Got a question you’d like to ask? Email me and tell me all about it.

Kelly asks: “How can I keep practicing when I’m injured?”

Most dancers, at some point in their career will have to deal with an injury – whether they have sustained it dancing or just tripping on the sidewalk. For active people like bellydancers, following the doctor’s orders to rest is probably the toughest prescription to swallow.

Fortunately, this does no have to mean totally abandoning your pursuit of dance till you get the green light from your health care provider. You have options – let’s talk about a few:

 

Have you had to deal with an injury that interrupted your dancing? How did you deal with it? Tell us in the comments below…

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