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The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Anasma

Have you ever wished you could peek into the iPods of famous bellydancers? I have – so I thought I’d ask a few…

Anasma belly dancer

Anasma is the co-founder and co-director of the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, director of World Citizen Dance and an incredibly versatile all-around artist! Her performances tap into her background in ethnic dances, yoga, martial arts and acting, often creating a clear character and storyline told through dance. Her wild creativity, free spirit and adventurous nature really makes me want to know what’s on her practice and teaching playlist!

Anasma says:  Here are some of the songs I love to drill to. I use them for fusion and experimental purposes. I work not only with popping, bellydance, modern, theater fusion, but also on well-being.  Have fun! Choose inspiring music to make you move and enter a trancey state – simply dance where your soul and body take you.

“Just The Way You Are” by Boyce Avenue  I just love the lyrics. It carries people in a realm of self acceptance and pleasure of dancing as they are, without self judgement.

“Aquarium” by Nozaj Thing  A watery, liquid, floaty atmosphere that inspired waving techniques.

“Tumbling Backwards” by Young Wonder – I love its beats, the female voice. It simply carries me.

“Frankincense” by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  This is a super cool band composed of brass only.  It has 4/4 rhythms, very convenient for teaching.

“Sun Models” by Odesza For fiery upbeat energy!

Anasma is also a music artist. Here’s her video for “Ocean Elevation”

Did you find a new song you like? What does it inspire you to do with it? Share in the comments below…

April 5, 2015 0 Comments

The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Aubre Hill

Have you ever wished you could peek into the iPods of well-known bellydance instructors? Well, I have – and thought I’d ask a few!

Aubre Hill

Our first guest drill list comes from Aubre Hill, a performer and instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. She is also the director of the LuminaDance Co.  and Qabila Folkdance Co.    Aubre is a very versatile dancer so I suspected she’d have some interesting and eclectic music to inspire her classes – and she sure does. Get ready for some adventurous listening and drilling!

Aubre says:  “I use a wide range of different types of music so this mini drill set is specifically gypsy focuses for musicality push, dynamic drills & sheer energetic fun.”
Here’s how she likes to use them in class:
1- Disko Partizani by Shantel
Slow-Medium tempo great for warmup
2- Arabu Andaluz by Fishtank Ensemble
Medium tempo great for drilling foot patterns and turns with or without hip work
3- Egyptian Ella by Fatima Spar und die Freedom Fries
Medium-Fast tempo perfect for drilling hip patterns (ups, downs, 3/4’s, twists, etc) with great layering options to pull from
4- James Bond Theme by Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra & Fanfare Ciocarlia
Fast tempo screams shimmy shimmy shimmy and it’s happy vibe will help keep you going
5- Baccanale by Plotz!
Fast 5/8 great to train the ear in odd meter and drill gooey movements (figure eights, undulations, circles, etc)

Did you hear something you like? Whose iPod would you like to peek into?  Let us know in the comments below….

November 3, 2014 4 Comments
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