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

November 3, 2014 4 Comments

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….

Mahin (121 Posts)

Professional instructor and performer of Middle Eastern belly dance, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and author or the “Daily Bellydance Quickies”. Belly Dance Artrepreneur, Workshop instructor, performer, event producer, and bellydance writer.

  1. Wallace-Ruby
    November 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    ****Absolutely ADORE This******

    Well, your iPod first off! And then, oh, let’s say, Nadira Jamal, Rosa Noreen, Tanna Valentine, Jenna, Michelle Joyce, Ruby, and Ranya Renee! (making myself stop here)


  2. Paula
    November 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks to this list, I just fell in love with Disko Partizani and have been playing it over and over. It is so fun to dance to!
    I think my neighbors hate me now. 😉

  3. Ashley
    November 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m not doing a character piece to Egyptian Ella for my studio’s student show! I love this piece so much! Thank you for sharing 😀

  4. Galadriel
    December 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I’ve actually drilled like crazy to all these songs with the amazing Aubre. She’s right – these songs are a lot of fun to dance to – almost makes you forget the pain 😉

    I’d love for you to get a peak at Princess Farhana’s ipod.


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