Golden Era Belly Dance enthusiast and our fabulous featured dancer in podcast #64 Badriyah of Belgium loves to bring us back to a time when bedlah and Raqs Sharqi dancers frequented movie screens. To an era of rapid growth for belly dance. A time when some of the most famous Raqs Sharqi performers were also film stars, and Fifi Abdou had just started her dance career. [visual-link-preview encoded="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"] In my interview with Badriyah, Badriyah revealed much of her findings from the research she has done on Egyptian belly dance films from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. After years of studying Golden Era Belly Dance
Carolena Nericcio tells us about the evolution from the names American Tribal Style(ATS) to Fat Chance Belly Dance Style (FCBD) in this belly dance podcast interview
If you feel good, you'll look good! Make water your drink of choice, find a workout routine that empowers you, and be intentional with how you spend your time.
Bellydance Superstars Choreographer and Artistic Director Jillina Carlano tells us how to communicate with musicians when you dance. Use hand gestures just like the musicians! Read this for examples and listen to Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter #62 for more Jillina expertise.
This famous Lebanese dance song is in Bedouin Arabic, but these phonetic lyrics for Ya Ayn Mawlayitan make it easier for people to sing if they don't speak Arabic.
These instructions for making a portable dance studio mirror can help you create your own dance studio, even if it's in a weird basement or barn or somewhere without walls where you want them! This mirror is great for moms with small children because it is stable, portable and reversible. Every dancer deserves a place to dance. To experiment and grow and see what that looks like. Using power tools will save you a lot of time. If you don't have a jigsaw, drill gun and screw gun, borrow them or invite your friend who has them over and feed them dinner. A palm
Tired of feeling tight and stressed? One of the world's most down to earth Buddhist teachers shows us how to soften, relax, create space, and find meaning in our dance lives and daily lives.
Abigail Keyes of the Salimpour School teaches us 11 words from popular Arabic dance songs that will help us understand our favorite belly dance songs. Learn more on the belly dance podcast A Little Lighter episode 46
Creating a meditation practice can be a lot of fun. Choose an inspiring thought leader who meditates like Oprah Winfrey or Thich Naht Hanh and use these tools to start experiencing the benefits of meditation.
The freshness Vietnamese food is astounding. For some cuisines a salad is simply lettuce. In Vietnam salad is a mix of fresh sprouts, vibrant herbs, leaves of many shapes with purple stems and varied aromas all crunching gently in your mouth beside crushed peanuts and soft rice noodles. It’s a version of heaven. And these mixed greens are served with many dishes, along with a slice of lime. So fresh. https://youtu.be/KKKIkpWHeVw When I travel, I give myself the gift of vegan cooking classes. Then I internalize the tastes and smells of another land and bring it home to my kitchen to enjoy and share again