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Stage Directions for Belly Dancers

In this video, I’m going to be introducing you to stage directions. Knowing your Stage directions can help you to better understand and describe your position on stage, which way you are facing in relation to your audience, as well as which direction you may be traveling. Using stage directions provides us a method to more accurately describe stage locations so we can write and teach choreography more clearly. It also reminds us, when we are creating choreography, what our…

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How to do Belly Dance Head Slides

Learn how to do belly dance head slides with this belly dancing tutorial. Headslides are a quintessential movement within many Middle East and North African dance styles. Head slides may be done slow or fast and are sometimes combined with gestures to bring greater expression to your dance. Head slides are a foundational move that prepare you for the head crescent (semi-circle) and head circle. Head slides may also be performed from front to back. Here is the list of…

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Maqsoum Rhythm vs Fellahi Rhythm

Learn how to tell the difference between maqsoum and fellahi Egyptian rhythms. Maqsoum and fellahi rhythms are often played with the same doumbek pattern using very similar sounding strikes. This can confuse dancers and new drummers. Maqsoum is a 4/4 rhythm and Fellahi is a 2/4 rhythm. You can think about Fellahi being a Maqsoum played double-time or twice as fast. One of the keys is looking to the phrasing of the melodic instruments in the music is the melodic…

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How to Breath When You’re Belly Dancing

Maintaining our breath help us dancers be at our best while we practice and perform. When we don’t keep a steady flow of oxygen going, take shallow breaths, or momentarily stop our breath, we are depriving our bodies of the energy it needs to keep us shimmying. Sometimes we may not relax and we may breathe too fast and hyperventilate. Remember to breathe deeply, slowly, and continuously during practice. Hopefully, your good breathing practices will carry over into your performances…

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