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Performance Skill Mastery Roadmap

Do you ever feel like you are aimlessly trying to become a better belly dance performer, but you have no idea how to get from point A to B, much less all the way to Z ? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a clear step-by-step guide that tells you exactly how to go from being a new dancer to a professional quality performer? Well, here you go… The Performance Skill Mastery Roadmap! This guide is broken down into Beginner,…

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Creating a Pre-Performance Ritual

Written by Kelli Nottingham How do you feel before you perform? Does your mind go into a complete fog? Does your heart flutter like a butterfly on espresso? Do your muscles feel stiff or cold? Do you forget your choreography or what your song even sounds like? Do you feel more numb than scared? Do you dread performing? Or do you just avoid performing completely? The truth is, performance anxiety affects a huge number of dancers and shows itself in…

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How NOT to Be a Good Candidate for the AAMED Teacher Certification

  About this post…   This is one of those posts I have been brewing on for some time. It’s been in my Evernote for nearly a year and ever so often, the universe reminds me of Ahlam Academy’s mission, which is providing dancers with the best education in the most efficient, supportive way possible. I am continually looking for ways to advance that mission, and selecting the best teacher candidates is a big part of that.   So here…

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Got Strategy? What the Top Performing Dancers Know That You Don’t

To those dancers wishing to take their dance performances to much greater levels… This article is not for dancers that dance for recreational or personal enrichment. While dancing to gain performance experience is helpful in some regards, many improvement-driven dancers leave a few important things out. These are things that can make a much greater impact on their dancing and help them get to the skills and level of performance that they truly desire. In this article, I will share with…

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10 Ways to Annoy Belly Dance Show Producers (Short of Cancellation)

Anna shows you 10 ways to annoy belly dance show producers (Short of Cancellation), as well as tips to help you avoid driving producers crazy. Producing events is tough work, but you can help the folks that give so much to our dance community by making their life easier, by being considerate and diligent when you sign up to dance in their shows. Beware that you do not commit too many of these, as show producers greatly appreciate dancers that…

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Ending Your Performance on a High Note

We’ve all seen it! The performer ends their dance or performance set…and then – NOTHING. They leave the stage with ZERO fanfare. The energy drops and the audience is left feeling that vacuum, and maybe they are also a little confused. The audience feels this void because even though the dancer was great and brought the energy in the midst of their performance, they ended with a low vibe like an unpleasant aftertaste. Who wants this? So, how do you end…

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Why YouTube Could Be Killing Our Dance Communities and What You Can Do To Stop It

  This happens all too often at our local belly dance events. We peek around the stage curtain and find many empty seats or the seats are taken by the show’s own performers. Some say, “We don’t advertise enough” and that’s why few are coming. Others say, “people are tired of seeing the same dancers or so many amateur dancers.” While others will complain about shows being too expensive.  These are only a few among the many reasons why dancers choose…

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How to Make Braids for Folkloric Egyptian Costumes

1) 1 skein of yarn in a colour to match your hair or black, your artistic choice. 2) These instructions are for braids 1.25″ (inches) thick. For this thickness, cut 120 strands that are approx 2 yards long. Keep them in one long bunch. You can adjust thickness by having more or fewer strands in your bunch. This length, your braids will hang [approx] down to your hips. Strands may need to be longer if you are taller. If you are…

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