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Drum Solo Practice Playlists

  It’s time to get your drum solo practice on! Here are two Spotify playlists chock full of drum solos for you to practice to. Use the drills you learned in AAMED’s Drum Solo Master Classes to help you develop those smoking hot skills. Remember, the more you practice our clear, EASY strategies, the better and more confident you will be and feel.  Alright, let’s master this!   Start with these drum solos…    When you are ready for a challenge,…

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New Performer Series Tip # 8: Identify & Remove Any Obvious Distractions

  In this video, Anna will be discussing how to identify and remove those hidden behaviors that sneak up on us during performances. These behaviors are called DISTRACTIONS. Distractions are things that we do while we dance that take away from the polished, graceful, pleasant look we are striving for. It’s important to put ourselves under performance-like pressure, through video and private lessons so we can see if we are doing anything that would be considered a distraction.  

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New Performer Series Tip # 7: Stay in Character from Entrance to Exit

Are you a new belly dance performer or maybe you would like to perform and you want to know what you should be working on to lay the best performance skill foundation? Anna’s “New Performer Series” will help teach you everything you need to be thinking about and practicing during this stage of your belly dance performance journey. The seventh video in this series, Anna will be discussing the importance of staying in character for your entire performance from the…

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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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New Performer Series Tip # 6: Generating Emotional Energy

Some dancers are not only seen, they are felt! The six video in this series, Anna will be discussing the idea of generating emotional energy and practicing keeping that energy up during rehearsal and performance. Tip #6 suggests using a common acting technique to use your mind and your own life experience to generate emotional energy that can be felt during your performances. This process will teach you the first step in using your energy to impact your audience.  

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New Performer Series Tip # 5: Keep Your Head Up and Your Eyes Out

We often feel very uneasy when we first start performing, so our bodies tend to do things naturally that physically show our uneasiness, like looking downward with our head and eyes. But with a little awareness during practices and rehearsals, you can adopt a new habit of looking more confident. In the fifth video of this series, Anna will be talking about how to look more confident during your performances from the neck up by keeping your head up and your…

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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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New Performer Series Tip # 4: Maintain a Big Smile (When Appropriate)

Are you a new belly dance performer or maybe you would like to perform and you want to know what you should be working on to lay the best performance skill foundation? Anna’s “New Performer Series” will help teach you everything you need to be thinking about and practicing during this stage of your belly dance performance journey. The fourth video in this series, Anna will be discussing the importance of gaining control of your face by first learning to…

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New Performer Series Tip # 3: Extension of Arms and Placement of Hands

Are you a new belly dance performer or maybe you would like to perform and you want to know what you should be working on to lay the best performance skill foundation? Anna’s “New Performer Series” will help teach you everything you need to be thinking about and practicing during this stage of your belly dance performance journey. The third video in this series, Anna will be discussing how to improve the look of the arms and hands. The arms…

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