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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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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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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 not…

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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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Maqam Immersion

Ajam – happy, joyful, victorious, powerful Hijaz – longing, sounds Arabian, snake charming Nahawand: feeling, emotional, often love themed Bayat: powerful, uplifting, uses one-quarter tone, the essence of Arabic music Rast: “the maqam of tarab”, 2 quarter tones, popular with instrumental and vocal soloists. Kurd: airy, spacious, freedom, common in modern Arabic music Sika: youth, strength, used in traditional songs, starts and ends with a quarter tone  Saba: bluesy, sad when played slow, fast is danceable     

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