Homeroom: Student Resources

For New Dancers

Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Belly Dancers” Online Course
New to belly dance? Take Anna’s free online course to help guide you as you start your new adventure 

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions by new students

Foundations Rhythms Checklist (pdf)
Download this handy checklist to help you track your progress through Ahlam Academy’s Foundations Beginners Program. Submit this checklist to receive your first certificate!


General Belly Dance Information

Origins of Belly Dance
Learn a little more about where this belly dance comes from and the important events that have shaped it.

Belly Dancers of Egypt’s Golden Era
A video clip summary of Egypt’s greatest dancers from the most defining period in Oriental dance’s recent history


Products for Class

Hip Scarves / Costumes 
You may find a hip scarf at some local HEB stores, 99 Ranch on I10, multiple stores in the Harwin district (Houston). Here are some online vendors: Dahlal, Miss Belly Dance, Amazon (search: hip scarf, hip scarves)

Saroyan Mastercrafts – My favorite for new students is the Arabesque model (MC-300), but anything except the “mini/tinker” zills will work well. All of Saroyan’s zills are wonderful. They even have sound clips!



Must-Have Oriental Dance History Books
List of some really great books you can buy on Amazon to help you learn more about our dance form and the cultures it came from.


Music & Musicality

Darbuka Rhythms App ( Apple , Android )
Get the app Ahlam Academy uses to teach rhythms in the Foundations class. It allows you to play each rhythm at various tempos, making practicing super easy. 

Learn How to Add a Rhythm to Darbuka Rhythms App (video tutorial)

AAMED Choreography Music
Get the music for AAMED Choreographies so you can practice. A password is required, please ask for the password at the studio

Songs Every Belly Dance Should Know
Over 100 songs that dancers across the world use for their belly dance performances and practice. Classic to modern, Egyptian to Turkish and beyond!

Anna’s Spotify Playlists
Find even more music on Anna’s Spotify profile, where she has monthly, style, and topical playlists to help you enjoy and better appreciate Mid-East music you can use for your belly dance practice and performance. 

Where to Find Belly Dance Music Guide
Want some belly dance music, but don’t know where to look?
This article will help you find it!


Online Resources

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