Category: <span>Information</span>

Pointers & Info for Students in Recitals

by Nicola, 2007, updated February 2010 _____________________________ This is a generalized checklist of reminders that I provide to all my students as we are entering into recital time. Other teachers are welcome to use it and adapt it, with credit. I have compiled these based on the protocols issued by various dance festivals and studios…


About Restaurant Dancing

Ah, the restaurant gig. Fun, unpredictable, often ill-paying, it’s regular, bread-and-butter work, yet is often also tiring and tedious. It tends to be the last bastion of bad dancing. On occasion, it is the secret stomping (shimmying?) grounds of diamonds-in-the-rough. I know I cut my performance teeth and learned the hardest way possible the year…


About Formal Stage Shows

In no particular order… These types of shows often:  feature local and visiting dancers and a headliner or star, who closes the show; or, feature a variety of dancing amongst which is bellydancing place the better dancers later in each half of the show, and latest in the second half, with some exceptions; or, may…


The Golden Guidelines for Performing (in any venue, at any level, for any reason…)

Here is the best advice I have been given, the best advice I can pass on, and what has served me best in all areas and all venues of performing. I always try to be prepared, plan for a few scenarios, and expect that something will go wonky, if not for me then for someone…


About Charging Standard Rates

I encourage other dancers to expect and request a consistent, minimum rate for teaching and performing. I only provide referrals to teachers and performers who do so. This is our livelihood, not just a hobby or past time. There are often very talented hobby dancers and troupes that will perform at community events and fundraisers…


Dance Class Do’s

When attending lessons, DO: practice often (at least 3 times per week) if you think you want to perform and you want to become competent and proficient (which is not the same as being good, or being artful, or being professional grade) take your own notes in class. Hand-outs are a luxury and are very…


About Basic Sagat (Zill) Patterns for Middle Eastern Dance–The Big Ideas

by NICOLA, updated February 2010 Called sagat in Arabic and zill or zyll in Turkish–terms used interchangeably by dancers in North America– the finger cymbals are a staple of every serious dancer’s repertoire. Cymbals are actually small, open bells worn on the thumb and middle finger of each hand (4 total). They serve the purposes…


About Saiidi Dance & Music

This is intended as a supplement to  Intermediate classes and Saidi workshops held between 2005 and the present. The Said (also spelled Saiid ) is a region of Egypt, located along the Nile banks from Cairo south to about Aswan. (South of the Said is a region known as Nubia.) The people of the Said…


Arm Movements and Ideas for Middle Eastern Dance

This was originally written as a supplement to a workshop held for intermediate students. Exercises described were demonstrated in workshop and thus are not described in detail here.  In General If shimmies are the spice, hand and arm poses and movements are the sugar of the dance. They partner well with the eyes and face…