These 2 concerns are very intertwined. Those of you who may have taken classes with me as recently as 2011 need to know that there’s been a big change in the way my classes are structured, as well as how I teach them. I used to offer a typical, Western-style, levelled class schedule — e.g….
I don’t know what level I am and don’t want to start over. / I feel like I’m not making progress.
Styles & stars of “bellydance” video clips
You can find a one-stop video clip library of the best of Egyptian dance at Sahra Saeeda Kent’s YouTube channel. A one-stop guide to get a clear and accurate picture of what this dance form should look like. Get a very clear idea of what Nicola does and doesn’t teach or perform. Understand Egyptian dance,…
Looking the Part: General Costuming Guidelines for Performance of Middle Eastern Dance
Students of Middle Eastern dance find out very soon into their studies that this is a costly dance form, with a world of deliciously sparkly, beautiful choices of costuming, both homemade and imported. The average student of the dance is in it as a hobby, and would be best advised to keep her spending modest…
Protocols and Expectations of Performing as a Pro, or, How To Avoid Stepping on Toes
This is an opinion piece. I won’t hide behind a pseudonym or pen name and pretend that the opinions belong to someone else. I also won’t apologize for the opinions. The opinions expressed below are done so very candidly for the intent of informing intermediate level dancers who may be interested in or intent upon…
What You Need to Know Prior to Booking
What I Will Need From You, the Host: a private place to change and prepare, preferably with a mirror a safe, secure place for my belongings clear directions to the location, entrance, time, and any other event details (see “Questions”, below) payment upon arrival, in cash ( I will only accept cheques from organizations) Share…
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…