Month: <span>February 2012</span>

How to Tip a Dancer

Tips are a traditional part of the dance show, but many Westerners do not know how to do it tastefully and respectfully. Some dancers will not accept tips directly, which is their choice. I accept tips. Most dancers feel appreciated by the giving of tips, as it shows you really enjoy what she is doing….


Dance Costume Checklist for Performers

Costume type should be appropriate to music, style of dance, and venue. Layer sheer fabrics for modesty and be careful of skirt slits in front, back or sides as too much may show when spinning, bending, jumping, doing floor-work, or if up high on a stage. Tight costumes may also impede movement, so check comfort…


About Busking & Street Festivals

your audience is the most variable of any venue–in size, age, gender, class, background, intent, attitude, sobriety, response, focus/attention… the weather will play a strong part in your dancing–you should try to treat it as a dance partner rather than an enemy (with some exceptions) and dress for it   Share on Facebook Follow me…


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…


The Bellydance Problem Solver: A Compendium of Practical Advice

PROBLEM: Your hip belt or skirt begins to slide down while your are performing. Possible Solutions: Try to lift it up discretely. If it falls just step over it and move on. Hopefully you are wearing another layer of costuming! While pulling it up distract with a dance movement. Be careful not to step on…


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…


General Guidelines for Informal Recitals or Haflahs

Informal recitals (e.g. where dancers perform in a large open area, in a community centre or gym) and haflahs (parties) are often students’ first foray into performing. They can, however, present logistical challenges, and have unique issues and attributes that every dancer, regardless of ability, must face. Share on Facebook Follow me…


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…


Care Recommendations for Costuming

The following information is based on my experience not only as a professional dancer who has sewn, repaired, and worn a wide variety of costuming, but also as someone who has worked with historic clothing and artifacts in the university and museum setting. I volunteered and worked in several settings, cleaning, labeling, and repairing costuming,…