Month: <span>February 2012</span>

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…


Quick & Effective Warm-ups for Dance

It can be a challenge to warm up effectively and sufficiently before a performance. You may be restricted by time, space, costuming, or you may just forget. It is absolutely worth doing, and it’s something you can do in limited space, limited time, and in your full costuming. Share on Facebook Follow me…


What Should You Expect from a Professional Performer? (Are you truly ready to call yourself a professional?)

The following checklist should be used as a guideline, both for the student who is considering taking their dancing further and for the potential patron wanting more information about hiring a dancer. Any performer calling themselves a “professional” should be able to meet a minimum set of standards and expectations for a show, be it…


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…


Recommended Books, Music and Videos

This is a choice list. Certainly, you can spend time on the internet or asking around and get different sources. Trust me, though, when I tell you I have pre-selected good resources. Share on Facebook Follow me…