Tag: <span>Learn to dance</span>

Interview with Nicola in VOXAIR, CFB 17th Wing Base’s Newspaper

Belly dancing By Avery Wolaniuk “Things are going to jiggle today, and that’s okay” are not words normally heard at 17W’s gym. But on 14 Jan 06, 11 women took advantage of a free workshop offered during Community Recreation’s Customer Appreciation Week. These women crossed cultural boundaries, rolled their hips and learned a foreign art…


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…


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…


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…


What to Expect from a Bellydance Class

It is important to understand and accept that each teacher, of any dance form, will have his/her own set of priorities, methods, philosophies, techniques, and personalities that will strongly affect your learning, not just because of how effective, trained, and experienced that teacher might be, but also because of your needs, traits, and priorities as…