Rare Glimpses - Features Fatima filmed by Thomas Edison, a Guedra
documentary, Bedouin family dancing, Nadia Gamal and more. Got it from a
website someone sent to a list long ago and is long lost to me. Try
Cycles Circles - Indian Kathak documentary. The website I found
it at no longer sells it.. Try Google or your local library.
Urban Ghawazee - Documentary on American Tribal Style Bellydance.
Are you calling yourself Tribal Style? Know your roots.
Book Recommendations and where to get it
(click to decompress the list)
Snake Hips by Anne Thomas Soffee- Hilarious!!! and about Belly
There is no little white pill. You must
practice to improve your dancing.
There is no blanket formula. There is no
set number of classes to take or times to watch a video or number of workshops
to participate in or amount of time time that's passed since you've been
dancing before you get the hang of it. A good dancer never stops
learning; continue to learn from others no matter what.
Participate in a regular fitness program (yes,
even outside of bellydance). The better condition your body is in, the
better you dance. Include both cardiovascular and strength training.
Eat a healthy diet. You are a dancer and
must respect your vehicle of expression. It is a worthwhile investment.
You'll dance much longer in the short and long term if you fuel your body in a
Never stop drilling the basics. This means
choosing a move or two or 3 or whatever and doing it over and over and over
and over again. Smooth out all the rough spots. It is better to be
isolated, and have clean slow movements than to be fast and try to cover up
Use a mirror and/or a video camera for analysis
for your at home practice. Keep your eyes and mind open.
Practice body awareness exercises. Knowing
where your body is and how it feels helps you to move it where you want it to
Drilling technique, improvising, and practicing a
choreography are all separate types of practice that require different types
of focus. Don't skip any of them (unless you have no reason to practice
If during your practice or otherwise you find
yourself getting caught up in negative or judgmental thoughts about yourself
(your body, your technique, your commitment, etc.), observe the thought and
then let it go. Bring your attention back to the task at hand
(practice). Your body believes every word you say, and if you criticize
and doubt, it won't cooperate.
Patience gives you the power to practice.
Practice gives you the power that leads to perfection. (a great Yogi
said this ...)
Everyone should have yoga in their lives for
physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. It is a complete
practice that so complements bellydance that no dancer should be without it.
Shira has provided excellent information on how
to structure a home practice at
http://www.shira.net/study.htm (You should look through the rest of her
site too- a great resource!)