For a long time, I didn’t publicly state this stuff because it feels performative. But I’ve realised that being more vocal about what we believe in also helps ensure we attract the students and collaborators who also share the same core values.
To that end, I want to tell you what inclusivity looks like to us, and what we’ll be doing to do better as we go forward.Keep reading
As belly dancers, we refer to a dance performed to music from the Said region (upper/Southern Egypt) as sa’idi. The more correct name for this dance is raqs-al-assaya/raqs-al-assayah (sometimes transliterated differently), which means stick dance. Learn more on our blog!Keep reading
This month Greenstone Belly Dance is celebrating its third birthday! We’re excited to celebrate with some free events this Sunday the 18th of July. We’ll begin in the morning with an in-person dance class and birthday picnic in Delft, then we have our online events in the event, starting off with a belly dance quiz,…Keep reading
(English follows) We mogen weer dansen in de Delftse studio! Dansers en danseressen, we zijn zo blij dat er vanaf 5 juni weer groepsdanslessen mogen worden gegeven in de studio! De Delftse lessen vinden plaats op donderdag om 18u (Improvers; basiskennis buikdans is aanbevolen) en om 19u15 (intermediate/gevorderd; 18 maanden aaneengesloten buikdanservaring is vereist). Bekijk…Keep reading
“Baladi” is a term used widely within the international belly dance community, but also within Egypt. It’s a word that can describe a person, a dance, a musical style, food, and so much more! So it can get a little confusing when trying to understand what exactly baladi is. In this blog post, I’ll touch on the multiple meanings of baladi, along with baladi dance stylisation and musical progressions. I’ll be discussing: The idealised archetype of a baladi person in Egypt;
What we tend to mean when we’re talking about baladi stylised dance;
What a baladi solo or baladi progression is.
I think by now, most of us are thoroughly convinced of the benefits of warming up for dance – or at least, we like doing it! When we surveyed 109 belly dancers in New Zealand, we found that 84% of them warm up prior to their dance practice (bravo!). When I first started out in…Keep reading
Hey dancers! I was honoured to be asked by Athena, Liila, and Kirah to be an “early-adopter” (or an ‘influencer’) in their new challenge, The Real Dance Thing! What is #TheRealDanceThing? It’s a dance challenge that starts on Instagram today! The aim of this challenge is to encourage spontaneity and help us move away from…Keep reading
I’m performing online this Saturday, and I’d love to see you there! Tickets are by donation, and proceeds will be split directly between the artists, so you know you’re helping fuel them to keep doing what they love doing, even during a pandemic ❤️ Check out the event here or click the image below for all the details 🙂 There are dancers from the U.K., Wales, Portugal, U.S.A, and more!Keep reading
Do you have certain areas you’re struggling with in your dance? Have you ever turned up to practice and decided to work on the things you like the most (probably what you’re strongest at)?
How about some accountability to turn those struggles into opportunities for growth in your dance (and mindset!) in 2021?
Siobhan spent some time chatting to Zana on the Advance Your Bellydance Podcast about strength training for belly dancers. Listen to a little preview here, or listen to the full episode!Keep reading
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