Tips, Tricks and More
This page contains helpful tips, tricks, FAQ's
on belly dancing, costuming, styles, glossary of terms and more.
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Belly Dance Tips & tricks
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Putting it all Together - by Yasmina
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Putting it all Together: tips and articles - by
I teach a lot of workshops in and around the State of
and one thing I see are dancers having a difficult time “putting it all
together” in their performance. I
teach a workshop on just this topic and would like to share with you some
of my tips and articles I have found on the Internet.
My workshop is for all dance levels not just the
beginners. I can’t tell you
how many times I see professional dancers bend over to pick up their veils
when they have finished their show and leave the audience with that last
impression of their backside, dare I say butt!
Intermediate level dancers dancing the same speed,
fast, no matter what the tempo of the music is; they are like the
Energizer Bunny J
No matter what level of dancer we are we need to go
back to our basics. Continue
to learn and improve in our dance.
No matter what style of belly dancer you are a
cabaret or tribal dancer I hope these articles and tips will help you in
Have fun dancing…Yasmina
Performance Bag – by Michelle
Break Down – by Michelle
Surviving Stage Fright
– by Jasmin Jahal
Ears: how to listen to music – by Karol Henderson
Performance – by Shira
and have a good time! Remember
this is fun.
stretched and warmed up before dancing.
This will save you from injury and it’s amazing how much
better you dance when your body is prepared.
mentally ready…no negative thoughts.
Give yourself a pep talk if need be.
Take a minute or two alone before going on stage.
all get nervous so use that energy and put it into your dance.
hurry or speed through your dance…slow down.
Half time the music with your moves this gives your dance more
your areas of dance: up, down, side, front and back.
Don’t forget your level changes and emotions.
Don’t be a vertical dancer.
up, look out at your audience, give eye contact once in a while and
every once in a while you can look down, just don’t make it a habit
;-) If you can’t give
eye contact, look over the heads of your audience.
This gives the illusion that you are looking at someone but you
won’t loose your focus while performing.
posture, posture…need I say more!
Remember to keep your rib cage lifted, shoulders down and
relaxed, stay balanced, abs engaged, pelvic tucked and soft knees.
your music. Your dance
does not have to be choreographed but you should still know your
music. There is nothing
worse than not knowing when your music is going to end!
you make a mistake while dancing don’t show it in your face,
expression or body, keep going the audience has no idea you made a
mistake only you do.
an entrance and exit planned. Remember
when your dance is finished you are still on.
As long as the audience sees you, you are still performing.
ever you do don’t bend over and show your backside to the audience
to pick up your veil, props or whatever may be on the stage from your
performance. The audience
will remember the last thing they see!
sure you bow after your performance and thank the audience, the band
if you’re dancing to live music, sound person if they are on stage,
etc. You’ve worked hard
on your performance enjoy the benefits of the audiences praise.
prepared when you go to dance. Why add extra stress to yourself if you
don’t need to. Make sure
your costume is mended, clean, ironed if need be, have a veil, your
zills, safety pins, music and a backup, etc.
a check list so you have everything with you, nothing worse than
forgetting part of your costume or music.
you use burned CDs make sure you have the original with some players
will not play copies. Make
sure your name is on music to help out the sound person.
yourself to stay out of dancer’s rut.
Try new dance styles & music or even a prop.
lessons from as many instructors as you can. This
will help you create your own dance style and not be a carbon copy of
your instructor. Videos/DVDs are great teaching tools but they can not
replace an instructor.
professional! Treat people
and fellow dancers as you would like to be treated.
If you come in costume to the event wear a cover-up.
20. I can’t say it enough, Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!
You will enjoy yourself
and the audience will
enjoy your performance and remember
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