to Belly Dance
Since I started my website I receive emails from people all over the world
wanting to know how they can learn to belly dance. The best way to
learn belly dancing is from an instructor. A teacher can work with
you and make sure you are executing a move correctly. You can ask
questions if you feel your are doing something wrong. I know I learn
from watching, so it's nice to have someone in front of you demonstrating
the movement. But let's face it, this is not always
feasible. This is not an all inclusive lists of sources, hopefully this page will start you in the right direction.
Check back from time to time, I will be adding more information to this
page as I find it.
Belly Dance Instruction on the Web
Finding an Instructor
Belly Dance Moves and Steps - by Atea
Your Dance a Face Lift - by Jasmin Jahal
to Overcome Stage Fright - by Michelle Joyce
Search of a Better Belly - by Jasmin Jahal
JUST DO IT: Making Your Belly Dance Debut - by Princess Farhana
How to Belly Dance - the Atea Method - by Atea
Belly Dance Instruction on the Web - websites that offer instruction,
lessons and papers on belly dancing.
Lessons Online - learn Belly Dance in your home in your time to
your schedule" by Charni of Happy Hips Belly Dance
Classes Online - Get free classes, free video drills, and more
Movement of the Month - Aszmara highlights a different move every
month on her page.
Datura Online - Learn belly dance, yoga + Pilates now with belly dance classes online from Rachel Brice's studio, Datura. 100's of lessons from multiple teachers that fit your budget, schedule, or style, available for rent or through subscription. Learn how to belly dance anytime and anywhere.
Elysium Classes Online
- Elysium is Ma'isah's dark fusion belly dance style in a tribal style format, meaning moves have names and cues, and can be danced as choreography and strung together as improvisation. Twelve years of dance exploration and development have led her to create the Elysium format; she has been teaching and performing with Elysium through remote teaching systems in large and small groups, duets and as a soloist across Australia and beyond since 2009
Village - online video lessons
How to Do Belly Dance Moves - explanation of how to do various
belly dance moves and more from Shira's website.
to Prepare to Perform Belly Dancing - online video lesson from
Expert Village with Johanna Kryntzky
Kawakib's Dance Tips - Instructional
papers on the art of Oriental (belly) Dance for beginners through
Page - from Middle Eastern Dance page
Books - there are more instructional
books on this subject but they are out of print. Check used
bookstores and your local library to find more sources.
Search Amazon for instructional books on belly dancing
Intermediate Belly Dancing by Vicki Corona.
Provides a brief culture lesson on Saudi Arabia, describes how to do about 18
intermediate-level moves, offers a few finger cymbal rhythms, provides a structure for
combining movements into a complete dance, and introduces what a dancer should know when
beginning to perform for an audience.
Mass Market Paperback - 28 pages 1 Ed edition, Earth Dance International Publishing; ISBN:
Presents...Belly Dancing "the basics"
a dedication to Nerfertit
by Sherry Jeffries (Ankestamen) Instructional aid,
or just for fun!
40 page, GBC bound, flip style, illustrated book for learning basic belly dance moves.
Detailed instructions on 20 basic moves, basic veil, floor work and zills.
Finding an Instructor - don't know where to
look to find an instructor? Here are a few suggestions:
- check your local yellow pages under dance studios or dance
- restaurants in your area that have dancers
- your local city's Parks & Recreation department
- the Internet - several websites have a dancer or teachers directory
- also email dancer's that you find on the Internet, they might be
able to help
- colleges and universities - some offer noncredit classes that might
include belly dancing if it is not offered as a credit course
- health clubs
- new age stores
- Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
- if you see a dancer perform, ask, they will be glad to help - this
could be at the fair, a grand opening, a festival, a singing telegram
or belly gram, etc.
Props - performing with props adds a lot to
ones dance and is a lot of fun and at times can be challenging.
Cane (Raqs al Assaya)
Dancing with a Stick - by Valeria Lolacono
Raqs al Assaya
- by Lorelle
with Mahsati Janan
Fan Veils with Sedona Soulfire
Mirabai's Chinese Fan
Fusion & Belly Dance
Belly Dance Lesson - Fan Veils - short instructional video on an
introduction to fan veils / performance
of double fan veil
Isis Wings with Phoenix
- by Sakti Rinek
Come on Baby Light My Fire: Raks Shamadan - by Princess Farhana
Dancing with Snakes - by Neferteri
with Snakes - by Maria
than you ever wanted to know about Living with Constrictors -
by Eva Cernik
Dancing - from Middle Eastern Dance Resource Guide
and Shakes - by Jasmin Jahal
Belly Dance with Snakes
and Dancing with a Belly Dance Sword - by Zarifa
to belly dance with a Sword - by Christina Jordan
Using and Strong Balanced Props - by Princess Farhana
Tips & Tricks for
Swords - by Shira
Belly Dance for Balance
Sword Stylization with Belladonna
Bellydance Tray Balancing Technique
Poi Spinning for Beginners
Veil Dancing - one of the most
moving, flowing, expressive and prettiest part of belly dancing. This is one of my favorite props to work with.
with a Veil - by Jasmin Jahal
Great American Belly Dance Veil Routine - by Najia El Mouzayen (from
the Gilded Serpent)
Books and DVD's/Videos
with Veils - video by Cory Zamora
Double and Single Veil - instructional video with Joynan
Fabulous Four Yard Veils with Shoshanna
Petite Jamilla Unveiled: double veil instructional
Seven Veils - romantic Bellydance
Dancing - clips of various dancers from You Tube
Veil with Aziza - instructional DVD with Aziza
Belly Dance Lessons -
- Veil - short instructional video on an
introduction to veil
Basic Veil and Veil
- short instructional video on basic veil moves and a veil drape
performance - single silk rectangle veil performance, 3rd place at
Wiggles of the West 2011
Videos - this is a wonderful way to learn
belly dancing. Doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a
professional dancer, you can learn from video
tapes. Don't think you can only learn from instructional videos, you
can learn a lot from performance tapes also. A video shouldn't
replace an instructor, they are a great tool to use along with
lessons. If you don't have an instructor or classes in your area
videos are the best.
The Internet is another good source. Try to find websites that have video
reviews. This will help you in making a decision on what to
buy. Also ask dancers about the videos they like before you
Online auction sites, like eBay are a great source for purchasing belly
Check out your local library to see if they might have a video to check
Also check out bookstores, (don't forget the web bookstores) and
electronic stores, like Best Buys, that carry videos.
Zills - also known as finger cymbals, and sagats. These
circular disks really add a lot to your dancing.
I posed a question on my website asking dancers, "Do you play
zills when you dance? I was amazed at the results, (see survey
below). I love playing zills and it adds so much to your
dance, so I decided to add more info to this section. Don't give up,
keep trying you will succeed.
& Cymbal Patterns - article by Jasmin Jahal
Books, Audio Tapes and Videos
Bellydance with Zils - instructional DVD with Elsa Leandros and Raquy
The Dancing Cymbalist - How to play music with finger cymbals & dance at the same time
by Jenna Woods
Finger Cymbal Fantasies - by Vicki Corona
Finger Cymbals for Belly Dance - instructional DVD, Tobias Roberson
with Rachel Brice & Mardi Love
How to Play
Finger Cymbals - video with Mesmera, beginning to intermediate (scroll down the page to the video)
Learn Finger Cymbals with Ansuya - DVD with Ansuya, beginning to intermediate
Finger Cymbals - online video lesson from eHow.com
Zills & Drums: thrilling,
chilling zilling - CD by Armando (scroll down the page to the CD)
Zills on Fire: a
finger cymbal workshop - CD and instructional booklet. Page
contains downloads of various rhythms
with Zahira - Three's - DVD with Zahira, beginning to intermediate
Online Finger Cymbal Workshop - find lessons, videos and books on
how to play the finger cymbals. Great source from Shira's page.
with the Finger Cymbals (also known as sagats or zills) - article by
Zills on Fire: the
basics of music - learn about music tempo, pulse and zill
patterns. Check out the instructional CD and workbook at the
bottom of the page.
Arabic Segat Rhythms
- by Karim Nagi Mohammed
you play zills when you dance? [213
never play them (1)
can play zills but not while dancing (22)