Belly Dance

Alf Leyla Wa Leyla musical analysis for belly dancers

Alf Leyla Wa Leyla is one of the songs every belly dancer should know. It’s perfect for any performance, both choreography and improvization. It has a typical structure with changing rhythms and also taxeem (without rhythm) which makes it interesting for the dancer as well as for the audience. This complexity, however, can cause problems,…
How to fix a broken Spanish fan

I love belly dancing with props. Dancing with a Spanish hand fan is refreshing and gives your dancing a nice Flamenco feel. My favourite ones are peacock Spanish fans. They look very pretty and come in so many colours! However, the small practice plastic fans seem to fall apart after a few weeks. It’s very…
Alabina by Ishtar musical analysis for belly dancers

In this article you will find the Alabina musical analysis to help you count whether you are learning someone else’s belly dance choreography or creating your own. Alabina is a perfect song for Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion. It’s cheerful, upbeat and easy to listen to even for unexperienced audience. However, it is more difficult…
How to create a belly dance choreography

In this article I would like to share with you my workflow for creating a belly dance choreography and demonstrate it on an Arabic flamenco fusion in the hope that it will encourage you to start creating your own masterpieces. Over the past ten years, I created a fair number of belly dance choreographies for…
The best Arabic Flamenco YouTube videos

Whenever I am to create a new belly dance choreography, I always look for inspiration on YouTube. Nothing in this world is really original and getting inspired by other dancers’s work is not the same as copying their choreography. I’d like to share with you a list of the best Arabic Flamenco YouTube videos I…
Music for Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion

In my belly dance class we are currently working on an Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion choreography. When I started looking for suitable music, I had no idea how difficult it is going to be. While doing the research on the Internet, I quickly realized that almost every other Arabic Flamenco fusion belly dance performance…
How to replace the elastic in your finger cymbals

Have you just started playing with zills and found out that they are wobling from side to side and turning around your fingers? That’s probably because most finger cymbals / zills came with a very thin cheap elastic which doesn’t hold them in place while dancing. You should replace the elastic as soon as possible…
How to hip shimmy – technique and drills

Do you know the feeling when you are in a belly dance class, you get your hip shimmy going and it seems to be fine, you’re happy because you feel you can do it and then your teacher says, “And now let’s take a step forward?” Suddenly the shimmy is gone, you’re trying to shake…