CategoriesBelly 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,…
CategoriesBelly Dance

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…