Category Archives: teaching

What can a troupe learn from Judy Garland?

I love Barbra Streisand and I love Judy Garland. Watch this clip and see if you don’t smile from the inside out. This clip is also a wonderful teaching tool for bellydance troupes. What?! What could a bellydance troupe possibly learn from … Continue reading

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Warming up for dance class

A question came through this morning on a list for bellydance teachers & troupe directors that I belong to. The question was  “how long is your warm-up?” I love questions like this because they give me the opportunity to share … Continue reading

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10 years of hafla

Last night was hafla. I host a hafla to celebrate the end of each dance semester and to thank my students. It’s part of creating a bellydance community…so that students feel they are a part of something. I always enjoy hafla, and even … Continue reading

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how long does it take to learn to bellydance?

How long does it take to learn bellydance? That’s probably the first question every potential student asks me. It takes a year or a lifetime…the answer depends entirely on what you want to do with it.  I have been dancing … Continue reading

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Bellywood

A year or so ago I received a phone call and email from a woman who wanted me to teach her bollywood dance. She wanted to show me some of her favourite bollywood movies and asked if I could then … Continue reading

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teaching thoughts: improvisation

As a student dancer, I learned to dance (like the majority of students do) through the vehicle of choreography. Later, as a “mature” dancer, I had to struggle hard to become comfortable with improvisation. Now, when I perform, I am … Continue reading

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Using vehicles for solo entrances

  I prefer to produce shows that are linear and follow a thread rather than simply a collection of dances with no relationships. I have also always been fascinated with dance theatre and incorporating elements of theatre to tell stories through … Continue reading

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When those who can’t, …teach

 I believe that a teacher should have a love of the dance that takes them beyond themselves. In a dance form that has no standardized curriculum or governing body and where a student doesn’t advance through a series of tested … Continue reading

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The Bellydancer in my life, Part 2

I wonder what would have happened if I had not met my friend Donna? I was in my early/mid 30s and working at the Teen Parent Centre as a childcare provider when Donna came in one day. (Not as a … Continue reading

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The bellydancer in my life, part 1

When I was a young girl in the 70s, my mom started taking bellydance classes at Tacoma Community College.  I remember being fascinated by my mom’s dancing, by the costumes and especially by the music.  She had wonderful albums with tantalizing … Continue reading

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