Sparkly confessions: The Belly Dancer and Body Glitter

Sparkly confessions: The belly dancer and body glitter

I have a confession to make. To anyone who knows me this might come as a shock. I am pretty well known for bold and flashy choices when it comes to costuming and performance…but I have a secret I’m pretty …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


Curves and Cues - part 3

Curves and cues: Interview with ATS belly dancer Hillary – Part 3

Editor’s note: This is part 3 of a 3-part interview with Hillary. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  Where do you suggest tall/curvy dancers look for costume components? Red Camel: Deb has longer-length necklaces and belts relatively regularly …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


Curves and Cues with Hillary Part 2

Curves and cues: Interview with ATS belly dancer Hillary – Part 2

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Hillary. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 here. What are some costuming dos/don’ts and hacks for curvy ATS dancers? First the Dos. Wear shorts under pantaloons, to prevent …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


Curves and cues: Interview with ATS belly dancer Hillary – Part 1

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Hillary. Read Part 2 here and Part 3 here. Foreword: I noticed that there wasn’t too much on American Tribal Style (ATS) costuming on Belly Dance at Any Size. I …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


Bellies and You by Hayam

Shimmies are better together: Bellies and You

To the reader: I would like to preface this piece by saying that I understand that Belly Dance at Any Size has followers of all political persuasions. When Andalee asked me to write about my experience participating in Bellies and …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


Belly dancing on empty: Why you should eat before performing

Belly dancing on empty: Why you should eat before performing

Disclaimer: this article is not meant to serve as medical advice. You should consult your physician for all dietary needs. Over the course of my dance career I have noticed a troubling trend that I would like to bring up. …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


The Lactating Belly Dancer

The lactating belly dancer

In honor of mother’s day, let’s talk about your boobs. More specifically, how to deal with the changes that happen to them after having a baby and what it is like to gig while you are breastfeeding. You are going …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


A Belly Dance Teacher’s Promise

A belly dance teacher’s promise

With January come and gone I have had time to reflect on the traditional “weight loss” season where we often get an influx of students into our classes. Many enter the classroom for the first time unsure, and positive that …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


The belly dancer and scars

Scar (noun): A mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and the fibrous connective tissue has developed. (Oxford English Dictionary) It seems like such a simple definition for such …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.


When it is time to walk away from belly dance

When it is time to walk away from belly dance

How most of us found belly dance is usually a happy story. It is a life-changing experience that causes many of us to embark on a lifelong romance. We started out just looking for a new way to get fit …

About Hayam

Hayam is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance located in Central Massachusetts. She began dancing in 2007 and is currently mentored by Basimah of Canton, NY. Hayam hopes to be an everlasting student of Middle Eastern dance. Her goal is to continue to share its joys with audiences and students everywhere for many years.