Taking a break from belly dance

Taking a break from belly dance

I think most of you know that I have moved to the south of France. I have been here for a little over 2 months and I absolutely love it here! It has not been without its challenges, especially the …


Belly dance, jealousy and gossip

Sadly, it seems like many dance communities are currently operating on a scarcity mentality–too many performers and teachers, not enough gigs and students. This can not only lead to undercutting and other bad professional behavior, but to jealousy, which in …


Belly Dance Events to Feel Welcome At

Belly dance events to feel welcome at

Belly dancers have a lot of choices when it comes to what to attend, watch, participate in and look forward to. There are events and goings-on such as haflas, workshops, showcases, and conferences. There are different classes including online options, …



Belly Dance Holiday Traditions

Belly dance music for Holiday Haflas

The season of holiday haflas is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the question of “What will I dance to?” Lots of dancers are happy to choose an English version of their favorite Christmas carol or holiday pop song, and …



Building inclusive belly dance communities

Building inclusive belly dance communities

Sounds like a great idea, right? “Inclusive Belly Dance Community.” Everyone doing “their thing” and supporting everyone else doing “their thing.” Everyone getting the exact same opportunities and support…easy peasy! But wait…there are factors we can’t control in our environments, …



Jean Léon Gérôme

The hafla how-to

Is there just “no place to dance” in your dance community? Maybe there are three or four shows a year with themes you don’t like, or styles you don’t dance, or a queue of 50 dancers for 14 show spots? …