Monday, July 9, 2012

Top 3 Tips for Belly Dancers

This month's top 3 tips for belly dancers:
1.  Practice free style dance for 15 minutes 3 times a week.  Dance alone and dance purely to the music.    You want to get the music into your head and into your body. 
2. Try a different hair style this month.  It doesn't have to be dramatically different, just take some time and play with your hair.  Add extensions, put a little curl, use a hair decoration, highlights,, you get the idea. 
3. Your feet:  Are your feet noticeable in your dance?  Your feet are what grounds you in the dance but they should not draw attention. Practice this a few times this month: Think about how your movements are drawn up from the ground into your feet and then travel up threw your body.  
Suzy Evans
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Ultimate Belly Dancer Combination DVDs

Ultimate Belly Dance Combinations is a 5 DVD series - almost like a mini-series! 
During a conversation with a friend,  this unique concept and came to me. I had previously produced a couple of combination videos with Ansuya and Ava Fleming. Seeing how popular they were, why not have multiple instructors teach combinations on a single DVD?  And why not make it a series? This would give students of belly dance a good variety of styles of combinations from different teachers.  Some of these teachers had not previously taught on video before, so many students would be exposed to new teachers; an instructor they may have not been familiar with and would not normally would get a chance to take a class from. I called them Ultimate Combinations because... they were!   The first 2 volumes were shot and edited.  The teachers included Sadie, Ava Fleming, Aziza, Amaya, Fahtiem, Artemis, Celeste, Anaheed and Amara. These 2 videos were quickly best sellers.  About 2 years later I added three more volumes with a new mix of dancers: Paulina, Zahra Zuhair, Katia, Aradia, Dondi, Ava Fleming, Celete, and Jamileh. These 3 new DVDs included new styles including some Turkish and some of that classic old-timey 1970s belly dance. Will there be more Ultimate Combinations?  Maybe... we'll see.  In the meantime, if you don't have these DVDs, please consider adding them to your collection.  Here's some links to the DVDs: