Dance and Seduction

Belly dance and religion seem to exist in a grey area called the uneasy alliance. I can’t tell you… [more]

Dance and Seduction Dance and Seduction

Restaurant, Nightclub & Stage Differences

  Sometimes students ask me about the differences between restaurant, nightclub and stage performing… [more]

Restaurant, Nightclub & Stage Differences Restaurant, Nightclub & Stage Differences

The Abstract in Thoughts

As a dancer and modern woman, it has occurred to me that I have taken on many roles and to a certain… [more]

The Abstract in Thoughts The Abstract in Thoughts

The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance

  Quite the title don’t you think? Why would I put such a title? Well, it’s my response to another… [more]

The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance

Failure is an Option

The video “The Secret,” is one of my most favorite optimistic, feel good messages that paved the… [more]

Failure is an Option Failure is an Option

Belly Dance and the Feminine Bleep

I always wondered if feminism had anything to do with belly dance. I googled the definition and it says:… [more]

Belly Dance and the Feminine Bleep Belly Dance and the Feminine Bleep

Leyla's Corner

Belly Dance and the Feminine Bleep Belly Dance and the Feminine Bleep

I always wondered if feminism had anything to do with belly dance. I googled the... 


Failure is an Option Failure is an Option

The video “The Secret,” is one of my most favorite optimistic, feel good messages... 


The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance

  Quite the title don’t you think? Why would I put such a title? Well, it’s... 


The Abstract in Thoughts The Abstract in Thoughts

As a dancer and modern woman, it has occurred to me that I have taken on many roles... 


Dance, A Straight Line Curved Dance, A Straight Line Curved

Understanding the timing for anything is very important and I feel in our dance... 


Dance and Seduction Dance and Seduction

Belly dance and religion seem to exist in a grey area called the uneasy alliance.... 


The Mindset of the Modern Belly Dancer The Mindset of the Modern Belly Dancer

  Sometimes I get a brain freeze when it comes to writing my blog and this last... 


What are You Worth Part 2 What are You Worth Part 2

The topic, “what are you worth”, seemed to inspire many to voice their thoughts... 


What are you Worth? What are you Worth?

A friend of mine was initially hired for a workshop in another city and like many... 


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Belly Dance Today

The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance The White Punching Bags of Belly Dance

  Quite the title don’t you think? Why would I put such a title? Well, it’s... 


Politically Correct Politically Correct

Sometimes in our daily lives, we don’t always want to be politically correct or... 


Are we Drama Queen’s by Nature? Are we Drama Queen’s by Nature?

  Are drama queens born not made? Was I a little drama queen when I was little…I... 


It’s All In The Company We Keep It’s All In The Company We Keep

I wanted to write a bit about the belly dance journey and to let you all know that... 


Connecting the Dots in Belly Dance Connecting the Dots in Belly Dance

This past weekend I was able to do a workshop with my students and at the same time showcase ... 


The American Silk Road The American Silk Road

Through out the year there have been many experiences and lessons that have taken... 


The Belly Dance Agenda The Belly Dance Agenda

The Belly Dance Agenda The Feminine Symbol For most dancers walking into a dance... 


Dancing To Your Own Tune Dancing To Your Own Tune

My husband Daniel, looked up at me from his desk today and said, “Why don’t you... 


Life Is A Stage Life Is A Stage

Lights, camera, and oh yeah…….for a minute I forgot where I was. Isn’t... 


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Combinations & Ideas For Dance

When the Choreographer is Born When the Choreographer is Born

The individual choreographer goes through so much in order to dance her inspiration; it’s almost a daily ritual of trial and error that places her into the realm of the artiste. The first telltale signs that a choreographer is born is when he or she braves the stage performance after performance, knowing that it’s only for a few brief moments each... [Read more of this review]


Let’s Duet Let’s Duet

As a newbie duet member I decided I would go check out one of the most well marketed most popular local dance troupes perform in my area this week.  It was the first time I really studied the technical movements of other dancers instead of watching just for the pure entertainment value of it. People were scattered sporadically around but when the belly... [Read more of this review]


Signature Moves with Personality Signature Moves with Personality

Years ago when I first saw belly dancing the dancers who stood out the most were the ones who understood where “their” dance moves came from. Nothing was forced and they glided, gracefully across the stage and than all of a sudden out of nowhere a sharp combination or soft accent would appear and take your breath away. As a novice I could see that... [Read more of this review]


Sharing Some Text and Combo Ideas Sharing Some Text and Combo Ideas

I went through my archives and wanted to share some of the combinations that I have put together for students and dance enthusiasts through out the years. I have so much that I decided that I must share it and hopefully give some of you ideas for new moves and combos that you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. If any of you have any questions regarding... [Read more of this review]


The Fall Roundup The Fall Roundup

This blog will be more news of what’s coming up then my melodramas. Actually no drama’s to speak of so life is movin and groovin right along. Ready, Set, Action! We just bought a new camera and of course Daniel has big plans for doing a live broadcast which at this point I don’t know exactly what the theme will be but as soon as we get the camera... [Read more of this review]


Floralia Workshop Sneak Peek: Restaurant Dancing Tips and Secrets Floralia Workshop Sneak Peek: Restaurant Dancing Tips and Secrets

Here is the  Floralia Workshop info for those of you who are interested in coming out to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico April 29th-May 2, 2010. Daniel wanted me to put in more detail in regards to what I will be teaching and I thought it was a good idea. I will blog again and give you all some hotel information so you will know where to stay... [Read more of this review]


Practice Tip 1. For the Serious Student Practice Tip 1. For the Serious Student

Recently Daniel came to me and asked me if there were any tips I could share with dancers not only for their dancing but also for their practicing and drilling. So I thought about it and decided I would give tips that will help make a difference in the training aspect of dancing. It’s really in our preparation of dance that we start to understand... [Read more of this review]


The Importance of Completing Dance Movement The Importance of Completing Dance Movement

This past 2 months I have been working with a duet and I am amazed at what the girls are accomplishing. I guess because the girls are so precise in their movements I began to think about something that  has caught my attention. I realized beginner dancers want to know everything and taking small steps instead of giant leaps is very hard for them... [Read more of this review]


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