Drum Roll…Belly Dance Village has arrived!

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Can you all believe it…….Belly Dance Village is finally up and running! It’s been a journey of ups and downs especially with the design and content but the finished project is a gem of a site. It definitely has been a labor of love for Daniel but for me I must say it’s been a little like falling down the rabbit hole. I’m sure Dan can attest to the many animated discussions we have had since the thread of the idea started. But it has all been worth the trials and tribulations of getting it rolling because it is a huge part of the demands and needs of belly dancers today. In other words times are changing therefore Belly Dance Village has arrived!

From a girlie belly dancer perspective I have to say I love the artwork because it seems to have a timeless look to it and that was very important to Daniel and I. Jennifer Bauman is our artist extraordinaire and it only took one phone call describing what my vision was for Belly Dance Village for her to get it right on the money. We wanted the look pleasing to the eye first and than Daniel was adamant about making it user friendly. It really is a website that has a life of its own and it will continue to grow as members come in and we start to accommodate different needs, ideas and more content.

I will be doing a new video a month for members, this way it keeps new content coming in and if subscribers have ideas for videos they can put in their two cents besides being apart of  the video process. I know there are women looking for videos that address specific problems so this is our way of answering the needs of the many. I enjoy different ideas so for me it will be fun to see what members have to say and what magically appears gliding on the magic carpet called video ideas.  The possibilities are going to be endless!

We have a few interviews of amazing dancers up for your enjoyment so stay tuned for more that I will be doing specifically for Belly Dance Village.  Also if any of you have dance friends or teachers who inspire you, write in and let me know about them for future videos. I am also interested in interviewing women who have conquered physical problems, personal issues or who are leaders in your communities. We want Belly Dance Village to be a place that feels like a village and community not just a place for dance only but for women with common goals and ideas. The focal point for Belly Dance Village is “you” the dancers and women who are searching for a place that not only feels a little like home but where you can voice your opinion. Realistically speaking if any of us become members of anything we want to feel like our voice counts.

The cool thing about Belly Dance Village is the fact that you can have access to any of my videos. I think at this point Daniel told me I have done 27 videos so that means there is a lot of instruction at your finger tips. So no matter what happens during the day or week you can have access to them when it’s “your” dance time. Belly Dance Village for me is a necessity for   the moms out there, working women or the time restraints from being both. It will be there when you find the time and that is the comforting aspect of being a member. You can go at your own pace and enjoy class time without feeling you are missing out. There is no traveling in the car (gas prices are soaring) and you can be in the comfort of your own surroundings.

I have included important elements of being an entertainer which includes stage terminology, lighting and stage areas. These are must know aspects of being a dancer and a major part of the education of performers. For those dancers who don’t know what entails putting on a show this information is especially for you. Also there is a link on make-up which will help create stage personalities and give tips for a variety of looks.

The history of Belly Dance is also being added but I have kept it more in the Egyptian arena which is my focal point and has been for years. But the history will include important dates, dancers, musicians, composers and information needed for your belly dance education. It does not include American Cabaret, American Tribal, Gothic or Fusion but that can all be added later. As I said the membership site will be a work in progress so that it can grow and more content can be added.

If any of you were wondering what happened to Belly Ache radio well wonder no more because we will be including it into Belly Dance Village. That’s right, I will be interviewing different types of personalities on the show not only dancers but people with important information I feel you should know. So as you can see there is a lot going on with this membership site that will make it an exciting place to be. At least from Daniel and my perspective we are working to make sure that it is the answer to dancer’s needs and more.

So what are you waiting for go check it out!


Forging Ahead to New Beginnings

Belly Dance Instruction Beginnings - Leyla Najma's Belly Dance Blog Within the coming weeks I will be thinking about what the changes will be in regards to the next “live” online classes that are coming up. My focus will be slightly different because I think that my combinations are a bit complicated and laborious. So I am going to overhaul my curriculum to fit in drills and combinations that can be followed with more ease.  I will also be focusing on elements of dance that I feel are important. For the intermediate to advanced students I will be working on the relation from body to music and showcase the different options there are with “Opposition dancing.” This should be fun and I already have ideas coming to me left and right.

Also I am thinking of doing a belly dance aerobics class called “Belly Stretch/Thrust and Roll.” It will be for women who want to exercise and get in some good dance moves that will focus on specific areas of the body.

Many women write to us and mention their health and weight issues so we will be working with Dr. Joe Robaina.      Dr. Joe Robaina is a fitness trainer and nutritionist helping clients get in the best shape of their life in 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week by combining high intensity training and teaching them how to eat for maximum fat loss. Joe and I will be working together to create an exciting way to lose weight plus keep up with your dance training. This means I will be up front and doing all of Joes recommendations with you. Adding to this Joe and I will be getting ready to put together a high intensity Belly Dance Work Out video that will get your blood pumping and make you sweat.

I will be adding new videos to my catolog that will include cane, veil and finger symbols. Since so many women have asked me, I am finally going to put together a drum solo video to music that was composed for me by Issa Malluf. Both video and music will be available. Of course all of this is going to take time but as you can see we are working on making this an exciting year for you.

But that’s not all….drum roll please, I will be working on my own radio talk show called “Bellyache” radio and my first guest will be Dr. Joe Robaina. You will be able to access my radio show from the Belly Dance Village membership site. So get ready for talk radio that will be exciting, informative and full of the hottest topics of the day for women.

I am excited about our plans for this year and I hope you enjoy the changes and wonderful things that we have added to make your dance journey not just a walk in the park but a carnival of fun and excitement!