Articles and Resources

History and Background

What's in a name?

In the western world Middle-Eastern Dance comes under the banner of “Belly Dance” but this expression was only coined in 1899 when it was translated from the French danse du
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A Brief History of Belly Dance

There is no actual documented “history” on Dance originating out of the Middle East and surrounding areas, however “Belly Dance” which has only come about quite recently is able to
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Tips &Techniques

The Basic Bellydance Stance

One of the first things I teach a brand new student is how to stand. It sounds like it should be a simple thing, which we already do. However, most Read More »

A List of Basic Belly Dance Moves

Here is a general list of beginners moves learnt in belly dance. It is by no means complete, it is a guide only. The moves are separated into the parts Read More »

The Shimmy or "Wobbling With Style"

The shimmy would have to be the most well known belly dance move. It is the move, which astounds audiences and has jaws dropping in admiration. But what is a Read More »

How To Make A Veil

A veil is basically a fancy name for the long piece of material a belly dancer uses during a performance. The veil is like dancing with a partner, as both Read More »

Veil Technique: The Envelope and Peekaboo

This is a fun one to do with the veil. It will feel easier after a bit of practice and can be used in a variety of ways. A dancer Read More »

The Belly Dance Paradox

When teaching students on belly dancing I often have to explain about the “Belly Dance Paradox”, which refers to the instances where moves, which look easy are often extremely strenuous, Read More »


The joy of Belly Dancing

The Joy Of Teaching Bellydance

I have been belly dancing since I was all of 19 years old back in 1995. The University I was attending in Adelaide held a short course and as I Read More »

What Makes a Good Belly Dance Teacher?

At this point in time, there is no standardised accreditation process for belly dance teachers. This has the disadvantage that even someone with only little dance experience can start teaching, Read More »

When The Teacher Becomes The Student

Any teacher will tell you that they learn just as much from their students as the students do from the teacher and I had such an experience recently where I Read More »

It’s not just What you teach, it’s also How you teach that’s important

Notes from the workshop presented at the Forum Melbourne Middle Eastern Festival 2008 Saturday July 19thBasically I am going to explain just how the brain processes information. This can mean Read More »

Bellydancing During Pregnancy

This is a very personal issue, which can only be addressed by each individual woman. If somebody asks me if you can belly dance through pregnancy, I say that I Read More »

Bellydance for Fitness and Weightloss

I am often asked if bellydancing is a good way to lose weight. The short answer is “Yes of course it is!”, but this is simplifying too much. Belly dance Read More »


Reviews of Belly Dance Products
All the opinions expressed in the reviews are my own only, based on my experience only. I am not a trained fitness instructor. I watched all of the DVD’s and participated in any exercises. I have not allocated a ‘star rating’, I have simply reviewed the content without comparison. No DVD’s were provided for free, mainly purchased through Amazon or JB Hifi.

DVD Reviews – Bellydance Fitness

Review of: Bellydance for Weight Loss - Cardio Shimmy featuring Rania

This DVD is a very high energy set of combinations joined into a routine. There is a main set of combinations and in between she does a different set of Read More »

Review of: Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss - Pure Sweat featuring Rania

This is a good cardio workout mixing salsa and latin moves with belly dance moves. Ideal for beginners through to intermediate, the steps are explained and built up in layers Read More »

Review of: Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss - Bellydance boogie featuring Rania

This is a strengthening and toning DVD rather than a cardio workout. Ideal for beginners to intermediate bellydancers as a lot of basic moves are explained and put together in Read More »

Review of: Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss - Too Hip with Rania

This DVD has some nice belly dance moves combined into a relentless energetic routine that gets the blood pumping. She adds more and more combinations to the routine to keep Read More »

Review of: Temple of Jehan - Ultimate Bellydance Fitness Workout

This DVD is divided into sections labelled Warm-Up, Strength, Sensual, Joy, Passion, Energy and Cooldown. As you can tell from the titles, the tempo and energy levels increase as you Read More »

Review of: Temple of Jehan - Ultimate Bellydance Fitness Workout

This DVD is divided into sections labelled Warm-Up, Strength, Sensual, Joy, Passion, Energy and Cooldown. As you can tell from the titles, the tempo and energy levels increase as you Read More »

Review of: Cardio Bellydance Workout With Melissa

This DVD is perfect for beginners as she has a ‘movement rehearsal’ section before she gets into it, so you can properly learn a move before doing it fast paced. Read More »

DVD Reviews – Bellydance Performance

Review of: Bellydance Superstars

This is a collection of some of the top belly dance performers in the USA all together on one DVD. Many different styles are incorporated this way, from the tribal Read More »

Review of Instructional Bellydance with Jillina, Level 1, 2 and 3

Bellydance Superstars 2005 (pictures avail on internet) All three Jillina DVD’s are very usuful and instructional. They all follow the same format of a warm up, followed by some basic Read More »

Restaurant

Restaurant Review: Afghan Pamir Restaurant

150-152 Thomas Street Dandenong Ph: 9792 0197 Lunch and Dinner Wednesday – Sunday www.afghanpamirrestaurant.com.au After giving a belly dance performance at a local Retirement Village last November, myself and 9 Read More »

Choreographies

Choreography for Amaya's Veil

First section is improvisation with the veil. Turn to left with veil above head in a ‘Y’. Step right leg first, left, right, tap left. Step left, right, left, tap Read More »

Choreography for Armenian Dance

(choreographer unknown, interpreted by Charni) Stand in nice pose weight on left leg wait for cue. Right arm 2x out to side, right arm up down flip hand over about Read More »

Choreography for Raks Jamal - Snake Arms Dance

(choreographer unknown, interpreted by Charni) Start in nice pose weight on left leg. Right arm starts snake arm, left arm, right then left joins in faster faster higher higher until Read More »

Choreography for Shakira - Eyes Like Yours

This is a great song for beginners to do as it incorporates all the introductory moves and is to music with repetitive parts, so easy to remember what to do. Read More »

Istanbul (They Might Be Giants)

This is a great song for beginners to do as it incorporates all the introductory moves and is to music with repetitive parts, so easy to remember what to do. Read More »

Mama Mia (Music by Abba)

Intro: hip lift feet parallel. Snake arms r then left when tune starts. Verse: Step forward with rib lift arms held out almost shoulder height.. 5x Rib Figure 8 2x Read More »

Egyptian Cane Dance

choreographer unknown, music composer unknown, interpreted by Charni Improvisation during beginning until drum starts. With Cane on right shoulder 4x right hip lifts with kick and release Move forward with Read More »

Tabla Choreography (of Taqusim and Tabla)

choreographer unknown, music composer unknown, interpreted by Charni (Start 3:27) Sharp rib lift up down on two sharp beats Haggala to right (left arm straight out shoulder height) optional 1,2,3 Read More »

Choreography for “Blue” by Angie Hart

This is a slow soulful song requiring internal feelings and moody glances. The only time you can look at audience and engage is during guitar riff. Walk on stage in Read More »

"Secrets" Choreography

Time: 2:24mins Video of choreography below. This is a veil dance. I have used veil moves described in Happy Hips Belly Dance classes (although the phrases did not all orginate Read More »

Wanna Move? Ritm Solo drum dance (extended version) by Fatma Donmez

Choreography to Ritm Solo 1 (extended version) by Fatma Donmez intro wait offstage until after “You wanna move?” 9 drum beats 0:03 1st group of four walks in with lively Read More »