Fusion Dance Icon Rachel Brice
Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
8M ago
This interview with Rachel Brice dives deep into recent American belly dance fusion history and fashion. Rachel reminisces about her influencers Suhaila Salimpour, Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance® (formerly ATS), and Jill Parker, and opens up about inclusiveness and past mistakes fusing dance forms. It is such an honor and a pleasure to welcome Rachel Brice to A Little Lighter! There is a beautifully written bio of Rachel on https://www.rachelbrice.com/about, so I’m going to share it with you piece by piece as we take a little journey through the career and life of Belly Dance Fusion ..read more
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Why Salit Stopped Saying “Oriental Dance”
A Little Lighter | Belly Dance Podcast
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
11M ago
Salit of NYC on the sisterhood of belly dancers, the politics that divide our community of Arabic music lovers, and how focusing on our belly dance technique rather than our appearance brings us more happiness. Salit (Sal-eet) started belly dancing in Israel when she was 21, and she did not expect it to become her profession and the foundation for her own bellydance school! I met Salit at Art of the Belly when I took a super fun cane dancing class from her. I love her sass when she dances, as well as her commitment to authenticity and the sisterhood she has created with other dancers.  ht ..read more
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Nefertiti on Soul Ties and Ecstasy
A Little Lighter | Belly Dance Podcast
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
1y ago
Dr. Valerie Poppel, aka Nefertiti of Delaware, is a Clinical Sexologist and belly dancer who lived in Cairo. Find out what Nef warned about Soul Ties when she was featured in Cosmo yet again and how shimmying can improve our sexual health. Imagine a gorgeous brown-skinned dancer flecked in gold taking the stage with yellow isis wings unfurled. When she opens her arms and looks up, it’s like the sun is pouring into her soul. On her face, ecstasy. She dances and shines. At one point, she looks into the back of the audience and beckons. A fully-costumed dancer emerges and joins her on stage. And ..read more
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Goddess Enabler Melodia of Melodia Designs – 069
A Little Lighter | Belly Dance Podcast
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
1y ago
Melodia of Melodia Designs has been designing amazing dance wear and comfortable-AND-sexy street clothes for over 20 years. But do you know about her intriguing dance past with the Belly Dance Superstars and Urban Tribal Dance Company? Listen and find out! Melodia has been adorning and accenting the beauty in fusion belly dancers and more beautiful movers with her oh so lovely Melodia Designs clothing for almost 20 years. Melodia has been adorning and accenting the beauty in fusion belly dancers and more beautiful movers with her oh so lovely Melodia Designs clothing for almost 20 years. You p ..read more
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Dancing Authentically to Mahraganat and Sha’abi with Natalie
A Little Lighter | Belly Dance Podcast
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
NYC raqs sharqi dancer Natalie Nazario of Puerto Rico shares how to belly dance authentically to mahraganat and shaabi, as well as her love for Egyptian colloquial Arabic, culture and daily life.  Natalie Nazario is a Puerto Rican professional Raqs Sharqi dancer, teacher, choreographer, and producer specializing in Egyptian Oriental Dance based in New York City. Founder of Raks Al Zahra Company, her group is the result of great inspiration received from her travels through the Middle East, as well as from her personal experiences that resonate and connect between her dancers and the audie ..read more
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Highlights from 2021: Carolena Nericcio, Jillina, Ebony, Kamrah, and More
Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
Get inspired by these dance, health and beauty tips from some of the most influential belly dancers in the world who were interviewed on this belly dance podcast in 2021. Feel grateful, make a dance goal, drink some water, and dance yourself down the sidewalk. Thank you for another beautiful year of sharing this podcast A Little Lighter! When I am creating these recordings with incredible dancers and recording this right now for you, I want to be clear. It is your heart that I want to touch. Your body that I want to sway. Your smile that I want to rise. So thank you for being here with me. You ..read more
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Golden Era Belly Dance with Badriyah
Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
Learn some of the secrets of recreating Golden Era belly dance moves and costumes from Badriyah. Find out the best belly dance scenes from classical Egyptian movies with Samia Gamal, Naima Akef, Taheya Carioca and hear Badriyah’s dreams of opening a Belly Dance Museum. Badriyah is a professional oriental dancer, devoted mainly to Egyptian classical and folklore styles, modern fusion with oriental dance and the Golden Age of belly dance. https://youtu.be/sjMzxfss_DQ She teaches in Ghent, Belgium, and travels around Europe to give workshops and lectures. Badriyah’s dream is to build up a real Be ..read more
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The Magic of the Dancer Witch Danielle Hutton
Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
New York City dancer Danielle Hutton speaks on magical intentions, powerful productions, and why washing your hair on Venus’s Day is a damn good idea. New York-based fusion belly dance performer Danielle Hutton’s dance has been described as a concentrated slow burn of sincerity and elegant emotionality. Danielle is a choreographer, creator, consultant, and educator who conducts transformative workshops. For over 17 years, Danielle has been a fixture within the New York City belly dance community. She was a principal dancer in Solstice Dance Ensemble. She performed at Tribal Fest, The Massive S ..read more
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The Evolution of Jillina – 062
A Little Lighter | Belly Dance Podcast
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
Belly Dance Superstars Choreographer Jillina Carlano on courage, contribution, and marinating yourself in music. From performing in prison, touring the planet and stumbling forward through the reckoning in the dance community. This is an amazing podcast interview. Jillina Carlano is a world-class artist who produces dance shows and creates experiences for dancers and audiences all over the world. I have heard numerous stories from dancers in this podcast about Jillina’s incredible positive energy and creativity and compassion, and now we will have the pleasure of hearing directly from Jillina ..read more
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Brenna on Voguing, Neuroplasticity and Unstoppable NYC – 061
Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter
by Belly Dancer Alicia Free
2y ago
Brooklyn-born belly dancer and fusion artist Brenna Crowley tells us how she went from looking down at the ground to strutting sidewalks like a runway model and dancing like a superhero. Alicia: Fiercely whipping her red locks around and sometimes shooting daggers out of her eyes between smiles, Brenna Crowley is a belly dance artist in NYC who is known for her commanding stage presence, intensity and one-of-a-kind performances. Spoiler alert: Brenna knows how to moonwalk.  She has been an instructor for over decade and has taught at Serena Studios, Solstice Studio, BellyQueen and Ailey E ..read more
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