Video: Jen’s Performance to Meen Gallo
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by Jen
2y ago
Hi there, here's another recorded performance - where I didn't have a chance to take a complete 'live' video at a recent performance. My first solo saidi-style performance ..read more
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Why Is Dance Underrepresented in European and North American Arts and Scholarship?
Jen Belly Dance Blog
by Jen
2y ago
It feels like people perceive dance as a 'lesser' art. This is despite dance being an essential aspect of human culture. In this blog post, you will learn about the history of dance in European culture. And how this history has informed the modern European and North American view of dance as a 'lesser' art, excepting ballet as the 'highest' dance art. Why does this matter? There are so many other forms of dance out there. One is not 'better' than the other. Go out into the world and try them ..read more
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The Origins of Belly Dance: A Review of ‘Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition’ by Heather Ward
Jen Belly Dance Blog
by Jen
2y ago
In this post I review Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930 by Heather Ward. I recommend it to any belly dance enthusiast who is interested in learning about the roots of belly dance. This post will give you an overview of how belly dance came to be 'belly dance'. I hope it will whet your appetite for reading the full book ..read more
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Belly Dance Training: Review of the ‘Understanding Music’ Course
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by Jen
2y ago
I'm writing another instalment of my review series. This time I focus on the 'Understanding Music' course. I hope that by sharing my experience, you will be inspired to learn more about the fascinating world of belly dance music ..read more
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Who Is Umm Kulthum and Why Is She Important for Belly Dance?
Jen Belly Dance Blog
by Jen
2y ago
Have you heard of Umm Kulthum (Oum Kalthoum) before? She was a very famous Egyptian singer active between the 1920s to 1970s. She is remembered for her extraordinary voice and unique musical style. But what does she have to do with belly dance? You'll find out in this article. Spoiler: lots of the most well known belly dance tunes were originally sung by Umm Kulthum ..read more
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A Guide to Belly Dance Movement Categories
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by Jen
2y ago
In this blog post I classify common belly dance moves based on which shape you draw with your body. These are lifts and drops, slides, shimmies, twists, circles, figure 8's and undulations. Knowing how you use various bits of your body to produce belly dance moves will help you recall and reproduce the moves you learn in class or see in a video. Knowing how you use various bits of your body to produce belly dance moves will help you recall and reproduce the moves you learn in class or see in a video. You can improve your movement isolation by knowing which body part you are supposed to move. A ..read more
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Video: Jen’s Performance to Habibi Ya Eyni (‘Darling, Oh My Eyes’)
Jen Belly Dance Blog
by Jen
2y ago
I first performed to this classic belly dance song at a local hafla last February. I've been polishing it on and off at home since then. I put on a dance costume for the first time in months today to film it. I hope this will inspire you to put on some of your favourite music and dance. Enjoy ..read more
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How to Build Your Dance Skills to Become a Better Dancer
Jen Belly Dance Blog
by Jen
2y ago
How do you become a more skilful dancer? Practice! But not just any practice, rather, deliberate practice appropriate for your skill level. In this blog, I'll explore practice strategies you can use to increase your dance expertise beyond your current skill level ..read more
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A Guide to Belly Dance Styles
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by Jen
2y ago
Are there different belly dance styles? I thought it was all 'belly dance'! In this post, you will learn about the different styles of belly dance and how they relate to each other. I hope this will help you as a student inform which styles of belly dance you would like to learn ..read more
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How to Practice Dance: A Review of ‘Effortless Mastery’ by Kenny Werner
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by Jen
2y ago
Effortless Mastery is a book written by Kenny Werner, an American jazz pianist and educator. It's about overcoming dysfunctional fear-based practising and playing to achieve effortless mastery. So what can a book about music teach us about dance? In this blog post, you will learn practical strategies from Warner's book to build your personal dance practice. You can apply this to start your journey towards 'effortless mastery' in dance ..read more
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