Today in the Netherlands we have one of the biggest parties of the year. The intire country is coloring orange, the national color of the Netherlands. Today it’s Kingsday and we celebrate the birthday of the King Willem Alexander.
In the Bellydance world we have our own royal prince. Male Bellydancer Rachid who is one of the most famous male Bellydancers in the world.
When we were performing together at the Hollandse Bellydance Toppers in Leiden, I took the change to interview Rachid. So you can get a small peak into his work as a bellydancer.
In the interview I will ask Rachid how he came to bellydancing, how people react on him and how this dance makes him feel. He will tell what inspired him to become a bellydancer, how his family and the community in Curaçao reacted to that fact. Exciting!
Rachid will be performing and judging the competition on the Orientalicious & Raqs Flow festival, June 3rd at Paradiso Amsterdam. You can find all information about the festival at:
In a bit more than a month there will be the Orientalicious & Raqs Flow festival in Amsterdam. Rachid will be performing amongst other amazing artists like Sadie Marquardt (US), Rajaa Ben Moussa (Mo) and Jade el Jabel (Br).
The festival this year is going to be spectaculat and I look forward to see you there!
I hope you’re having a great day today! I was wondering, did you enjoy my bellydance at the office series? Did you train your bellyroll in different situations? At the office, while watching TV, or while having a conversation with your friend?
How are your handwave and shoulder roll doing? Did your co-workers catch you in the moment or did you manage to do it without being caught?
I am so happy to have gotten such great feedback from different people about these video series.
One of my students told me in the class:
“Aisa, you know, my hands get always so stiff by my computer work but the exercises that you have send to us has been so helpful! My hands feel so much more relaxed and flexible”
Another sweet lady who wrote me an email after receiving the bellyroll at the office video wrote me:
“The belly roll is one of my favourite movements in belly dancing. I am so happy, that I can practice it, while I’m working in the office or at home. I also train it while sitting, laying on the floor, taking a shower or waiting at the bus stop.”
That feedback is sooooo nice to receive and it gives me so much fuel to continue. It makes me realise that I am on the right track more then ever and that I am really helping people with my work. It’s worth all the effort.
And as I have listened very well to my students and to women around me and by all these super positive comments about my online classes I felt encouraged to silently work on a new course: an online course especially for beginners.
It’s a 5 week online Beginner Bellydance Course. In 5 weeks you will learn essential techniques of bellydance, that all comes together in a gorgeous choreography in which you can experience the joy of moving feminine, sensual and powerful.
You can use it to show what you have learned to your beloved ones, your love or just for yourself.
The course will be launched on the 14th of February the day of love. Coming monday you can order it with a special early bird price.
To give you a sneak peek into the course I will share with you the promo video. It’s so exciting to share this with you because it’s a project that I was working on for a while. You’re the first that I share this video with!
You know what is nice to know? That this course is professionally filmed by Janou from Hertz media. She used to be my babysitter when I was a child, later she became my art teacher and now… Yes! She films my online courses. Hahaha, who would have thought that?! I didn’t. Life is interesting.
Let me know how you liked this promo video, I am really curious!
as dancers we can be so focussed on our dance technique to get our skills to a higher level. That is an amazing thing and it is very important. I am even going to come up with a Shimmy and Layer training bundle. About this I will tell you more on Tuesday, on my birthday.
Today I want to share a thought with you, a concept that you can think about whenever you create dance or you are performing. It’s the concept about using your head, heart and belly when you are dancing.
When you are aligning the power of these three body parts it can help you to improve your perfomance skills. This does not only count for dancing, but it can work for you whenever you have to give a lecture or a presentation as well. Actually it will help you in your daily life as it does for presentations.
Watch the Video that I made for you, from a beautiful place in paradise.
Dance with your Head, Heart and Belly.
Click on the Video below:
Head heart and belly - Vimeo
I hope this concept serves you. I look forward to hear your comments.
maybe you know that feeling, that when you need to do something important, like a lecture, or a dance performance, you get so nervous that all that you have prepared doesn’t come out the way you want it?
Or that you feel so much fear that your muscles get stuck and your shimmy comes out powerless? In such a moment you can remember to return to your breath.
Today’s vlog is about breathing into your dancing. I hope that this helps you and inspires you in your dancing and life.
Watch the video below to see the inspirational vlog:
The days are still a dark and cold this winter (happily we are going already towards the spring). With the dark days it’s so much easier to sit inside the house more often, eat more and cuddle up. You might feel that you become a bit more stiff because of a lack of body exercise and the cold weather. So it’s time to treat you with a little bellydance tutorial.
Many of my students asked me to continue with the tutorials of “Bellydance at the office chair”. I heard you ladies!!!
So today I made a tutorial about the nr. 1 movement of Bellydance, the movement which might be one of the reasons that they called ‘Raqs Sharqi’, Bellydance. Of course I am talking about the: Bellyroll (not for your boss his eyes)
Last Monday I have started Create Your Amazing Drumsolo with a beautiful group of super enthusiastic and international women. This is like a dream come true, and the inspiration and energy that we get from each other in the Facebook community is priceless!
All of this made me remember how it all started. It started with this idea of creating a course in which I could share my knowledge of Middle- Eastern dance with a big group of women from around the world. I wanted to help them grow and get the best out of them.
First there was this dream and then I started to take action, and see now… it has manifested itself. I can’t be more grateful.
It inspired me to make today’s vlog in which I talk about the power of visualization.
I know that this principle will help you with your dancing too, not only in dance but in all fields of life. I am so curious to hear from you. If you have any experiences in your life with the power of visualization, let me know in the comments below the vlog.
Just before the weekend I would like to share a bit of my thoughts with you. Maybe you sometimes feel that you want to do something, wich you think is important for you, for your growth, but you make up a ton of excuses why it is not possible. That little voice that holds you back.
This is what happened to me with ballet. For a long time I wanted to do ballet, because I knew that it would make my general dance technique better. But I made up many reasons why I shouldn’t, like for example:
“I will be very annoying in the class, there will be only very good dancers and they will feel irritated by my low level” or “Everybody will watch me and think I am doing a bad job” and “I am not the ballet type, with my voluptuous body” or “I don’t need ballet, I am already a good dancer in my field” and many more reasons…
In my vlog this week I share my story of my learning process. Bottom line, it is about: Just do it, concistantly, embrace the process, it’s about your progress not your perfection. Always stay open and learn new things.
And if you are open to learn new things and stretch your knowledge and skills to a higher level, I would be honored to be your teacher and coach, at the online Create Your Amazing Drumsolocourse, that starts Otcober 10th at 10 o clock.
You will learn many new things in a very modern way. This is what you can expect to know and be able to do after following this course:
A deep knowledge of the Middle- Eastern rhythms
A whole vocabulary of movements that goes with the specific rhythms
How to enter and leave the stage in the most effective way
How to use the stage
How to use dynamics in your dancing
A much more developped musicality
A more precise bellydance technique by drilling and practicing for many hours.
Knowledge about different Middle Eastern folkloric styles and movements
Creating your own choreograpies
Being able to do instant choreographies
A dancers mindset.
The course exists of 50 % theory and 50% practice. There is a printable workbook that can accompany you, there are quizzes a very helpful Facebook community and weekly Live Q & A sessions.
Once you have ordered the course you will have a life long access. You can join every new round again (with no extra costs) and I will always be adding more and updated content
Happy Fall! The time of hot chocolate and colored leaves has arrived. The summer vacation lays behind us. Somehow I also look forward to that cosy feeling of the fall. How about you?
Last week I have posted a video with tips about listening to the music when making a choreography plus a combination. I am curious, did you dance along with the dance combination?
I am so happy to receive feedback on what I have send and to know that it serves you and that it is helpful. Like Meri wrote me as a feedback to my last video. To me it’s like receiveing a big present:
Very helpful Amazing Aisa! I like the idea that first you teach us how to learn and than show us what we need to learn. And I loooove the humor you put in the classes. Above all it is also about having fun. Thank you for the wonderful information and lessons that you provide us.
You know, many times I got the question about how I make my choreographies. This week I thought, you know what, I want to make an overview with 10 clear steps that you can follow to make your own choreography or do a good improvisation on a drumsolo for example. Because I believe that you can do this too with the right knowledge!
I started to think what steps I take and I wrote it down for you. Because when I started to choreograph drumsolo’s it helped me to get it clear. This might help you too!
Here you find the 10 steps to create your drumsolo choreography:
Define the sections in the music. Listen to your drumsolo and see where you hear transitions. Write down the exact minutes and seconds.
Define the “basic rhythms” that you hear in the drumsolo. In Arabic music there are many rhythms and each rhythm has it’s own character and movements that belong to them.
What “patterns and accents” do you hear in the music? You can hear certain patterns more then once. Mostly you hear a pattern 2, 4, 6, 8 times.
If you hear question and answers in the music define them. Often the drummer plays a part that is technically challenging. He plays it in a way as if he is questioning and giving an answer. In this section you can really show your refined technique.
Listen if there are any folkloric elements in the drumsolo. What folklore are you hearing? In drumsolo’s you often hear for example a Saidi or a Zar rhythm. The drummer takes you in a small trip around the Middle- East.
Think about how you are going to use the space. A proper use of the space at the stage is very important and makes your dance more interesting.
Define the dynamics in the music. Where can you be stronger or where can you be softer and more subtle.
Now that you know your music start to improvise to the sections. Focus on 1 section at a time.
Decide how you want to enter the stage and leave the stage. The first impression is a very important moment and of course the last impression and the feeling that you leave the public with too!
Film yourself when improvising and analyze what you have done and see what you can modify and make a rough dance combination. Film it again, analyze it and make it more and more detailed until you are satisfied. Go through all the sections in this way. Until you create the full piece and then dance everything together.
I hope this 10 steps help you to make it easier to create your own choreography. The more often you do this, the easier it gets to create your own dances. Yesterday I heard a “Latin pro verb” that defines this: Repetitio est mater studiorum. The translation is: Repetition is the mother of studying (learning).
If you like to know more about creating choreography’s I can tell you that I created something beautiful and helpful. Something that already helped many of my students to become better and informed dancers, and choreographers. In the coming day’s I will let you know more.
I would love to hear from you how the above tips have helped you. Leave a comment in the comment section below.
How are you today? Last week I have send you a video about how to handle creativity. Was the concept of “creativity and the universe” helpful for you? Could you already have another perspective on your creativity when you was creating a dance?
As you might know I help dancers to create their own choreographies and prepare for important shows or competitions. Many times my students tell me that the main obstacle that she encounters when creating for example a drumsolo is that she hears so many sounds at the same time: Rhythms, accents, shimmy’s effects…
Then she get’s so distracted by all that sounds that she does not know what to follow anymore in the music. Choices, choices, choices.
Then I help her to understand the structure of the drumsolo and how to focus on the music, by explaining her how to listen to the music, what movements go with certain sounds and what is the structure of the drumsolo.
I thought that maybe you can relate to this?!
So I decided, let’s make a video about this subject, explaining a bit about the prinicple of listening to the music and (as I promised in my previous letter) I made a small “dance along” combination for you. It’s on the drumsolo music “Magic Fingers” of Amir Sofie, amirsofie.com.