This interview will definitely challenge your perception of belly dance as well as stage world in general. Please welcome extremely talented and mind-blowing Igor Kischka!
I hope that after listening to this conversation you’ll feel empowered and unique! We all have our specialness and the only way to find your own artistic voice is always to be true to yourself, always do your best, and always to learn and expand your knowledge. Igor who is extremely successful, yet very humble artist, shares his dance story of how belly dance entered his life, how he managed to communicate his passion to his family, and how he doesn’t let anyone’s opinions and stereotypes to stop him from enjoying the essence of dance. Never let the surrounding «noise» to sound louder than the dums and taks in your heart!
This mini-episode is a part of ASKianaDANCE show where I answer your dance questions! Specifically in this part I’ve separated two related questions: tips on how to start promoting yourself as a solo performer, and how to start performing in restaurants. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Have a question about dance? Ask anything you want to know, and Iana will answer in her new ASKianaDANCE show! There are already two videos released, and you can find all featured questions and Iana’s answers at www.ianadance.com/ask, as well as submit your own question there. :)
She was seconds away from having a completely different lifestyle. And by seconds, I literally mean seconds. She felt frustrated in the beginning of her training to the point that she wasn’t even sure if she had the necessary muscles to perform belly dance movements. She was hesitant if her belly dance career would have any development since she got pregnant right at the time when everything just started working out for her. And yet, here she is: super successful full-time belly dancer Maria Sokolova, an award-winning professional artist based in California, a teacher, performer, and director of her student troupe ALMAZ.
Incredible story from an incredible woman, that at the same time would sound so familiar to you! I’m sure you’ll be able to recognize yourself in many aspects of this talk. Listen, share and keep dancing! :)
Wow! This is such a breathtaking in-depth conversation that I believe it should be included in all belly dance curricula to listen to! Sadie shares her view on a holistic balanced lifestyle, and what role belly dance plays as a spiritual practice. She also talks about how to stay true to yourself and your dance, even when it becomes your profession, as well as fascinating qualities of this dance form that helps to heal and reconnect to your feminine energy.
We also had an mind-blowing discussion about whether belly dance is actually related to any ancient sacred dances, and Sadie shared amazing insights into her own research in this topic, giving references to her mentors and literature resources. Honestly, it’s one of those treasure conversations that I wish we could continue for hours and hours. An absolute must-listen!
Today I’m joined by beautiful artist Samantha Burnstein who specializes in the folklore dances of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and some other North-African and Middle-Eastern countries. We had a fascinating talk about the essence of folklore, different levels of “staginess”, and the huge disconnect between two worlds: belly dancers who love folklore as an addition to their main focus of oriental dance, and actual communities for whom those folklore styles are part of their cultures. Many interesting points to challenge your mind!
Samantha also gave valuable tips on how to think critically and analyze any information, instead of blindly following teacher’s words or the Internet “experts”.
I truly admire today’s guest, Alla Vatc who after 7 years of training and teaching had decided to start learning belly dance again from scratch, who shaped herself as a true professional artist, and showed that everything is possible if you work hard enough.
Discover about her dance journey and how she is able to run a successful international festival in China while based in Russia, as well as managing her dance travels all around the world. Also, we had an interesting discussion regarding the influence of other dance styles on belly dance training, and Alla shared her stories of unpleasant “failures”, and how she overcame them.
Want to know if it's possible to be a successful belly dancer in Egypt but without a manager? Find out how Brenda combines a busy artistic life with being her own boss and managing a whole team of people around her dance activities. This is quite a different way of navigating Cairo business from what we've heard previously on the podcast!
Also, Brenda shares her experience of being a participant of Al Rakesa (The Belly Dancer) show, and how simply following Dina's posts on social media changed her life completely.
This is one more of those hardcore episodes that highlights both sides of "glamorous" belly dance career. Be ready to be shocked, but I promise you a happy ending. :)