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Geek Out with Mao Murakami

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 0 comments

Geek Out with Mao Murakami

  Easy Costume Upgrades Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 51: My guest, Mao Murakami, will talk about how you can make the most out of the costumes that you already have.     Get the recording   Many different elements make up great belly dance costuming. Each dancer has unique qualities – in their dance and on their body – that shine when costuming works for them. But what can you do when you have a costume that needs an update? Other than buying a new full costume, there are ways to take what you already...

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Geek Out with Princess Farhana and DeVilla

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Princess Farhana and DeVilla

Geek Out with Princess Farhana and DeVilla

  Makeup for Belly Dance Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 50: My guests, Princess Farhana and DeVilla will talk about makeup looks and application tips for belly dance.     Get the recording   No matter your chosen style (or styles) of dance, cosmetics help performers achieve an overall look, enhance our persona, and help us communicate with the audience using our facial features. But not everyone comes to the dance with personal experience applying stage makeup. Many of us have had to learn by trial and error,...

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Geek Out with Shahrzad Khorsandi

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 1 comment

Geek Out with Shahrzad Khorsandi

  Persian Dance Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 49: My guest, Shahrzad Khorsandi will talk about the history, aesthetics, and technique of Persian dance, and the similarities and differences between it and belly dance.     Get the recording     While NOT what we think of as “belly dance,” Persian dance has a long and rich history that can inform and inspire dancers of all genres. With flowing arm movements and graceful body lines, becoming more familiar with Persian dance is a beautiful way for us to...

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Geek Out with Dawn Devine

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Dawn Devine

Geek Out with Dawn Devine

  Finger Cymbal History Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 48: My guest, Dawn Devine, will talk about the history and manufacture of finger cymbals.       Get the recording   While the origins of dance are rooted in the mists of time, long before writing, there is one element of our dance that survives from antiquity – Finger Cymbals! Dawn’s book includes her research into the history of finger cymbals – conducted first from an art historian’s point of view but then delving into the...

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Geek Out with Alia Thabit – Again!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Alia Thabit – Again!

Geek Out with Alia Thabit – Again!

  Opening Yourself Up to the Audience Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 47: My guest, Alia Thabit will talk about sharing your experience through dance as a gift.     Get the recording     Imagine a world with less fear and detachment. A world with more joy and connection. As artists and performers, we have the ability to share our emotional responses to the music with the audience, inviting them into our experience. Amid the glamour, the flash, and the hip drops, we have the amazing power to spread joy and cultural...

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Geek Out with Elizabeth Joy

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Elizabeth Joy

Geek Out with Elizabeth Joy

  Improv Roulette Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 46: My guest, Elizabeth Joy, will talk about the experimental performance concept, Improv Roulette, and how dancers can benefit from spontaneous creation and collaboration.   Get the recording   Improvisation can be intimidating, even for experienced performers. As dancers, we may have strategies for improv, but we often know something about what sort of music we will get or what props we will use. But what happens when you put performance artists from different styles and...

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Geek Out with Hiba Al-Kinani

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Hiba Al-Kinani

Geek Out with Hiba Al-Kinani

  Cultural Appropriation Considerations Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 45: My guest, Hiba Al-Kinani, will talk about exploring different perspectives related to the controversial topic of cultural appropriation.     Get the recording     Join us for an exploration of cultural appropriation and how we can approach the dance with respect, understanding, and appreciation without stifling our creativity.   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Hiba your questions.   Special Thanks to...

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Geek Out with Zahra Zuhair

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Zahra Zuhair

Geek Out with Zahra Zuhair

  The Power of the Positive Dancer Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 44: My guest, Zahra Zuhair will talk about how cultivating a more positive outlook can improve your dance.     Get the recording     As dancers, we are often fortunate to have supportive communities of other dancers around us, many of whom become cherished friends. However, between social media, competition for performance spots, and varied motivations for pursuing the dance, we sometimes compare ourselves to other dancers, making us frustrated with...

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Geek Out with Lisa Allred

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Lisa Allred

Geek Out with Lisa Allred

  Dealing with Difficult People Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 43: My guest, Lisa Allred, will talk about using communication to deal with difficult people in healthy and constructive ways.     Get the recording     Resolving conflict in a constructive manner isn’t just important for our relationships with other dancers; it makes our dance community a healthier and more inclusive place. Managing different – and sometimes difficult – personalities is a skill that can be learned like any other....

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Geek Out with A’isha Azar

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with A’isha Azar

Geek Out with A’isha Azar

  Why Shaabi Isn’t Belly Dance Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 42: My guest, A’isha Azar will talk about the cultural context behind Shaabi, and how it differs from what we usually think of as “belly dance”.     Get the recording   Whether you’re a hard-core fan of Shaabi, or a total newbie, you’ll want to hear this!   You’ll learn: Shaabi’s history and unique cultural context Important ways that the dance and music differ from standard “belly dance” Why...

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Geek Out with Sausan

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Sausan

Geek Out with Sausan

  The Egyptian Dance Code® Episode 41 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Sausan will talk about The Egyptian Dance Code®.     Get the recording   You’ll learn: The differences between American and Egyptian belly dance How those differences transfer into Egyptian style belly dance Sausan’s “Egyptian Dance Code®” concept   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Sausan your questions.   Logistics: This free call will take place on Monday, July 18, at 8:30pm...

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Geek Out with Roberto Mejía

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Roberto Mejía

Geek Out with Roberto Mejía

  Men in Belly Dance Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 40: My guest, Roberto Mejía, will talk about the role of male dancers in modern and historical belly dance.     Get the recording   You’ll Learn: Men’s dancing traditions Turkey, North Africa, and the Middle East, as well as ex-pats living in the West. Myths and misconceptions about dancing men The roles of gender and sexuality in dance How to make classes welcoming to serious male students   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask...

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Geek Out with Ranya Renee, Anasma and Kelley McKinnon

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Ranya Renee, Anasma and Kelley McKinnon

Geek Out with Ranya Renee, Anasma and Kelley McKinnon

  Narrative Arc Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 39: My guests, Ranya Renee, Anasma and Kelley McKinnon, the directorial team behind the Theatrical Bellydance Conference will talk about the use of narrative arcs in belly dance.   Get the recording   You’ll Learn: What “narrative arc” means Why it’s important, even for traditionally non-narrative belly dance How you build a narrative arc The difference between narrative arc and character development How describing your narrative arc improves your...

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Geek Out with Sahina

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Sahina

Geek Out with Sahina

    Getting the mentoring you need Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 38: My guest, Sahina will talk about dance mentoring.       Get the recording     You’ll Learn: What to expect from a mentoring relationship How to approach your teacher Finding a mentor who is right for you Steps to take on the road to going pro (teaching and/or performing) The story of how Sahina took up her teacher’s mantle when she retired   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Sahina your...

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Geek Out with Shadia Tohme

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Shadia Tohme

Geek Out with Shadia Tohme

  Costuming to Flatter Every Body Episode 37 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Shadia Tohme will talk about costuming considerations for every body type.     Get the recording     You’ll Learn: Common mistakes and misconceptions that lead dancers to less-than flattering costume choices. Special costuming considerations for every body type Easy tweaks you can make to make an “okay” costume more flattering We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Shadia your questions. And...

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Geek Out with Julie Eason – for a third time!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Julie Eason – for a third time!

Geek Out with Julie Eason – for a third time!

  Writing for a dance audience Episode 36 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Julie Eason will talk about how to write a book, a blog, or any kind of content for a dance audience.   Get the recording   You’ll learn: How publishing a book is easier than ever Why dancers should write a book or blog How to get started, even when you feel lost and frustrated How to find the time to write An effective question-based outline to make writing as easy as answering questions in class We’ll also have some discussion...

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Geek Out with Kay Hardy Campbell

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Kay Hardy Campbell

Geek Out with Kay Hardy Campbell

  Khaliji Dance Episode 35 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Kay Hardy Campbell will talk about Khaliji dance.       Get the recording Khaliji (sometimes written “Khaleegy”) isn’t belly dance, but is often included in a belly dance show. Kay will help demystify this gorgeous, but often misunderstood dance. You’ll learn: What Khaliji dance is (and isn’t) The benefits and downsides of doing research on YouTube How it’s different in its cultural context vs. in a belly dance show...

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Geek Out with Nadira of Virginia – Again!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Nadira of Virginia – Again!

Geek Out with Nadira of Virginia – Again!

  Promoting yourself outside your local area Episode 34 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Nadira of Virginia will talk about how to promote yourself beyond your local dance community.     Get the recording   Whether you’re promoting yourself, a troupe, or an event, we’ll have something here for you!   You’ll learn: Whether broader promotion is right for you What techniques work best Common mistakes that dancers make when they step beyond their local area We’ll also have some...

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Geek Out with Assala Ibrahim

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Assala Ibrahim

Geek Out with Assala Ibrahim

    Iraqi Kawliya Episode 33 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Assala Ibrahim will talk about Iraqi Kawliya dance.       Get the recording  Whether you’re a Kawliya dance fan, or have never heard of it before, you’ll come out of this call with a better understanding of the people, history, and culture behind this exciting dance style.   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Assala your questions.   Logistics: This free call will take place on Saturday, July...

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Geek Out with Amia D’Itri

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Amia D’Itri

Geek Out with Amia D’Itri

    “Contracts for Belly Dancers” Episode 32 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Amia, will talk about what dancers need to know about contracts.     Get the recording Whether you perform, teach, or organize events, you need to hear this one!   You’ll learn: The difference between legal advice and legal information (and why you need to know) What must, should, and could be in a dance performance contract. Tips for finding and speaking with an attorney to create a contract for you. Tips for...

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Geek Out with Roxxanne Shelaby

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Roxxanne Shelaby

Geek Out with Roxxanne Shelaby

  “The Early Days of Belly Dance in Los Angeles” Episode 31 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Roxxanne Shelaby, will talk about the early belly dance scene in LA.     Get the recording If you enjoyed our “early days” episodes on the early dance scenes in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, you’ll love this one!   About Roxxanne Roxxanne Shelaby performs throughout Southern California bringing her unique dance style combining her Lebanese heritage and Egyptian soul. Roxanne is...

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Geek Out with Terri Allred

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Terri Allred

Geek Out with Terri Allred

  Props in ATS® Episode 30 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Terri Allred, will talk about the use of props in American Tribal Style®.       Get the recording Whether you’re a tribal dancer looking for new sources of inspiration, or a cabaret dancer curious about how other styles use props, there will be something here for you! We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Terri your questions.     Logistics: This free call will take place on Tuesday, April 28th, at 8pm Eastern Time....

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Geek Out with Katayoun

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 2 comments

Geek Out with Katayoun

  Are you ready to teach? Episode 29 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Katayoun, will talk about how to tell when you’re ready to start teaching belly dance.       Get the recording We’ll have something for you, whether you’re: An aspiring teacher A newer teacher looking for some guidance A seasoned teacher grooming your own students to teach someday Just curious about what it takes to be a qualified teacher We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Katayoun your questions....

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Geek Out with (Another!) Nadira

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with (Another!) Nadira

Geek Out with (Another!) Nadira

  The role of the community in producing successful events   Episode 28 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Nadira of Virginia, will talk about how engaging the dance community is crucial to your event. (And how to do it.)   Get the recording   (With twice the Nadira, you know it’s going to be good!)   You’ll learn: How can a healthy dance community help you as a student, a pro, or a promoter How to increase community interaction Why Nadira chose to start a local Bellycouncil How you can create...

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Geek Out with Amity Alize – Again!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Amity Alize – Again!

Geek Out with Amity Alize – Again!

  Taxes for Dancers   Episode 27 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Amity Alize will talk about tax considerations for dancers.     Get the recording   It doesn’t matter whether you’re making big bucks, or not even close to making a profit. If you earn any income through dance, you need to hear this! (Note: we’ll be discussing US tax laws on this call. Some of the concepts will be universal, but some concepts (and most of the details) will only apply to dancers in the US.)  ...

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Geek Out with DeVilla

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with DeVilla

Geek Out with DeVilla

  Somebody’s Gotta Steer the Ship Episode 26 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, DeVilla, artistic director of troupe Isis-Siren-Sekhmet, will talk about how to run a troupe with style, grace, and ease.       Get the recording     You’ll learn How student, amateur, and pro troupes differ – and what’s universal Whose vision is this: group leadership vs. a single leader Why a dance company needs to set goals and have a mission statements How to style your troupe for a cohesive look...

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Geek Out with Rosa Noreen and Jonatan Gomes Derbaq

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Rosa Noreen and Jonatan Gomes Derbaq

Geek Out with Rosa Noreen and Jonatan Gomes Derbaq

  Finding space in the rhythm Episode 25 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guests, Rosa Noreen and Jonatan Gomes Derbaq, will talk about finding space within continuous drum beats, so you can stop and be in the moment.     Get the recording   If you’ve ever felt like the drum was running away with you, this call is for you!   You’ll learn: Why pauses add drama to a drum solo How to pull pauses out of fast music with a continuous beat How to navigate unknown music by using the rhythms We’ll be...

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Geek Out with Julie Eason – Again!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Julie Eason – Again!

Geek Out with Julie Eason – Again!

  Crowd-funding & performing arts Episode 24 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Julie Eason of the Belly Dance Business Academy, will talk about how to use crowd-funding services like Kickstarter to fund a big project.     Get the recording   You’ll learn: What crowd-funding is What kind of projects can be funded through crowd-funding How to create a crowd-funding project How to set your project up for success We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Julie your questions.  ...

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Geek Out with Sahra Kent

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Sahra Kent

Geek Out with Sahra Kent

  The Puzzle of Egyptian Folklore   Episode 23 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Sahra Kent (aka Sahra Saeeda), will talk about how understanding the context is the key to making sense of Egyptian folklore.   Get the recording   If you’ve ever wondered why so many videos of the same folkloric style (such as Saidi) can look so different, Sahra’s breakthrough “tables” approach can help you make sense of it. So join me and Sahra for a geek-tacular discussion on how to put together the puzzle...

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Geek Out with Amira Jamal

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Amira Jamal

Geek Out with Amira Jamal

  The Power of Learning Styles   Episode 22 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Amira Jamal, will talk about different learning styles. We’ll approach this from both the teacher and student perspective.     Get the recording   You’ll Learn: What learning styles are How they help teachers get through to their students Specific techniques for accommodating different learning styles Why understanding your own learning style helps you get more out of class AND practice time What to do if your teacher...

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Geek Out with Treasure Marshall

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Treasure Marshall

Geek Out with Treasure Marshall

  How to Use Costuming to Enhance Your Performance   Episode 21 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Treasure Marshall will talk about how to use costuming to help your show make more of an impact on your audience.     Get the recording   You’ll Learn: How to costume yourself for large vs. small stages How to choose skirts for skirtwork and other types of dance Considerations for quick changes And a LOT more! We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can participate too.   Logistics: This...

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Geek Out with Rhea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Rhea

Geek Out with Rhea

  The early belly dance scene in San Francisco   Episode 20 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Rhea of Greece will talk about the early dance scene in San Francisco.   Get the recording   You’ll love her stories! Rhea will tell us about her time in Jamila Salimpour’s troupe Bal Anat, the hippie movement, her decades-long international dance journey, and much more. We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can participate too.   Logistics: This free call will take place on Monday, June...

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Geek Out with Alia Thabit – again!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 2 comments

Geek Out with Alia Thabit – again!

  Midnight at the Crossroads: Has belly dance sold its soul?   Episode 19 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Alia Thabit will give us a preview of her upcoming book, Midnight at the Crossroads: Has belly dance sold its soul?     Get the recording   This will be a frank and provocative discussion about: The essential values of oriental dance How we’ve strayed from them (and why) How to stay true to those values – without stifling ourselves or the evolution of the dance We’ll also have some...

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Geek Out with Linda Faoro and Anasma

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Linda Faoro and Anasma

Geek Out with Linda Faoro and Anasma

Building a career in fusion Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 18: My guests, Anasma and Linda Faoro of the International Urban Belly Dance Collective, will talk to us about how to build a successful career as a fusion artist, both from an artistic and business perspective.   (We’re going to focus on the special needs of fusion dancers, but even traditionalists like me can benefit from thinking beyond the “belly box”.)   Get the recording   You’ll learn: How career-building differs for fusion vs. cabaret...

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Geek Out With Samira Tu’ala

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out With Samira Tu’ala

Geek Out With Samira Tu’ala

  How to get the most out of a big event Episode 17 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Samira Tu’ala, will talk to us about how to get the most benefit out of a large dance event without running yourself ragged.   If you’ve ever come back from an event with a case of “festival fatigue”, but not much else, this call is for you!   Get the recording   You’ll learn: Why knowing your goals is the key to getting the most out of a large event The 6 things you may be looking for in an event...

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Geek Out With Aegela

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 1 comment

Geek Out With Aegela

    The Legacy of Mahmoud Reda Episode 16 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Aegela, will talk to us about the life and work of Mahmoud Reda, founder of Egypt’s famous Reda Troupe.     Get the recording   You’ll learn: Who Reda is The history behind the Reda Troupe How his work is seen in Egypt vs. in the West How it differs from traditional folk dance His impact on modern Egyptian belly dance We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Aegela your questions.   Logistics: This...

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Geek Out With Morocco

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 1 comment

Geek Out With Morocco

  The Early Days of Oriental Dance in New York Episode 15 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: The Clubhouse is back after our December break! My guest, Morocco, will talk to us about the early days of oriental dance in New York City.   We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Aunt Rocky your questions. Get the recording     Logistics: This free call will take place on Tuesday, January 28th, at 8pm Eastern Time. (see this in your own time zone) You can attend by phone or Skype, or listen on the web.  ...

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Geek Out With Oreet – Again!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out With Oreet – Again!

Geek Out With Oreet – Again!

    Make Competitions Work for You Episode 14 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Oreet, will talk to us about belly dance competitions.       Get the recording   You’ll learn: 4 benefits of competiting (even if you don’t win) How performing in a competition is different from a regular show What judges look for How to tell if competitions are right for you How to tell if a particular competition is right for you We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Oreet your questions....

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Geek Out with Amity Alize

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Amity Alize

Geek Out with Amity Alize

  How to host a workshop without driving yourself crazy.   Episode 13 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Amity Alize will talk about the mistakes workshop organizers make that cost them money and sleep.   Whether you’re a professional sponsor, or thinking about organizing your first charity event, there’s something in here for you!   Get the recording   You’ll learn: How to avoid common pitfalls in workshop hosting Important tax rules and reporting when hiring dancers Helpful tips on how to...

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Geek Out with Alia Thabit

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 1 comment

Geek Out with Alia Thabit

  3 Things You Can Put in a Dance – Besides Steps   Episode 12 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Alia Thabit will talk about elements of dance other than the moves and steps.     Get the recording   You’ll learn: How to free yourself from just the moves What “emotional timbres” are What “feel the music” actually means Why the audience makes a difference in your dance How to find a balance between abstract & narrative elements in Oriental dance We’ll also have...

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Geek Out with Princess Farhana

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Princess Farhana

Geek Out with Princess Farhana

  Posing for the Camera   Episode 11 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Princess Farhana will talk about how to make the camera love you.     Get the recording You’ll learn: Composition and posing techniques for dance shots of all kinds How to relax in front of the camera How to create beautiful facial angles and body lines A sneaky trick to make your arms look more toned in photographs We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Princess Farhana your questions.   And two listeners will...

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Geek Out with Valerie Lovely

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Valerie Lovely

Geek Out with Valerie Lovely

  Copyright for Belly Dancers   Episode 10 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, music attorney Valerie Lovely will talk about music copyright concerns for belly dancers. We’ll also be joined by paralegal and dancer Joie Grandbois (Selcouth).     Get the recording   Whether you perform, teach, produce videos, or just want to post your hafla performance on YouTube, there’s something here for you!   Note: Copyright law varies from country to country, and Atty. Lovely can only address US copyright...

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Geek Out with Julie Eason

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 2 comments

Geek Out with Julie Eason

  The Professional Spectrum Episode 9 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Julie Eason of the Belly Dance Business Academy, will talk about the different ways we define “professional” in the belly dance world, and what that means for YOU.     Whether you’re a pro, an aspiring pro, or just curious about what the professional world looks like, there’s something here for you!   Get the recording   You’ll learn: The different things that “professional belly dancer” can...

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Geek Out With Anasma and Ranya Renee

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out With Anasma and Ranya Renee

Geek Out With Anasma and Ranya Renee

  Theatrical Techniques for Belly Dance: Episode 8 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: For the first time, I have two guests on the show at once! Anasma and Ranya Renee will talk to us about using theatrical techniques to enhance your belly dance performance.   (h/t to Kyomi in Baton Rouge, LA, who suggested this topic, and these guests.) Get the recording   You’ll learn: How theater techniques help you express yourself as a performer Why they can help you reach wider audiences Literal vs. abstract modes of expression How...

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Geek Out With Oreet

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out With Oreet

Geek Out With Oreet

  Dance vs. Dance Fitness: Episode 7 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Oreet, will talk to us about belly dance fitness classes. We’ll approach this from both the student’s perspective and the teacher’s. So no matter where you are in your dance journey, there’s something here for you.   Get the recording   You’ll learn: How a belly dance fitness class is different from a traditional class How belly dance fitness can fit into your training routine What belly dance teachers need in order...

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Geek Out With Leyla Lanty

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out With Leyla Lanty

Geek Out With Leyla Lanty

  Essential Arabic for Belly Dancers: Episode 6 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest, Leyla Lanty will tell us how just a little knowledge of Arabic language can help us interpret our music with nuance and meaning.   Get the recording   You’ll learn: The importance of the lyrics in your performance Common words and phrases found in belly dance music How to use gestures for good, not evil Why “habibi” doesn’t mean what you think We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Leyla your...

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Geek Out with Mahin

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Mahin

Geek Out with Mahin

  Dancing Safe & Strong: Fitness, Injury Prevention and Improving Your Dance with Exercise Episode 5 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest is Mahin of the Daily Belly Dance Quickies.       “Dance safe, dance for life” Belly dance is much gentler on the body than many dance forms, but all physical activity comes with some degree of risk. Mahin will share important knowledge and tips to help you protect yourself and your students.   Get the recording   You’ll learn: The elements of...

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Geek Out with Zari

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Zari

Geek Out with Zari

  “What to do when clients ask you to dance for an hour” Episode 4 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest is Zari of San Francisco.       Get the recording   Clients don’t always know what they want. Party clients often ask for an hour-long show. But that’s way too long! You’d get exhausted, and the guests would get antsy. As the dancer, your job ISN’T to give the client what they ask for. It’s to give them what they really want: a show that makes their party exciting and...

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Geek Out with Amy Smith

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | 2 comments

Geek Out with Amy Smith

  “Boston’s Belly Dance Legacy” Episode 3 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest is Amy Smith. Did you know that the first Middle Eastern nightclub to feature live entertainment in the US was probably Boston’s Club Zahra? The American Cabaret style didn’t have any single source. But as the home to large Middle Eastern diaspora communities, Boston was one of its earliest hotbeds. Learn about the melting pot of cultures, influences, and people that sparked the evolution of belly dance in the US.  ...

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Geek Out with Rosa Noreen

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out with Rosa Noreen

Geek Out with Rosa Noreen

  “Stillness Snafus” Episode 2 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse: My guest is Rosa Noreen, who will debunk the myths and mistakes that keep dancers from using stillness effectively in their dance.     Get the recording   About Rosa Rosa Noreen is a dedicated teacher and an elegant performer. Her singular style of belly dance is influenced by her ballet background and years of study of Egyptian dance. Known for her classical lines and thoughtful approach, Rosa delights students and audiences...

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Geek Out on the Egyptian Routine with Yasmin Henkesh

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse | Comments Off on Geek Out on the Egyptian Routine with Yasmin Henkesh

Geek Out on the Egyptian Routine with Yasmin Henkesh

  Announcing our first Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse call! Episode 1 of the Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse In this summer’s Rock the Routine course, we geeked out on the 6-part routine, as used in Vintage Orientale (aka old-school American Cabaret).   But many of the participants asked about how to adapt that material for Egyptian style.   Get the recording   So I’m bringing in the big guns! My first guest for The Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse is Yasmin Henkesh. Yasmin is a seasoned performer with a decades of experience...

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