Know the rules. Then break them.

Know the rules. Then break them.   In a recent workshop with Lorna of Cairo, she said it is important to learn the rules of belly dance, but then you can break them.   Teaching many beginner students, I have recently been thinking about this concept and the importance to correct technique and cultural knowledge.   As an example, I think of Picasso. I never liked his work. Cubism. It seemed violent and offensive. But when I saw his earlier classical work, understood his mastery of painting technique and his motivations for seeing and portraying in different ways, and I [...] Read more »

6 Tips to Master Turns and Head Spins

6 Tips to Master Turns and Head Spins   Nothing can put you off  your performance like feeling nauseous mid-spin. Since posting my requested video on how not to get dizzy when turning and spinning,  I have received many more suggestions on how to improve turns and head spins. In this post, we look at 6 new ways to perfect your turns and spins. Are turns a traditional part of Middle Eastern dance? Whilst spins and turns have been popular in Middle Easter dance for centuries, it seems to be becoming more rigourous, more dramatic and even a crucial move for [...] Read more »

Welcome to Belly Dancer Diaries. My biggest lesson in Egypt.

Today I am excited to launch my new vlog, Belly Dancer Diaries.  It will include beginner and advanced technique tutorials, as well as insights into living and dancing in Egypt. My first video is about my most important lesson living and dancing in Egypt.  I hope you like it and find it useful. Please subscribe to see new videos every Tuesday and Friday (Australian time).  I’d love to know what you think.  Lots of love and happy dancing.  XX Belly Dancer Diaries Read more »