Barb, Mel, Kristen, Mel perform solos, duets, trios & all four together for parties, shows, festivals and special events... The Dancing Spirit Studio offers Beyond Belly Dance classes for beginner - advanced levels , all ages http://www.thedancingspirit.com
Barb RAMBLE -Belly Dance Grabs You ( someday a book ).
is never enough time, maybe especially for performing artists who
always want to practice one or ten more times before a show. I always
do. It is my Dharma of Mid East Oriental Belly Dance to create shows,
group dances magically (feels much of time), quickly with a mix of
people all ages, talents,levels. My motivation is always to share Belly
When I fell in love with Belly Dance I wanted to share it
with the world. In the beginning I had many different, wonderful
groups.Then I was a long time soloist. Being a soloist is amazing but it
can be lonely. Many solo dancers eventually form troops. Forning a
troop with a full evening repetory is one of my goals.
The DANCE is not for everyone. BELLY DANCE is a TAPESTRY.
It can be learned by absolutely anyone BUT it is as challenging as
BALLET for well trained dance artists. Each move or prop can be
practiced as many times as a tondue or piroette to get it RIGHT especially
I have taken many workshops with many
amazing teachers. I never had ONE teacher who taught me pure Egyptian
dance. In my pursuit of the TRUE dance I learned many styles. I became
and am a fusion tapestry dancer.
Each Belly Dance teacher, of
each style or culture has so much information. I traveled to Turkey for
the dance but not to Egypt . If I had gone my dance would be very
RULES I love rules that require working towards high standards but I also like to break every rule and recreate everything anew .
PROPS. Learning how to dance with a veil skirt, sword, zills, chamadan or snake is challenging.
dancers don't like Egyptian style because of all the strict
rules.Sometimes I have been called a too strict belly dance teacher
which makes me laugh when I think of my Ballet and Modern dance
teachers. It requires training,practice,confidence to perform all Belly
Dance well especially solos, when the floor is only yours
Dance is Ballet with a funny name. For a ballet, modern, jazz, tap
dancer,teacher to understand Belly Dance they must take a class to
understand what it is. I know if every ballet,
modern dancer, teacher, woman or man who loves to dance took a Belly
Dance technique class ,danced with a 3 yrd veil, cape, gypsy skirt or
hip scarf it would expand their dance world.
KIDS I love
teaching kids, ( I taught ballet, modern, creative movement for years)
but most parents don't think Belly Dance is for kids which is too bad.
It is wonderful training for kids just like all dance is.
I wish I had
studied Belly Dance as a kid or in college .
SOCIAL MEDIA I am a social media savant sharing Belly Dance passion. Ballet needs no explanaition.
FB, Twitter, Linkedin ,Four square,Yelp, Google+,Tumblr ,
Pinterest,Vimeo,Youtube, ,Thumbtack,Viadeo, Hipmix ,Gravatar,,Behance, Pinterest, Instagram all for Belly Dance.
Ask if you have questions. Thanks for reading..........Barb ramble DONE ox :)