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Mm Mm Monday – Scarlet Lux
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Some dancerly friends had posted this to Facebook over the weekend and I just had to bump it up to the very next Mm Mm Monday. Love the costuming, the music, the choreography…it’s playful and skillful, my favorite combo! Enjoy! … Read More

Student Spotlight – Carmen Bellotti
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Name: Carmen Bellotti Age: 23 Profession: Playing with puppies at Mud Bay Hobbies: Dance really is my main hobby, but I also enjoy reading, sewing, and yoga in my spare time. How long have you been studying bellydance: It will … Read More

The Language of Bellydance – Another Take
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We often liken our dance to a language. In class, we explore the idea that we are learning individual letters when we drill, individual words when we learn moves, and then as we learn to dance we are stringing those … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Asharah
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Asharah is not only a dancer I have long admired, but a dance scholar I have long shared a kinship with. She loves to float over the labels, but not in an irreverent “I do what I want” kind way. … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl was the keynote speaker at SXSW this year. I shared Bruce Springteen’s moving keynote last year, and this year Dave’s is just as important and beautiful for artists of all stripes. He poetically details a life of inspiration, … Read More

Student Spotlight – Megan Romano
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Name: Megan RomanoAge: 32Profession: Epidemiologist/PhD student (I study the determinants of disease)Hobbies: Knitting, baking, reading, hiking, swing dancing How long have you been studying bellydance? About 4 years total – 1 1/2 years of cabaret, about 6 months of Egyptian, … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Amanda F’ing Palmer
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A little divergence from the normal Mm Mm Monday themes, I offer this video of Amanda F*cking Palmer’s TEDTalk. In it, she weaves an excellent story from her humble beginnings as a street performer to her current-day musical adventures, centering … Read More

Do More With Less – The Power in Simplicity
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I have been thinking a lot lately about the phenomenon in the bellydance world of favoring volume over quality. Teachers are pushing students through levels (Six weeks in the beginner level? Welcome to intermediate!) or constantly introducing new concepts in … Read More

Zill Drill Video
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Just in time for Finger Cymbals week! A video from Afsana helping you get your triples up to snuff, as well as an ingenious way to get you to start working with the “1” in your music! Reminds me of … Read More

Mm Mm Monday – Daria Mitskevich
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Daria Mitskevich is a stunning dancer.  She makes complex skills look effortless, has incredible stage face, and her musicality is enviable. There are quite a few videos out there of her to enjoy, but here is a taste to get … Read More

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