Choosing your first pair of finger cymbals (zills)

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

Choosing your first pair of finger cymbals (zills)

My continuing belly dance students are currently learning a fun choreography with finger cymbals. For many of the students in the class, this is the first time that they have ever tried finger cymbals. Finger cymbals are really hard to play because they are musical instruments that you wear and play–all while belly dancing! I started putting together materials for the class and I thought a quick video would be helpful. Then I decided it may be helpful to lots of other...

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Andalee’s class music

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

Andalee’s class music

Hear something in class that you just can’t get out of your head? Download it on Amazon.com or iTunes!* Warm-up/Cool down music Steady Beats/Drills Shimmy Drills/Fast Beats Want more ideas? Check out my list of resources and recommendations here. Some selections may also be found here: *Andalee may receive a small commission if you purchase through one of these vendors. Thank...

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Protecting the peds

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

Protecting the peds

Us belly dancers are lucky. We can choose whether or not we wear shoes when we dance. We even get to choose what kind. Most styles of dance have very specific “shoe regulations.”  So wearing shoes while belly dancing comes down to personal choice. I personally prefer to wear shoes when I dance. It hasn’t always been that way though. For the first three years of my dance training, I danced barefoot almost exclusively. However, when I started dancing...

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All about hip scarves

Posted on Jan 10, 2011

All about hip scarves

Hip scarves: The beginner belly dancer’s favorite accessory Belly dance hip scarves are a wonderful accessory that all belly dancers love. While not needed, or required, they can accentuate your hips and give you that little bit of flair to feel special. Whether you like coins, beads, fringe, sequins or just a plain old shawl, one thing that you should know is that not all hip scarves are created equally. I’ve put a little list together to help you find the...

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Belly dance selections for the new student

Posted on Jan 3, 2011

Belly dance selections for the new student

Obsessed with Belly dance? I’ve compiled a great list of books, music and DVDs for new students…or maybe for those who just want to freshen up their library. Try these selections to get yourself immersed in belly dance music, culture and performance: Books Grandmother’s Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing – Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi Amazon.com / iTunes / Half.com Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love – Anne...

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