Hula is the traditional dance of Hawaii. Shortly after the Polynesians migrated to the Sandwich Isles, Mele Hula, songs that were accompanied by hula dances were performed before feasts to honor the gods. If you want to learn hula, follow the simple steps below and you are bound to be the best in your halau (hula group).
There has been a surge of interest in Middle Eastern folkloric dance among the belly dance community. What are these dances, and should we be learning and performing them?
Competition ballroom dancing is known as "dancesport". But is it a dance or a sport, or is it possible to be a mixture of both?
There are many myths surrounding belly dancing, most of which were invented in the 1960s and 1970s when belly dance became popular as a hobby in the West. So what is the truth?
Creating score sheets for any audition can be difficult. How do you make sure you are fair to all those auditioning? This article is a guide to creating score sheets for multiple genres of dance auditions for multiple skills and ages.
Precise, fast footwork is essential to a flamenco dancer. It's impossible to build speed unless you get the basics right first. Flamenco footwork technique is an exact science!
Have you lost enthusiasm for your belly dance practice? Before you can rediscover your energy and passion, you need to understand why your love of dancing has waned. But take heart, there are some simple steps you can take to get your dance mojo back!
I discuss the differences between the Russian Vaganova system and the RAD system of studying ballet from my own experience taking lessons.
More and more adults all over the world are taking ballet lessons nowadays. What's attracting them to the dance studio? Apparently, ballet brings with it tremendous benefits to one's health. Read on to find out more.
In belly dance, improvisation is a fundamental skill, more so than in any other dance genre. If you aspire to dance professionally, it's essential. If you want to enjoy dancing socially, an ability to improvise naturally will enhance your enjoyment.
Flamenco or flamingo? Gypsy or Latino? What is flamenco dancing? It may be easier to say what flamenco isn't!
Late starters to the art of ballet are always left out at most studios if they are hoping for anything more than weekly recreation. I was one of those dancers. This is what I would tell my former self, which is also my advice to other late starters.
Although not popular in flamenco nueve, castanet playing is still an essential skill for any budding flamenco dancer. Learn what to buy and how to get started.
Who's dancing, you or the props? Sword, veils, Isis wings and fan veils can be exciting additions to belly dance, but be careful they don't take over.
It's impossible to even start choosing a pair of pointe shoes until you know what shape your foot is.
Opening a belly dance studio is an interesting and life-changing event. It will come with many challenges. Energy, creative thinking, and business acuity will be your tools for success.
Your teacher has said you are ready to go on pointe. Here's what to expect and how to prepare for your first pointe shoe fitting.
The majence, or majensi, is the opening number for a belly dance show. It showcases the dancer at her best and gives a taster of the show that follows. Because of its variety, majence music can make a good basis for a belly dance solo.
If you're wondering how to learn belly dancing at home, it's not that hard. Unlike most other kinds of dance, it's quite possible to learn and enjoy the basics in your lounge room.
Flamenco shawls are beautiful to look at and warm to wear. But in flamenco dance, the shawl or "manton" is also an important (and useful) part of the costume and is also used as a dramatic prop.
Flamenco dresses and costumes are expensive to buy, because there is so much material and work involved. If you are up for the work, you can make your own flamenco costumes.
A quick and easy guide for men on what clothes they should wear to salsa clubs. Answers to all of your major questions from a professional salsa dance teacher.
Perfect songs for listening to after a recent breakup. A list of great bachata songs to dance to for beginner, intermediate and advanced bachata dancers who want songs with a lot of passion and drama
A guide on how to dance bachata well and become an amazing bachata dancer by listening to and getting in touch with the music, finding the right partner, getting up close and personal, and being sexy!
Sevillanas is a Spanish folkloric dance often taught to flamenco students. It's unique in the flamenco repertoire in having set steps. This article explains how to dance each copla "paso a paso."
The success of an audition hinges strongly on how the audition is structured and executed. This article is a step-by-step guide on how to set up, run, and complete an audition and have it be a success!
Belly dance is the ideal form of exercise for mature women. It's gentle and doesn't require great flexibility or strength. However, its traditional costumes and makeup can be challenging for older dancers. Here are some tips to look like a belly dancer with grace.
As a professional dance teacher, here are the four primary characteristics of successful salsa dancers that I've identified for men who are really good leaders and can dance salsa with any woman.
The proud carriage and fluid arms of a flamenco dancer's body are part of the essence of the dance, so it's important you understand and master them, if you want to look authentic.
Freed of London are the most prestigious UK ballet manufacturer, and their pointe shoes are legendary for their lightness.
Social dancing comes with its own set of rules that might not be that obvious if you're new to it. Tips for men and women on how to keep the peace and avoid problems when you're out social dancing.
The shimmy is one of the most fundamental moves in belly dance and has many variations. Good technique is critical! Learn how to shimmy by reading this comprehensive guide.
It's becoming more and more popular for dancers to share videos on Instagram. Lucky us! Here are some of the best dancers you should be following.
A list of all the top reasons why women say "no" to dancing with a man. Advice from a professional dance teacher about what to do in each situation so you can don't keep making the same mistakes!
The great flamenco dances are deeply emotional and serious, but there is a lighter side to flamenco—the cantes de ida y vuelta, or "round trip" songs, with rhythms and moods that reflect their South American influences
Belly dance costumes are expensive, so what are the sensible costume alternatives for a student belly dance troupe?
Learning how to dance salsa in a private lesson or group class is a lot of fun! Wearing the right kind of clothes and shoes minimizes risk of injury and keeps you feeling comfortable and looking good!
Belly dance bras are notorious for their uncomfortable and sometimes unflattering fit. This article explains how to make your own bra, or how to adjust one you already own, even if you don't know how to sew.
Planning a 70s party? You don't have to dance like John Travolta—there were many 1970s routines like the Bump Dance and the Hustle that are easy for anyone to learn.
Make sure you have fun every time you go out salsa dancing at a nightclub by avoiding these 10 common mistakes and following my professional advice on what to do in a salsa nightclub.
The bata de cola is a flamenco dress with a train. Learn what it is and how to dance in it. The bata de cola kick causes more trouble for flamenco dancers than any other aspect of handling it!
A list of the top ten reasons why you should learn how to dance salsa and how it can change your life, or at least make it less pitifully boring than it is right now, as told by a salsa teacher.
One of the exciting things about tribal belly dance is the great variety of Tribal Fusion styles that are constantly emerging. However, please don't forget to respect the genre you're fusing with.
If you have a passion for belly dance, you may be considering a career as a professional belly dancer, but there are many practical realities to consider. This article takes a look at where you will perform, how much you can charge and what to expect if you become a professional belly dancer.
In ballroom, Latin, tango or salsa dancing, the woman can't just dance what she wants—she must follow her partner. And the man MUST lead! How does that work?
Gaynor Minden pointe shoes have a reputation for being a "cheater's shoe." Why? Is it true? Why do ballet teachers dislike them so?
The Shakespeare Morris Side, keepers of the Bidford Dances of the Cotswold tradition, are a regular sight in Stratford, England. I caught up with one of the dancers to learn more about Morris Dancing.
The right shoes can make your ballroom dance classes much more enjoyable as well as protecting you from injury.
Belly dance costumes are often heavily beaded and fringed. How do you clean them without ruining them?
A list of the top 10 common mistakes men make when they go out salsa dancing by themselves or with a date. Dos and don'ts for men everywhere.
Flexibility is an essential part of a dancer's life. We are all not blessed with natural flexibility and must work hard to gain that skill. In this article are great tips to get/maintain flexibility.
A simple 6-step guide on how to inexpensively build your own ballet barre in your home with readily available hardware items, plus other alternative options.
This article is a guide to Isis wings for belly dancing, from choosing the right wings, through care and maintenance, to how to use them correctly.
The flamenco 12-beat rhythm is hard to master, but the compas clock will help you understand flamenco rhythms easily.
Why do pointe shoe manufacturers produce so many models? Because feet come in different shapes as well as different sizes. Before you can find the right pointe shoe, you need to understand your foot shape.
Tips and advice from a professional dance instructor on what clothes and shoes men should wear to a private dance lesson or group class for salsa, swing or ballroom dancing.