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  • 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).

    How to Dance Hula: Basic Hula Dancing Techniques

    How to Dance Hula: Basic Hula Dancing Techniques

    by Brittany Kennedy4

  • 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?

    Folkoric Belly Dance

    Folkoric Belly Dance

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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?

    Origins of Belly Dance

    Origins of Belly Dance

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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!

    Basic Flamenco Footwork: Easy Dance Steps

    Basic Flamenco Footwork: Easy Dance Steps

    by Kate Swanson6

  • 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!

    How to Get Your Mojo Back for Belly Dance

    How to Get Your Mojo Back for Belly Dance

    by Marisa Wright1

  • 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.

    The Benefits of Ballet Lessons for Adults

    The Benefits of Ballet Lessons for Adults

    by balletomanehk31

  • 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.

    Belly Dance Improvisation

    Belly Dance Improvisation

    by Marisa Wright1

  • Flamenco or flamingo? Gypsy or Latino? What is flamenco dancing? It may be easier to say what flamenco isn't!

    What Is Flamenco Dancing?

    What Is Flamenco Dancing?

    by Kate Swanson5

  • 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.

    Advice for Late Starters to Ballet

    Advice for Late Starters to Ballet

    by Ehren E Grunewald0

  • 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.

    How to Dance With Belly Dance Props

    How to Dance With Belly Dance Props

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    How to Open a Belly Dance Studio

    How to Open a Belly Dance Studio

    by Tricia Deed0

  • 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.

    What Is a Majence in Belly Dance?

    What Is a Majence in Belly Dance?

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    How to Learn Belly Dancing at Home

    How to Learn Belly Dancing at Home

    by Kate Swanson11

  • 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.

    All About the Flamenco Shawl and How to Wear It

    All About the Flamenco Shawl and How to Wear It

    by Kate Swanson3

  • 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.

    How to Make a Flamenco Skirt or Dress

    How to Make a Flamenco Skirt or Dress

    by Kate Swanson3

  • 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."

    Flamenco—Learn Sevillanas Paso a Paso

    Flamenco—Learn Sevillanas Paso a Paso

    by Kate Swanson5

  • 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!

    How to Set Up and Run a Successful Dance Audition

    How to Set Up and Run a Successful Dance Audition

    by Passion for dance0

  • 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.

    Costume and Makeup Tips for Mature Belly Dancers

    Costume and Makeup Tips for Mature Belly Dancers

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    Flamenco Dance Posture, Hands, and Arms

    Flamenco Dance Posture, Hands, and Arms

    by Kate Swanson6

  • Freed of London are the most prestigious UK ballet manufacturer, and their pointe shoes are legendary for their lightness.

    Freed of London Pointe Shoes

    Freed of London Pointe Shoes

    by Marisa Wright1

  • 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.

    Dance Etiquette: 20 Tips for Social Dancing

    Dance Etiquette: 20 Tips for Social Dancing

    by Anya Brodech3

  • 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.

    How to Shimmy: Belly Dance Technique

    How to Shimmy: Belly Dance Technique

    by Marisa Wright1

  • 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!

    What Should Women Wear to Salsa Lessons?

    What Should Women Wear to Salsa Lessons?

    by Anya Brodech6

  • 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.

    How to Make a Belly Dance Bra Fit

    How to Make a Belly Dance Bra Fit

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    Best Dance Moves From the 1970s

    Best Dance Moves From the 1970s

    by Kate Swanson6

  • 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!

    How to Dance Flamenco With a Bata de Cola

    How to Dance Flamenco With a Bata de Cola

    by Kate Swanson4

  • 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.

    10 Benefits of Dancing Salsa for Men and Women

    10 Benefits of Dancing Salsa for Men and Women

    by Anya Brodech2

  • 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.

    So You Want to Be a Professional Belly Dancer?

    So You Want to Be a Professional Belly Dancer?

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    Shakespeare Morris: Traditional Dancing in England

    Shakespeare Morris: Traditional Dancing in England

    by Pollyanna Jones2

  • This article takes a look at the influence of ballet on belly dancing.

    Ballet in Belly Dance

    Ballet in Belly Dance

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    Stretching and Flexibility Tips for Dancers and Others

    Stretching and Flexibility Tips for Dancers and Others

    by Passion for dance1

  • 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.

    How to Make a Ballet Barre for Home Use

    How to Make a Ballet Barre for Home Use

    by Lora Riley1

  • 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.

    How to Buy Pointe Shoes Online: What Shape Is My Foot?

    How to Buy Pointe Shoes Online: What Shape Is My Foot?

    by Marisa Wright0

  • 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.

    What Should Men Wear to Dance Lessons?

    What Should Men Wear to Dance Lessons?

    by Anya Brodech0

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