10 Signs You Should Start Belly Dance Classes Now

Guest post by Amy Danielson of The Eye Atelier, reprinted by permission This list was compiled from the comments of lots and lots of belly dancers, and from the life experiences of Alexandra Moehagen and Amy Danielson. 1. You already wear all your jewelry at once. 2. When you listen to *any* music, you secretly want to dance. Or you just do. In the living room. In the grocery store. Wherever. 3. You have body issues, and are SO READY to face them. 4. You’re going through a major change. 5. You need a bigger social life. A lot bigger. …

I Hate It When I Disappoint Myself

Northside Tribe spent the last several months preparing for our big student show, Bellies for Babies, in collaboration with Jahara Phoenix dance troupe and Sherar, their student troupe. Saturday night, July 12, all three troupes took over the Dancing Goats Theater in John’s Creek to benefit the March of Dimes. I performed in three group numbers — two of our troupe’s choreographies, the Jedi Saidi to the Star Wars “Cantina” song and our new “Shashkin” tribute to John Compton and Hahbi ’Ru, plus our first ever troupe ATS® performance. With trepidation, I agreed to perform a solo by polishing up the improv I …

List Me, Baby!

(C4ward March Blogathon Day 4) Five Goals to Achieve Sometime Before I Die Create jewelry items that tribal dancers buy, love, and wear while performing. Perform a solo at a major bellydance event like TribalCon. Travel to New Zealand, and maybe Australia too. DH & I don’t really care that much for travel, but we could make an exception for this. Become an ATS® Sister Studio and/or Gypsy Caravan Collective Soul Certified dancer See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Just because. Five Goals to Accomplish in the Next Five Years to Move Towards Achieving The Above Goals Keep learning new …

27 Reasons (Plus a Few of My Own) to Love ATS® Bellydance

I ran across the original list given here by Cherie Dawn on her website, Cherie Dawn Loves Fire. Dancing barefoot 20-yard skirts Tapping into mysterious roots of feminine movement Using ankle bells, coin belts and coin bras to contribute to the music/percussion Attending classes to learn new combinations Bindis and tribal markings Earthy, heavy drum beats Incredible melodies from string and wind instruments Community – close/local and national Individuality through personal costuming The spirituality, akin to yoga practice (the focus/be here now) Zils Sword work Sweat Haflas Sewing miscellaneous jewelry onto belts and tops to create costuming Ankle bells Playing …

The Year I Became a Dancer

I think 2013 will stay in my memory as the year I actually became a dancer. Just a very amateur, baby bellydancer, mind you, but a dancer nonetheless. I upped the learning with my weekly classes. Lacy’s regular classes remained the foundation, with several new choreographies and semi-regular ATS® classes. Jenny and Nawar’s intermediate tag-team technique classes started to be too much physically and travel-wise, though, so I decided they weren’t the best format for me. Instead, I learned that Aziza Nawal, she who I want to be when I grow up, was teaching on Wednesday nights in Sandy Springs, …

Why We Dance in Perry, GA

Perry Belly Dance has been invited to perform in festivals and events all over middle Georgia. But this year they were specifically asked NOT to perform at the Perry Dogwood Festival this weekend — there was “no appropriate space” for them, and when they asked about doing street performances, they were told “We’d rather you didn’t”. No other explanation was given for being unwelcome in their own hometown, on the street where their studio is located. In response, Debra Cooley created this gem, very much worth sharing.

What Is ATS®? — another view

Sam Brenneman posted this today in the Fat Chance Belly Dance group on Facebook. I loved it so much I had to share it. …just for the record: American Tribal Style® bellydance is a subculture of the general bellydance culture. It tends toward an American stance in a number of areas, one of which is a foundation of feminism, woman power, acceptance; we do not discriminate based on body type, age, or even gender. We do everything we can to accommodate people with disabilities. We are very much about the joy inherent in dance, not so much about a glitzy …