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    General belly dance tips

    Would people like to list some of their own personal tips in reference to performing, prop work, keeping fit, or anything else associated to us (performing) belly dancers?

    I will list a few of mine if this post picks up!

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    Okay Jamil I'll start. If anyone is thinking about performing, first tip I would like to give is start getting serious about an exercise program geared toward increasing strength and endurance. A dancer needs strong arms for veil work, cane and sword routines. In addition working on flexibility will help with floorwork(if so desired). Another tip would be to develop a business plan for your profession i.e contracts, appropriate venues and of wages. Salome has a good article about dancing professionally. that's all I have for now, when I think of a few more tips, I'll come back.
    Yasmine

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    message duplicated and I have no idea why
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    I highly recommend taking ballet and modern dance classes. Both will get you in great shape, and they really will make a difference in your bellydance technique!

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    practise makes perfect,watch lots of other dancers and do a little callanetics to make your body extra strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_shimmy View Post
    practise makes perfect,watch lots of other dancers and do a little callanetics to make your body extra strong.

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    Hey Miss Shimmy, you've mentioned this callanetics several times, can you say more? Do you find it advantageous over the usual squats and such?

    I recommend physical and mental therapy and lots of advil:eek:

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    nice posts ladies!
    thanx for that

    my tips that i had in mind were a little more simpler then those good tips just mentioned

    some good things i have learnt along the way:
    • when practicing with the cane, place a rubber elastic band at the bottom of it so that it does not slip out of your hand.
    • with the sword, balance it on your finger til you find the balancing point, then mark it with a pencil. after that paint a 2.5 cm line out from the point with clear Nail polish and dust it with sand. this will create fricktion making it difficult to slip off your head.
    • alternatively, rub a candle on that region and the wax will provide some friction.
    • while spinning, if you get dizzy. do a quick spin in the opposite direction and your focus will get back to 'normal.' not bothered explaining the biology behind it, but it works.
    • trouble spinning? no worry! lightly dust your feet with talcom powder before your next performance, and away you go! (assuming you are not dancing on carpet ofcorse)
    • after your next performance, when your costume is drenched. take it off after your last show and wrap it all up in a towel/s. it will absorb the sweat, save you drycleaning it every week and prolong the life of your costume.
    • Keep your advertising up, by attaching a small accessible pocket to the inside of your pants/dress that you can keep business cards in. that way if someone is interested in you while your dancing, you can premote yourself without having to go back to the changeroom!

    i hope they helped, i have many more... but i also have a mind blank!
    will post more when i remember!

    -Jamil-

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    Hi Everyone , here are some tips that help me
    Lift arms from the torso of your body instead of the shoulders. you can prevent fatigue and maintain a lifted look. Also, it makes overhead movements with the veil easier.
    To create great hip lock accents contract/clench the glute and thigh muscles. The same applies for tight looking chest pops and locks when you contract your diaphragm and upper back muscles.
    If you need a quick tummy cover, use a pair of pantyhose that matches your skin tone. cut off the legs and pull it up, turn the seams to the sides and you are done!(However this trick is usually good for one or two performances until your real tummy cover arrives! )
    Tired of doing endless hip accents to drum solos, try this hip-hop inspired combination: Lift one shoulder up on the vertical plane(shoulder shrug) slide your head to meet the shoulder. Drop your shoulder as you bring the head back to center. Repeat on the opposite side. While practicing this move, you may keep your hands on your hips. Keep your head level and slightly forward to prevent neck pain.This is one of my favorite moves and looks great as you hit each dramatic drum accent! Hey we can call it Yasmine's Head Lock
    To maintain objects on your head such as a sword or cane, it helps to bring your head forward just slightly with your shoulders back and down to prevent excessive movements from the lower body from travelling up and tipping theor swaying the object. Movements closer to the head like shoulder and chest accens are more likely to sway the object than movements further away. when turning ,turn with the body first and than the head.

    So Jamil how was that?
    Yasmine

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    Default General belly dance tips

    I do a lot of Balancing, as of matter of fact it is my specialty; I has never try the one for the sword, about the nail polish and sand but a hear it from Princess Farhana, and Neon have a good one for balancing the candle try, look at her web site, to balance I do my hair in a way that look held up but loose so the try stay in center with a litlle support by my own hair. for the sword I roll a veil and place it around my head, a little rub with a glued stick helps the sword to stay in place, it really take away the slippery efect.

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    There is one thing you will hear many dancers say:
    "pins are a dancers best friend". Always keep pins with you when you go out performing, in case something goes wrong with the costume, you can save it

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