When you’re first starting out you’re so focused on your posture and trying to make your body do what seems to be impossible things. And don’t even get me started on keeping that shimmy consistent.
But as you start to feel less like a doll, and you settle into this new dance form, so many other avenues of exploration come up in your practice.
Now you begin to study more about history, music, culture. You begin to focus more and more on the technique behind basic moves as you attempt to trick your brain into allowing you to do two things simultaneously.
Then your teachers ask you to add in props. Swinging canes, balancing swords, playing zills, and keeping a veil afloat, all while doing your best to layer moves, smile, and remember that choreography.
And it’s always hard to decide what to focus on.
Sahra has spent the last 30 years researching the dances of Egypt. Currently she presents her findings through Journey Through Egypt, an intensive in-person study course taught all over the world. Expanding into the online space, Sahra hopes to bring her knowledge to even more dancers around the globe.
Nadira Jamal, The Belly Dance Geek, believes that you are the boss of your own dance. Instead of feeding you moves and choreography to copy, she geeks out on how the dance works, so you can create it for yourself. If you think knowledge and creativity go together like chocolate and peanut butter, check her out at: BellyDanceGeek.com
Oreet is the creator of SharQui: The Bellydance Workout. Featured in numerous publications and taught all over the world, SharQui is a blend of group fitness and bellydance that helps women and men reach their fitness goals with the Beauty, and Spirit of bellydance along with the Power and Strength of group fitness.
Sadie is a global Bellydance sensation. She has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe conducting workshops and shows in hundreds of cities across 40+ countries. She is also the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. Read more at http://www.sadiebellydancer.com
Deb is an internationally-acclaimed performer & teacher of tribal fusion belly dance, a yoga teacher, bodyworker, and women’s health coach. Deb teaches workshops, retreats, and trainings around the world fusing Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Performance Artistry, & Therapeutics. She is the director of Project Merkaba Dance Co, and creator of Dance Therapeutics training and certification programs. www.debrubindance.com debrubindancetherapeutics.com
Keti lived in Egypt for 20 years, where she organised Sphinx Festivals and documented the work of Egyptian artists including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda and Dr. Shahira Mehrez. Keti is the creator of A-Z Bellydance and Dance the Elements, which explore the dynamic nature of dance and its connection to musicality, cultural nuance, somatics and body healing. www.ketisharif.com
The brilliant creator behind The Sparkly Belly, your one stop shop for learning how to make (and fix) your own costumes! From beginner classes on sewing to detailed step by step courses on creating your own Dina style sets, Mao has something for all levels of skill!
Amity Alize has studied Middle Eastern and Oriental Dances since 2001. Focusing on tying the folkloric and modern styles together through her own research, she travels internationally studying dance on an ongoing basis. Her mission is to empower others to step out of their boxes, increase their self-esteem and positive self-image, live through the music, and most of all, just have fun and be authentically themselves. Learn more at Raq-on.net
Mahin is a performer and traveling workshop instructor, combining her 20 years of study in Middle Eastern dance with an academic background in Exercise Science. She is the publisher of the internationally-acclaimed “Bellydance Quickies” since 2010 and owner of One World Dance & Music Studio in Phoenix, AZ.
Alia Thabit, a Levantine-American dance artist, writer, and teacher, celebrates belly dance’s cultural ideals of feeling, playfulness, and joy. An international and online instructor with decades of experience, Alia believes that each of us is filled with our own unique beauty and magic, treasure waiting to be found. Come find your treasure at AliaThabit.com
Dawn Devine aka Davina is a belly dance costume designer, author, instructor, and historian. She has published numerous books about making custom dancewear including the international bestsellers, “Embellished Bras” and “The Cloth of Egypt.” She also publishes the digital belly dance magazine, “Amabella.” Learn more about Davina’s upcoming projects & classes on her website www.davina.us
Terri Allread has 25 years of small business ownership and consulting experience that she uses to help dancers reach either business goals. In addition to owning the Belly Dance Business Academy (BDBA), Terri also owns Third Eye Tribal in MN, produces ATS® Homecoming/ATS® Reunion and Producer of the Women and Spirituality Conference and is a published author.
Roxxanne Shelaby is a performer, instructor, event producer and documentarian of Middle Eastern Dance. She is the producer/director of The Fez Documentary and teaches and performs Egyptian and Lebanese style Belly Dance as well as folk dances both nationally and internationally. www.thefezdoc.com
Shahrzad was born and raised in Iran and has used her deep familiarity of authentic Persian dance, along with her formal dance training to formalize a dance vocabulary and structure for Persian dance, helping in the artistic development and dissemination of an art form that continues to face social and political obstacles. Learn more at DancePersian.org
Rosa founded The Grace Academy to help dancers add depth and dimension to take their places on stage and in life. Her unique workshops, online courses, and coaching programs have helped dancers around the world learn to slow down and revel in the moment.
Farha means “Joy” in Arabic and she dances to share the joy of this dance with anyone who needs a little more sparkle in their lives (and don’t we all?). She has spent the past 12 years sorting and prioritizing what she has learned into a cohesive curriculum. She especially loves guiding beginner dancers to the intermediate level.
Jennifer is a World Champion belly dancer and author based in Orlando, FL. She is best known for her creative, abdominal heavy and emotional performances as well as her in-depth coaching/instruction. To learn more about her visit: bellydancebyjennifer.com.
Karen Barbee began studying Belly Dance at the age of 10. Over four decades later, Karen’s structured teaching and tight technique have been the foundation for some of the country’s leading professional dancers. A pioneer in online Middle Eastern dance instruction, Karen has introduced and populated a library of online instruction that teaches dance technique, choreographies, and the path to performance improvisation. She has operated her own studio in San Antonio, Texas for 30 years. To learn more visit: KaravanSA.com
Nisaa (Heather D. Ward) is a Middle Eastern dance instructor, performer, and researcher based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. As an instructor and performer, Nisaa specializes in Egyptian raqs sharqi. As a researcher, Nisaa’s primary area of concentration is the transition from awalim and ghawazi dance styles to classical raqs sharqi at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries in Egypt. She has completed a book on this subject, Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930. Learn more about Nisaa at www.bellydancewithnisaa.com
Tava Naiyin is a highly regarded professional bellydancer, instructor, choreographer and author. She performs regularly throughout the NYC Metro Area and teaches classes/workshops throughout the East Coast from Maryland to Montreal. Equally at home performing at galas, family occasions, cultural events, theaters or in music videos, she prides herself on having a career with as much variety as possible.
Turquoise International is and Importer, Exporter, and Manufacturer of Middle Eastern Dance Wear and Accessories. Established in Chicago in 1972, has made it’s name as the premier manufacturer of finger cymbals for the Oriental Dancer. Turquoise not only supplies teachers, professionals, and dance celebrities of North America and Europe, but the “Haute Danseur” of Cairo as well!
By Sahra Saeeda
Sahra will be leading two lectures live, “Getting Started with your Dance Ethnology Research” & “My Experience Researching in the Sa’idi Region,” exclusively for Bundle buyers. These lectures are aimed at helping you create your own research practice around the portions of this dance form that you’re the most interested in. Held live in late October you’ll be able to ask any questions you have directly to Sahra. If you can’t attend live, recordings will be available.
By Nadira Jamal
This 9-week online course will help you break the “feast or famine” practice cycle, and make practice a consistent part of your life. You’ll gradually ramp up your practice over 9 weeks, find your real motivation, and reduce friction so you can get started. The home-study edition includes: 9-week email course, recordings of Q&A calls from previous live courses, and an invitation to the course’s alumni Facebook group.
Read more about the program here.
SharQuí is a belly dance fitness format for people who simply want to have fun and feel good while working out! This class will not only strengthen and tone your body, it will also burn fat, tighten your core, and increase your posture and circulation!
“How to Teach a Bellydance Fitness Class” workshop – In this class, you’ll learn what differentiates a fitness-based class from a technique-based class and the components to create a class that keeps your students coming back for more!
By Sadie Marquardt
Sadie has a TON of online classes available, and she’s generously offered us a coupon worth $48.00 to use on her bundles. You may choose from her following offerings:
By Deb Rubin
Deb has put a mix of her specialties into a package just for us! You’ll get all of the below:
By Keti Sharif
Keti Sharif presents 4 video seminars with a 50-page ebook – clips of music-movement research in Cairo, and a recent worldwide survey. Learn to identify a variety of Arabic musical instruments, compositional styles, cultural genres, and how they influence improvisation & choreography. The video seminars include:
By Mao Murakami
Make your own Dina Bra that fits you perfectly, regardless of your bra size! By the end of the course, you’ll have a soft and comfortable Dina Bra, covered professionally and seamlessly with fabric of your choice and complete with sturdy and stretchy side straps to make the fit even better. With the premium version, you also get a host of extras that make the process even more seamless. You’ll also get a special preview of Mao’s Bellydance Costume Workshop that runs only a couple of times a year and teaches you to make your own complete costume!
By Amity Alize
Learn Amity Alize’s teaching method of creating dances, regardless of whether you improvise, choreograph, block out your performances, or dance in your kitchen. Perfect for dancers who know 5 or 500 movements! Try a new method of mixing up your dance practice with these amazing Dance Dynamic Cards. They are divided into three areas of drilling and exploration: movements, dynamics, and emotions. Provided in a print-at-home format!
Mahin, creator of the internationally-acclaimed “Bellydance Quickies,” presents crisp precise hip skills that will bring exciting complexity to your bellydance. 3/4 shimmies can punctuate the strong rhythms of a drum solo or provide textural contrast to our larger, soft and flowing movement for melodic passages.
In this lesson, Mahin will take you from basic isolations to traveling 3/4 shimmies and beyond to full dance combinations.
By Alia Thabit
This book makes the case for Oriental dance not only as a beautiful dance, but also one that is soul-enriching, and spirit-healing–a legitimate mind-body practice that equals (and in some ways surpasses), yoga, tai-chi, sitting meditation, etc., in its effectiveness and power. This book is a love letter to the dance that has nourished me for forty years. It is a manifesto, the conclusions to which I have come over four decades of devotion to this dance. It is for those who want something deep and real. It is given as a beacon of light, welcoming dancers home to the soul of their beloved dance.
By Dawn Divine
This book is written for the belly dancer who’s looking for concepts, ideas, and information that will help them take their zill playing to the next level. This book is broken down into six sections that focus on different aspects of the zill playing process. Learn about the history, the main approaches to playing the zills, breakdowns of the popular drum rhythms (with charts!), how to care for your zills, and best ways to store them.
By Terri Allred
Dancers are constantly communicating on the stage. In improvisational dance, our steps are words, our cues are punctuation, and each dancer who leads the group forms sentences. Each sentence spoken by the lead dancer is woven with the sentences spoken by the next lead dancer to tell a story for the audience. Even in choreographed dance, the rules of communication are clear while on stage. Off the stage can be a different story…
By Roxxanne Shelaby
Opened in 1959 in Hollywood, the legendary Fez not only became a center for the Arabic community in Southern California, but a catalyst for Arab music and dance going on to inspire generations of musicians and dancers well beyond Los Angeles.
This project intends to document a piece of Arab Music and Dance history, the cultural center that The Fez became for the Arab community and those drawn to the beauty and richness of the Arab culture AND the nostalgia of old Hollywood!
By Shahrzad Khorsandi
The “Classical Persian Dance Level 1” is a 30-minute lesson that introduces the Persian style of dancing, with emphasis on posture, position and movement of the arms and hands, and rhythmic foot patterns. The “Contemporary Persian Ballet Volume 1” is a 40-minute lesson intended for the intermediate/advanced dancer. This lesson introduces a unique genre of Persian dance. It emphasizes the combination of rhythmic foot patterns with fluid movement transitions, highlighting body line and the harmonization of whole body movement with music.
By Rosa Noreen
This innovative belly dance class covers the often-overlooked element of stillness in dance that adds texture, surprise, and emotion to a performance. When melded with your music, those pauses (sudden and brief or gooey as molasses) keep your audience on the edge of their seats! Rosa will teach you concepts and methodology, reinforced by combos and exercises toward an exploration of negative space in movement. You’ll also receive a bonus lesson from Rosa’s Hands & Arms intensive focusing on alignment and muscle use!
This volume will cover how to drill and create muscle memory, how to prioritize your practice time and pick which topics to focus on, and rhythms and finger cymbals! Not only that, but it includes bonus features that cover sample practice schedules, a micro-history of belly dance styles, and how to tell if you’re ready to perform!
Get ready to learn the secrets to competition success, get answers to your most sought out questions, and obtain a blunt look into what you can expect when preparing for a contest! This book will help you improve your score and support your community. In addition, you will also get Jennifer’s wildly popular shimmy lesson & bonus mini session.These lessons specifically target an overused muscle group that is not given the credit or attention it deserves to improve your downward shimmies.
By Karen Barbee
With movement choices that span the spectrum as equally as Miguel’s rhythm selections, the “Miguel Drum
Solo” is an advanced choreography in Karen’s signature American Cabaret style. The drum solo itself is 5:17 in length, taught over 16 video lessons using the drum solo at various speeds to reinforce technique AND make use of the brilliant chart of base rhythms and variations that Miguel prepared.
By Nisaa – Heather Ward
This lecture will be held live in early November for everyone who purchased the Bellydance Bundle. We’ll explore how developments in popular entertainment and performance space in Cairo impacted the evolution of belly dance and ultimately gave rise to what we now recognize as raqs sharqi. Most aficionados of Egyptian belly dance are aware of Badia Masabni and her famous night clubs, and without a doubt, Badia’s clubs occupy an important place in the history of raqs sharqi. However, Badia’s clubs were neither the first nor the only venues of their kind. We’ll pay special atention to the sala El Dorado, one of the better-documented entertainment halls from the pre-Badia Masabni era.
By Tava Naiyin
Little Book of Big Advice: Enlightening Ideas for Belly Dance Professionals is an essential read for dancers who may be considering a transformation from hobbyist to professional. In this book, readers can expect information about costume purchasing and care, performance etiquette, general do’s and don’ts, how to get the most out of practice, staying inspired, juggling art vs. commerce, and more! Anyone who is considering a career in dance or the performing arts will come away with useful information to help them make informed choices and avoid costly mistakes.
By Turquoise International
Value:$5.00 – $100.00+
Turquoise International, established in Chicago in 1972, has made its name as the premier manufacturer of finger cymbals for the Oriental Dancer. Today Turquoise supplies dancers all over the world with costumes from Egypt, fringe, finger cymbals, and various dance accouterments. As a special offer to bundle buyers, you will get a coupon good for 30% off ONE order! So if you’ve been looking to stock up on some props, or a brand new costume, now is the time! Coupon expires on November 7th, 2017
Visit Turquoise International to browse their selection and see what’s possible!
There are so many things to study when you’re a bellydancer, it’s hard to find a place to start. So many resources are available to you. It’s an amazing time to be a dancer, but also overwhelming.
The Bellydance Bundle is a hand-picked compilation of top-notch guides, courses and programs designed to help you get the most out of your dance practice and level up your skills, both in front of the mirror, and behind it.
Upon purchase, you will be given a download of a .zip file which will include instructions on how to access the products. As some of the products are online courses and non-downloadable, you will have to go to the contributor’s website to access them.
You may need to provide information to our contributors to create a login for their online course, but you will not be charged anything extra on their sites.
Please note: All products are ELECTRONIC. You won’t receive any physical products in the mail.
But what does that mean?
As long as the contributor has the product available online, you have paid for it. We do suggest going through the Bundle and signing up for all the courses when you first receive the bundle to avoid any hassles in the future due to website and course software upgrades. However even then you will be able to email the contributors with your receipt and gain access, it just might take a little longer.
You will also receive all updates to the course/products included here, just like anyone who purchased the course directly from the contributor.
Breaking out of the mold and learning from each other can only bring us all to new heights in our dances, allowing us more freedom to choreograph and improv as the music dictates, with less and less barriers of technique in the way.
Maybe you’ll never use that particular hip movement in your dances, but practicing it will give you the muscle strength and control to do that OTHER movement you’ve been trying to do for ages and just couldn’t get down. Or it’ll provide the sharpness, or the ability to layer a walk on your other moves as you cross genres and learn from dancers on all parts of the bellydance spectrum.
We’re all perpetual students. Always looking for new drills, better technique, more history, and a better understanding of our dance. This bundle provides you with the tools to enhance your home practice in the areas you feel it needs it most so that you can continue to develop and refine your own personal style.
Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics. And other times you just want that thing that’s going to break your brain. You’ll find both here, along with your Goldilocks sweet spot, no matter how many years you’ve been dancing.
Even one lesson a week or a month from this bundle will have a profound impact on your dance, as you’re doing dedicated practice. You’re not just jamming around your house (which totally has value), you’re actively working on the things that will make your dance better.
Plus, since you’ll have lifetime access to the products, you’re able to work at your own pace. Filling in classes between your choreography practices for the studio, or during the week when you’re not out gigging all weekend.
With a retail value of over $900.00 and over 100 hours of content, it breaks down to an 84% off discount and 1.47 dollars PER HOUR of content.
Imagine if you could walk into the studio and pay 1.47 an hour for instruction. You’d be at the studio even more than you already are!
Think if it like bringing the Bellydance Convention to you. With tickets, hotels, and travel fees, you’d spend far more than this for a one weekend experience. And you’d have a great time there for sure, but with this bundle not only do you save money and study from more teachers than could hope to be in any one place but you don’t have to dance on a sub-par floor (carpet burn on the balls of your feet anyone?), push through that stitch in your side from the last workshop to take this workshop with your favorite teacher, dance hungry, or choose between tracks and miss out!
Since it’s all at your own pace, you set the schedule. And we’ll be here post-sale to keep you accountable!
Due to the extreme nature of the discount we’re providing, that’s all our contributors would allow! Each product is for sale on our individual contributor’s sites, often for a much higher price than you’ll be able to get it for here. Luckily we’ve convinced everyone to let us sell them cheaper, but only for a limited time!
No. Once the sale is over the bundle is gone for good.
Then you know the level of quality that’s in the bundle! No further discounts on the bundle can be given due to the level of discount being provided. You will receive the newest version of the product you already have plus all the other products listed.
Even if you only use a fraction of the products in the pack, we’re confident you’ll get your money’s worth!
All of the contributors to the Bellydance Bundle know first hand how hard it is to get started as a dancer, and how hard it can be to make it a full time job.
But we also know how rewarding it can be. We want to help as many people as we can down the path to becoming better dancers, better students, better teachers, and better performers.
That’s why we’ve come together to offer our products at a discounted price!
All the courses available here are also available for sale on our contributor’s individual sites and are real products. We’re not trying to trick you.
Not from us.
If you’re only interested in one of the products in the bundle, you’re welcome to head over to the contributor’s site and purchase it directly from them for full price. However here, all products come together and can not be sold separately.
Yes, you can. However, since the files are all bundled up in a single Zip file, you may need an app that opens Zip files. Check out iZip for iPhone or WinZip for Android. We’ll also include instructions in the email that comes with your Bundle to make it easier.
If you’re still having trouble accessing the products on your phone or tablet, we recommend downloading it onto your computer, unzipping the file, and then transferring the individual products over to your device.
We don’t give them. Due to the nature of The Bellydance Bundle – the amount of people involved and the incredible discount given (over 80%) we do not offer any refunds.
When putting together The Bellydance Bundle, we only reach out to the best of the best in their respective fields, and we personally vet each and every product and contributor.
We can confidently say that even if you only use a fraction of what’s in the Bundle, you’ll get more than your money’s worth.
Yes, we use Stripe (a service similar to paypal) to process our on site credit card purchases. However, there is the option to pay via Paypal if that makes you more comfortable (or is just easier. I know how it goes!)
Our site is secured with an SSL certificate and our distributor works diligently to secure your credit information. Even we do not have access to see your payment information.
Now, we hardly know all the dancers not only in the US, but around the world, so we’re sure many awesome dancers with great products were not contacted this year. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get them into future bundles as online study becomes more and more commonplace within our field. Which we firmly believe will be the case over the next several years. As you can see from the number of products included this year, it’s already started to happen.
We do ask around for dancers with excellent products and try to be as inclusive as we possibly can. If you have an idea for someone who should be contacted to be part of The Bellydance Bundle this year, or in any future year please reach out to hello [at] thebellydancebundle.com and we’ll be sure to check them out! We appreciate any and all recommendations!