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What is The Bellydance Bundle?

 

The Bellydance Bundle is a compilation of tools, resources, and community to help you do something you’ve been working on.

Improving your dance.

All online. All at your own pace.

There are a lot of things to know when you’re a bellydancer, no matter your level.

As a beginner, you grapple with posture, basic movements, and really diving deep into this dance form.

As you progress to an intermediate/advanced student you often start to realize exactly how much you don’t know yet, while working on ever more challenging moves. And that feeling can be overwhelming.

As a teacher & professional, you’re always striving to improve your dance, no longer only for yourself, but for the sake of the beginners that look to you for guidance as well.

And no matter where you are on that path you’re often overrun with self-doubt and overwhelm.

It’s a lot. And sometimes you just don’t know what to focus on next.

As a result, your practice suffers and you may find yourself practicing the same things all the time, or nothing at all.

     

    The practice rut is real.


    And it can happen to you no matter where in your dance journey you find yourself.
     

    We’re here to help.


    We get it, we’ve all been there. All of these contributors?
    They’ve been there too.

    But first, you need to realize something.

    You’re enough just the way you are. And so is your dance.


     
    You can guilt yourself into practicing, or “should” yourself to death .

    But that’s not going to get your butt on the dance floor.

    It’s definitely not going to help you get out of your head so that you can bring all that emotion and feeling into your moves.

    You know what will though?

    Curiosity. A desire to learn and improve and honor this dance form.

    And those feelings? They come forward when we take a positive look at our dance.

    When we realize that we’re enough and that we WANT to become more.

    Because you love this dance.

    You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t.


    The Bellydance Bundle is here to support you through this journey.
     
    Each year we compile some of the best teachers from around the world-
    all with online offerings to bring you some of the best resources for practice around.

    The Bundle is put together each year with the idea of providing a complete practice, your complete practice.

     

    We try to check all the boxes so that when you purchase and dive in? You can tackle any part of your practice that interests you at that moment.

    From improv to choreography, technique to theory, history and culture to sewing and all the other things that go with this dance? It’s all here.
     
     
    And it costs less than the price of a single convention ticket and happens right in your living room, or wherever you happen to be whenever the mood strikes you.
     
     

    So, if your practice is your priority right now? You’re in the right place.


     
    This bundle will help you practice the things that you can’t wait to learn more about, it will teach you more about this dance than you know now (even if you’ve been dancing forever), and it will provide you with the tools and community you need to create a consistent dance practice.
     

    Because you deserve it.
     
    Your dance deserves it.

    Interested? Join the newsletter to stay in touch.

    The sale is over for 2019, but if you’d like to see who was involved?

    Check out our awesome contributors below.

     

    Contributors

    Sadie

    Sadie

    Sadie Marquardt is a global Bellydance sensation. She has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe conducting workshops and shows in 40+ countries.  Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, enriching students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. And her newest project, Raqs Online, is an online dance studio bringing high quality film and dancers together to bring world class teaching straight to your home.

    Aziza

    Aziza

    Aziza has been involved with Oriental dance since 1987. She spent the 90’s honing her  improv skills performing to live music and clubs on the US West Coast. In 2003 Aziza began touring and teaching workshops internationally and has taught and performed in over 50 countries. Aziza also produces Dreamcamp, an acclaimed weeklong dance intensive based in Quebec and is now thrilled to offer online coaching, video feedback, and live group classes virtually.

    Ranya Renee

    Ranya Renee

    Ranya Renée, of New York City, is known internationally for traditional Egyptian dance, breathwork, and stage presence training. Her online Ginger City studio offers solo and solo-within-group coaching programs (including Bring Your Best! – starting next in March 2019, where dancers prepare their own solo for show or competition), live and recorded courses and talks, and an inclusive membership for true geeks and dance teachers (www.gingercity.com; Facebook: Ginger City Community).


    Victoria Teel

    Victoria Teel

    Victoria Teel is an award-winning belly dance performer and instructor. In 2010, Victoria was chosen to participate in the world’s first ever belly dance reality show, Project Belly Dance. Soon after, Victoria joined the Bellydance Superstars and traveled in the tour for both Bombay Bellywood and Club Bellydance. Her instruction method focuses on flow and how to create a seamless piece of choreography for any style. She is also the creator of the Teel Fan Method, a dance technique using fans and fan veils incorporating influences from Asian dances. Today, Victoria is based in the USA and offers online classes. 

    Sahra Saeeda

    Sahra Saeeda

    With a Master’s in Dance Ethnology, Sahra has devoted her life to the study of the dances of Egypt and has been either living, or traveling to Egypt to research for over 30 years.Currently, she presents her findings through Journey Through Egypt, an intensive study course spanning 4 levels that is taught all over the world and the Journey Through Egypt Archive, a kickstarted project aimed at presenting her raw research footage to the public. Expanding into the online space, Sahra hopes to bring her knowledge to even more dancers around the globe.

    Morocco

    Morocco

    With 58+ years assimilating /performing/ teaching MENAT dances internationally, Morocco  has received numerous awards & accolades in her field. She is also a published author with her two books, “You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi” & “The Fundamental Movement Vocabulary of Raqs Sharqi (Oriental Dance)”. Morocco directed /choreographed for her dance company, Morocco & the Casbah Dance Experience, for over 32 years. Her articles have been published internationally since 1965.

    Keti Sharif

    Keti Sharif

     Keti Sharif resided in Egypt for 15 years, where she documented various forms of traditional cultural arts, music and dance, as well as the work of Egyptian artists including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda and Dr Shahira Mehrez. Her film-making and dance interests merge through the exploration of cultural patterns and motifs. Keti is the creator of A-Z Bellydance, based on raw Egyptian music and rhythms, and she currently hosts 100% Live Music events for dancers in Cairo, Egypt. Keti’s focues on dancing for wellbeing, musical connectivity, and Somatics.

    Oreet

    Oreet

    Oreet is the creator of SharQuí, The Bellydance Workout®. Designed to help people feel better through the beauty and spirit of bellydance, and the power of strength and fitness. With over 20 years of experience in dance and fitness, and roots in Yemeni folk and bellydance, dance isn’t just her profession, it keeps her sane! She also has a degree in Contemporary Dance and has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN among other outlets. Oreet has led packed classes worldwide and has worked with thousands of men and women to realize their dance and fitness potential.

    Amanda Rose

    Amanda Rose

    Amanda Rose is an internationally acclaimed instructor and performer based in Barcelona, Spain, with a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy. She has received wide recognition for her Amanda Rose Online programs, classes, series, dancer coaching and development, competition coaching, and choreography critiques. Focusing largely on more advanced class material, her students from around the world enjoy classes that provide clear and detailed instruction that is insightful and in-depth on a variety of topics, while enjoying a lighthearted and enjoyable atmosphere.

    Shahrzad

    Shahrzad

    Shahrzad is a full time belly dancer who shares her time between her shows in Cairo and her touring workshop schedule which takes her around the globe. She started belly dance at the age of 11 and has since dedicated her life to learning and sharing this art. in 2015 she moved to Cairo and has since made it her home, developing her own band and working on many research, music recording, and video projects. She hopes to continue to learn as much as she can and share her knowledge with dancers all over the world.

    Sahira

    Sahira

    Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art.  Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.

    Alia Thabit

    Alia Thabit

    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. Alia is also the author of the popular “Midnight at the Crossroads: Has Bellydance Sold It’s Soul” Come find your treasure, with Alia’s improvisational approach to Oriental dance.


    Dawn Devine

    Dawn Devine

    Dawn Devine aka Davina is an author, costume designer, and historian. She’s published more than a dozen books on belly dance and costume including the best-selling DIY costume instructional “Embellished Bras” and the seminal book on assiut, “The Cloth of Egypt.” Davina presents classes and workshops on costuming, dance and design in person and online. She blogs weekly on her website and is active on her Facebook group, “Studio Davina, Behind the Seams.”

    Mao

    Mao

    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! And you’ll learn it all while making beautiful costumes custom fitted to your curves. Check out her new Applique Kits on The Sparkly Belly Store, designed to help you embellish costumes easily and affordably.

    Mahin

    Mahin

    Mahin has been dancing for over 20 years and is known for her creative musicality on zills and her expressive way with classical Egyptian music. She is the artistic director of Dreams of Arabia Ensemble and Farhat al Raqs Student Troupe. She is also the author of  “The Bellydance Quickies” email with subscribers world-wide. Mahin has a B.S. in Exercise & Wellness and combines this with her dance to help students embody the music…. “in the ears, through the heart, out the hips!”

    Myra Krien

    Myra Krien

    Myra Krien is a renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, international performer, choreographer, and teacher of belly dance. Krien has performed on some of America’s most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by numerous national publications. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico she runs Pomegranate Studios, where Pomegranate SEEDs, (Self-esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance) her non-profit youth mentorship program is based.

    Terri Allred

    Terri Allred

    Terri Allred is the Co-Owner of the Belly Dance Business Academy She is the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of ATS® Reunion, an annual international American Tribal Style conference.  She has published a book, I Belly Dance Because: The Transformative Power of Dance  and a DVD, ATS® with Props.  She has 30 years of experience consulting with nonprofits and small businesses through Terri Allred Consulting.  She is also a jewelry designer who integrates her training as a Reiki Master into her work.  Terri’s designs, adornment for energetic balance, are available on Etsy.

    Heather Wayman

    Heather Wayman

    Heather first found oriental dance in Okinawa, Japan in 2007.  She is classically trained, and has studied AmCab, Egyptian oriental and folkloric, and has dabbled in ATS and fusion. She is a multi-award winner, including the titles of Ms. La Danse Orientale, Ms. Belly Dancer USA Live Music Champions, and the Yellow Rose of Texas Professional Cabaret Solo Star.Heather manages her home studio in Central Washington where she teaches multiple, weekly classes in studio and online. She is the Director of Belly Dance Geek. 


    Nisaa - Heather Ward

    Nisaa - Heather Ward

    Nisaa (Heather D. Ward) is a Middle Eastern dance instructor, performer, and researcher. 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. Visit Nisaa on the web at www.bellydancewithnisaa.com.

    Rosa Noreen

    Rosa Noreen

    A dedicated teacher and an elegant performer, Rosa’s singular style of belly dance is influenced by her ballet background and years of study of Egyptian dance. Known for her classical lines and friendly approach, Rosa delights students and audiences alike. In addition to teaching workshops nationwide and developing online intensives, Rosa teaches classes in adult ballet and belly dance at her studio, Bright Star World Dance, in Portland, Maine.

    Sara Shrapnell

    Sara Shrapnell

    Sara is a bellydance writer, teacher and performer. Over the last 20 years she has taught over five thousand lessons, performed as a soloist, organized workshops, dance days and theater shows in addition to managing three troupes. She continues to teachvia the Belly Dance Business Academy online, where she specializes in supporting belly dance teachers. Sara is also the writer of “Teaching Belly Dance” and “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage”.

    Adriane Dellorco

    Adriane Dellorco

    Adriane, currently based in Boise, Idaho, has been a dancer for over 20 years. Adriane has performed weekly at Arab nightclubs, won competitions, directed the award-winning Henna and Kohl Bellydance Co., taught hundreds of weekly classes and workshops, and produced professional staged shows.  She runs Henna and Kohl Dance and Yoga online studio which offers courses and online private lessons to students seeking an approachable yet challenging coach.


    Testimonials

    • I have been highly impressed and inspired by the variety and quality of the offerings in the Bellydance Bundle. I’ve really enjoyed slowly working through trainings in dancing (of several different styles) history/culture, and even costume making! The Bundle is certainly a treasure trove!

      https://www.jacindadance.com

      — Jacinda - USA —
    • The Bundle was a great way to get a lot of useful information on a lot of different facets of the dance. I also enjoyed the way it created a broader sense of dance community, beyond my local ‘scene.’ I will definitely participate as a purchaser again!

      Chani’s Facebook Page

      — Chani - USA —
    • I really enjoyed the Bellydance Bundle. It had lots of variety. I’m at a stage in my dance career where I’m now looking for ‘more’ in my dance and being exposed to so many different things through the Bundle has definitely helped.

      Check out Suhayla here.

      — Suhayla - Australia —
    • I really enjoyed getting a wide variety of courses, books and teachers from the 2017 Bellydance Bundle. I made use of a lot of the courses, even a few I wasn’t sure I was going to use!

      Visit APB Dance here

      — Amanda - Australia —
    • Loved the variety of things that the bundle had to offer. Didn’t use everything but had more than enough to keep me busy learning!

      — Ka Shi —

     

     

    Giving Back

    The SEEDS Program

    (Self-esteem, Empowerment, and Education Through Dance).

    The SEEDS program is an after-school program established in 2001 by Myra Krien. The program aims to assist young women through a journey of self-discovery, self-actualization, and prepares young women for independence through the vehicle of dance.

    The program accepts 25 teen girls in the Santa Fe community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, three times per week where they learn the elements of ATS®, journal, and participate in talking circles and sharing. Entrance to the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or the ability to pay the fees the program would require.

    You can read more about the SEEDS program here and if you are interested in donating to SEEDS directly (they could use your support) please visit their donation page.

    At least 8$ of every sale will go towards these endeavors as we aim to give back to the community that has given so much to us all and to use our dance to inspire a new generation of dancer.

     

    FAQ

    You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

    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 receive a username and password to the Bundle Redemption Center. Here you will find 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.

    You’ll always be able to come back to Redemption page here on The Bellydance Bundle for a reminder on how to access your products once they’ve been redeemed! Keeping everything centralized for you to make it as easy as possible!

    Please note: All products are ELECTRONIC. You won’t receive any physical products in the mail.

    You will be treated just like any other customer on our contributor’s sites.

    But what does that mean?

    This means that once redeemed, you will have the same access permissions as if you had purchased from the contributor directly. For most of our courses, that means that once you have redeemed your product you have access to it as long as the contributor has the product available online.

    However a couple of our items this year are have expiration dates, after which they will no longer be visible because they will not be available forever to anyone, not just bundle purchasers. For these items, you will receive multiple reminders about regarding the dates to make sure you take full advantage.

    Items with limited availability are clearly marked in the What’s Included section with a **Has Expiration Date** beneath the description.

    We do suggest going through the Bundle and signing up for all of the courses when you first receive the bundle to avoid any hassles redeeming courses later on due to expired coupon codes or website changes that make the instructions included invalid.

    Should you miss a listed deadline that is not for the limited availability items, please forward a copy of your receipt to the contributor and ask to be added manually. You have up to 6 months to redeem your products, after that, it is at the contributor’s discretion.

    YES! Cross training is vital to being a great dancer. While you don’t have to excel at or become a professional in all the difference styles of bellydance, each style has its own unique offerings that can improve your practice in your own personal style.

    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.

    There are items here that will cater to your level, regardless of what it is. While some products are aimed mostly at beginners turning intermediate, or advanced dancers starting to dabble in the world of gigging and teaching, the majority of products are beneficial to you REGARDLESS of your level.

    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.

    We know everyone is busy, that’s why we crafted our email series to help guide you through the bundle.

    As a purchaser of the Bundle you’ll get access to weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly reminders to help you work through the content and keep you on track.

    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 all these products are online, 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.

    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.

    Some of them. While some items from the bundle will be downloadable, others may only stream from the Contributors sites. So whether or not you can download the files will depend entirely on the format set up by the teacher for the course.

    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!

    We use photos from a variety of sources! Some are free stock photos with appropriate credits, others are paid for. However, there’s not a lot of great bellydance stock photos, so we’re taking it a step further and have asked some dancers if they would be willing to be featured as an ad for The Bellydance Bundle. In these cases, photographers and dancers have been compensated per their requests and links are listed below.

    Photo Credit: Gold Skirt/Red Veil photo – Ray Tarrant Photography

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