The Healing Potential of Belly Dance: Recovering from Illness Through an Ancient Art Form

At a time when I felt my worst, belly dancing was the key to my restorative process and to reclaiming my health. As a cancer survivor and professional belly dancer, I would like to share my experience of how powerful the healing potential of belly dance was by using it in my restorative process and how it brought a sense of normalcy back into my life.
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Rx Bellydance: A Proactive Approach to Creating Health thru Bellydancing by Mesmera

Psychological benefits abound for dancers! Beyond the influence of music, the movements effectively defuse stress, and promote grounding and centering, just like the effect of "walking off steam" when upset. New students often feel enabled confidence in moving forward, as body-control nourishes a sense of security. Because dance is not classified as therapy, it has the healing power of Fun, as an individual finds that he or she need not be a victim or the passive recipient of a practitioner. In fact, the statement of one's presence in a class or dance circle is a commitment of responsibility for taking and making action.
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Preventing Wardrobe Malfunctions, Part I

This blog post is first in a series of quick and easy fixes you can do to your costumes to prevent the dreaded wardrobe malfunction, and dance with confidence.
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Discovering Individuality Through the Bellydance Lifestyle

It’s important to me that I feel the same sense of freedom as I costume myself for Bellydance as I do when I choose my movements for Bellydance. As an improvisational fusion artist, I draw my inspiration for Bellydance movement from deep within an intuitive part of my being. Why not draw my costuming creativity from the same wellspring?
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8 Essential Stretches for the Bellydancer

The following 8 stretches are extremely valuable for any belly dancer, and can be incorporated into your stretching routine. Best results will come if you use them at least three times a week in conjunction with your other exercises and drills.
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Belly Dance Class Essentials: What’s in your bag?

One of the ways that time management professionals recommend reducing stress is to build activity kits that are complete and ready to go. For a student of dance, that means keeping a bag packed and ready with belly dance class essentials. In this post is a checklist of items & belly dance clothing that many dancers feel are essentials.
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How to Choose the Right Belly Dance Costume

So you’ve been taking classes religiously and are about to perform for the very first time…or maybe you’ve already been dancing with a troupe but are about to start a regular gig. Either way, wearing a choli top and street skirt with a hip scarf just won’t do…so you need to get a new belly dance costume… stat!
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The 5 Styles of Belly Dance Costumes: A Quick Guide

The 5 Styles of Belly Dance Costumes: A Quick Guide

Get a brief introduction to 5 styles of belly dance costumes by an expert. The styles of belly dance costuming covered are Cabaret, Egyptian, Fusion, Gypsy, Tribal/ATS (American Tribal Style).
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Choosing Finger Cymbals for Belly Dancing and How to Care for Them

There’s nothing that says “belly dance” more than finger cymbals! They are something that’s traditional and unique to our art form. Though finger cymbals, also known as zills, aren’t required, if you can really rock out on them, they add a lot to a performance.
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