Alia Thabit Traditional and Avant-Garde Belly Dance

Why belly dance is like hummus ( and how to make it right)

It's a funny thing about food, especially ethnic food. However your grandmother made something, that's the way it's supposed to taste. Unless you had a Grammy who couldn't cook worth a damn, of course. That happens. But for most of us, she's the … [Read more]

How to WIN with finger cymbals (+ video!)

I love finger cymbals. They make a dancer REAL. Somehow you go from sort of invisible to flesh-and-blood, from ignorable to exciting. And they are a real boon when improvising with live music, as you can accent your own dance in case the musicians … [Read more]

How to practice effectively with the Mini-Snack Method

It's been raining a lot recently, when it should be all pretty and warm and lovely in a late summer kind of way. Rain often makes me feel frazzled--helpless and overwhelmed. There are just so many drops, all falling on me, all cold, all wet. … [Read more]

What to practice?

“We’ve all been there. It doesn’t matter your experience level. Figuring out what to practice can be mind-numbingly difficult, and practicing the things you’re not as good at is HARD.It’s extra hard when you’re struggling to make the time to … [Read more]

Belly Dance Bundle!

Enhance your dance with the Belly Dance Bundle! … [Read more]

Updates and good news!

I'm delighted to announce that there will be a 90 Day Dance Challenge beginning on Feb 11, 2018 and ending on World Belly Dance Day, May 12, 2018. Daily Love Notes, weekly videos, and a FB group for support and friends. Sign up info in the fall; … [Read more]

How to choreograph Oriental dance (and stay true to the dance’s soul)

Symbiosis is the name for a collaboration the benefits both partners. Bees and flowers, for example. Bees pollinate flowers by feeding on their nectar. Pollen sticks to the bees' legs and gets deposited in other flowers. Pollination means the flowers … [Read more]

It’s almost June?!

It's almost June?! It's been a long year already with some serious challenges--and marvels. Visiting Australia with lovely Rachel Bond in Feb and the Blossom Festival in Toronto in May were huge inspirations. Life feels poised on the brink of … [Read more]

How to empower authenticity in performance

Last week, the toilet in my house backed up. It wasn't the toilet, exactly, but some obstruction between it and the septic tank. Which hadn't been pumped in over twenty-five years. Which is generally a Bad Thing, but it has worked perfectly all this … [Read more]

Review of Dunya’s Summer Movement Monastery

Coming at the end of a difficult year, the Summer Movement Monastery, shone like a precious jewel in my mind's eye. It was my last chance at release and renewal. After the previous SMM, I hadn't wanted to yell at anyone for a good month--this year I … [Read more]