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I recently spoke with an old friend who I have not seen in years and we used to dance together quite often at my old dance studio and in dance clubs ... etc. In fact, she was my "trusted dance buddy" and if you are a dancer, you know you need a dance buddy. Someone who could join you anytime because as wel all know, dancers and dance lovers are hard to find ...


As we hang out and of course talked about our old dance experiences together, she mentioned that she stopped dancing or learning other dance styles like she always did because she realized she will never be "the best dancer" out there!

As a long time dancer and dance teacher, the most I have ever enjoyed dancing is when I gave up the idea of being "the best". I know I am not the best belly dancer out there by far. I have good teaching skills which I always had my entire life. I always had an innate talent for teaching people almost anything and I just applied that to a dance form I love to break it down for other. As a dancer and performer, I am not the best and could care less about being the best and what is the best anyhow? Right?



This brings a bigger question I have seen a lot of dancers and students deal with. I have seen so many students quit a dance class because they are not as good as other students in the classroom or quit performing because they compare themselves to other dancers and performers out here ...


The point of dancing is not to be the best. the point of dance is to enjoy moving your body in a way that you feel your best while listening to music you love and it moves you. That is the ultimate point.

The moment you start to see another purpose beyond this one, you will lose the love you ahd for this dance , you will lose not just the love for movement, music ... you will lose the love you had for yourself and get into this self doubt spiral that never end or ends badly with anxiety, depressions and a very sad life and who wants to get there .

As a dancer, it is best to focus on the sole purpose you started dancing. If you get to the point of being good enough to perform, that's fine. If not, just continue having fun dancing.



  • Stop comparing yourself with others 
The main reason dancers start to doubt themselves and lose the love for dance is the comparison mistake we all make. Stop comparing yourself with others not just in dance, it is a  waste of a life better lived.

You will never be the best dancer in a room just like you will never be completely ready for a performance. Give it up! Just get out there and have fun and the move fun you have, the better dancer you will be and the better you will perform. Start with that burning feeling of moving to the beat that makes you feel like nothing else matters. As dancers, we all know what that feels like because it is the reason we started dancing. Find that feeling again, connect with yourself and don't care about anything else or anyone else when you get there.


We all doubt ourselves all the time, that is a human thing. It's not about eliminating the feeling but rather knowing how to deal with it when it pops up and the way to do that is by simply finding that "No care love for dance" you once had and especially don't lose it because of self doubt and useless comparisons ...



  • Make the dancer be the dance 

An old Flamenco dance teacher once told me "let the dancer be the dance" and that is a phrase I danced by my entire life. Merge yourself in the music and the feeling it gives you and move to it and that is all! Don't let the dance make you, make the dance!


  • Use the power of visualization 

The other thing there is a tremendous power in visualization and most dancers are visual people anyways. When you dance, you develop a visual of what you look like or what the movement looks like. This could go both ways. You can visualize yourself as a terrible dancer and judge yourself or you could visualize yourself as the beautiful person you feel inside and dance even better. Use the power of visualization to your advantage


  • Talk nice to yourself 
Use the right language when you speak to yourself. Some of us sometimes will never say the things we say to ourselves to even strangers. We are always rude to ourselves! Why is that? Be nice and loving when you speak to yourself. What you say to yourself defines you. Stop judging yourself. We all have greatness in us and if we don't admit that and accept it, we will kill that greatness . I always tell my friends to "get out of their own way" because I see too many people being their own obstacle in many ways but the most common way is just the way they talk to themselves 


  • Use the power of "Fuck it"
I love this phrase. sorry if you don't cuss. Just do it and don't give a fuck because honestly what is the worst that could possibly happen if you just be yourself no matter how inferior it is compared to others. Will those "others" jump and bite you? No! Nothing will happen. Nothing at all. One of the best mantras of life I learned from a very young age that led me to leave an entire country and live my life on my own terms is this simple phrase "Fuck it what is the worst that could happen". Life is too short to give a fuck about what anyone thinks. Embrace your weakness and imperfections because most likely they will never go away so ask yourself what else is there to enjoy and go find that. Chase it with love and a careless attitude. 




With Love! 
Tiazza 






I recently spoke with an old friend who I have not seen in years and we used to dance together quite often at my old dance studio and in dance clubs ... etc. In fact, she was my "trusted dance buddy" and if you are a dancer, you know you need a dance buddy. Someone who could join you anytime because as wel all know, dancers and dance lovers are hard to find ...


As we hang out and of course talked about our old dance experiences together, she mentioned that she stopped dancing or learning other dance styles like she always did because she realized she will never be "the best dancer" out there!

As a long time dancer and dance teacher, the most I have ever enjoyed dancing is when I gave up the idea of being "the best". I know I am not the best belly dancer out there by far. I have good teaching skills which I always had my entire life. I always had an innate talent for teaching people almost anything and I just applied that to a dance form I love to break it down for other. As a dancer and performer, I am not the best and could care less about being the best and what is the best anyhow? Right?



This brings a bigger question I have seen a lot of dancers and students deal with. I have seen so many students quit a dance class because they are not as good as other students in the classroom or quit performing because they compare themselves to other dancers and performers out here ...

The point of dancing is not to be the best. the point of dance is to enjoy moving your body in a way that you feel your best while listening to music you love and it moves you. That is the ultimate point.

The moment you start to see another purpose beyond this one, you will lose the love you ahd for this dance , you will lose not just the love for movement, music ... you will lose the love you had for yourself and get into this self doubt spiral that never end or ends badly with anxiety, depressions and a very sad life and who wants to get there .

As a dancer, it is best to focus on the sole purpose you started dancing. If you get to the point of being good enough to perform, that's fine. If not, just continue having fun dancing.





  • Stop comparing yourself with others 
The main reason dancers start to doubt themselves and lose the love for dance is the comparison mistake we all make. Stop comparing yourself with others not just in dance, it is a  waste of a life better lived.

You will never be the best dancer in a room just like you will never be completely ready for a performance. Give it up! Just get out there and have fun and the move fun you have, the better dancer you will be and the better you will perform. Start with that burning feeling of moving to the beat that makes you feel like nothing else matters. As dancers, we all know what that feels like because it is the reason we started dancing. Find that feeling again, connect with yourself and don't care about anything else or anyone else when you get there.


We all doubt ourselves all the time, that is a human thing. It's not about eliminating the feeling but rather knowing how to deal with it when it pops up and the way to do that is by simply finding that "No care love for dance" you once had and especially don't lose it because of self doubt and useless comparisons ...



  • Make the dancer be the dance 

An old Flamenco dance teacher once told me "let the dancer be the dance" and that is a phrase I danced by my entire life. Merge yourself in the music and the feeling it gives you and move to it and that is all! Don't let the dance make you, make the dance!


  • Use the power of visualization 

The other thing there is a tremendous power in visualization and most dancers are visual people anyways. When you dance, you develop a visual of what you look like or what the movement looks like. This could go both ways. You can visualize yourself as a terrible dancer and judge yourself or you could visualize yourself as the beautiful person you feel inside and dance even better. Use the power of visualization to your advantage


  • Talk nice to yourself 
Use the right language when you speak to yourself. Some of us sometimes will never say the things we say to ourselves to even strangers. We are always rude to ourselves! Why is that? Be nice and loving when you speak to yourself. What you say to yourself defines you. Stop judging yourself. We all have greatness in us and if we don't admit that and accept it, we will kill that greatness . I always tell my friends to "get out of their own way" because I see too many people being their own obstacle in many ways but the most common way is just the way they talk to themselves 


  • Use the power of "Fuck it"


I love this phrase. sorry if you don't cuss. Just do it and don't give a fuck because honestly what is the worst that could possibly happen if you just be yourself no matter how inferior it is compared to others. Will those "others" jump and bite you? No! Nothing will happen. Nothing at all. One of the best mantras of life I learned from a very young age that led me to leave an entire country and live my life on my own terms is this simple phrase "Fuck it what is the worst that could happen". Life is too short to give a fuck about what anyone thinks. Embrace your weakness and imperfections because most likely they will never go away so ask yourself what else is there to enjoy and go find that. Chase it with love and a careless attitude. 




With Love! 
Tiazza 





Michelle Joyce is currently a working dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly a social worker, she has used her counseling skills to develop workshops that help dancers to overcome stage fright, body image issues and and creative blockages.

In 2007, she edited and produced her first belly dance performance DVD, By Dancers For Dancers, a collaborative project by local dancers who had decided to stop waiting for someone else to "discover them" and took matters into their own hands. The success of this DVD launched Cheeky Girls Productions, a company that produces and distributes belly dance instructional and performance DVDs internationally.

She generously donates back to the belly dance world. Every holiday season she creates a $2,000 scholarship fund for dancers who are struggling with serious illness or caring for a sick loved one.


Michelle Joyce started her professional bellydance career while living in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied under Sema Yildiz, the Turkish dance legend, and became the headlining act at The Orient Nightclub in Istanbul in 1998.

In 1999, she moved to Australia, where she performed with the Harem Groove Bellydance Troupe in Brisbane.

While in Australia, she was recruited to bellydance at an upscale Japanese nightclub. She spent four months living in Nagoya, Japan, performing on a nightly basis.

New Years Eve 2003 was her infamous performance at the five star Sayaji Hotel in the conservative city of Indore, India, which sparked protests and a riot. Her sold-out show was aired live throughout India. To read more about Michelle's adventures in India, and the extremists who protested at her show, visit the Gilded Serpent or view the video podcast here.

Michelle has won several belly dance competitions including People's Choice Bellydance Awards (2004), Star Cabaret Performer (2006), Live Music Soloist (North Valley Compeition 2006), and East Coast Classic Champion (2006).

In 2007, she edited and produced her first belly dance performance DVD, By Dancers For Dancers, a collaborative project by local dancers who had decided to stop waiting for someone else to "discover them" and took matters into their own hands. The success of this DVD launched Cheeky Girls Productions, a company that produces and distributes belly dance instructional and performance DVDs internationally.

In 2010, she produced the world's first belly dance reality show, Project Belly Dance. It was distributed online and immediately went viral.


Michelle also designs websites and promotional material for fellow dancers. See samples of her work here.

Michelle frequently travels around the world to perform and to teach workshops.

Her critically acclaimed line of belly dance instructional DVDs continue to be top sellers worldwide.

Michelle is currently the house bellydancer at several Middle Eastern restaurants and nightclubs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is an experienced dance teacher and certified personal trainer, and has always been very active in sports, gymnastics and dance. She spent many years doing gymnastics on horseback, for which she has won several national awards.

Michelle has a Masters in Counseling, and though she belly dances full-time, she uses her counseling skills to help dancers overcome stage fright and to improve their performance skills.

Check out her website http://www.arabicdance.net



Hi again,

I am answering a Twitter #BellyTalk question today asking about what my warm up/stretching routine is.

What is your warm up routine?

I have posted several warm-up and stretching routines on the website before and I will link to them here but here is first how I plan my warm-up and stretching routine before practice.

Let me know how you plan yours.

Hugs and shimmies
Tiazza



















In the age of apps and quick music access, the lovers of belly dance and Middle Eastern music often find that the popular music apps don't have a good Arabic music selection not even the ones offering the "World" section on their list.

Here is a selection of some of the best apps for Arabic music and drumming that I hope you find helpful

Enjoy!
Hugs and shimmies :)

Tiazza



Hi!

Awhile ago, I asked you to ask your question using the #BellyTalk on Twitter. Thank you to those who submitted the questions. I will be posting the answers in short videos soon!

If you have asked the question, you get to win Tarkan's latest album "Ahde Vefa".

Here is today's question is from christina:

do you prefer to dance/teach choreography vs improv?


So here is the answer.

Hugs and shimmies :)
Tiazza






The internationally renowned Russian belly dancer Aida travels the world teaching and performing. 

Her workshop wear is very unique we had to do a little post about it. She keeps her wear very simple, practical and comfortable yet coordinated, unique and very simple. 

We love that she wears knee tights during her workshop which allows students to easily follow the leg and knee movements 








As we all are getting crazy about what Talent America got this season, let us note something: The ".... Got Talent" franchise is in a lot of countries around the world. Bellydancers have been featured in so many of them regularly but not in the "America Got Talent" version of the show except for very very few. So let's share some of the belly dnace performances we all remember from the show around the world.

 


































Hi all!

It's been awhile since I posted a new video but I just want to check in to let you know that new video series are coming up this summer:




July: the business of belly dance

I will be sharing 30 videos in 30 days about the different business aspects of belly dance. If you are planning on taking your passion to the professional level and start a business, this would be a good series to watch and follow. I will cover different routes you can take to become a professional belly dancer, tips and tricks of the business and all the business aspects you need to be aware of from advertising to filing taxes as a professional dancer.... stay tuned!



August: Bollydance - Bollywood dance for belly dancers 

I am looking forward to this series as I absolutely ADORE Bollywood dance. I will share some basic technique and combos from the art of Bollywood dance that belly dancers could easily use in their routine. I am also hoping to do a full hour long workout using Bollywood music/moves.

Watch the video below for more ... Subscribe to the channel to not miss any of these videos and sign up for the email list because I will be emailing you about different giveaways during these video series 



Thank you for following! 

Hugs & shimmies
Tiazza





Welcome to a new way to connect with Tiazza 
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If you would like to go beyond the free belly dance classes on this site and get a one on one private session with Tiazza, Belly Skype sessions are an ideal option!

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Aida is an internationally renowned Russian belly dancer. Her distinct gorgeous eyes are an "eye catcher" as she mesmerizes her audience with her incredible moves. 

Her stage presence is unique, sexy and powerful but when she steps up on stage in a hot red costume that covers most of her body, there is still a lot to the imagination as this costume is incredible!  Feast your eyes!