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Hi,

In today's video, we'll dive into the world of belly dance shows and I will try to share my experience with you. For many years, I was the manager and artistic director, choreographer and a dancer at a belly dance troupe of 15-20 dancers. We focused primarily on big shows, no restaurant shows or community small shows except for maybe 2 or 3 at great locations. The goal was to present the art of belly dancing as a respectful dance form comparable to ballet or Irish dancing so we tried to copy the model. Only big shows with seating and ticket sales. Professional lighting, professional sound system, MC, show line up handouts ... etc

It is for sure a lot of work but it was a fun and challenging experience that sure had thought me a lot and I am thankful for every lesson. So I hope you find these tips helpful and I hope you share yours as well














Hi all,

Today's topic in this series of " The Business of Bellydance" is a  unique one and one I will discuss quickly because I honestly do not know much about but one that I find intriguing as it is quite a new concept in the belly dance community and one that has only been introduced in the past few years.

Some well renowned belly dancers started the idea of holing weekend long intensive workshops and handing out certificates at the end of the weekend. What exactly are you certified to do? I never knew because you do not need a certificate to teach, perform or basically be a dancer. Being a dancer is not certifiable :)

So let's discuss this and I really would like to hear your opinions on this in the comments :) Thank you!

















Best belly dance costume design patterns

  • Atira's Fashions makes some great patterns that you can easily get online. 
  • Alter Years also makes some great patterns for more of a renaissance type costume designs but many of the patterns apply beautifully to belly dance costumes. 
  • Dawn Devine is another great belly dance costume designer who wrote some incredible books and shared some well made costume patterns with professional and amateur belly dancers interested in learning more about the history of the costume designs in the Middle East 
  • Simplicity Creative Group Inc is a pattern design creator who does not specialize in belly dance patterns but has created some beautiful and simple to follow designs that are mostly suitable for the amateur student and new designers 



Atira's Fashions Designs 



 





Alter Years Designs

 





Dawn Devine Designs 









Simplicity Creative Group Inc




Hi all!

We talked in a previous video about what it takes to open a belly dance store whether locally or online. One way to provide a supply for your store is to sell your own designs as a costume designer. This is what our topic of discussion is today in this video.

So let's see how you could make it professionally as a costume designer .

Also, please see some amazing resources for the costume designers.




Best belly dance costume design patterns

  • Atira's Fashions makes some great patterns that you can easily get online. 
  • Alter Years also makes some great patterns for more of a renaissance type costume designs but many of the patterns apply beautifully to belly dance costumes. 
  • Dawn Devine is another great belly dance costume designer who wrote some incredible books and shared some well made costume patterns with professional and amateur belly dancers interested in learning more about the history of the costume designs in the Middle East 
  • Simplicity Creative Group Inc is a pattern design creator who does not specialize in belly dance patterns but has created some beautiful and simple to follow designs that are mostly suitable for the amateur student and new designers 


Watch the video :)








Hi all,

One of the career paths I mentioned in an earlier video in our series of "The Business of Bellydance" is the commerce path. You can open a belly dance store whether locally or online.  Both paths are quite different and require different strategies and involve different risks .

So let's chat about that in this video. Please post questions :)




 



Hi all,

In the previous video, we talked about what it takes to create the best website for professional belly dancers. Part of online presence as a  professional dancer is your social media strategy.

So let's talk in this video about the best social media sites to use and how to use them for best results.







It is time to start talking a bit more about the online presence and online advertising for belly dancers. We will address topics from website design to social media use for belly dancers.

In this video, we talk about how to design the best website for belly dancers. What you need to make sure you have on your website for best information delivery and to make sure you convert the visits to your website to actual business whether it is having potential students sign up for a class or being hired for a gig.

So let's chat ....








Hi all,

This is a touchy subject every time I discuss it with other dancers because I am not much into competitions. I never felt the need to get anyone's approval for my dancing and that is what competitions are all about at the end of the day no matter how how you try to think about it.

But if you are interested in taking part of a belly dance competition, this would be a good video to watch to go over some tips.






Hi,

Today's topic in the series of 30 days of "The Business of Bellydance" videos is all about teaching workshops.

Many bellydancers chose this route instead of teaching regular classes or combining both classes and workshops.

There are many things to think about and take into consideration when planning to teach a workshop so I walk you through some based on my experience but feel free to share yours as well









Well it is time to talk about the inevitable in the belly dance world! COSTUMES :)

Yes we love them and they make the performance what it is and we all know that but we struggle with the balance between the dance and the look of the dance. It is important as a professional to have the look but not to make it the focus. the ultimate focus should always be the dance itself.

So let's chat about costuming as a professional dancer in this video ... Watch the video for all the details.






Hi all!

In a previous video in the series of "The Business of Bellydance", we discuss the career path of teaching classes in general. One of the ways you could do this that we should talk about separately is teaching online.

So what does it take to teach belly dance classes online? How to get set up? What you need to be aware of ... etc . This is what I talk about in this video

To learn more about how to make a living teaching online, please check out the suggested books in this post.







   





In discussing the career paths in this series of "The Business of Bellydance", I mentioned that joining a dance company was one of the paths you could pursue as a professional belly dancer

However this path comes with pros and cons which I will discuss in this video







Hi,

In a previous video, I discussed advertising specifically for dance teachers: tips, tricks and resources. Now time to talk about the advertising aspect from the performer perspective. There are many similarities of course but the world of performing is a bit different so we need to talk about the particulars to performers.

let's chat :) Please see the video below.