Dance

Belisha Dance Club info sites:


Dances to inspire - click here for Pinterest board (Archer)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Alphabet = http://bellydancealphabet.weebly.com/

Helpful hints for dancers: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYzBLtvs4cj_ZGZrdzl4Z2dfNjFjejZicWZoZw

Self confidence boost/checklist: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ATnUQ-uCLQJqZHI0aDV2aF8xMTRodHBnbWtndw

Australian dance links: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYzBLtvs4cj_ZGZrdzl4Z2dfNDIzaGN2NmI3ZHA

Music: Middle Eastern styles of music, where they come from, what they mean, what style is traditionally danced to them: http://www.al-bab.com/arab/music/genres.htm

Costuming:
Made in NZ! Chantelle Gerrard: http://www.chantellegerrardcostumes.co.nz/
What is a yelek/anteri/ghwazee coat? http://angeldmort.com/GwazheeCoats.htm
Velvet Peacock Designs - includes Ghwazee coats (covered belly costumes which are SO glamourous! And stylish coined bras. http://www.velvetpeacockdesigns.com/
Dance bras - check your sizing - http://reviews.ebay.com/Belly-Dance-Bra-Sizes-A-Guide-to-the-Proper-Fit_W0QQugidZ10000000000119679
Davina's costuming: Website and costuming group belonging to Dawn Devine Brown/Davina, author of some very useful costuming books.
Davina's main page: http://www.davina.us/
The Costume Goddess Look under the tips section.
Costume Goddess on Shira's site
Costuming Corner on Shira's site
Both cover questions and answers of the most common kind to do with dance costuming: http://www.costumegoddess.com/
Persian historic costume pointers: http://www.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bdancer.com/history/bd13.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.bdancer.com/history/BDhist3.html&usg=__mgUCqTLoxdCp9ciTZbItNym8SsM=&h=436&w=300&sz=32&hl=en&start=26&sig2=3a9LsCJJQ2_wY_scb6tMzA&itbs=1&tbnid=vGZqiUSL7mB9BM:&tbnh=126&tbnw=87&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhistoric%2Bpersian%2Bwomen%2Bcostume%26start%3D21%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D21%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=2w7QS8HFHKeytAOVjowa
The SCA view on 'authentic' historic Middle Eastern costuming for Medieval re-enactment: http://www.florilegium.org
What to avoid in costuming: http://uglycostumegoddess.blogspot.com/
Tribal Souk - some lovely tribal-style items: http://www.tribalsouk.com/
Farida's costuming site - http://www.faridafahmy.com/welcome.html

SHOPPING FOR BELLY DANCE:
Assuit dresses and more from Egypt online: http://www.pureegypt.com/assuit_dress.html
Bellydanceboulevard - a wide variety of belly dance stuff, including online lessons: http://www.bellydanceboulevard.com/
Delilah's amazing website - comes highly recommended.  Includes a choreography for 'Rapture Rumi Rhythm Dance' : http://www.visionarydance.com/
Devs Belly Dance Store ... splendid stuff, swift delivery, based in Australia: http://www.devs.com.au/
Trade Me  some good music & coinbelts & bellydance props - sometimes! Check out what  Belisha007 is listing :) http://www.trademe.co.nz/
Dahlal International: Stunning professional costumes to admire,  a free newsletter, ideas on how to modify existing items. https://www.dahlal.com/default.aspx?n=1&c=1
Serpentine - veil how tos: http://www.serpentine.org/artemis/artmanu.html
Turquoise International
Not as much to see, but still is a vendor that a lot of dancers know about: http://www.turquoiseintl.com/index.html
Bland website design, but it has plenty of "low end" costumes to look at. The kind of thing that most of us are capable of throwing together with relative speed.: http://www.ganeshabazaar.com
Akai Silks, One of the best places to view colourful silk veils online: http://www.akaisilks.com/akaisilksinhawaii.html
Audrena's Isis wings:  http://audrena.com/isiswings.php#paillettes
Melodia Designs, the most currently popular trousers designed for tribal fusion dancers: http://www.melodiadesigns.com/
Belly dance paper doll fun: http://images.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://joechip.net/liana/uploads/tribal-belly-dance-costume-with-green-choli-with-gold-trim-red-and-gold-hipscarf-with-gold-coins-and-full-black-skirt-with-gold-trim-tabbed.png&imgrefurl=http://joechip.net/liana/tag/skirt/&usg=__XX5baCvKqa9mev8reDu7C8uAovc=&h=550&w=402&sz=280&hl=en&start=5&sig2=902hjZVkpv4F8XIsMwJjmQ&tbnid=HtIoezf2S7pL5M:&tbnh=133&tbnw=97&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbelly%2Bdance%2Bhipscarf%2Bbells%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26sa%3DG&ei=0SH8SYmsEqT0tQPNiozKAQ
Core moves by Atea (USA)  http://www.bellydancingvideo.com/core-belly-dance-moves.htm
Bellates (belly dance meets pilates) http://www.bhrigha.com/Dance/bellates/bellates.html
The Gypsy Kiss Shop http://www.thegypsykiss.com/

Morris dancing DVD, 'Life with Bells on' and 'The Way of the Morris': http://www.morrismovie.com
DANZ resources (NZ) = http://www.danz.org.nz/resources.php

The Beginnings of Morris dance - http://www.opread.force9.co.uk/RoyDommet/Others/Whatno.htm#TheBeginning

Breathless in Berthoud Border Morris - http://www.breathlessbordermorris.org/BinBVideo.html

Elizabeth Dennis (USA) = http://www.lizdance.com/Home_Page.html

Mistress Safia's Middle Eastern garb advice, for pre 1600s = http://www.willofyre.com/periodmideastgarb.html#period

Katja's Middle Eastern Dance webpage (SCA connections) = http://www.katjaorlova.com/MEdance.html

Rania's Dance & Fitness (USA) = http://www.raniabellydance.com/

Shira's wonderful informative website:  http://www.shira.net/index.html

Teachers resource (NZ/ArtsOnline) = http://artsonline.tki.org.nz/resource-exchange/Dance%20-%20Years%200-10/

Why dance? Benefits of dance: "Exercise training can improve both depressive symptoms and markers of cardiovascular risk," they wrote. To read more go to http://www.medpagetoday.com/Geriatrics/Depression/11906

Or:
Dance is one of the secrets of happy people, read this: http://www.ivillage.com/11-secrets-happy-people/4-b-294790?nlcid=ll|11-15-2010|#294842 then come dancing with BelishaDANCERS WHO INSPIRE US!
1890 Danza Turca http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hH8BMgpQnI&feature=related
1894 Carmencita http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hH8BMgpQnI&feature=related
1895 Princess Ali http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBwNTQv7MIA&feature=related
1904 Princess Raja http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Tj7k9Egig
Zahra'a of Bellydance Kismet (Aus) www.bellydancekizmet.com.au
Mirage in Taupo:  http://www.http//miragemed.webs.com/
Sashi of Ascend Tribal  - 2010 NZ tour - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174774621713
International Raqs congress (annual event) http://www.raqscongress.com/
Rania: http://www.raniabellydance.com/
Belly Dancing Diva: http://bellydancingdiva.com
Tahia Carroiccia http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=d9659611481068de&q=belly%20dance%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbelly%2Bdance%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den
Orit  Maftsir - a graceful Egyptian dancer - http://www.bellydancer.co.il/
Jacqueline Chapman - in the UK, but does DVDs, dainty and graceful dancer - http://www.bellydancer.org.uk/
Ishtar in Auckland http://www.ishtarbellydancer.com/index.html Particularly her improv advice: http://www.ishtarbellydancer.com/pb/wp_831a5b0e/wp_831a5b0e.html
Zaar Tribal belly dance (USA) http://www.zaarbellydance.com/home
Bellydance the world: http://www.belly-dancing.info/
Sarah Skinner - http://images.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3238/2650653933_74010ed35e.jpg&imgrefurl=http://shakemyday.com/site/2008/05/seven-veils-dvd/&usg=__nJlHjUVqdO_qhynSZ59QrT7d6gE=&h=282&w=500&sz=106&hl=en&start=3&sig2=9HhyW0F0qfqRyfy9z20vUQ&um=1&tbnid=_LuB4kCpsNWMJM:&tbnh=73&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbelly%2Bdance%2Bbras%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26sa%3DX%26um%3D1&ei=CrVkS6jEA4PmtgOtwZydAw

DOCUMENTS about dance ... and how good it is for us!
Dance posture document from DANZ: http://www.danz.org.nz/imagery_posture_alignment.php
Self confidence through dance:



http://www.gildedserpent.com/art45/melodi1dancer.htm
Yasmina's joy of bellydance http://www.joyofbellydancing.com/how2bd.htm#Instruction
Report on why dance is really good for you: http://www.nklaap.com/pdf/dance_4_your_life%20_LongReport.pdf
Improve your posture (and lots more): http://www.ehow.com/how_5076628_correct-bad-posture-exercises.html

Left Brain, right brain bellydancing: http://worlddance.suite101.com/article.cfm/right-brain-and-left-brain-belly-dance

Tips for better performance photos - http://bellydancingdiva.com/2010/11/8-tips-for-better-quality-show-photos/

EVENTS:
World belly dance day in May  - http://www.worldbellydanceday.com/index.html

MUSIC:

African drumming, Akl: http://www.drumtalk.co.nz/
Auckland drumming (2010) - https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYzBLtvs4cj_ZGZrdzl4Z2dfNTc4ZnI2NXB4Zmg&hl=en_GB

Start a drum circle - please tell Belisha! - http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usma&c=music&id=12630
Finger cymbal/zill instruction: http://www.riqq.com/fingercymbals.html
Bellydance.com - a wide variety of bellydance stuff, but think about what you are looking for first or risk being overwhelmed. http://www.bellydance.com/
Bellydance Downloads offers a wide variety of belly dance music: http://www.bellydancedownloads.com/

Wicked Tinker's music is AWESOME: http://storewickedti.simplicityhosting.com/merchant/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=WTS&Category_Code=1-M



Bhuz
Probably the biggest international belly dance community online. Has an excellent set of forums (recently changed, so most of it is in archives) that is full of info on every aspect of dancing. http://www.bhuz.com/
The Hip Circle, founded by some familiar names from World Dance New York, the Hip Circle has articles covering a wide variety of topics. http://www.thehipcircle.com/
iShimmy - says it all really: http://www.ishimmy.com/
The Gilded Serpent, has a huge range or articles and pictures: http://www.gildedserpent.com/
The Belly Dance Museum
Has extensive galleries of pictures, photos and postcards. More historical than up to date. Well worth a look if you can navigate your way into the content: http://www.belly-dance.org/
Zilltech: You name it to do with belly dance, it is probably here somewhere, but not the most comprehensive site: http://zilltech.com/
Bellydance & childbirth connections: http://www.casbahdance.org/CHILDBIRTH.htm

MEDANZ (NZ/Festival & info) = http://www.medanz.org.nz

Ask.com = http://www.ask.com/web?q=belisha+belly+dance&search=&qsrc=0&o=0&l=dir

Attar teachers listing = http://www.nzbellydance.org.nz/

Makeup: stage makeup Egyptian eyes tutorial:   http://bellydancingdiva.com/2010/05/eqyptian-queen-makeup-tutorial/

Bellydance Music


Bellydance.com - a wide variety of bellydance stuff, but think about what you are looking for first or risk being overwhelmed.


Bellydance downloads Downloadable belly dance music.

Bellydanceboulevard - a wide variety of belly dance stuff
 
When planning a costume: What to avoid in costuming

Shops & inspiration

Some favorite places to belly dance browse:

Delilah's amazing website - comes highly recommended

Devs - Devs Belly Dance Store ... splendid stuff, swift delivery

Trade Me  some good music & coinbelts & bellydance props - sometimes! Check out what  Belisha007 is listing :)

Dahlal
Stunning professional costumes are the main attraction here, most with 3 photos showing front back and a detail shot. It also has a free newsletter called Inside the Harem with back issues online. In the dancer design section there are ideas on how to modify existing items they sell to make an outfit (includes cutting up coin belts) or how to assemble an outfit from various items they sell.

Turquoise International
Not as much to see, but still is a vendor that a lot of dancers know about. .

Topkapi Designs
Turkish costumes.

http://www.ganeshabazaar.com
Bland website design, but it has plenty of "low end" costumes to look at. The kind of thing that most of us are capable of throwing together with relative speed.

Akai Silks
One of the best places to view colourful silk veils online.

Audrena's
A fairly slow loading site being very heavy in images, but has nice costumes and lovely to deal with. Worth sending her an email, if you decide to purchase something, to confirm availability.

Phoenix Rising Designs

Stunning designs for dancing or yoga, expensive but inspiring.

Melodia Designs
The most currently popular trousers designed for tribal fusion dancers.

 



Online Belly dance Magazines or General websites
Not just for costuming, but some articles cover the topic.

bhuz
Probably the biggest international belly dance community online. Has an excellent set of forums (recently changed, so most of it is in archives) that is full of info on every aspect of dancing.

The Hip Circle
Founded by some familiar names from World Dance New York, the Hip Circle has articles covering a wide variety of topics.

ishimmy

The Gilded Serpent
Has a huge range or articles and pictures. Cairo costume disasters show good examples of what others have worn - that they really shouldn't have.

The Costume Goddess Look under the tips section.
Costume Goddess on Shira's site
Costuming Corner on Shira's site
Both cover questions and answers of the most common kind to do with dance costuming.

The Belly Dance Museum
Has extensive galleries of pictures, photos and postcards. More historical than up to date. Well worth a look if you can navigate your way into the content.

http://zilltech.com/
You name it to do with belly dance, it is probably here somewhere, but not the most comprehensive site.

Instructions

Anabella's Choli Pattern
A free pattern, size ranges from 32/34A-C to 40/42D-E.  Anyone made it yet?

http://www.glove.org
Not actually related to belly dance, but gives instructions on how to make gloves. Could be adapted to make gloves for dancing rather than simple gauntlets.

Costuming groups & associated websites

Costumer's Notes:

Website and costuming group belonging to Dawn Devine Brown/Davina, author of some very useful costuming books.
Davina's main page: http://www.davina.us/

Dancers to inspire us all!
Orit - a graceful Egyptian dancer

Not belly dance, but very useful:

For learning Medieval combat in BoP: The Northern Horde
For buying swords, combat swords and other brilliant stuff: King of Swords website

Eco laundryball www.livesimply.co.nz
www.permaculture.org.nz
www.envirodisks.com.au
www.goodnet.nz
www.kina.co.nz - clothes
www.cleverbastards.co.nz - artists
www.alembics.co.nz - stills
www.untouchedworld.com - bamboo clothes
www.keepass.info.com - pass word safety
www.lupasfreeware.org - rename music & photos w Lupas Rename 2000
www.allaboutyou.com
www.royce-lingerie.co.uk
www.richlingerie.co.nz
www.powerplate.co.nz
www.immersioncosmetics.co.nz mineral makeup brand
www.ecocoffins.co.nz. - ply coffins and folding bikes
www.evafraser.com facial isometrics







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