Our first percussion instrument in this series is the riqq (pronounced “rick”). Its a type of tambourine common in Arabic music. It traditionally has a wooden frame (although in the modern era it may also be made of metal), jingling metal discs, and a thin, translucent head made of fish or goat skin (or, more recently, […]
Lately, I’ve been doing some restructuring of my business model. This has included, my website, HoustonShimmy.com, Hayati, workshops and all the many different ways I am delivering my various teaching services. During this process, I have had to take a hard look at what aspects of my business were working best for me and my […]
That’s one ugly cake!
As I posted a few weeks ago regarding some folks feelings about white dancers, I came across an equally interesting youtube video from Natalie about the concerns of one darker skinned dancer from London. This clip features some great input from one of the United States’ most fabulous dancers of color, Ahava! Check out what […]
Here is a link to my latest belly dance music playlist for March/April 2014. Almost 60 minutes of listening pleasure. Most songs are available on ITUNES. CLICK HERE to see, download, or print. Enjoy!
The arghul is a woodwind instrument, said to originate from Egypt. We hear it in a lot of the music of the Mid-East region. It’s got two pipes, one smaller, one larger. The smaller pipe is the one that contains the fingering holes. Enjoy!
Many of you have read the article, “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” written by Randa Jarrar, expressing her perspective on belly dancers with light skin. American belly dancers have reacted to this article with confusion, many don’t comprehend Ms. Jarrar’s opinion, when so many of us study and practice this dance genre sincerely. […]
Haven’t you noticed how no amount of micromanaging our lives, seems to do us any good. Striving doesn’t seem to get us to our goal any faster, in fact, it seems to work against us. It seems that what is meant for us, we already have. People show up in our lives at what seems […]