Belly Dancers... Their Stories, Their Experiences and Their Confessions

Who am I?


In the day time, I hold down a job where everybody knows my name.  I could be your brother, sister, neighbor, co-worker, or friend.  In the evenings, I change my name, don a costume, and you’d hardly guess who I was, and what I am capable of doing.


If you said super hero, you’d be half right.

I’m a belly dancer

Feed

After Near-Death Experience, Young Woman Redefines Her Life Through Belly Dance

australian, belly dancer, nicole, wegener's, hipmix.netPlaced in a coma to save her life while doctors struggled to discover what was killing this 27-year-old Australian woman, Nicole's life-saving diagnosis came within hours of plans to take her off life support. What sounds like an episode of House was this belly dancer's real life experience.

read the article

Belly Dancing After Brain Surgery, One Woman's Journey

lady lysette, brain surgery, hipmix.net, belly danceFor 25 years, Lady Lysette lived with a ticking time bomb inside her head. Learn about her journey through brain surgery and back on stage where she continues to pursue belly dance in spite of a life filled with obstacles.

read the article

Confessions of a Belly Dancer: I'm Legally Blind

The statement 'feeling the dance' means something different to everyone. For some, it means responding to music, to others, expressing a concealed emotion. For Jillian Ricks, the phrase takes on a more literal explanation. Jillian is legally blind, and for her, 'feeling the dance' is what she must do in order to pursue the art of belly dance.

read the article

"Belly Dancer Mystery" on Untold Stories of the ER

Coming soon.... November 2nd, the TV show, "Untold Stories of the ER," will feature a belly dancer.  "Belly Dancer Mystery" will air at 8 p.m. CST  

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Julie Eason, From Ballet Refugee to Belly Dance Business Guru

julie eason, belly dance business academy, belly dance, inspire, hipmix.netWhen ballet taught Julie Eason to fix her body in order to dance, she sought a different lesson in belly dance. Now, with her company Belly Dance Business Academy, she teaches other dancers how to build careers in Middle Eastern Dance.

 

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Libertad, From Poverty To A Dream Of An Entertainment Career Realized

Los Angeles-based belly dancer, Libertad Green, has faced many obstacles on the path to becoming who she is today. Raised in a Southern Virginia home without running water or power, she was also diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease at age eleven, making the possibility of a career in dance seem like a fairy tale.

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Molly Dennis, The Girl Who Steals The Show And Melts Hearts

molly dennis, down syndrome, belly dancer, australia, inspireMolly began belly dance at age 6 and fell in love.  What started as a physical activity to boost self-esteem and enhance academic performance for this child with Down Syndrome, has become a belly dance journey that has touched the lives of those who watch her dance.

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Myra Krien, Planting The Seeds and Sharing The Art Of Belly Dance

myra krien, pomegranate studios, santa fe, belly dance, hipmix.net, inspireWhen Myra Krien was 14, she never dreamt that the belly dance class she taught to avoid taking P.E. would be the starting point to a career in Middle Eastern dance. Though only in middle school at the time, Myra already had 3 years of performances on her resume, a teacher list that belly dancers today would envy, and a student who would later become a famous San Francisco/Bay Area belly dancer.

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Shira, 31 Years of Sharing Balance and Belly Dance

Most belly dancers with a computer know the name Shira, the woman behind the website that bears her name: Shira.net. First a folk dancer, Shira came to belly dance with the approach of a historian, hoping to discover a new folk dance. What resulted was 31 years of life in belly dance.

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Soraya, Educating and Preserving the Culture of Middle Eastern Dance

soraya, belly dance, new jersey, inspire, hipmix.netBefore most children had an allowance, Soraya was buying barbie dolls with tips from a belly dance performance. Knowing dance as a form of expression came as easily to Soraya as breathing, and while the need to dispel myths about the dance persists in her life, she continues to preserve the culture of Middle Eastern dance with grace and history.

 

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance: Tasha, Destiny In Her Belly Dance Journey

tasha, debra lewis, inspire, belly danceHalfway through college, nursing student Debra Lewis dropped out of school, joined the Army, shipped off to Germany, and discovered belly dance. Three months later, Tasha performed on the same stage that inspired her to dance, and began a 33-year career that proves her destiny lies with belly dance.

read the article

Meet Janelle Issis: The First Belly Dancer on So You Think You Can Dance

janelle issis, belly dance, atlanta, so you think you can danceBefore Janelle Issis was on So You Think You Can Dance, she was a four-year-old seeking to connect with her heritage. HipMix.net takes you inside the mind of the first belly dancer to make the Top 20 on this hit television show.

read the article

Record or not, Melanie White is going to keep shimmying

melanie white, belly dance, world record, australia, hipmix.net, featured artistA determined belly dancer's attempt to shimmy into the record books on January 8 was initially reported a success by local newspapers until news reports indicated that a video recorder walked out of the project before completion, leaving the record invalid.

 

read the article

Recovery After a Total Hip Replacement: One Belly Dancer's Story

anthea, teach, belly dance, total hip replacement, hipmix.netTo know Anthea is to know her story, which begins in 1985 with a fortuitous discovery of belly dance that is still going strong today, even after a total hip replacement almost one and a half years ago.

read the article

Teaching Adults and Children The Belly Dancing Spirit Despite a Hostile Community

It’s not easy being the lone beacon of belly dance in your hometown, but Barbara Donahue is determined to keep shining. Read to see how this modern dancer discovered belly dance and teaches her passion to students ranging from 3 to 70 years old.

read the article

The Belly Dancer Who Taught Ellen Degeneres - Meet Rosalba

HipMix.net, ellen show, belly danceFrom watching Jillina in amazement to teaching Ellen Degeneres on live television, Rosalba forged her own path in belly dance to become successful by remembering the cornerstone of a good performer: you are always a student with more to learn.

 

 

read the article

A Belly Dancer's Confessions: I'm a Belly Dancing Bio-Chemist

The balance between school and work, friends and family, social life and hobbies can overwhelm any student, let alone one who is a belly dance performer, teacher, director and musical collaborator. See how Nyla from Sacremento keeps belly dance in her life, no excuses.

read the article

Belly Dance Website HipMix.net Announces Winner of "Inspire Belly Dance" Contest

Last month, well-known belly dance website HipMix.net kicked off a new contest, asking their readers from around the world to nominate belly dancers who inspire them. On February 21st the winner of that contest was announced.

read the article

The Best Dance Shoes For Fashionable Belly Dancers

Meet Abby Sue, a belly dancer from Tennessee, and the inventor of LeoToes. She's changing the way belly dancers protect their feet during performances, one LeoToes at a time.

read the article

The Unstoppable Tracey Jones

tracey jones belly dance"I am smiling and full of joy when I dance. Spiritually I am a much stronger person, and in my personal life I am much happier. I hope that if you ever see me perform that my strength and resilience will shine through, and that you will not see my disability. You will see the real me, the essence of who I am."

read the article

A Belly Dancer's Confessions: I Was Bulimic

monah li, belly dance, confessions, bulimia, hipmix.net, featured artist, personalityOne Saturday evening, in spite of a husband who said, "The last thing I want in life, is a wife who belly dances," Monah Li walked into a belly dance class; an act that put behind her 19 years of self-loathing and saved her life.

read the article

Belly Dance Confidence: A Mother and Daughter Transform

belly dance performance, sonia and seneeWhen Sonia Flores’ daughter, Senee’, was having difficulty in school, a recommendation from a music therapist led them to belly dance. Over 14 years later, the mother and daughter duo continue to learn, perform, and teach belly dance together.

 

read the article

From Shaping Skyscrapers to Sculpting Shimmies

Belly Dancers break out of stereotypes and expectations every day and Luisa is one of those multifaceted people. Luisa is a children's belly dance instructor, she has put her career on hold to do her passion.

read the article

Grandma by Day, Belly Dancer by Night, Kim Carnagey Wants You to Belly Dance, No Excuses

Kim Carnagey, belly dance, hipmix.net, featured artist, sword dance, grandma belly dancerWhat began as an exercise to stay young became a passion that shaped both Kim Carnagey's life and body. Learn why this self-proclaimed belly dancing grandma believes that it's never too late to become a belly dancer.

 

read the article

Ivy League Belly Dance Students: Welcome to Columbia University Belly Dance!

belly dance, ivy leage, hipmix.net, jennifer shearerWhat images come to mind when you think of students at Ivy Leauge Schools?  Perhaps, future lawyers, doctors... even a future US senator, congressman or even president... burning the candle at both ends with schoolwork and campus belly dance troupe rehearsal?

read the article

Frank the Belly Dancing Weatherman, Behind The Scenes Exclusive!

belly dance, hipmix.net, weatherman, frankFrank the Belly Dancing Weatherman made quite a stir on Dilara's Diary, so Dilara found Katy, his belly dance teacher, to get a behind-the-scenes look of Frank's transformation for the Cincinnati news program.

read the article

The Dark Side of Egyptian Belly Dance Exposed Through Fiction

cabaret rouge, belly dance, cairo, HipMix.net, egyptA book about Belly dancers where drugs, prostitution and bribes are the norm. A place where belly dancers are both queens and victims of the nights in Cairo... Can they escape their fate?’

 

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance Awards

Belly dance website, HipMix.net announced today that they are launching an inspirational contest.... asking people to submit the name of a person who has inspired them in their belly dance life, along with a short description about the person. The program, called "Inspire Belly Dance Awards," will feature these nominees and allow the public to vote to determine the most amazing and touching story.

read the article

Soraya's Explains Belly Dance Karma

belly dance performance, sorayaBelly Karma? What is Soraya talking about? This U.S. based belly dancer has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the art of belly dance, and her life is a testament to that fact. Soraya continues to break the cultural misconceptions of belly dance and shares with us her philosophy.

read the article

Julia Zays' War Dance

sword belly danceBelly Dance Fusion taken in a whole new direction. What we traditionally think of as belly dance and fusion really gets stirred up in the Balla Guerra style. Not only is there a unique blend of dance, props and matial arts, the music is also a fusion intended to evoke a sense of struggle.

 

read the article

From Kari Peters to Kavita

belly dance performanceMild-mannered Kari Peters is a perfectionist by heart. Raised as a ballet dancer, a knee injury brought her to belly dance, and she’s continued to fuse the two ever since. Her latest creation is a belly dance inspired version of Alice and Wonderland. Let us take you down the rabbit hole into the mind of Kari and Kavita.

read the article

No Practice Gear Required: Tahja Has Belly Dance Covered

tahja, musician, belly dancer, yasalaamMan or woman, hip scarf or not, belly dance can be as much a part of your life as you wish it to be. Just ask Tahja, a Florida-based dancer who runs a production company, performs, teaches, and records the music to which she dances.

read the article

Lover of Life Michelle Conway

belly dance princessAs children, we aspired to be something other than ourselves, someone we thought we might be inside our hearts, but someone the world told us we would never resemble. After struggling through a life of disease, self-doubt, and depression, Michelle Conway finally found the princess inside herself, right where she always thought it might be hiding.

read the article

Beautiful Soul -Lily Tsai

lily tsai belly danceHipMix.net is shining the spotlight on Lily Tsai, an amazing oriental dance artist, gifted belly dance instructor and beautiful soul. Meet Lily and you'll see why HipMix.net is proud to have her part of our instructional team.

 

read the article

Police Officer to Graceful Dancer- Aliyah

aliyah, belly dance performerThe passion of this belly dance teacher and performer is not unusual. But Texas resident Aliyah credits belly dance for something much more - a physical and mental path of recovery. After a drunk driver ran over her and nearly killed her, it was and continues to be the art of oriental dance that keeps this police officer moving.

read the article

Talking with Kitana

kitana belly danceLearn the philosophy behind one of HipMix.net's preferred artists, Kitana. Her background in fitness and her love of how belly dance can transform a woman is something that many can connect with.

read the article

The Many Styles of Ron Perovich

ron perovich, belly dance, middle eastern musicThis month's featured musician made headlines last month when he signed a deal with Hip Muzik. Now you can learn more about Ron Perovich, the artist behind the music that will soon be featured in videos for belly dancers.

 

read the article

A Dancer Brings Cancer Patients On A Belly Dance Journey

sphinx, belly dance, cancer, louisiana, hipmix.netIt is not an uncommon story with belly dancers: “I fell in love with the dance… teaching is my new passion... I love the way belly dance makes me feel."  Is it cliche?  Not if you know Louisiana belly dancer Sphinx.

read the article

Belly Dance for Birth: The Al Musa Method

HipMix.net, belly dance, childbirth, pregnant, maha al musa, belly dance for birthCan you belly dance pregnant? To writer Maha Al Musa, not only CAN belly dancers dance while pregnant, everyone should. Come learn how this Australian has made a living teaching mothers-to-be what pregnancy should be like.

 

 

read the article

Belly Dance Practice Music For The Evolving Belly Dancer

With the release of Ron Perovich's fourth album, "Belly Dance Practice Music, Vol. 2", we asked Ron about his evolution as a musician and the vision for this latest piece.

read the article

Inspire Belly Dance Re-Cap

HipMix.net's re-cap of The Inspire Belly Dance Contest.

read the article