About Belly Dance, What Every Belly Dancer Needs To Know

It's here, every month. Those "things," those "tidbits,"  it's all the stuff every belly dancer and performer needs to know.  It's good, smart belly dancer stuff.  Really, who else would you trust to provide such Hip information?  You're right, HipMix.net!

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Benefits of Belly Dance for Children

kids belly dance, HipMix.net, belly dance, children belly dancing, classesWith increasing rates of childhood obesity in America, getting your children into positive activity habits is more important than ever. Belly dance is a great way to help your children stay in shape, as well as build self-esteem and a positive body image. All children can benefit from the physical activity that belly dancing provides.

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Bollywood and Belly Dance

bollywood, belly dance, hipmix.net, historyBollywood has spread far beyond its borders. Known for energetic dances, which combine traditional Indian dance with modern dance forms, Bollywood incorporates another dance form that has captivated the West too: belly dancing. Learn more about the history of Bollywood, its introduction to the West, and connection to belly dance.

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Do Men Belly Dance?

serkan, belly dance, men, hipmix.net, guysFew people realize that belly dancing was not always considered "for women only". Men not only participate in belly dancing, but were at one time the only gender permitted to belly dance. Belly dancing is a time-honored and respected tradition amongst both women and men.

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Getting The Music Right For Your Next Belly Dance Perfomance

Music is integral to the art of dance; as is the importance of getting the music right. Take a lesson from seasoned belly dancer, Dina, on how NOT to select your next performance song.

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How to be a Professional Belly Dancer - Lessons From Rosalba

ELLEN BELLY DANCE, BELLY DANCERS, HIPMIX.NETIf you're thinking about becoming a professional belly dancer, these are some tips you MUST know before taking that big step. Don't believe us; believe Rosalba, a Los Angeles based belly dancer with years of experience.

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How to Market Your Belly Dance Business

time, money, market, belly dance, business, hipmix.netIf you are lucky enough to make a living in belly dance, you know it's important to market your business effectively. One way to reach new customers is to have a profile on HipMix.net. Here's how to make your free individual profile stand out.

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Legends of Belly Dance in Eqypt

legends of belly dance, belly dancers, vintage belly dance, HipMix.netThroughout history, many Egyptians have made their way out into the world to spread the tradition of belly dancing. All Egyptians love to dance, but here are some who have taken belly dancing to the next level.

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Shimmy Mob: Behind The Scenes

shimmy mob, belly dance, HipMix.netWe took a minute to sit down with founder, Sabeya of Vancouver to discuss her life, inspirations, and story behind both her journey in belly dance, as well as her journey to Shimmy Mob. Join us and learn about the global sensation that is Shimmy Mob.

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The History of Belly Dance in Argentina

belly dance, argentina, belly dancing in argentina, HipMix.netOriginating from pre-Islamic Arabia, belly dancing has become popular around the world. Once a dance performed in the harems of the Middle East and North Africa, belly dancing is now a source of entertainment and exercise in places as far away as Argentina.

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The History of Belly Dance in Spain

flamenco, gypsy, dance, belly dance, spain, history, hipmix.netAlthough the origins of belly dancing are largely attributed to the Middle East and North Africa, the history of belly dancing in Spain is strongly associated with the Roma or Gypsy culture. Learn more about how belly dance was introduced to Spain in this article.

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The History of Belly Dance Props

zills, belly dance, propsIn order to add variety and symbolism to their dances, belly dancers have adopted many props over time. Each prop has its own significance and importance within the dance. Here are some of the most common belly dance props, their history and current uses.

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Why Do Belly Dancers Wear Coins?

blue, hip scarf, coin belt, belly dance, hipmix.net, why belly dancers wearBelly dancing is a form of ancient dance from throughout the Middle East. During the Ottoman Empire, it spread into the rest of the Middle East through caravans of traveling Gypsies. The caravans entertained in the streets during festivals and even in palaces to entertain the women. One item belly dancers wear that brings much folklore behind it is the coin scarves. While nothing is certain, there are three predominant theories behind the scarves.

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How To: Belly Dance After a Total Hip Replacement

hipmix.net, hip replacement, belly danceFor a belly dancer, hearing that you need a new hip is like a violinist hearing they need new fingers - scary, depressing, and seemingly a death sentence for your career.  But it doesn't have to be the end of shimmies!

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Body Art and the Belly Dancer

tattoo, belly dance, body art, hipmix.netIs there a connection between body art and belly dance? HipMix.net interviewed several dancers with diffrent opinions about having tattoos. Could body art can have a negative impact on their dance career?

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Safety First! Belly Dancers, Back Bends & Hair Tosses

head tosses, safety, backbends, HipMix.netBelly Dance is beautiful, graceful and watching the dance artist move their body can be mesmerizing. Back bends and hair tosses are two moves that are exciting to watch but if done improperly can cause a lot of grief for a belly dance later.

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Belly Dancers..If The Shoe Fits

belly dance shoes, belly dance, HipMix.netBelly dancers perform, practice and do everything else on their feet. But have you ever questioned if your shoe or shoes were right for you? HipMix.net recently took a poll on what shoes you wore during performances and the response was overwhelming, we decided to share what we have learned from belly dancers all over.

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Belly Dance Stage Names, How, Where & Why?

belly dance, stage names, names, middle east, hipmix.netWhether or not to choose a belly dance stage name is a personal decision, and one not to be taken lightly. Learn from HipMix.net fans the in's and out's of choosing a stage name, and dangers you need to avoid.

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Dangers of Perfectionism in Belly Dance

perfection, danger, belly dance, performance, hipmix.netSetting goals for improvement is healthy; but letting those goals control your time is not healthy. Be the best belly dancer you can be (or the best of anything else, for that matter).

 

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When Is A Belly Dance Prop a Crutch?

veil, belly dance propIn the hands of a skilled belly dancer, a well-handled prop adds another layer of interest to her performance.  But where is the line between a prop enhancing a belly dance performance, and a crutch which may be crippling the belly dancer? The HipMix.net team explores this hot topic.

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Your First Belly Dance Class: What To Expect

first belly dance class, what to wear, belly dance, clothes, hipmix.netFinally decided to take a belly dance class? Good for you! Read on as HipMix.net and other belly dancers share what you can expect in your first belly dance class.

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Tribal CONfusion

tribal, belly dance, confused, what is tribal belly dance, hipmix.netWhether you're new to the art of belly dance or a seasoned dancer, HipMix.net explores and explains the uniqueness of Tribal Bellydance. You'll learn about ATS, ITS, Gothic Tribal Bellydance, Tribal Fusion, Dark Tribal, Urban Tribal... and perhaps you know of more.

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Belly Dancers aren't old..EVER

older women, belly dancing, HipMix.netThink you're too old to belly dance? Think again. Belly dance is exercise that you can take well into your golden years. What other dance can you find three generations of women in one class?

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Becoming a Belly Dance Teacher - 1. BE RESPONSIBLE!

become a better belly dance teacher, belly dance, teacher, resource, hipmix.netDilara's Diary entry last week sparked a HUGE response on the subject of belly dancers becoming belly dance teachers. This article is a glimpse into the first step in transitioning to teacher - question yourself, your motives and your experience... read on!

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Becoming A Belly Dance Teacher - 2. So You Think You Can Teach?

become a better belly dance teacher, belly dance, teacher, resource, hipmix.netContinuing on the hot topic of belly dancers becoming belly dance teachers, HipMix.net shares a checklist (of sorts) to consider. Are YOU ready the become a belly dance teacher?

 

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Belly Dance Improvisation - Breaking Out of the Choreography Box

improv, choreography, belly dance, hipmix.netBeing "in the moment" as a belly dancer comes easily for some, not so easy for others.  See what tips and experiences other belly dancers share on this topic.

 

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Belly Dance Performance Anxiety: It's Not Only For Beginners

Ask any belly dancer about their first performance, and they're likely to recall how nervous they were.  However, those before show jitters are not reserved only for newbies.  Read on as your HipMix.net team explores performance anxiety and how to control those butterflies. 

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Belly Dance Students: How to Look for a Teacher

belly dance, teacher, find, look for, belly dance near you, hipmix.netThe last in the 3-Part Series of Belly Dancers Transitioning to Belly Dance Teachers, we explore how the belly dance student needs to be responsible as well. Read here for tips on how to find the BEST belly dance teacher for you!

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Discover Your Inner Voice

belly dance, hipmix.net, yellow, dancer, inner voiceClose your eyes and become aware of the muscles you are using for each movement. Your inner voice is related to this physical awareness; that voice guides each muscle. Belly dance becomes alive when the body and mind unite.

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Making Your Donations Count

monwey, advice, HipMix.netThere's one thing that belly dancers can be counted on, and that's raising money for charity. We see it time and time again - dance troupes organizing oriental-themed events and performances to help raise awareness and funds for those in need.

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DIY Belly Dance Performance Video

video, production, do it yourself, belly dance, performance, diyFor belly dance, as with any performance-based career, sample videos are essential to securing gigs. While some experienced belly dancers will use live performance material in their videos, it is better for beginners to use material taken from a private screening at home or in their belly dance studio.

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DIY Photography for Belly Dance Shops

camera, shop, photography, belly danceWhen you have a talent for making belly dance clothing or props, your products are worth showcasing. You could shop for a professional photographer, but it's not always necessary. With a decent camera, a little creativity and this helpful guide, you can make studio quality product pictures yourself.

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How To Create A Lightbox

lightbox, photography, belly dancers, shopping, lighting, HipMix.netThey showcase photography skills and products perfectly as they eliminate glare, shadows, and the need for a flash. Fortunately, light boxes are fairly easy and inexpensive to craft – and the payoffs for your shop and photos are huge!

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