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Here is a list of BellyHops tutorial links.  Click on each item in the list to access the video.  There is also a video list of the tutorials on a single page here.

More tutorials are added frequently so check back here often.

  1. Hip Pistons
  2. Layered Hip Pistons
  3. Hip Drop
  4. Hip Shimmy
  5. 3/4 Shimmy
  6. 5/4 Shimmy
  7. Chest Slide
  8. Chest Circles
  9. Chest Lift
  10. Shoulder Shimmy
  11. Hip Circle
  12. Omi
  13. Camel
  14. Taqsim
  15. Undulation
  16. Hip Twist
  17. M&M
  18. Mayan
  19. Back Crossover Turn
  20. Front Crossover Turn

Outfit No. #1: The Green Outfit

I’m finished!  Finally.  :)

And you know, I’m actually rather pleased with the result.  I had some awesome material, a sewing machine that had never been used, and apparently, too much time on my hands (ok, not really.  This took me a lot longer than I wanted it to.)  Hopefully this inspires something in someone out there, because you too can make a crazy-A costume like this.

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Sketch of Green Outfit

So here’s the costume idea so far (click on the picture for a larger view):

Samimi's Green Outfit Design
My model is clearly trapped in the ’80s with that hair
  • Black Pants
  • Belt
  • Green Overlay Skirt
  • Green Arm Bands
  • Green Halter Top

As you can see, I’m not an artist, but it’s a pretty simple design so I’m excited.  I’ve already started on the arm bands, and holy canola oil, it’s time consuming – although that might honestly be because I’m really slow… But it feels like it’s taking forever.  In reality, it’s probably only been an hour but I’m lazy and these arm bands just go on and on.

Well that’s it really.  Just an update on the newest (first) costume.  I call it ‘The Green Outfit’ because I’m using green cloth and I’m original like that.

Decisions, Decisions!

So the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive is coming up and as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m totally going.  Well, I’m going to sign up for it sometime this month, but the thing is they make you sign up for each specific class at checkout and I just can’t decide which classes to take!  It’s like being a kid in an Oompa Loompa factory.  GAH my brain!

So not to be a giant me-monster, but… help a body out?

Here’s the thing, I’ve never been to one of these things and I don’t know the teachers personally.  Some of them have DVDs that I own, but I’m not really sure you can get a good handle on a person’s ability to teach a class through a DVD.  Also, some of the classes just sound awesome, but then, sounding awesome and being awesome are two different things and then they line them up together so tightly that you’re forced to choose between awesome sounding stuff and other awesome sounding stuff!

So here’s the lineup and my musings right now, and if anyone has any suggestions for classes and why, they are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

This is between Sadie Marquardt with Arabic Pop and Colleena Shakti with Indian Fusion.

I imagine the Indian Fusion will look something like this:

And Arabic Pop with Sadie might look a little more like:

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