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Iana & Pedro: Dating a Belly Dancer
Pedro Bonatto is an internationally acclaimed photographer and drummer. Born in Brazil, Pedro works in fine art and fashion photography, with works published in Elle Arabia, Fashion Canada and a number of magazines and books. Pedro is also a drummer focusing on Middle Eastern music and the leader of the world music and dance band Blue Dot.
Iana Komarnytska is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, and passionate content creator helping dancers navigate their dance lives. She is a graduate from the professional dance program at York University (Canada), host of the Belly Dance Life podcast, creator of the educational online platform the Iana Dance Club, author of numerous articles, and winner of Star Bellydancer Canada 2014 among other international competitions.
How to Memorize Any Choreography Faster
Sharing 10 practical tips that I use to memorize choreographies faster. These tips will be especially useful during workshop settings, when you need to learn a dance piece within very limited amount of time.
Oreet: Business Education for Dancers
Oreet has over 25 years of experience in fitness and dance. She grew up with Yemeni folk and Oriental dance and has a degree in Contemporary Dance from SUNY College at Brockport. SharQuí has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, among other outlets. Some of Oreet’s bellydance awards are: Bellydancer of the Year, and Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. She’s led packed classes worldwide and has worked with thousands of men and women to realize their fitness potential.
Diana Garnik: The Process of Creating Choreography
Diana Garnik is the director of DiDance Studio in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. She was winner of the AlHayat Festival, recipient of the 3rd place at Raqs of Course Festival by Randa Kamel, and many other competitions. Diana is famous for her dynamic modern Iraqi performances, just as much as her love for Khalidji, shaabi, tabla solo, mejance, classical and lyrical songs. You may really enjoy having your next show choreographed by Diana.
Horacio Cifuentes: Combining Professional Ballet & Belly Dance Careers
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Horacio Cifuentes started dancing at the age of five. He first studied Flamenco at the Academy of Maestro Realito in Seville, Spain. Later he also danced with the Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Colombia. He followed with classical ballet in Poland, and later gained a scholarship to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre School in New York. He eventually joined the San Francisco Ballet where he was featured as a soloist. He discovered oriental dance at Magana Baptiste’s Royal Bellydancing Academy in San Francisco where he also studied yoga with the great master Walt Baptiste. Together with his wife, Beata, Horacio travels the world performing and teaching.
Best Moments of 2022
As the closing episode of 2022 I’d like to share a compilation of some of my favorite moments from the interviews of this year. You will hear from Gitza, Semsemah, Mahaila El Helwa, and Tatiana Tarasova.
Fantastic podcast! Iana is a wonderful, intelligent, and original interviewer. She lets her guests tell their story and allows the conversation to guide where the episode goes, while keeping it relevant to the topic and relatable. Very easy to listen to many hours of this podcast in one sitting. Highly recommend to anytime seeking to become more educated on all topics and listen to stories related to Bellydance.
Thank you so much for creating this podcast. As a new dancer it is wonderful to hear the inspirational stories and understand that I will not be a professional dancer right away, it takes practice. This is also a great way to connect with other belly dancers and find have a sense of community in the dance world. I can’t thank you enough!!
This podcast is the best thing I have found
Belly dance is still super niche and unstructured. It is really difficult to find a central resource to learn anything. That is partly because belly dance doesn’t have a defined standard like Ballet or other dance forms or sports. It is a very unique dance form that is passed down from generation to generation and with many different interpretations.
This podcast is a wonderful way to hear about belly dance from different artists and their own unique interpretations of the dance. It has been eye opening to me to hear all the different ways dancers approach the dance and the different types of careers they pursue with it.
If you are new to belly dance or want to expand your knowledge, this podcast is so worth your time!