Get belly dance costume tips, great songs you can dance to, damn sexy dance moves, and feel-good-look-goddess habits that will make you feel A Little Lighter. The “Danceable Rituals” in the show make it easy to dance even when we are busy, and these rituals help us enjoy the magic in the world. In each show we’ll also showcase a delicious whole food to add to our lives and push out the stuff we don’t feel good about eating. Alicia Free has been performing, learning and teaching belly dance in the US, India, Thailand, and Morocco since the year 2000. Alicia has studied with amazing teachers including Tribal Fusion founder Jill Parker, the every-graceful Colleena Shakti, Rajasthani Gypsy dancers Raki and Sunita Sapera, and Flamenco Fusion dancer Anjelica Scannura. Visit AliciaFree.com for dance videos, plant-based recipes, and more.
Davina: DIY Belly Dance Costume Queen Dawn Devine – 071
Author of 22+ belly dance costuming books, Dawn Devine talks about current belly dance fashion trends in Egypt and Turkey, how to make assuit fabric feel good on your skin, and how to get more out of your belly dance costumes.
How to Dance Through Pain: More Lessons from Pema Chödrön – 070
Being injured is part of every dancer's life, and all dancers want relief from pain. Pema teaches how to befriend our pain, forgive ourselves for getting hurt, and turn poison into medicine.
Goddess Enabler Melodia of Melodia Designs – 069
Melodia of Melodia Designs has been designing amazing dance wear and comfortable-AND-sexy street clothes for over 20 years. But do you know about her intriguing dance past with the Belly Dance Superstars and Urban Tribal Dance Company? Listen and find out!
“The Music is in My Blood”: The Artistry of Belly Dancer Randa Kamel of Egypt – 068
World-famous Egyptian raqs sharqi dancer Randa Kamel on the importance of belly dancing to live music, feeling the music, and why oriental dance developed in Egypt.
Naimah's Belly Dance Trip to Egypt...During Covid
The nightclubs were open, famous Egyptian dancers including Randa Kamel and Aziza of Cairo performed, live bands played, and belly dance costume shopping continued. Hear about Naimah of Baltimore's adventures on Black Cat Belly Dance Tour in 2021.
Dancing Authentically to Sha’abi and Mahraganat with Natalie – 066
NYC raqs sharqi dancer Natalie of Puerto Rico shares how to belly dance authentically to mahraganat and shaabi, as well as her love for Egyptian colloquial Arabic, culture and daily life.
Come for the history, stay for the interviews
I found this podcast while trying to learn more about the history of belly dance after I became president of my university’s belly dance club. I listened to multiple belly dance podcasts to try to get a full picture about the development of different styles and how belly dance has been used. But I keep coming back to this one for interviews with dancers that discuss what different belly dance styles are like today. I especially like how the host has her guest *describe* their favorite dance move because it has really helped me learn different ways to teach moves new dancers can struggle with whether they’re new club members or dancers at public workshops.
I have to admit though, Aditi Natesa Belly Dance Club believes in the power of the safety pin as strongly as good writers believe in the Oxford comma (it helps that our costumes are old hand-me-downs so it’s justifiable).
It’s obvious that this show is a labor of love and I’m so grateful it’s here as a resource. Thank you!
Must listen to!
This podcast is essential for belly dancers and for anyone interested in dance! There’s so much information in each one. I’ve listened to all of them and to some of them multiple times. I especially appreciate the notes for each one. Links and spellings are in the notes in case you miss it while listening. I need to go back and read the notes for all of these! Teachers, tell your students to listen to this podcast! I can’t say enough wonderful things about it. Start listening today and binge listen to all the ones you missed!
Inspiring, intriguing! I especially love the episode on meditation teacher, Pema Chodron’s online course. Alicia does an outstanding job summarizing the essential teachings of the retreat. I know, as I attended that workshop! “Healing comes from relaxing. Stress comes from resistance.”
So profound! Thank you Alicia!