75 episodes

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.

Belly Dance Podcast A Little Lighter Belly Dancer Alicia Free

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    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

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.

    Fusion Dance Icon Rachel Brice

    Fusion Dance Icon Rachel Brice

    This interview with Rachel Brice dives deep into recent American belly dance fusion history and fashion. Rachel reminisces about her influencers Suhaila Salimpour, Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance® (formerly ATS), and Jill Parker, and opens up about inclusiveness and past mistakes fusing dance forms. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Kierra on Ecstatic Dance, Liberation and the 5Rhythms® – 074

    Kierra on Ecstatic Dance, Liberation and the 5Rhythms® – 074

    Most dance in our era is performative, but dance can do so much more. Harlem High School Assistant Principle and dance teacher Kierra Foster-Ba talks about dances for healing, transformation, connection, and acceptance.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Why Salit Stopped Saying “Oriental Dance” – 073

    Why Salit Stopped Saying “Oriental Dance” – 073

    Salit of NYC on the sisterhood of belly dancers, the politics that divide our community of Arabic music lovers, and how focusing on our belly dance technique rather than our appearance brings us more happiness.

    • 41 min
    Nefertiti on Soul Ties and Ecstasy – 072

    Nefertiti on Soul Ties and Ecstasy – 072

    Dr. Valerie Poppel, aka Nefertiti, is a Clinical Sexologist and belly dancer who lived in Cairo. Find out what Nef warned about Soul Ties when she was featured in Cosmo yet again and how shimmying can improve our sexual health.

    • 40 min
    Davina: DIY Belly Dance Costume Queen Dawn Devine – 071

    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.

    • 54 min
    How to Dance Through Pain: More Lessons from Pema Chödrön – 070

    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.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

wintervanfleet ,

Your awesome

I love your beginning pod casts. I love listening to your take on things I have a hard time with some of the guests you have on. Hoping you can incorporate more… well YOU! Thank you for being unique!

MarinaHeinEcologyFacts ,

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!

Laska Dance ,

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!

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