Here at Yallah Raqs we interview dancers on different aspects of practice. Some super practical, others are all about mindsets and education around dance. Every episode has a tip & accompanying dance challenge that you can do to help boost your practice!
What is Folklore with Sheyla
Sheyla is a dancer from the Czech Republic who fell in love with Egypt and especially the folklore of the country. Funoon Shaabeya, her latest documentary film focuses on Egyptian traditional artists and folklore, which she’ll be discussing with us today
She’ll explore the significance of folklore, the importance of studying with people from the cultures, and how we can approach this heritage with respect and appreciation while dancing folklore.
It’s foundational to any style of bellydance. Yes, even fusion. There is so much to learn and appreciate at the roots of this dance as you’ll hear from Sheyla.
To learn more about Sheyla and the wonderful work she does you can check out her challenge today, which plays wonderfully off of todays episode, and the links to all the places she likes to hang out online at thebellydancebundle.com/110
What is Tarab with Zara Dance
Today? Zara Dance joins us to talk about the concept of Tarab.
These are some of my favorite words. Words that simply don’t have a translation in other languages. Every language has a word or phrase or saying that just doesn’t have a direct translation.
And while that’s beautiful, it can also cause some misconceptions.
Join Zara as she talks about what Tarab is and answers a oft-asked question. Can you only do it to Umm Kulthom music?
You can find links to all Zara’s amazing work at thebellydancebundle.com/109
Arabic Music & Poetry with Francesc
Today Francesca is going to take us on a little journey, using a song.
Francesca has her degree in Oriental Languages and Literature for Arabic, and is using her knowledge to bring us how Arabic poetry has had, and continues to have a lasting influence on the lyrics of modern arabic songs.
Knowing some of this background helps us to better understand the emotional impact of these songs and appreciate they beauty of the lyrics.
The song she’ll use briefly as an example here is Zoom Sur Oum by Rashid Taha, which samples a song that I know you know.
We’ve linked the song, and all the ways you can find Francesca on the show page at www.thebellydancebundle.com/108
Burning Questions with Dawn Devine
Today we have Dawn Devine with and awesome Q &A .
Dawn is a costumer and historian well known for some of her books, including The Cloth of Egypt, All about Assuit, and Zills, Music on your Fingertips.
If you’ve followed Dawn for a while you may be part of her group on Facebook, which she polled for some Must Answer questions, and today she’s giving you the answers.
Does Dawn dance? Is she ever going to publish her master’s thesis? What about reprints of some of her previous titles that have gone out of print?
Dawn answers these and more, along with some wonderful insight into her research and how some of her works came to be.
You can find links to all of Dawns online stuff at thebellydancebundle.com/107
Warming Up & Cooling Down with The Dance Safe Project
Today we have Melbourne, Australian based creator of The Dance Safe Project, Prue, joining us to chat all about warmups and cooldowns.
Sometimes the practices that will keep us dancing the longest are the easiest to implement, and the easiest to skip when you’re on a tight schedule.
Prue goes into why warm ups and cool downs are so important, and talks a bit about how we can make these practices more accessible to everyone with just a couple of modifications.
And if you’re looking for a quick warmup you can do in a tight space? Make sure to check out the accompanying challenge, which you can find, along with links to all the places you can find The Dance Safe Project online at the podcast page. thebellydancebundle.com/106
Creating Practice with Lisa-Jean
Today we have Lisa-Jean here to talk to us about creating a practice.
A busy mom of three, Lisa-Jean realized that very few dancers actually TEACH us how to practice, or how to fit time into our busy schedules to dance.
And I’m so on board, it’s one of the reasons we’ve created so many of the resources we have around here at the Bellydance Bundle!
Lisa chats with you today about getting specific on your dance goals, finding the time to practice, and one big shift in how you structure your practice time can make a huge difference.
She’ll go into a little bit about how to take bits and pieces from workshops into a smaller, more compact practice that’s easier to fit into your day
And of course, the most important bit. Having fun along the way.
You can learn more about Lisa-Jean and her work by following her on social and checking out her site. Links to all those cool places can be found on the podcast page at www.thebellydancebundle.com/105
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I took advantage of the 2021 Bundle, which was amazing!! I just started binge-listening to this podcast, and it is like a great review of the bundle classes I took. So much fantastic information. Thank you!
Enjoying this podcast, I went back and listened to all of the 2019 episodes and it is filled with a lot of helpful information.
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