Belly Dance Life

By Iana Komarnytska

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Audrica
 Feb 18, 2021
I highly recommend this podcast to anyone passionate in bellydance. The interviews are well conducted and very instructive.

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All insights into belly dance lifestyle

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Ep 206. Munique Neith: Marketing in Belly Dance
01:04:20

Munique Neith is a Brazilian dancer of Arabic descent and one of the most prestigious master teachers in the world. Currently, she lives in Barcelona, Spain, and she is the first master owner of two Oriental Dance Schools in the country with more than 800 students and the biggest school in Europe exclusively for bellydancing. She participated as a dancer in the Netflix series The Crown in one of its 5th season episodes, taught Oriental Dance classes for Cirque du Soleil artists during their tour in Barcelona with the Saltimbanco Show, performed at the Palau de la Música Catalana, hired by TVE for the opening of the cinema awards. Munique Neith is also the organizer of the prestigious International Oriental Dance Festival “Egypt in Barcelona”, that join together every year the best teachers and dancers from five continents.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Marketing mindset for belly dancers 
- Nuances of festival organization
- Experience of shooting for a TV series
- Collaboration with Cirque du Soleil
- Navigating work-life balance

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Munique Neith via Instagram, FB, website, and YouTube.

Check out the next SharQui Instructor Academy beginning October 3rd. Apply at sharqui.com/teach

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 09, 2022
Ep 205. Angella Kim: Belly Dance in Asia: Evolution & Current Realities
01:24:47

Angella Kim is an internationally renowned and award-winning belly dancer from South Korea. She graduated from Dongguk University of Arts with a degree in theatre and first began her journey in Oriental dance in 2005. In 2008 Angella established her AFOD company in Beijing, China and began developing her teaching system, which is now used in over 24 provinces in China and more than 180 cities. From 2009-2012 Angella toured in Jillina's Bellydance Evolution company. She has also taught at the "Ahlan wa Sahlan" festival in Cairo, Egypt as well as Japan, Singapore, Argentina and many other countries.

In this episode you will learn about:

- What influenced the popularization of belly dance in Korea

- Why Angella moved to China

- Her teaching system 

- Difference in students mentality in China, Korea and Japan

- Navigating dance work in China through the pandemic times

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Angella Kim via Instagram, FB, and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 29, 2022
Ep 204. Best of: Healing Power of Belly Dance
00:33:04

NEW episode with a selection of the best parts dedicated to the healing power of belly dance. You’ll hear from Anna Schkade-Siytangco, Aszmara, Amel Tafsout and Cassandra Shore.

Show Notes to this episode:

Full interviews with our guests:

Ep 135. Anna Schkade-Siytangco: Gaining Confidence & Overcoming Fears

Ep 159. Aszmara: Dance Gives Us Inner Strength

Ep 103. Amel Tafsout: The Healing Power of North African Culture

Ep 168. Cassandra Shore: Progressing Through Years of Dancing

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 21, 2022
Ep 203. Mahaila El Helwa: Finding Your Truth in Dance
01:00:18

Mahaila El Helwa is a renowned Brazilian instructor, performer and choreographer of Oriental dance.  She is known for her unique style and precise technique. In addition to her work in Brazil, Mahaila has taught workshops and performed in many countries throughout the world. She improves her dance with great masters of oriental dance and travels constantly to Egypt to improve her dance.  In 2017, she opened the "Mahaila El Helwa Studio - Arab Oriental Dance" in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Today, she is a beloved master teacher of many students who are intrigued and inspired by her personality and dance individuality.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Belly dancing through different ages of your life

- The importance of conditioning your body aside from the dance activities

- Difficult career choices, and how Mahaila almost became a lawyer instead of belly dancer 

- Mahaila’s teaching approach

- Running online classes

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Mahaila El Helwa via Instagram, FB, YouTube, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 12, 2022
Ep 202. Dr. Audrey Cottet: Researching Finger Cymbal Playing in the Roman Empire
01:08:26

Dr. Audrey Cottet is an academic researcher in the Physics department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. She has over twenty years of expertise in theoretical physics, with a focus on condensed matter physics and quantum physics. Outside the lab, Audrey is a Middle Eastern dance and percussion student.

She has learned how to player finger cymbals with Hassan Abdel Khalek and Nicolas Derolin in Paris. This practice motivated her secondary research activity on the history of cymbal playing. She has recently written one article on finger cymbal played in the Roman Empire, in the journal “Early Music” published by the Oxford University Press. She also has a second article published in the Review CLARA (Classical Art and Archaeology) hosted by the University of Oslo.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Proper terminology: zills, sagats or cymbals

- The very first mentions of cymbals and finger cymbals in ancient history

- The process of writing a peer reviewed article

- The tradition of finger cymbals playing in the Roman Empire

- First known mentions of finger cymbals in Egyptian culture

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Dr. Audrey Cottet via Instagram. Two of her articles available here: Playing finger cymbals in the Roman Empire: an iconographic study, and Cymbals playing in a Roman mosaic from Mariamin in Syria

Also, check her performance at the upcoming show "Hommages" choregraphed by Ciya with her amateur dance troupe the “Ballet Egypt'Ciya”, with invited professional dancers (Yael Zarca, Gennaro Festa, Myrto Kaukias) and with a small finger cymbal solo by Audrey (July 3rd, in Montrouge near Paris).

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 29, 2022
Ep 201. In-person Vs Online Classes - Student Voices w/ Prianca
00:35:55

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Prianca where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:


Belly Dance Transformations

Before: I’m so used to being in the studio, and having a teacher whom I can see, so starting to dance at home as my studio was very challenging. It was hard to stay focus. I had very limited space at home. Also, not having a full-length mirror kinda discouraged me since I didn’t have an immediate feedback. 

Now: It took me 4-5 months of online learning to get the groove, but it got so much easier. I had to constantly remind myself that video recording was not about perfection, but just a tool instead of a mirror to see where I can improve. Benefits of video recording is that camera evokes a performance mood in you.

Before: The hardest part of training by yourself is coming up with a curriculum.

Now: That’s why I’m heavily relying on the Iana Dance Club for that. I’m using it to challenge myself, and to make sure that I’m getting a well-rounded training on a weekly basis.

'I feel that I will dance when I’m 100 years old, and I still will be able to learn something new, and still be excited about it.'

"Belly dance “took me” as I was, and gave me the tools to be more confident and brave, and to learn that I can move my body and dance without having to have started when I was one or two years old. You can start whenever you want because it feel like a form of self-expression." _Prianca

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Prianca’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 26, 2022
Ep 200. Diana Gnatchenko: Life Before & After
02:44:43

Diana Gnatchenko is a professional oriental dancer from Ukraine recognized around the world. She is the winner of multiple international competitions, guest teacher and judge at the most prestigious events worldwide. Her dance tours took place in countries such as Ukraine, United States, Italy, China, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Chile, France, Malaysia, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Colombia and many other countries in the world.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How the war in Ukraine affected Diana’s life and dance activities

- Why choosing students who fit you as a teacher is as much important as for students to choose a teacher who fits them

- Diana’s process of creating choreographies

- Her teaching approach and what she aims for in her work with students

- What are the benefits of learning other dance styles for professional dance teachers

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Diana Gnatchenko via FB, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 23, 2022
Ep 199. Belly Dance & Zumba Experiences - Student Voices w/ Shani Brown
00:39:22

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Shani Brown where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:


Belly Dance Transformations:

"A lot of the time it’s difficult to prioritize for ourselves, and to prioritize our dance because there are so many things that we have to do… But if we have assignments and goals to reach for the week/month, that really helps to prioritize our training."

"I think it’s so nice to record yourself right from the beginning of your dance journey, so that 1 month/ 2 months or even a year later you can look back and realize: “Omg, I have improved!”. Video recording is a wonderful tool."

"I think I’m mature enough to know that progress isn’t instant, but I know it will come. There is always room for growth, so we just keep going."

"Belly dance brings me that need to continue to challenge myself, to learn, to grow. Something I can’t find anywhere else."_Shani

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Shani’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 18, 2022
Ep 198. Victoria Teel: The Story of Fan-Veil Addiction
01:02:26

Victoria Teel is an award winning belly dance performer and instructor. In 2010, she was chosen along with 24 other dancers to participate in the world’s first ever belly dance reality show, Project Belly Dance. She placed among the top six contestants, earning her spot in the Final 6 instructional DVD released in March 2011. Soon after Project Belly Dance, Victoria joined Miles Copeland's Bellydance Superstars in Japan for the tour of Bombay Bellywood. 

Victoria is also the creator of the Teel Fan Method, a dance technique using fans and fan veils incorporating influences from Asian dances. Today, Victoria is based in the USA and offers online classes. She currently tours the world teaching workshops and performing.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Participation at the reality TV show Project Belly Dance

- Experience of joining Belly Dance Superstars

- The story of falling in love with fan-veils

- Victoria’s approach to her own training

- The importance of learning with different teachers

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Victoria Teel via website, FB, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 15, 2022
Ep 197. Self-Curating Training Journey - Student Voices w/ Sandra Van Baaren
00:36:41

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Sandra Van Baaren where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:


Belly Dance Transformations:

"What helped a lot in my training was video taping myself. Often I’d look in a mirror and think that I’ve gotten a move, but after seeing a video I would realize that I needed to do a lot more of work."

"Sometimes you will stop trying again just because learning process lost the fun quality of it. You need to overcome a frustration of not getting a movement right away."

"My current focus is getting more creative with my own dance."

"Also, I’ve added ballet classes along with belly dance training, and I like the difference it made in my body."

"Dance helps me to balance the type of work I do on a daily basis."

"Belly dance is so beautiful! It brings a lot of joy, creativity and magic into my world." _Sandra

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Sandra’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 08, 2022
Ep 196. Beata Cifuentes: Introducing Structured Belly Dance Class
01:11:33

Born in Berlin, Germany, Beata Cifuentes started dancing at the age of six. Already as a child she attended her weekly ballet lessons with great persistence. Her decision to interrupt medical studies, as well as an intensive three-year course at Berlin’s Academy for Performing Arts, led her to discover oriental dance. She was fascinated by Arabic music when she heard the legendary singer Um Kalthoum – this was the start of a life-long passion for oriental dancing. After serious research, studies and travels to the Middle East, Beata founded the first-of-its-kind school for oriental dance in Berlin. She currently co-directs the Dance Academy Cifuentes in Beelitz, performs and teaches internationally, and is an inspiration to dancers world-wide.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Teaching mistakes Beata did in the beginning of her career

- Transition from ballet to the belly dance world

- Incorporating ballet class structure into oriental dance

- The love story of Beata and Horacio

- Crazy situations of collaborating with various composers on music CDs

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Beata Cifuentes via website, FB, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 02, 2022
Ep 195. Keeping Yourself Accountable - Student Voices w/ Wendy
00:41:01

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Wendy where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:


Belly Dance Transformations:

"I needed to exercise, but I couldn’t make myself going to gym on a regular basis. Dance on contrary is just something that is fun. Every time there is music on, I feel that I have to move."

"I’m naturally a very clumsy person, I’m usually covered in bruises because I keep bumping into things, so me being able to coordinate all these different movements together is a victory."

"I never thought I would be able to learn a choreography over just one month, because I have terrible memory. I’m so proud of myself now."

"When you learn a choreography, it’s nice to share it with the audience, but I’ve determined that it’s not something that I NEED in order to be happy."

"I’m enjoying just how I improve my movements, exploring the ability to learn things that I thought were too hard for me." _Wendy

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Wendy’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 30, 2022
Ep 194. Warda: Discussing Origins of Belly Dance
01:21:51

Warda is a professional national and international award-winning bellydancer. She has traveled to Egypt over thirty times to research and train and has won awards by top Egyptian professionals for her dancing. Warda is the director of the Shahrazad Dance Company , and has written ‘The Origins and History of Bellydance’, along with Egyptian Professor Dr. Hassan Khalil. She is a mentor and teacher of a number of prize winning dancers.

In this episode you will learn about:

-  Traveling lifestyle as a part of military community

- Bringing innovation to dance

- The origins of the belly dance art form

- What is the proper name of our dance style

- The importance of critical thinking

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Warda via website, FB, YouTube and Instagram. Her book ‘The Origins and History of Bellydance’ is available HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 25, 2022
Ep 193. Aiming For Perfection - Student Voices w/ Lilia
00:33:59

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Lilia where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

"I’m battling perfectionism constantly."

"In my mind ‘professional’ means ‘perfect’ which is not true."

"I have several performances and competitions that I skipped because I though I wasn’t ready, that they would not be perfect. It’s a constant battle."

"Sometimes when you want it to be perfect, you do nothing, because you are afraid it won’t be perfect."

"I don’t even know what is ‘perfect’. That’s the irony of it."

"Now I’m trying to practice smarter rather than harder."

"Belly dance gives the freedom to express my feelings. It gives me storytelling techniques with the body." _Lilia

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Lilia’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 23, 2022
Ep 192. How to Keep Accountability in Your Training
00:17:25

We often make grand plans but fail on showing up and performing them. Or sometimes we do show up but don't put 100% of our energy into the task. This relates to dance training too, especially if we are talking about practicing on your own. How to be more accountable and stop finding excuses of being too busy, or too tired, or simply postponing for later? 

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 19, 2022
Ep 191. Accepting Your Own Pace - Student Voices w/ Lina Marie
00:44:22

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Tita where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

‘’I feel that I’m growing, and it’s wonderful to be 59 and still experience the growth in your body."

"I started doing belly dance to help with my cognition, to feel more feminine on my body. I’m learning to be not just to be a worker, but to have individuality and to express myself."

"My training is changing with my body. Some days I just sit and watch videos, or listen to the music and mark moves in my head."

"I’m happy if dance just belongs to me [without showing it to anyone else]. But I like sharing and bringing joy to people too."

"What keeps people away from even trying to attend the class is that fear of feeling lost."_ Lina Marie

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Lina’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 14, 2022
Ep 190. Amar Lammar: Adapting to a New Country & Lifestyle
01:20:15

Amar Lammar was born in Mexico City. Since a young age she showed interest in art, especially dance. At the age of six years old she began her studies of Polynesian dances followed by a short period of ballet together with Mexican folklore. At the age of 11 she got into Afro-Caribbean rhythms but finally discovered and pursued her studies of oriental dance at the age of 13. 

Her international career began in 2003 with her first contracts in India for the Sheraton hotel group. After this first successful contract, she expanded her career and performed in several countries including Bahrein, Syria, Lebanon, Tunis and the Netherlands. For 12 years she has resided in the UAE performing full time at some of the most prestigious hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai including Marriot, Millenium, Rotana, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and Emirates Palace. Now based in South Africa, Amar continues dancing and improving. Her main goal is to teach Oriental Dance based on her experiences in the Middle East and the knowledge she acquired during all these years.

In this episode you will learn about:

-  Reasons why she quit daily shows in Dubai and moved to South Africa

- Connecting with dancers, client and students in a new country 

- Preparing classes for beginning students

- Teaching livestream classes vs prerecorded videos

- Motivation to practice without any performance goals

Show Notes to this episode:

Join me on livestream class this Thursday, May 12 at 3 pm Kyiv time to work on Turkish Romani dance technique. This workshop is part of the project Dance With Stars. You can contact Nataliya Goncharova to find out how you can participate. Find even more information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Amar Lammar via website, FB, and Instagram.

Check out our previous episode with Amar Lammar here: Ep 18. Amar Lammar: Twelve Years of Performing Every Night in the Arab Emirates!

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 10, 2022
Ep 189. You Never Know Who You Inspire - Student Voices w/ Tita
00:44:56

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Tita where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

Before:

- My body was stuck doing nothing my whole life. I had to learn to move every muscle, especially my hips.

- It’s difficult to follow the choreo with ‘rights’ and ‘lefts’.

- Finding my flow was very difficult. I’m good with capturing all accents in my mind, but my body isn’t, lol.

Now:

- Belly dance helped me to exercise consistently.

- It also inspired me to take care and move my body even more diving into other disciplines.

- My self-confidence improved. I found that I am beautiful.

‘These days I found a new way of enjoying dance. I’m not dancing for someone, but I’m dancing for myself.’

"Two girls started dancing because they saw my very first performance. That was so inspiring. Since then I think: Ok, I’m not perfect, but I CAN do it!"_ Tita

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Tita’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 03, 2022
Ep 188. Semsemah: Don’t Be a Superficial Dancer
01:12:56

Semsemah has created a unique, innovative and modern belly dance style and became one of the most famous dancers of her generation. She knew how to develop a modern style while preserving the Egyptian soul. Artistic director of the Sesame Association, she regularly organizes events related to oriental dance (tours to Cairo, shows, training, festivals). She hosts the annual show "Bent El Balad" bringing together her students and renowned artists such as Aladin El Kholy, Gamal Seif, Hind, Salma, Hakim, Taly, Kareem Gad, Zomzom. Semsemah also co-organized the Eshtah ya Eshta oriental dance festival with the renowned oriental dancer Taly, bringing together artists from France and Egypt (Wael Mansour and Mohamed Kazafy). Today, SEMSEMAH is regularly invited to dance and teach internationally (Italy, Venezuela, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, Estonia and France).

In this episode you will learn about:

- Algerian culture and belly dance

- How Semsemah defines the term ‘professional dancer’

- Her learning process with Yousri Sharif

- Tips on how to develop individual style

- Teaching classes online vs in-person

Show Notes to this episode:

Check out Pedro’s photo book Ventre at www.pedrobonatto.com/ventre. Find even more information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Semsemah via website, FB, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 29, 2022
Ep 187. Questioning Reasons & Motivation to Dance - Student Voices w/ Aleesa
00:32:42

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Aleesa where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

‘’I used to think that belly dance was silly, but 20 years later belly dance is a huge part of my life.’’

‘’Dance provides a nice contrast [to my profession] where I can express my femininity, creativity. It also allows me to move, to connect with people all around the world.’’

During her 22 years of belly dance exploration, Aleesa has made a couple of breaks from dancing to question the authenticity of her love to dance, but every time she came back to it.

"For me belly dance is as much about community, as about dance and music itself.”_Aleesa

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Aleesa’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 26, 2022
Ep 186. Nataša Kočar: Decision to Become a Dance Teacher
01:12:56

Nataša Kočar is a certified oriental dance teacher and choreographer, and the co-founder and head of the KUOD Bayani dance company,  She has a degree in geography and sociology from Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts. Her dance education started at the age of 12 at one of Slovenia’s top dance schools, including 2 years of overall dance training and 4 years of jazz ballet).

At the beginning of the new millennium, Nataša discovered her love for oriental music. She has attended more than 200 workshops with different teachers from Egypt, Europe, and America. From 2004 onwards, Nataša has been teaching 7-9 classes per week and she has around 70 regular students each year. She organizes workshops and events and have passionately produced and co-produced 10 theatre dance shows (in Slovenia and abroad).

In this episode you will learn about:

- Developing a teaching career in dance

- Nataša’s passion for folklore styles

- Differences between teaching adults and children

- How Nataša came up with the idea to write a book

- The process of publishing the book.

Show Notes to this episode:

Join online event ‘Spring Will Come’ organized by Julia Farid in order to support Ukrainian dance teachers: https://tips4hips.com/andspingwillcome . Find even more information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Nataša Kočar via website, FB, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 20, 2022
Ep 185. Facing Frustrations of the Learning Process - Student Voices w/ Dimitra
00:38:07

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Dimitra where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

Before

- Resisted to attend a class because of the fear of embarrassment in a group of unknown people.

- Didn’t know how to practice on her own. Had unrealistic expectations regarding how her dance should look like.

- ‘When we were learning new movement and I couldn’t do it right away, it was blocking me. I was not able to move at all.’

Now: 'With time I realized that it’s ok if I don’t get something right away. I must do those mistakes, and that’s how I will learn. Seeing the progress in my dance was the moment of feeling almost unstoppable.'

"Belly dance makes me feel free and connected to the feminine flow. It became a big and integral part of my routine. I see it as a self-love ritual."_Dimitra

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Check Dimitra’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 18, 2022
Ep 184. Leila: Navigating Life & Work Balance
01:19:15

Leila was one of the most popular working dancers in Cairo for 13 years.  While in Egypt she performed for parties, dignitaries, and weddings in Egypt and throughout Europe and the Arabian Gulf. She also danced continuously for Nile cruises, in the best hotels and concerts on television.  Leila is also a well-known actress and model and is a recognizable personality throughout the Middle East being involved in hundreds of TV shows, music videos, TV commercials and films.  

Leila has produced some of the best-loved dance CDs today (the only dancer to utilize a "live sound" in her productions). She was the founder of Camp Negum, a yearly live music dance festival in Egypt for 8 years.  She has taught workshops around the world and after moving to the states in 2015, she continues to teach online and in person focusing on the connection between the music, culture and self expression behind the dance. Her writings about dance and culture are utilized by scholars and dancers around the world. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- Taking classes with Raqia Hassan

- Beginning of Leila’s career in Egypt

- Tough lessons she learnt in Egypt

- Dance career during pregnancy

- Leila’s approach to teaching, and her thoughts about competitions.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Leila via FB, and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 15, 2022
Ep 183. Gitza: Dance Movement Therapy
01:17:49

Gitza is a Mexican dancer, internationally renowned teacher, choreographer and artistic director, who started practicing Middle-Eastern dances in 2006. She is currently the director of the Gitza dance school, and the Raqs Sahira dance company. Her vision for belly dance is influenced by psychology and dance therapy. With these disciplines, she has developed tools for teaching dance in a creative and experimental way, always investigating personal experience as the main engine for creation and interpretation.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The concept of the dance movement therapy

- How the classes on dance movement therapy work

- Incorporating dance movement therapy into belly dance classes

- Common phycological patterns among belly dance students 

- Pregnancy experience as a belly dancer.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.

Follow Gitza via FB, Instagram, Youtube and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 05, 2022
Ep 182. Healing Emotional Blocks and Traumas Through Belly Dance - Student Voices w/ Jacinda (aka Aliya Dalal)
00:38:25

This is a special series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Jacinda (aka Aliya Dalal) where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

‘’Dance helped me to overcome my body image and eating disorders. It taught me to love my body not for how it looks like, but for what it can do. It felt very liberating.’’

‘’I realized that I can’t compartmentalize. If I want to have emotions in dance, I have to have emotions in life.’’

‘’Many of us are afraid to express emotions because we are afraid that it will overtake us. But dance helped me to get in touch with my emotions.’’

‘’I became fascinated with the potential for this dance to heal for women with trauma.’’

"This dance saved my life in so many ways. It saved my health. It helped me to overcome my eating disorders. I helped me to see value in myself, not just as a dancer and artists, but also as a human being. It helped me to connect with the world. It helped me to become a more open person. It helped me to be in touch with my emotions, which allowed me to be supportive of others in their emotions."_Jacinda

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Jacinda’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website. Also, check her website and Instagram pages.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 19, 2022
Ep 181. Making Self-Care Your Priority - Student Voices w/ Pratima Nagaraj
00:38:19

This is a special series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Pratima Nagaraj where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

Before: I used to have lots of judgements about my body, and I used to be very insecure person.

I thought I could never dance because I had two left feet.

Now: I didn’t realize first that belly dance would boost my confidence.

Being ok with all my imperfections became easier.

It took away judgements and brought confidence in my body.

Gave me confidence that I CAN dance!

It made me feel sensual.

I see the difference in my mood when I don’t dance for week or two.

‘It’s my choice! Nobody tells me that I have to dance. But I’m feeling joy when I dance.’ _Sinda Sandra

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Pratima Nagaraj’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website. Also, check her website and Instagram about health and life coaching.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 15, 2022
Ep 180. Raquy Danziger: Drumming Queen
01:00:01

Raquy Danziger is a world-famous American musician, teacher and composer based in Istanbul. She has released thirteen albums, five darbuka method books, and two volumes of her original compositions. Her educational offerings are available through her online darbuka school: Darbukaschool.com. More than a thousand students are currently enrolled in her courses.  

Raquy specializes in the split hand technique, which is a fast and elaborate Turkish drumming style. She also plays the mystical twelve- string King Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument.⁣⁣ She has also performed in Egypt as a soloist with The Egyptian "King of Tabla" - Said El Artist, and his drumming orchestra in the great concert halls of Egypt. She has performed at the Lincoln Center, CRR concert hall in Istanbul, and in many festivals. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant. Raquy has appeared on Good Morning Egypt, Leila Kebira, O TV, the Culture Channel, Turkish Television, Arabs Got Talent, and has been interviewed on Al Jazeera.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Drummer as a lead musician or as an accompanist 

- Raquy’s drumming experience in Egypt

- Learning the Turkish style of drumming

- Her special notation system for drummers

- Tips for dance-music collaborations.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Raquy Danziger via FB, Instagram, Youtube and website. Check her Darbuka school HERE. Apply promo code DARBUKA15 for 15% off on any Raquy’s online courses.

Take a look at our intensive Dancing to Turkish 9s created in collaboration with Raquy HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 05, 2022
Ep 179. Finding Time Slots to Dance - Student Voices w/ Sinda Sandra
00:39:04

This is a special weekend series ‘Student Voices’ where I share my conversations with the members of the Iana Dance Club about life, dance and training. Some of participants are belly dance beginners, some are professionals, but all of us have one thing in common: we all remain being students of dance. :)

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Sinda Sandra where she shares her belly dance transformations with us:

Before: thought that belly dance was not for someone like her, felt very shy.

Now: dreaming to come back to Egypt, and this time to dance on stage!

Before: was afraid that she didn’t have time for such activity.

Now: successfully finds time pockets to practice on a daily basis, believes that when you have hobby that you like very much, you always find time to work on it.

‘It’s my choice! Nobody tells me that I have to dance. But I’m feeling joy when I dance.’ _Sinda Sandra

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Sinda Sandra’s community page at the Iana Dance Club website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 30, 2022
Ep 178. Tiffany Madera (Hanan): The Impact of Hanan Arts and Havana Habibi
01:17:15

Since 2002, Miami based artist Tiffany Madera (Hanan) has become a figurehead in the dance world by re-coding traditional Egyptian Raks Sharki dance as a tool for empowerment and social justice.  As a performer, professor, activist, museum professional, filmmaker, and non-profit leader, Tiffany combines a highly aesthetic approach and academic scholarship to tackle the questions of our day. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, both with a focus on intercultural dance and film. 

Tiffany’s cultural background, professional and academic experience make her an impact driven and effective non profit leader positioned to bring complex work into fruition through strategic partnerships and collaborations. Her projects have garnered support and awards across the world including a $100,000 Knight Arts Challenge award with a full matching grant from the Ware Foundation among numerous state, county, municipal and national foundation awards. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- Dancing My Mother’s Body initiative

- Havana Habibi festival and documentary film

- The healing power of belly dance

- Running the non-profit organization Hanan Arts

- Writing grants and raising money through fundraising and sponsorships.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Tiffany Madera and Hanan Arts via FB, Instagram, Youtube and website.

Save your spot at Iana’s free webinar How to Start Performing Solo, and Get Paid: www.ianadanceclub.com/event

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 25, 2022
Ep 177. Do You Really Understand What Marketing And Promotion Is?
00:42:13

There is some sort of shame around putting these two words together: dance & money (or art & sales).  And I strongly believe that this is one of the main blocks for many talented dancers on why their career is not as successful as they wish it to be. 

There is a misconception as if treating your art as a business will destroy the nature and essence of the art itself, as if suddenly you will stop being an artist. 

I honestly think that such belief is a very comforting excuse for many artists on not taking responsibility for ALL aspects of their work. It feels much safer to stay in the comfort zone of a dance studio, focusing only on the training element of your profession, and ignoring everything else. 

But you don’t have to choose between art and business. There IS a way on how to stay true to yourself and your art, AND make a decent living as a professional dancer.

Show Notes to this episode:

Save your spot at Iana’s free webinar How to Start Performing Solo, and Get Paid: www.ianadanceclub.com/event

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 18, 2022
Ep 176. Cinzia: How to Become a Better Teacher
01:10:49

Cinzia is an international belly dancer, teacher and choreographer, based in Italy and appreciated all over the world for her power and charisma on stage. Cinzia studied classical dance, jazz and piano for 10 years and in 2004 she fell in love with oriental dance and folklore. Her style is refined and powerful, a mix of Arabic feeling and modernity. She teaches, judges and dances in many countries, such as Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Egypt and regularly performs in the most important Italian festivals. She has taught literature and foreign languages at her local high school for years and this has given her the opportunity to refine her teaching method and her empathy towards students all over the world. Cinzia has been the Italian champion twice, and she has been the winner of all the most important Italian competitions, winning also the IDO World Cup in the 2014 folklore section. Now she trains many famous Italian dancers, helping them with competitions and shows. Cinzia manages her academy, the Badia Operà Academy through which she organizes numerous events and performances of bellydance and oriental dance.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Teaching workshops vs regular ongoing classes

- Discipline among students

- Switching to online teaching 

- Introducing folklore to beginner students

- Helping students with their competition preparations.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Cinzia via FB, Instagram, Youtube and website.

Join our January DANCE CHALLENGE HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 11, 2022
Ep 175. Helen Blondel: How to Start Charging For Your Shows
01:23:25

Originally from sunny Miami, Helen Blondel has performed at a myriad of venues in Central & South Florida, including Kababi Cafe, Cleopatra Lounge, Hookita Lounge, Taverna Opa, Cedar's Lebanese Cuisine, & Dar Tagine. She has also appeared on Televised programs such as "Despierta America" and "Sabado Gigante" on Univision as a dancer and is a recent member of the MBC 2018 award-winning Belly Motions RAKettes Dance Company. Helen Blondel is the former Belly Dance Instructor of Florida International University recreation in Miami, and now resides in Orlando.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Charging appropriate fees for your dance shows

- Deciding if you are ready to enter the commercial dance industry

- How to get booked and prepare for your first paid show

- Social media, including TikTok, as a promo tool for getting local gigs

- How to get involved in TV projects and music videos.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Helen Blondel via FB, Instagram, Youtube, TikTok and website.

Join our January dance challenge HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 04, 2022
Ep 174. Best of: Facing Rejection, Disapproval or Judgement
00:47:26

NEW episode with a selection of the best parts dedicated to facing and overcoming rejection, disapproval or judgement from teachers, relatives, or community. You’ll hear from Alex DeLora, Artemis Mourat, Esmeralda Colabone and Alla Kushnir.

Show Notes to this episode:

Full interviews with our guests:

Ep 21. Alex DeLora: Every Drum Solo Has Its Own Mood

Ep 125. Artemis Mourat: Seek Out Your Dance Mentors & ‘Angel’ Mothers

Ep 151. Esmeralda Colabone: Living The Truth: Motherhood and Dance Career

Ep 40. Alla Kushnir: Not Only Luck Makes You Number 1

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 28, 2021
Ep 173. Sabah: Ballet & Belly Dance
01:17:13

Sabah has decades of experience in classical, modern, and folk styles of dance. She has worked with the Chicago’s Festival Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Alabama Ballet. She received her degree from Columbia College Chicago majoring in Cultural Studies and minoring in dance with a year abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. There she joined the Egyptian Folkloric Company and received a contract to dance on the Nile Pharaoh cruise ship allowing her to hand-select a band and troupe of dancers. In 2006, she joined the international dance company Bellydance Superstars, directed by Jillina Carlano, and began touring the world performing and teaching workshops highlighting her specialty of combining ballet with belly dance while wearing toe shoes. 

In 2019 Sabah relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles to become the Artistic Programs Manager for Bellydance Evolution.  She has been a contributing choreographer for Bellydance Evolution since 2012.  When BDE was commissioned to produce “Le Voyage de Scheherazade” a multi-national, multi-discipline collaboration between Moroccan, European and American Oriental and ballet dancers with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Maroc, Sabah was the choreographer for all the ballet routines. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- The joy of dancing as a part of a group vs solo performances

- Experience of exploring belly dance at an university environment

- Benefits of ballet training for belly dancers

- The story of creating a fusion belly dance piece with pointe shoes, and joining Belly Dance Superstars

- Sabah’s responsibilities as the Artistic Programs Manager for Bellydance Evolution.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Sabah via FB, Instagram and Bellydance Evolution website.

Gift Cards are now available at the Iana Dance Club. Find more info HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 21, 2021
Ep 172. Joana Saahirah: Running Dance Courses Online
01:33:17

Joana Saahirah is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, choreographer and author specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric dances. She’s written and published 2 books - “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” and "Behind the Curtain", created the pioneering online platforms "Joana Saahirah´s World" and "Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School" delivering authentic Egyptian dance, personal discovery & empowerment, and she is the creator of the upcoming "The Oriental Café" Podcast.

Joana started her career in Egypt, where she performed and lived for 8 years, as well as worked with Mahmoud Reda, as his teaching and choreography assistant. Joana has been a constant presence – as an invited artist, choreographer & teacher – at major International Oriental dance festivals and she’s been an innovator in the field of Egyptian Dance, creating a bridge of connection between Egypt and the world.

In this episode you will learn about:

-   Differences between building your dance name and your brand

- How Joana has started her online platform

- The pillar content that helps grow her online community

- Egyptian dance and self-confidence 

- Sensuality vs sexuality

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Joana Saahirah via Instagram, YouTube, FB, and www.joanasaahirah.com.

Previous episode with Pedro: Ep 76. Joana Saahirah: Egyptian Dance As The Tool For Self-Knowledge And Empowerment.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 14, 2021
Ep 171 - Pedro Bonatto: How to Approach a Drum Solo Improvisation & Stop Being Afraid of It
02:10:11

Pedro Bonatto is an internationally acclaimed photographer and drummer. Born in Brazil and based in Canada, Pedro works in fine art and fashion photography, with works published in Elle Arabia, Fashion Canada and a number of magazines and books. As a drummer, Pedro focuses on Middle Eastern music and its relationship to cultures from around the world. He is also the creator of the world music and dance group The Blue Dot Ensemble.

In this episode you will learn about:

-  Differences between Arabic and Turkish style of drumming

- Clay drum with natural skin vs modern darbuka with plastic cover

- Why the idea of drum solo improvisation is so scary for many dancers

- What is the best way to approach a live improvisation performance

- Performing at the competition settings

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Pedro Bonatto on FB, Instagram, and YouTube, his website with useful tips for preparing for shoots, and his podcasts.

Previous episode with Pedro: Ep 112. Pedro Bonatto: Drummer, Photographer & Husband of a Belly Dancer

DANCE CHALLENGE with Iana: www.ianadanceclub.com/challenge

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 08, 2021
Ep 170. Jackie Barzvi: Discover More About Mizrahi Dance Culture
01:27:51

Jackie Barzvi is a raqs sharqi (belly dance) instructor and performer originally from Queens, NY, now based in North Carolina. She has been dancing all her life and focuses on folkloric dances from Egypt, North Africa, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf. She recently created the first ever Mizrahi Dance Archive to highlight specific Jewish dances from MENA regions. She has been teaching Middle Eastern dance since 2011 and is passionate about creating environments where people can dance, connect, and build community. 

The Mizrahi Dance Archive's mission is to collect and organize the information we have of specific Jewish dances from MENA regions and to also bring these dances to life in fun and relevant ways to share with communities all over the world. The Mizrahi Dance Archive is an educational tool to showcase the diversity of the Jewish people and the deep connections between art, dance, and Judaism.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Following your heart and passion to dance

- Belly dance activities in Israel

- Jewish music for dancing

- Understanding the differences between Mizrahi and Sephardic communities 

- The influence of Jewish culture on dances in Morocco, Jemen, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Egypt

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Jackie Barzvi on FB, Instagram, and website. Also, visit the Mizrahi Dance Archive at www.mizrahidancearchive.com.

Mizrahi music mentioned in the podcast:

Sarit Hadad

Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis

Yemen Blues

Lala Tamar

DANCE CHALLENGE with Iana: www.ianadanceclub.com/challenge

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes and intensives at the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 30, 2021
Ep 169. Yousry Sharif: The Superpowers of Epic Musicality & Personality
01:12:45

Yousry Sharif is the embodiment of many greats when it comes to Egyptian Raqs Sharqi: a great original choreographer, a great teacher, a great mentor, a great music producer, a great presence, a great inspiration, a great mind, and the list goes on and on. 

A native to Cairo, his dance talents shone through at a tender age of seven. He grew up thoroughly trained in Egyptian folkloric dancing, plus various dance forms, including jazz, classical ballet, and flamenco, while working with various influential choreographers and teachers. After moving to New York, the USA, in the 1980s, he started his own dance academy to educate dancers in what the world has come to adore as the Yousry Sharif oriental style. While preserving the spirit of traditions, he takes the dance to a contemporary level and beyond. To him, the dance is a life form. It evolves with time and environment, while never loses sight of its roots.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Beginning of Yousry’s career in Egypt

- Moving to the USA, and beginning classes there

- Teaching approach, and choreography interpretations 

- Music sensitivity

- Creating music and producing CDs

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Yousry Sharif on FB, and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her online classes at the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 23, 2021
Ep 168. Cassandra Shore: Progressing Through Years of Dancing
01:10:20

Cassandra Shore, the founder of The Cassandra School (1978), is recognized as one of the world’s foremost performers and choreographers of Middle Eastern dance. Her artistic intensity, musicality, and technique set her apart from the average performer. She brings to dance lyrical grace, musical focus, and a sensuous quality of movement that brings mere technique to life. Her work has been rewarded with grants, commissions, and awards. Cassandra also founded the Jawaahir Dance Company in 1989 as a way to move Middle Eastern dance "beyond the museum," and create original, theatrically-inspired choreographies that blends traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern forms.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The beginning of Cassandra’s belly dance journey, her first show, first class and first dance school

- How to figure out if you are ready to start performing professionally

- Amazing tips on how to deal with pre-show anxiety

- The challenges of relocating a dance studio to another area in the city

- Taking care of your body for a long-term dance career

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Cassandra Shore on FB, website, and her dance company Jawaahir.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 16, 2021
Ep 167. Sharon Kihara: Talking About Tribal Fusion: Origins, Style Definition, Lack of Education, Physicality Evolution
01:22:00

Known the world over as one of the pioneering forces in the field of Tribal Fusion belly dance, Sharon Kihara is regarded as one of the most seasoned and well-traveled artists in the genre, and is known for her avante-garde artistic sensibility that defies replication. She is both a dance and yoga therapy teacher, 200 RYT certified by Yoga Alliance.

In late 2003, at the behest of friend Rachel Brice, Sharon was scouted to perform with the pioneering dance company Bellydance Superstars, created by music mogul and svengali Miles Copeland.  Sharon spent over five years on tour as Tribal director, soloist, and choreographer.  After leaving the tour to pursue new dreams, she was recruited by Jillina to dance as a principal and choreographer in the unique and critically acclaimed new touring production, Bellydance Evolution.  Sharon is in the rare position of being the only Tribal dancer to have been featured as Principal dancer in two of the world’s most distinct international touring belly dance companies.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Discipline, focus, neurodivergence and dance

- Switching from American Cabaret to Tribal fusion, and origins of the style

- Education basics for well-rounded Tribal fusion dancers

- Reasons why Sharon decided to retire from dancing

- Transitioning away from the dance career

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Sharon Kihara on Instagram, FB, and her jewelry page gifthorsegems.com .

Check out The Power of Imagination intensive on dealing with fears and performance energies at the Iana Dance Club HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 09, 2021
Ep 166. Dealing With Performance Fears
01:14:57

This is a solo episode by Iana where we’ll talk about two most common paralyzing performance fears: fear of being judged as not good enough dancer, and fear of forgetting choreography and not knowing what to do.

Show Notes to this episode:

If you want to work deeper on dealing with performance anxiety and building up your energy projection as a performer, check out the new intensive at the Iana Dance Club: The Power of Imagination.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 02, 2021
Ep 165. Luna of Cairo: Life Beyond Dance
01:03:19

Luna is an international belly dance star who performed in Egypt's top hotels and Nile cruises from 2009 to 2018. She has an exceptionally exciting style of dance, and has been featured on Egyptian television. Luna has also appeared in the music videos of some of Egypt's most popular singers, and was a featured dancer in several movies. Luna is in high demand to teach belly dance workshops around the world. She has taught all over the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Egypt, England, Poland, Japan, China, and Vietnam. She is also a regular teacher at Raqia Hassan’s Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival, which takes place every summer in the Mena House Hotel.

In addition to her dancing, Luna holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. She studied radical Islamist movements in the Arab world. She is fluent in Egyptian Arabic, Spanish, and English, and holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Life after Cairo

- Applying for a ‘regular’ job after 10 years of dance career

- Dealing with stigmas and stereotypes about the belly dance profession

- Performing to a diverse Arabic audience

- Learning by observing

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Luna of Cairo on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. Her blog "Kisses from Kairo".

Previous episode with Luna:

Ep 17. Luna of Cairo: Is Belly Dance Life in Cairo Always a "Fairy Tale"?

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 26, 2021
Ep 164. Tommy King: The Importance of Charisma For Dance Performers
01:04:15

Hatem Hamdy, also known as Tommy King, is a real showman! His unique and colorful style makes him a sought after teacher and dancer around the world. He started his professional career with skating. Between the age of 20 to 25 he worked as a coach-assistant in the "Sham's" club and later as a coach for mature students. He has earned 14 times the first prize for skating in Egypt, and won the second prize at the "African World" competition continuously for 5 years. He loved the idea of mixing oriental dance with skating, but eventually he took the direction of oriental dance, and started working in Cairo in famous hotels, ships and clubs. Tommy King designs his colorful and unique costumes, and his charisma and style make him one of the famous artists in the Egyptian and International festival scene.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Transitioning from professional skating career to full-time dancing

- Secrets of successful performances on stage

- How Tommy King prepares right before going on stage

- Being a male dancer in Egypt

- Teaching classes online

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Tommy King on Instagram, and FB. His intensive page is available here.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 16, 2021
Ep 163. Mercedes Nieto: Finding Home Inside Your Body
01:53:34

Mercedes Nieto is an internationally acclaimed oriental dance artist based in Budapest, Hungary. She is world famous for her delicate, elegant, and yet passionate dance style, which is innovative and unique. Mercedes has spent a decade touring around the world: since 2009 she had been teaching and performing in more than 50 countries at around 30 different oriental dance events yearly. While constantly traveling and sharing her knowledge, passion and unique vision for belly dancing, she kept organizing the highly acclaimed CAIRO! Fest Budapest. Also, Mercedes is producing Middle-Eastern music specifically for oriental dancers since 2012: she has released five albums that gained wide international success among dancers.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Going thorough the experience of lockdowns

- Losing live audience shows, and how it impacts the dance

- Learning to embrace uncertainty 

- Cooking healthy meals out of laziness

- Hosting an international festival online

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Mercedes Nieto on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Previous episodes with Mercedes:

Ep 45. Mercedes Nieto: Social Media Traps

Ep 46. Mercedes Nieto: What Does It Take To Be a Touring Artist?

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club. New YouTube show “Artist Date” is available HERE.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 24, 2021
Ep 162. Yaël Zarca: Spreading Light and Positivity
01:08:24

Yaël is an international Oriental dance artist living in Paris. She has a very personal and refined style combining tradition and modernity. She is regularly invited to perform and teach abroad (Japan, USA, Canada, China, Europe…) due to her skills as a teacher and the high level of her artistic work. Yaël conveys her passion with generosity and enthusiasm. She focuses on listening carefully to the music and interpreting emotions, while displaying an impeccable technique and creating a wide variety of choreographies. She teaches all Egyptian styles, from a soft and introverted Tarab to an energetic and catchy Shaabi. For her, dance classes are more than teaching an original choreography. She also strives to make her students understand the culture behind Oriental dance, and to convey the ‘soul’ of this dance. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- Developing a dance career at local gigs

- Yael’s first international workshops

- Dealing with self-criticism while watching your own performance videos

- How to find your individual style

- Teaching and adapting to an online space

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Yaël Zarca on Instagram, FB, YouTube and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 06, 2021
Ep 161. Miasia: Life Before, During & After TV Show Al Rakesa
01:33:23

Miasia is a dedicated performer, teacher, trainer and workshop instructor with 25 years of cabaret and folkloric Middle Eastern Dance experience. As a performer, she has captivated audiences all over the US and around the world, including Turkey and Egypt, where she was featured on the renowned Egyptian TV show Al Rakesa. Miasia has been a performer at numerous special events, including national conferences like True Spirit. She has graced concert halls, nightclubs, restaurants and stages all over the globe, including the SF Pride Women’s stage where she was presented a prize for her award-winning shimmies. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- Lessons that Miasia learned from her teachers and students

- How she got involved in the TV show Al Rakesa

- The most memorable moments of the show

- Getting ready and taping each episode of Al Rakesa

- Dance realizations and dreams after the show was over

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Miasia on Instagram, FB, YouTube and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 19, 2021
Ep 160. Aegela: Sharing Memories of Studying with Mahmoud Reda
01:30:23

Since 1978, Aegela’s love of Middle Eastern dance has taken her throughout the US and to the heart of the art—Egypt. It was on her first tour that Aegela was awarded the coveted Lifetime Performer’s license by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, an honor held by only 11 foreigners. While working in Egypt, Aegela enjoyed the privilege of studying with famed dancer/choreographer Mahmoud Reda, of the Reda Troupe, and with Madame Busi, principal dancer with the National Folkloric Company.

During her teaching career, Aegela has conducted classes for the deaf and hearing impaired, and devised a format for use in occupational therapy rehabilitation programs assisting women in regaining range of motion. Recently, she developed a dance program for women recovering from strokes. Aegela frequently lectures in major universities on the topics of Middle Eastern art and music. Speaking engagements have included Emory University School of Near Eastern Studies, Georgia State University, and Mercer University. Aegela is the recipient of the 2004 Stella Award for Lifetime Achievement in Middle Eastern Dance.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Combing business consulting in USA with a dance career in Egypt

- Receiving the Lifetime Performer’s license by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture

- Why Aegela left Egypt at the height of her success

- Meeting Mahmoud Reda

- Ten things she learned from the great master.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Aegela on Instagram, FB, and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 07, 2021
Ep 159. Aszmara: Dance Gives Us Inner Strength
01:09:45

Aszmara goes beyond movements and steps to unleash your soul’s music. Her insight into movement, music and connecting emotions with dance marks her as an unforgettable teacher and performer. “Dance is Emotion in Motion” exactly describes Aszmara. For over 40 years, Aszmara has been inspiring dancers as a teacher and performer with international tours, workshops and seminars across USA & Europe. As a master teacher, her deep love for dance shines through to everyone she teaches, from beginners to professionals, leading them to find their own expressive passion in dance. In the 80’s and 90’s she was co-director of two dance companies: the award winning Middle Eastern dance company Oriental Images and the ground breaking SaZ Dance Theater, creating theme concert events, folkloric and innovative dance. Aszmara’s articles have appeared in The Gilded Serpent, Bhuz and Bennu magazines and her instructional DVD, ‘Belly Dance… The Secret Desire’, has received high recognition.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Musicality in dance, and letting go your thought process on stage 

- Dance as a healing and self-exploration tool 

- Exercises to develop your improvisation skills 

- What music formations are. 

- Why Aszmara never considered herself a Turkish style dancer.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Aszmara on Instagram, FB, and website..

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 21, 2021
Ep 158. Yasmin Henkesh: From Zar Rituals to Discussing Music Copyright Issues
01:02:45

Yasmin Henkesh grew up in the Washington D.C. area but moved to Europe to work as a professional dancer after graduating from college. She first appeared in the Algerian cabaret Al Djazair, but soon was hired by "big time" nightclubs in Paris, such as Le Beirut and Le Yildizlar. There she worked with some of the most well-known Arabic stars and musicians of the time, such as Sabah, Walid Toufiq, Ahmed Adawia, Mohammad El Aizabi and Hassan Abou Saud. She then moved to London to work at The Omar Khayyam, the renowned club of Mona Said, where she worked with master percussionist, Khamis Henkesh. But the draw to work in Egypt was too great and she moved to Cairo after a year to follow her dream. She appeared for two years at The Auberge on the Sharia al Haram and at the Holiday Inn. The head of her orchestra was Sayed Henkesh, a well-known Egyptian musician. During those years Yasmin enrolled in the American University in Cairo Master's degree in Arabic and did research of her own on the Egyptian zar and other forms of Middle Eastern trance dancing. 

Yasmin moved back to Washington DC in the early 1990's and danced regularly at the Casablanca Restaurant in Alexandria, VA until 2001. She now teaches various classes for aspiring dancers at her own dance studio as well as online.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The belly dance scene in Europe in 70s and 80s

- Dancing in Egypt, and why Yasmin decided to come back to Europe

- Her research about zar and various trance dances

- Insights about the origins of the Ayoub rhythm

- The music copyright issues all dancers should be aware of.

Show Notes to this episode:

(Additional information provided by Yasmin Henkesh)

The notes for Hymn to Hathor, which has a lovely nay solo set to the ayoub rhythm:        

"Track 17: Ayoub

The Prophet Job

      The 2/4 rhythm dancers refer to as “ayoub” has only been called this for the past fifty years - since poet / composer Zakariya al-Hagawi used it for the sound track of Malhama Ayoub wa Nasa (The Epic of Job and [his wife] Nasa). This religious TV miniseries about the Prophet Job (starring the composer’s wife, singer Khadra Mohammed Khadar) aired on Egyptian television in the early 1960s. Al-Hagawi’s music became so popular that belly dancers asked for its rhythm by abbreviating the show’s name. Up until then it had simply been known as the malfouf (another 2/4 rhythm) associated with Ottoman music (see Turkey/Egypt booklet page 14) or the ecstatic rituals of Turkish Mevlevi sufis (or “whirling dervishes” - listen to track 1 Whirling Dervishes of Farouk Tekbelek’s CD, Whirling). 

     Despite current belly dance nomenclature and assumptions, this rhythm is not used during Egyptian-Sudanese zar ceremonies to call the Jinn (their songs are based on masmoudi, darg, maqsoum or African rhythms). It was, however, used for folkloric theatrical stage recreations of zars because of its dramatic, hypnotic properties and its association with the zikr, another form of Middle Eastern trance induction. The zikr, or ‘remembrance,’ is a sufi ritual based on the repetition, spoken or silent, of the names or epithets of God. The hadra, a form of zikr incorporating music, movement and specialized breathing patterns, is associated with ecstatic trance. Often done accompanied by a bendir (a large, resonant hand drum with two gut strings stretched across the inside, touching the skin head) and occasionally to music (the role of music and dance is controversial in Islam - many mullahs, Islamic priests, damn them), the exact rituals vary according to individual sufi orders, or tariqas. But often they include exhaling while bending over and inhaling while straightening up, as “Allah(hu)” is vocalized. Hence, traditionally, the ayoub rhythm is associated with God, not the Jinn. Nevertheless, it is ideal for inducing trance, which is why I included this exceptional piece for sacred dance."

A YouTube playlist for zar related videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYUtFJWB2Ui9W97PxNHsJa5qrSsDrT6rq

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May 11, 2021
Ep 157. Sadie Marquardt: Respect Your Need to Recharge
01:08:03

Sadie is an inspiration and icon to her students and fans around the world and serves to empower people through the captivating art of Oriental Dance (Bellydance). She has produced dozens of bestselling instructional videos. She has represented the art of Oriental Dance in front of millions of viewers on the hit show “America’s Got Talent”.

Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Online” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. She has launched a new clothing line of athletic dance wear and produces a variety of destination dance retreats around the world, taking her students on a deep journey and exploration of this incredible art form as well as their own inner selves.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Teaching online before and during the pandemic

- The evolution of Sadie’s teaching platform Raqs Online

- The process of content creation for online classes

- Dealing with frustration and artistic depression

- Sadie’s experience of working with coaches and mentors

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Sadie Marquardt on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube, as well as her online classes at Raqs Online.

Previous interview with Sadie:

Ep 39. Sadie Marquardt: Reclaiming Feminine Power

Ep 14. Sadie Marquardt: Before & After Social Media Hit

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 28, 2021
Ep 156. Suhaila Salimpour: Renegotiating Your Dance Identity
01:01:21

Suhaila Salimpour grew up caught between two worlds: the strict, Shi’a Muslim household of her father who passed away when she was 10, and the free-spirited Hippie fantasyland of her mother, renowned belly dance innovator Jamila Salimpour. By the time she was 14, Suhaila was the sole breadwinner for herself and her mother, traveling across the United States on the weekends teaching her mother’s dance method and creating her own revolutionary approach to belly dance.  She also lived and worked as a professional entertainer in the Middle East, with residencies in some of the finest venues. She worked with musical ensembles of over 40 musicians, including Arab pop stars Ahmad Adawiya, Amr Diab, and Sabah.

Upon returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1990s, Suhaila returned to teaching regular dance classes and developing the first-ever certification program in Middle Eastern dance. Today, the Salimpour School has five satellites run by licensed instructors in the United States, Europe, and Egypt, as well as a thriving global community of thousands of students, including the new Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education. In 2019, the Salimpour School began its residency at Mills College, where Suhaila is also an Adjunct Professor. She teaches Core Dimension™ and Embodied Movement in the Department of Dance and Theater.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Growing up as the daughter of a well-known belly dancer and part of a Muslim family 

- Living and performing in the Middle East 

- Going through dance depression and losing your artistic identity 

- Reasons why Suhaila started a certification program 

- The Salimpour method of teaching

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Suhaila Salimpour on Instagram, FB, YouTube and website. Information about her online school and institute is available here.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 16, 2021
Ep 155. Dr.Mo Geddawi: Co-founder of the Reda Troupe
00:44:19

A teacher, dancer, and choreographer of oriental dance, Dr.Mo Geddawi is a native of Cairo who has made his home in Berlin, Germany for the past twenty years. His beginnings in the formal study of dance began with the invitation to join a ballet school in the royal palace of Saida Sutaire, King Farouk’s cousin. Years later he met Mahmoud Reda, and in 1957 became a co-founder of the Reda Troupe. In 1964, the group was nationalized, and the same year Dr.Mo Geddawi decided to leave Egypt.

During his busy dance career, he has worked in many feature films and TV series in Europe and the Middle East, if not as a dancer or choreographer, then as an actor. His most memorable experiences include: “The Second Man”(1972) with Samia Gamal and Sabah; “Summer Vacation”(1963) with the Reda Troupe; “A Man From Alaska”(1972) with Douglas Mclaire; “His Divorce, Her Divorce”(TV series, England, 1972) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; and “The Lawyer”(TV series, Germany, 1973). Dr. Mo Geddaw is also a doctor of tropical medicine. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- First meeting with Mahmoud Reda

- Years spent with the Reda’s Troupe

- The reasons and consequences of nationalization of the Reda’s Troupe

- Decision to leave Egypt

- Teaching dancers all around the world.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Dr.Mo Geddawi on Instagram, FB, and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 08, 2021
Ep 154. Athena Najat: Dance Traditions in Greece and Turkey
01:25:27

Born in the USA and trained by master teachers in New York City, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, Athena Najat has traveled the globe dancing. Athena’s dance background began in childhood with years of dedicated training in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance. She graduated with a Dance major from the famous Performing Arts High School Walnut Hill. Her education continued with special training at Laban Centre London and at New York University, from which she holds both a Bachelor (BA) and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Dance & Culture. She lived for nearly a decade in Athens, Greece, where she co-organizes a successful annual International Bellydance and music event, Habibi Tsiggana Festival. Athena is also a founding member of Kazafy Troupe Greece. Athena is currently based in Turkey. 

In this episode you will learn about:

- The influence of a professional dance education and ballet training on Athena’s belly dance journey

- The Belly dance scene in Greece

- Tsifteteli dance in Greece and Turkey

- Her Decision to move to Turkey

- Hiring a belly dancer to perform online at a private gig.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Athena Najat on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 27, 2021
Ep 153. Hasna: The Moment Of A Dance Transformation
01:10:56

Hasna is the founder and admin of the Just Belly Dance website which currently provides event promotion, ticketing, and registration management tools. She is located in Atlanta, GA and performs at various public events as well as private venues. Hasna has dabbled in a few arenas of MENAT dance and has explored fusion dancing, but her passion lies in Egyptian-style dancing. Hasna is a member of Persica Dance Company, and Asmara Bellydance Initiative. Dance is her passion and inspiration in life. Outside of her dance life, Hasna is an IT Specialist providing Web solutions and maintenance services.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Hasna’s dance trips to Egypt

- The moment that changed her understanding and approach to dance

- The significance of Haflas

- Just Belly Dance website, and common mistakes in advertising posts

- Asmara Bellydance Initiative

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Hasna on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube. Websites: Just Belly Dance & Asmara Bellydance Initiative.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 16, 2021
Ep 152. Best of: Your Daily Training
00:47:29

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Many of us struggle with continuing our daily training in the times of pandemic, finding motivation, and keeping the discipline. Let’s see how our guest stars approach their personal training and get some tips for ourselves. Today you will hear from Jasirah, Daliya, Soraia and Aziza. 

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 19. Jasirah: How to Practice on Your Own. Tips & Tricks

Ep 56. Daliya: Improve Your Dance Every Day

Ep 128. Soraia Zaied: Never Give Up On Your Dreams!

Ep 130. Aziza: How to Be The Best Version of Your Dance Self

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 26, 2021
Ep 151. Esmeralda Colabone: Living The Truth: Motherhood and Dance Career
01:16:43

Esmeralda Colabone has dedicated 20 years to dance. Originally from Brazil, she is one of the biggest names on the Arabic dance scene today! Esmeralda was the youngest dancer to join the cast of La Maison de L’Artiste in Lebanon. For 12 years she danced in the best hotels in North Africa and the Middle East. Those years made her truly unique and today she is a master teacher, soloist and choreographer in 32 countries!

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Esmeralda got interested in belly dance classes

- Becoming a mom

- Dealing with judgement and Internet shaming 

- The moment Esmeralda almost quit her dance career

- Finding true connection in the online world

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Esmeralda Colabone on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube.

Previous interview with Esmeralda: Ep 13. Esmeralda Colabone: Music as Your Guide & Mentor

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 19, 2021
Ep 150. Sabriye Tekbilek: Be The Type Of Artist You Want To Be
00:54:56

Sabriye Tekbilek grew up in an environment of Middle Eastern music and dance. She is the daughter of the renowned Turkish musician "Haci" Ahmet Tekbilek, and Lisa Djeylan, once an international bellydancer herself. While attending the University of California at Berkeley, Sabriye began taking classes with Suhaila Salimpour and quickly became a member of the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat. It was while studying with both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour that Sabriye was encouraged to begin teaching, awakening a passion for instruction. In 2005 Sabriye moved to the Middle East where she worked for seven years with Lebanese agent Toros Siranossian throughout the Gulf and North Africa. She also spent one year in Cairo working at the prestigious night club Haroun Al Rashid in the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel along side the legendary Dina.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Growing up in an artistic family 

- The meaning of the term ‘Arabesk music’ 

- Transitioning from a performance to a teaching career 

- The gap between the festival world and the belly dance scene in the Middle East 

- Adjusting to the lockdown

Show Notes to this episode:

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 13, 2021
Ep 149. Raksan: Finding Fire Inside Your Soul
01:21:24

Raksan is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance pedagogue with a 35 year-long career. Her charisma and virtuosity led her onto the biggest variety theatre stages in Germany and Switzerland as well as into the arena of Circus Roncalli. The approach she developed over three decades is inspired equally by the various dance traditions of the Near and Middle East and the modern dance, African dance, and ballet.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Search for artistic self-identification

- Motherhood and self-exploration

- Working as a dancer in the circus environment

- The story of Raksan’s stage name

- Bringing contemporary into oriental dance

Show Notes to this episode:

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 30, 2021
Ep 148. Ma*Shuqa & Carl Sermon: Plan Every Day To Be Your Best Day
01:02:02

Ma*Shuqa is known for instructing dancers in the Art of Bellydance, which Ma*Shuqa does with mastery in her performances and coaching.  Ma*Shuqa began dancing in 1973 and immersed herself in the dance genre. Ma*Shuqa is world renown as the first performer with Isis Wings – creating and dancing with them 30 years ago.  She developed the Ma*Shuqa Method which provides dancers with a unique structure for creating their own signature performances and dancing with finger cymbals (sagaats) that capture the musicality of Middle Eastern music and presenting dance that captures the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

Carl Sermon is the premier photographer to the San Francisco Bay Area (CA, USA) Middle Eastern Dance community. He is known for images that capture the “Ya Habibi Golden Moments of Dance”. The key to his success is over 30 years of performance photography experience, knowledge of the music and the dance form, and the expertise to anticipate the best moment to photograph the most favorable image of the dancer.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Belly dance as a stress relief tool

- Navigating work relationships as a couple

- How Carl started his photography career when the official photographer didn’t show up for an event

- Ma*Shuqa’s teaching method with finger cymbals (sagaats)

- Going through the tough health times

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Ma*Shuqa on FB and website: www.MaShuqa.com. Find Carl Sermon’s website: www.CarlSermonPhotography.Zenfolio.com , and FB.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 17, 2021
Ep 147. Badriyah: Dreaming Big, Digging Deep!
01:07:57

Badriyah is a professional oriental dancer, devoted mainly to Egyptian classical and folklore styles, modern fusion with oriental dance and the Golden Age of belly dance. She teaches regular classes at Shoonya Dance Centre in Ghent, Belgium, and travels around Europe to give workshops and lectures. Badriyah's dream is to build a real Bellydance Museum. As a start, she collects vintage bellydance items such as newspapers, magazines, postcards, lobby cards, vinyl records and press photos depicting bellydancers from 1700' to 1970'. Most of all, Badriyah treasures the ten years of performing with Bellydance Evolution (BDE). Also, she had created three educational programs, contributed as an editor to Orient Express magazine (Czech language), collected over 300 vintage bellydance items, and taught workshops and lecture worldwide.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Social pressure and stereotypes regarding different professions

- Definition of the Golden Era period

- Why Awalim dance style is not well-known these days

- The story of the Bellydance museum 

- Badriyah’s experience of dancing pregnant

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Badriyah on Instagram, FB, Youtube and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 21, 2020
Ep 146. Alex DeLora: You Just Need to Start
01:04:38

Alex DeLora is a professional belly dancer from Ukraine. She is famous for her unique style and strong technique skills, which are well used in her drum solos. As a competitor she was the first runner up in International Eilat Festival 2012 in Israel. Now as a teacher she gives workshops worldwide: Korea, China, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, USA, Singapore, etc. She is the owner of Dance and Fitness space ‘House of Grace’ in Ukraine. Alex inspires more than 1 million people every day through the social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The nuances of a drum solo performance

- Tabla solo vs drum solo

- The process of creating online classes

- Mental blocks of doing first steps

- Is belly dance a good option for fitness activity

Show Notes to this episode:

Previous interview with Alex: Ep 21. Alex DeLora: Every Drum Solo Has Its Own Mood

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 04, 2020
Ep 145. How to Structure Your 20-min Show
00:47:20

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about the structure of a 20-min belly dance program: how to survive as a performer, and how to keep it interesting for your audience.

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 23, 2020
Ep 144. Aida Bogomolova: Paying Attention to Each Detail
01:05:43

Aida Bogomolova is a world-famous oriental dance artist and an experienced teacher and choreographer. A style icon, Aida was invited to such countries as Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, among others. She was born in Russia and currently lives in Italy.

Aida started dancing when she was 6 years-old. Different types of dance classes have helped her in the creation of her own unique style in Arabic dance, which is followed by many dancers around the world. Her style is a combination of softness and strength, elegance and emotionality, smoothness and clarity of technique at the same time. It is a symbiosis of traditional Arab dance with Aida‘s personal perception of music and form expressed in motion.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Aida started learning belly dance

- Self-criticism as a tool for growth

- Aida’s training process

- Funny stories from touring life, and performance tips

- Finding your own sources of inspiration

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Aida Bogomolova on Instagram, FB, Youtube and her website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 18, 2020
Ep 143. Common Mistakes In Your Communication With Potential Client
00:31:42

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about common mistakes in the communication process with your potential clients!

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 13, 2020
Ep 142. Tannaz: Dance Inspired By Poems
00:46:48

Tannaz is an inspiring artist, coach and choreographer. Inspired by Persian poems and music she works towards her goal of popularizing Iranian culture through movement and art. She shares the joy and deep connection to her soul with Persian Classical, as well as whirling dances. Tannaz explores both traditional and modern interpretations of the ancient art forms.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The role of Persian poetry in dance

- Realities of teaching dance in Iran

- Tannaz’s love to whirling dances

- Representation of Persian dance on social media

- Tannaz’s goals and artistic dreams

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Tannaz on Instagram.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 04, 2020
Ep 141. Restaurant Gigs: Why To Do & How To Get Into
00:27:58

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about restaurant gigs: why to do and how to get into…

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 14, 2020
Ep 140. Cherine: Living In The Moment
00:48:45

Cherine is an international performing Oriental Dance Artist specializing in the classical style of dance, Raqs Sharqi, for over 20 years. She is known for her elegance, subtle & delicate style, precise technique & deep understanding of nuances of the dance. She knows the Arabic language and is familiar with Arab culture due to her origins. Cherine has a long-term experience of performing in Cairo with a live band. She was dancing at the prestigious Mena House Hotel for many years, and worked with Raqia Hassan, appearing on many of her instructional DVDs. At that time she was a star of “Ahlan wa Sahlan” festival as well. Thanks to her broad experience of dancing in different settings (big stage, restaurants, weddings, festivals), Cherine is an invaluable source of knowledge both for theater dancers and for performers who want to interact with a live Arabic audience.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Musicality in Oriental dance

- What is the essence of the Egyptian Style

- Cherine’s experience of living in Cairo

- Life after Cairo

- Different approaches to the dance lifestyle

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Cherine on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 03, 2020
Ep 139. What Exactly Are You Selling?
00:13:37

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about the nature of our dance services, and the main reason why clients hire us. :)

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 22, 2020
Ep 138. Business Mindset for Dancers
00:25:04

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about business mindset, shame around selling your art, and waiting for jobs and clients to appear from nowhere… :)

Show Notes to this episode:

Check Business Course for Belly Dancers | Everything About Gigs: www.ianadance.com/business

Get a FREE Step-By-Step Guide here: www.ianadance.com/guide

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 14, 2020
Ep 137. Maris: Finding Joy & Transformation in Belly Dance
01:03:36

Maris has been interested in oriental dance since 2005 when she started taking her first belly dance classes. In 2012 she started teaching regular classes in Estonia and later workshops in Europe and Egypt, where she started her daily shows (belly dance, folklore, international dance) in the summer of 2013 in Sharm el Sheikh with Vanessa Show Productions. In 2016 she worked a dance contract in Dubai’s famous Bab Al Shams hotel and after that she headed to Cairo where she resides to this day working in high class weddings, various events, prestigious discos and Nile cruise boats with her band. In Cairo she played parts in different series and danced in video clips, the latest and most famous ones being "Maltashet el 2loub" by Mostafa Shawki.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Overcoming shyness with belly dance

- Cultural differences between Estonia and Egypt

- Comparing dance shows in Sharm el Sheikh, Cairo and Dubai

- Maris’s daily dance practice

- How Maris adapts to the current lockdown situation

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Maris on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and her online classes at www.patreon.com/dancewithmaris.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 03, 2020
Ep 136. Irina Akulenko: Combining Interests in Different Dance Styles
01:11:10

Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer, with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Odissi and Flamenco. She now enjoys fusing these art forms as well as everything in between. Irina completed successful tours around the world, teaching and performing in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, France, Iceland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She released three successful instructional DVDs with World Dance New York ("Tribal Fusion Workout", "Diamond Cut" and "Sculpted Blossom") and two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Additionally, her performances were featured in the “Fantasy Bellydance: Cult of Myth” DVD, “Fantasy Bellydance: Tarot” DVD and she could also be seen on Bellyqueen’s “Bellydance NYC: The Ultimate Fusion Experience” DVD. Irina is one of the principal dancers, instructors and choreographers with Bellyqueen Dance Theater. She is the choreographer and performer for the project "Bella Gaia" and an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater. While at home, she also directs her student troupe "Kiaroscuro Dance", focusing mainly on Classical Indian fusion and Tribal style dance.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Irina got introduced to belly dance

- Why she didn’t settle with practicing only traditional belly dance style

- Tips on how to combine your explorations in different dance genres

- What is tribal fusion and how it evolved within the last few decades

- Irina’s interest in political science and women’s studies

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Irina Akulenko on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 21, 2020
Ep 135. Anna Schkade-Siytangco: Gaining Confidence & Overcoming Fears
01:13:01

Anna Schkade-Siytangco teaches women how to use the transforming power of movement to help them gain better health and build more self-confidence, while providing them with a way to express themselves in a profoundly beautiful way. She has over 15 years of diligent practice and study of Middle Eastern / North African / Near East dances with many world-renown performers and teachers. Anna has more than 14 years of performance experience from informal belly dance shows to professional theater productions… and everything in between. She was featured in 2 DVDs produced by Keti Sharif. With over 13 years of teaching dance and fitness at gyms, yoga and dance studios, Anna is a co-owner of her own studio – Oriental Phoenix Arts – together with her husband, Blue. She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) , a Certified Nutrition Specialist (ENW), and a Certified MMA Conditioning Coach.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How belly dance helped her overcome a speech impediment

- Dealing with stage fright

- Tips for anxiety management

- Insights into how Anna deals with the current pandemic situation as a dance teacher

- Running a studio in partnership with her husband

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Khadijah on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 11, 2020
Ep 134. Khadijah: Movements Mean Nothing Without Their Cultural Context
01:16:40

Khadijah is one of the most sought after instructors, performers and choreographers of Middle Eastern Dance and Folklore! Her upbringing in an artistic family prompted her to pursue studies in music and movement in various Arabic dance styles and beyond. She has been featured in BellyDance Magazine (California), BellyDance TV (California), Al Seha TV (Cairo), Univision (Colorado), The Denver Post (Colorado), TV appearances with HBO and more! Her unique and energetic style in combination with great athleticism and grace is deeply rooted in tradition, and it has made her amazing signature style popular worldwide. Khadijah currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She is a popular performer locally in many 5 star establishments such as Mataam Fez Moroccan restaurant, Phoenician Kabob Lebanese restaurant, Sahara’s, Lannie’s ClockTower , Palais Casablanca and more.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Dance styles of the Gulf region (beyond Khaleeji!!!!)

- Nuances and misconceptions around Khaleeji dance

- The meaning of the traditional outfit

- People’s attitude to belly dance in Saudi Arabia

- Islamophobia around the world and inside the belly dance community

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Khadijah on Facebook, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 29, 2020
Ep 133. Rahel: Learning to Accept Your Body With Belly Dance
01:52:54

Since a young age, Rahel has been involved in artistic exploration through various forms of dance, rhythm and music. She found her calling in Raks Sharqi (Oriental/Egyptian Style) and Fusion Bellydance at the age of fifteen and has been passionate about it ever since, fully immersing herself in it.

Rahel is the choreographer and artistic director of bellydance troupe The Helwa Dancers, and she herself has danced with former bellydance troupe Banat Dallah directed by Narmaya, and Ninawa Eastern Magic Folkloric Dance Company run by internationally renowned dancers Moh Abu Ras and Moh Al Ratta. Her film credits include the star role in the award winning short film “Imago” by Drea Morin, as well a featured performance in an episode of the popular TV series “Hellcats”. Rahel was a featured performer in the high profile event Illuminate Yaletown in 2011, and had the privilege of having her choreography selected for the 2012 “Shimmy Mob”, the world’s largest bellydance flash mob featuring thousands of dancers all over the globe. She has choreographed solo performances for the talent portion of Miss Canada, Miss Hong Kong and Miss China International competitions, as well as Salome’s “Dance of the 7 Veils” in a 2013 production of the play by Oscar Wilde.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Finding femininity through belly dance

- Self-love vs self-acceptance

- Important entrepreneurial skills and tips for dancers (teachers & performers)

- Consulting for movies and choreographing for beauty pageants

- Freedom for being yourself

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Rahel on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 23, 2020
Ep 132. Best of: Professional Self Care & Setting Boundaries
00:45:16

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Every medal has two sides. Get inspiration from our incredible guests and their experience of dealing with physical and emotional load of a professional belly dance career. Today you will hear from Amar Lammar, Mercedes Nieto, Julia Farid and Idil.

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 18. Amar Lammar: Twelve Years of Performing Every Night in the Arab Emirates!

Ep 46. Mercedes Nieto: What Does It Take To Be a Touring Artist?

Ep 52. Julia Farid: About Artistic Fulfillment, Individual Style and Teacher-Student Relationships

Ep 57. Idil: Misconceptions About Turkish Style & The Concept of Dance Movement Therapy

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 15, 2020
Ep 131. Aubre Hill: Transnational Dance Fusion
01:18:49

Aubre Hill has been a professional dance artist for over twenty years including touring and assistant-directing large ensembles across the United States, Europe, China, Taiwan, and Japan. She has been on faculty at California State University, Los Angeles teaching credited courses in pilates, fitness, and dance for over 10 years. She owned and directed Movement Art Space, a dance and fitness studio in Los Angeles offering education for all ages and levels for three successful years. She can be seen as a featured artist in numerous films and videos as well as was on the bellydance hit sensation of FitTV with her “All Stars Workouts”.

Aubre has choreographed full dance theatrical productions including “The Nutcracker: a bellydance tale,” “Sketches of Arabia,” “Nights of Arabe,” and more. She is the artistic director and choreographer for the Lumina Dance Company (now in its 13th year), the Qabila Folkdance Company (a company focused solely on Arabic folk dance and celebrating its 7th year), and the Beyajja Dance Theatre (a Raqs Sharqi dance company with a focus on developing individual artistic expression).

In this episode you will learn about:

-Natural evolution and expansion of interests throughout your dance journey

- The importance of learning folklore, even if you are not planing to perform it anywhere

- Responsibility of artists, maturity of the audience, and attention to the content of performances and social media videos

- Challenges of exploring and teaching very different dance styles

- Transnational dance fusion

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Aubre Hill on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 10, 2020
Ep 130. Aziza: How to Be The Best Version of Your Dance Self
01:30:22

Aziza is one of the brightest, most in demand stars of bellydance in the world today. She is recognized across the globe for her unparalleled ability to express the unique synergy of movement and sound that is the hallmark of this ancient art form. An intuitive, concise and generous instructor, Aziza excels at inspiring dancers to reach the next level. A lifelong bellydance student herself, she continually seeks inspiration as she travels the world, discovering new and revisiting familiar movement forms, always presenting material that is fresh and exciting. In 2010 Aziza started Dreamcamp, a week-long intensive located in a beautiful renovated convent in the gorgeous Laurentians, north of Montreal. The success of Dreamcamp is measured by this high rate of returning dancers year after year! Also, Aziza has now opened her home studio to the world. Bellydance students around the globe can now continue their studies with her online.

In this episode you will learn about:

-Aziza’s fifteen-year experience of performing at private parties and restaurants

- Her first festival invitation from abroad, and how the initial ‘disaster’ got transformed into a huge success

- Her approach to teaching

- How to analyze your videos, and be your own coach

- Up and downsides of teaching classes online

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Aziza on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 01, 2020
Ep 129. Fadima Jones: Traps That We Set For Ourselves as Community & Individuals
02:02:13

Fadima Jones began dancing as a child in a Turkish folk dance troupe. At the age of 9 she added jazz dance, hip hop, and Bollywood to her repertoire, although bellydance was always a part of her life since the childhood. After performing at countless stage shows at cultural events until she was 14, she started making choreographies. Her career took her on big international stages with big artists as a background dancer, including performing on German TV. As a belly dancer, she performed on Turkish TV programs on a regular basis, which led her to work as a choreographer and performer for several Turkish, Persian, and Afghan music videos. Fadima Jones is not only an internationally acclaimed artist, she is also an event organizer. Her journey brought her all around Europe, Turkey, India, and now all the way to USA. Throughout all these engagements she never stopped educating herself, as she believes in continuous growth.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How her mother didn’t approve any belly dance activities, but later became Fadima’s greatest supporter in this profession

- Why Fadima never teaches zills

- What elements are missing in our festival world, and dangerous traps we put ourselves in as a community

- Tips for successful local gigs, and how to protect yourself as a solo performer

- Cutting her hair short while maintaining an active gigs life

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Fadima Jones on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 25, 2020
Ep 128. Soraia Zaied: Never Give Up On Your Dreams!
01:21:47

Soraia Zaied is an established star of Cairo's current belly dance scene. Her style is very Egyptian with a little Latin influence. Soraia is popular with Egyptians and loved by the international belly dance community. She has been active as a dancers at the upscale InterContinental Citystars hotel in Heliopolis, had the contract for years as the primary dancer at the Sheraton Hotel in Dokki and also made regular appearances at the Marriott Hotel in Zamalek, among many other prestigious venues in Cairo. Despite her very busy performing schedule, she is now making more time to teach her unique style through online workshops and masterclasses. She is an amazing dancer with a very strong technique, so don't miss the opportunity to hear her story of success!

In this episode you will learn about:

- The very beginning of Soraia’s career in Egypt

- Classical Egyptian style, fusion and tabla solo

- Typical structure of her show: choreo or improvisation?

- Getting ready for the show, and how often Soraia works on her own dance practice

- What is Mahraganat and its next stage of evolution

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Soraia Zaied on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Check her ONLINE MARTERCLASSES!

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 17, 2020
Ep 127. Esmeralda Colabone: Bringing Emotions Back Into Your Dance
00:14:41

It’s a mini-episode with Esmeralda Colabone!

If you ever hit a professional dance depression, or stopped feeling emotions from your dance, there is a solution. In this mini-episode Esmeralda shares her own experience of going through such a common stage in the career, and hopefully her story will help you to overcome it too!

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Find Valerick on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube. Full interview is available here: Ep 13. Esmeralda Colabone: Music as Your Guide & Mentor

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 13, 2020
Ep 126. Estelle Zaghloul: Why Has This Dance Entered Your Life?
01:32:01

Estelle Zaghloul was born in Lebanon, lands of Cedars. She moved to Costa Rica with her whole family, whose members are all artists, and together she undertook an incredible career in Dances and Arab Arts from the age of 16. This is why though she retains her love for oriental music from her native country, her identity also embraces that of Costa Rica which she loves so, including its musical rhythms like salsa, merengue and cumbia. Her eclectic style mixes Egyptian influences to a concocted feminine Dabkeh, with a sprinkle of Greek and Turkish flavors, all powerfully tickling our senses. Estelle won in Hezzi Ya Nawaeem (season 1), which was first produced in 2007 for Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation - LBC, based on a concept created by Amelia Zidane and IMagic. It was The First World Belly Dance Championship in the region, and helped revive this lost forgotten art. The Jury on the show included Simon Asmar, Najwa Fouad, Zaza Hassan, and Nadra Assaf. Estelle is also a part of Costa Rica 2017 Women’s Empowerment Icons, and first belly dancer to perform at the National Theater of Costa Rica and Nicaragua with outstanding productions, among her many other achievements and contributions to the community.

In this episode you will learn about:

How dancing helped Estelle overcome depression after moving to a different country

Her experience at the TV competition Hezzi Ya Nawaeem, and how she decided to take her own path in life and dance

What was the turning point for Estelle to close her studio a few years ago, and entirely focus on self-exploration

The importance and essence of circular shapes

How you can bring the healing powers of dance into your life during tough quarantine times.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Estelle Zaghloul on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about Jillina’s initiative #2getherWeMoveLive visit jillina.eventbrite.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 03, 2020
Ep 125. Artemis Mourat: Seek Out Your Dance Mentors & ‘Angel’ Mothers
01:19:28

Artemis Mourat has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for over 40 years. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent, and she has an M.A. in psychology, an M.S.W. in social work and has done postgraduate work in dance movement therapy. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her research is used by Egyptian universities, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. She has lectured, taught and/or performed for Cornell University and Princeton University, National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America. Artemis continues to collect antique pictures of women and dancers from North Africa and the Middle East and of the Roma throughout the world. Her collection is one of the largest in the United States and some illustrations have been used by the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the Smithsonian Institution, the largest Romany Museum in the world (in the Czech Republic), the Romany archives at the University of Texas collected by Ian Hancock, all the major Middle Eastern Dance publications and in several books.

Artemis is listed in the International Dance Council (CID) Who's Who of Dance. Her photograph can be found in the International Encyclopedia of Dance under the listing for "danse du ventre" (translates to "belly dance") which is produced by the Oxford University Press. She has won the "Ethnic Dancer of the Year Award" presented by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) and has won the "Most Popular Ethnic Dancer Award" from Zaghareet Magazine twice. Artemis has also won their "Lifetime Achievement Award."

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Artemis’s family didn’t appreciate her belly dance career at first

- Vintage belly dance and the evolution of American Cabaret style

- Lack of appreciation for Turkish Oriental, and Artemis’s mission of spreading awareness about it

- Dealing with emotional overburn as a dancer

- Funny stories from the point of view of a belly dancer’s husband.

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Artemis Mourat on Facebook, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about BDE’s class donation for studios/teachers search for #2getherWeMove or write info@bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 20, 2020
Ep 124. Natalie Becker: When You Can’t Imagine Your Life Without Dancing
01:09:06

Natalie Becker is a world-know teacher, choreographer, judge, event organizer and costume designer, and she started her dance and artistic journey at the age of 5. She is a professional choreographer with multiple achievements in the genre of world dance (traditional dances from all around the world). In 2005 Natalie received a prestigious national award ‘’The Perfection’’ as a ‘’The Choreographer of the Year’’. Also, she has dozens of winning performances in the world of belly dance, both in Russia and internationally. Along with that she raised multiple international stars of the modern belly dance scene such as Simona Minisini, Anastasia Biserova, Ebru Becker and many others. Her dance ensemble ‘’Oasis Dance’’ has been successfully touring all around the world! Natalie is the president of the international charity ’Europe - Asia’, fundraising in support of belly dance development.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Natalie started her belly dance journey at the age of 29, and what her previous experience in dance was

- The most important quality to have for competition participants

- Natalie’s choreography and costume design process

- Why she didn’t let her daughter join dance competitions at first

- Overcoming sickness, saying goodbye to her huge festival, and navigating through COVID-19 times.

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Natalie Becker on Facebook, and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about BDE’s class donation for studios/teachers search for #2getherWeMove or write info@bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 13, 2020
Ep 123. Best of: Don't Be Afraid to Change Your Life
00:46:22

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! These quiet and uncertain times encourage all of us to question and rethink our lifestyle, goals and dance dreams. Get inspiration from our incredible guests and their life changing stories. Today you will hear from Luna of Cairo, Oscar Flores, Zaina Brown and Joana Saahirah.

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 17. Luna of Cairo: Is Belly Dance Life in Cairo Always a "Fairy Tale"?

Ep 25. Oscar Flores: I Needed an Opportunity to Live My Dream

Ep 49. Zaina Brown: Travelling On Her Own Across the Middle East And Beyond

Ep 76. Joana Saahirah: Egyptian Dance As The Tool For Self-Knowledge And Empowerment

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about BDE’s class donation for studios/teachers search for #2getherWeMove or write info@bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 07, 2020
Ep 122. Eyad Malaeb: Shaping Modern Lebanese Style
01:10:09

Eyad Malaeb was born and lived in the Lebanese mountain village of Bayssour till he was 20 years of age. He grew up during the Lebanese war in the late 70s and had a very rough childhood. After moving to Beirut, he was discovered by the founder of one of the most famous Lebanese dance groups, RIMAH, and started to dance with them, appearing in many video clips, musicals and commercials and as a backup dancer for many stars in the Arab region. Along with being a full time dancer, he started teaching professional belly dancers from all over the world at La Maison de l’Artist agency, headed by Toros Siranosian. Later Eyad founded his own dance group and became the choreographer of many plays, video clips and tv programs. Now he is a master trainer in fitness belly dance at many gyms and he is a private coach for many Arab stars.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Eyad started working with Toros Siranosian coaching belly dancers to work in Dubai and across the Arab world

- His teaching secrets

- Nuances of listening to music

- Eyad’s influence on the modern Lebanese style

- Pros and cons of teaching online

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Eyad Malaeb on Facebook, and Instagram.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about BDE’s class donation for studios/teachers search for #2getherWeMove or write info@bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 25, 2020
Ep 121. Vadim Kolpakov: Romani Culture in Russia & Beyond
00:45:07

Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent and renowned Russian Roma 7-string guitarists in the world. He was a lead musician of the Moscow Roma (Gypsy) Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. Vadim graduated from the Roma performing arts school Gilori and studied guitar with his uncle Alexander Kolpakov who served as the musical director of the Romen Gypsy Theatre for over a quarter of a century. At the age of 15, Vadim began work at the Romen Gypsy Theatre, where he worked for 8 years and was the leading guitarist for 7 years. In 2008, as a member of the Kolpakov Trio, Vadim went on the world tour "Sticky & Sweet" with Madonna. They performed in many European and South American countries, as well as in North America and Mexico, including venues such as Wembley stadium in London, Madison Square Garden in NYC and Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The history of the Russian Roma 7-string guitar

- Vadim’s approach to the term ‘Gypsy’ vs ‘Romani’

- Similar elements of the Romani dance and music across the world

- The use of skirt in Russian Romani female dance

- Touring with Madonna

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Vadim Kolpakov on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

For more information about BDE’s class donation for studios/teachers search for #2getherWeMove or write info@bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 15, 2020
Ep 120 - How to Improvise Without Any Panic
00:06:40

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Let’s talk about dance improvisation, and a top secret of how to avoid panic attack while improvising for the audience. :)

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 11, 2020
Ep 119. Alex Marković: Dance & Music of the Balkans
01:10:27

Alex Marković holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He spent 17 months conducting ethnographic field work on Romani ethnic identity and musical performance in Vranje, Serbia, for his doctoral dissertation. His general research interests involve music, dance, and ritual in the Balkans, ethnic identity and nationalism, the anthropology of performance, and ethnomusicology. Currently, Alex is co-instructor and performer with the Greek dance group “Ellas,” and a guest instructor with the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society of Chicago. He also offers public dance workshops and presentations on his research in dance and anthropology. He recently contributed a fascinating article to EEFC’s Forum Folkloristika: “Beat That Drum! Exploring the Politics and Performance among Roma Brass Musicians in Vranje, Serbia.”

In this episode you will learn about:

- What the Balkan region is

- Historical connections between the Ottoman Empire and Balkans

- Cultural practices vs national borders

- Dances of the Black sea

- The role of Romani culture in the Balkan region

Show Notes to this episode:

Check My Inner Dancer, online store for belly dancers: www.myinnerdancer.com.

Find Alex Marković on Facebook, or via email amarko2@uic.edu. Also, check videos kindly provided by Alex Marković to compliment this interview HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 08, 2020
Ep 118. Rabia: Connecting People Via 9/8 Rhythms
01:21:31

Rabia found her love of music and dance at a young age in Turkey where she started dancing, drumming, and performing at traditional celebrations and social gatherings. Growing up listening and dancing to the complex rhythms of Turkey’s beautiful Aegean region was to her benefit during her formal dance education. Her unique dancing and teaching style is rooted in Turkish culture and tradition. She is an internationally acclaimed performing artist, researcher, instructor, choreographer and specialized in 9/8 dances of Turkey. She believes and advocates for the healing power of music and dance in a person's physical, emotional and mental well being. She performs and teaches nationally and internationally. In addition to being a registered nurse, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in athletics and dance, a Master of Science in Nursing Education and studying for her Nurse Practitioner degree. She integrates her formal educational background into her dance instructions to benefit her students.

In this episode you will learn about:

- The concept of Haflas in the belly dance community vs Turkish tradition

- The tricky task of teaching 9/8 rhythm to a Western ear

- The variety of 9/8 rhythms in Turkey, including the richness of Karsilama regional styles

- Intricate nuances of Roman Havasi rhythm, and different ways to dance to them

- The Historical roots of Turkish belly dance

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Find Rabia on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their BDExperience program at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 31, 2020
Ep 117. Valerick Molinary: Don't Be Shy to Promote Your Services
00:09:17

It’s a mini-episode with Valerick Molinary!

We are going though some challenging times right now. Many artists struggle because of their lost jobs, frustration and stress of uncertainty. And if most of us aren’t very excited about putting together the business side of their dance activities even during the calm times, then now it’s even more crucial to remember that self-promotion is a must have for any working dancer, and you should not resist it.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Find Valerick on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. Full interview is available here: Ep 11. Valerick Molinary: Different Ways to Develop Your Belly Dance Career

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 28, 2020
Ep 116. Oscar Flores: It's Time to Be Reborn
01:25:03

Originally from Argentina, master teacher, artistic director and dancer Oscar Flores began his artistic career very early. His training is very varied, including ballet, flamenco, oriental dance, theater and musical studies. From 1995 till today, he has been working in the world of theater, dance and fashion. In 2001, he founded his first dance school, where he worked for 3 years before moving to Buenos Aires and continuing his studies with renown masters such as Amir Thaleb and Saida. In 2010, he founded his dance company where he worked until 2016, when he moved to China to become a part of the Bellydance China project. Over the years, he has worked in the most important international festivals in the world as a dancer, teacher and competition judge; he has also participated as a guest and performer in several television programs in Latin America, Mexico, USA, Canada, Europe, China, Egypt, Turkey.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Dealing with health issues, and navigating the stress of a busy artistic life

- How to refill joy and enthusiasm towards your art

- The importance of proper rest and play time

- What role social media plays in the life of a professional dancer today

- How COVID-19 is influencing Oscar’s life and the belly dance field in general

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Previous interview with Oscar Flores: Ep 25. Oscar Flores: I Needed an Opportunity to Live My Dream

Find Oscar Flores on InstagramTwitter, and YouTube. His website: http://www.oscarbellydance.com.ar

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Bellydance Evolution and information about their BDExperience program at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 24, 2020
Ep 115. Mohanned Hawaz: Things You Didn’t Know about Iraqi Dance
01:31:36

Mohanned Hawaz is a dancer from Iraq currently living in Sweden. He has trained both ballet and Iraqi folklore since childhood and was a member of the Iraqi International Dance Company. Mohanned has played an excellent role in bringing Iraqi folkloric arts and dance to European and international audiences. He is determined to bring Iraqi style dances and culture to the international dance community and, more importantly, to preserve the work of the Iraqi National Troupe and its founders, Hannah Abdullah and Fouad Thanoon. The troupe Enkidu, an all-female, 12-person dance troupe, was founded by him in 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Mohanned’s childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer

- Today’s reality of Iraqi dance cultures, and limited opportunities to study from the source

- Various rhythms of Iraqi dance styles

- Iraqi National Troupe: before and now

- Most common mistakes that we see at belly dance competitions

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Mohanned Hawaz on FB, and Instagram. Also, check videos kindly provided by Mohanned to compliment this interview HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their BDExperience program at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 17, 2020
Ep 114. The Impact of Current World Events on Belly Dance Industry
00:14:18

It’s a mini-episode with Iana!

Today the world is changing so rapidly. Let’s talk about the current events and their impact (immediate and in a long term) on belly dance industry.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 14, 2020
Ep 113. Jessaiah Zure: Searching for Individuality in Turkish Romani Dance
01:15:05

Jessaiah Zure began bellydancing in 1997, studying primarily with Katarina Burda, and later with Jamila Salimpour. In 2004 she began her 10-year journey of living and studying on and off in Istanbul, where she studied Turkish Roman Dance primarily with Reyhan Tusuz. Jessaiah was Reyhan’s second ever “student”. As the years progressed, she met more people and danced and studied with many more dancers, including professionals, women in the kitchen, Anadolu Atesi dancers and more. The locals in Istanbul were amazed at Jessaiah’s natural familiarity with the music and dance. While she was there, Jessaiah was a featured dancer at many local events, weddings, shows, as well as written about in newspapers and asked to be in movies as a dancer.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Studying folklore as a part of belly dance classes

- How do we define ‘traditional’

- Jessaiah’s learning experience of Turkish Romani dance without knowing the language, and having an audience observing her at each class

- We all start as beginners

- The importance of individuality in dance.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Jessaiah Zure on FB, and Instagram. Also, check her Fb group The Rhythm & Belly Revival (International Dance Collective).

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their BDExperience program at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 10, 2020
Ep 112. Pedro Bonatto: Drummer, Photographer & Husband of a Belly Dancer
02:10:54

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. His fine art project, The Orientalist, features dancers and musicians in scenes inspired by Orientalist paintings, photographed in 6 countries in 3 continents. Pedro's unique style is applied to his belly dance photography, having photographed a number of stars including Aida Bogomolova, Khaled Mahmoud, Marta Korsun, Julia Farid and many others. Pedro is also a drummer focusing on Middle Eastern music and the leader of the world music and dance ensemble Blue Dot.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Pedro got involved in Arabic drumming, and how he started working with dancers

- What is the difference between playing for a dancer and accompanying a singer with a band

- Pedro’s most memorable shoot from the Orientalist series, in the ‘’ghost’’ city with a broken car, no Internet connection, and upcoming flight in a few hours

- Life of a belly dancer’s husband: behind-the-scene reality of glittering shows

- Some ideas on how to deal with partners who do not support your belly dance passion.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Pedro Bonatto on FB, Instagram, and YouTube, his website with useful tips for preparing for shoots, and his podcasts.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their BDEmpower program at www.BellydanceEvolution.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 04, 2020
Ep 111. Best of: Your Health Should Be Your Priority
00:44:34

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about such an important topic as health: health and dance in general, and health as a dancer’s health specifically. Learn from Cassandra Fox, Jillina Carlano, Alla Kushnir and Aradia of Las Vegas.

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 15. Cassandra Fox: Healthy Does Not Have a Face

Ep 31. Jillina Carlano: How Food Can Influence Your Dance

Ep 40. Alla Kushnir: Not Only Luck Makes You Number 1

Ep 101. Aradia of Las Vegas: How to Succeed as a Full-Time Performer

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Iana Dance Club page!

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their shows at www.BellydanceEvolution.com or audition for the cast at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 23, 2020
Ep 110. Eva Cernik: Studying with Khairiya Maazin, Interviewing Samia Gamal, and Figuring Out Turkish Romani Dance Style
01:32:57

After extensive training in gymnastics and ballet, at age 19 Eva Cernik was first introduced to belly dance by Anahid Sofian in New York. Eva worked as an Oriental dancer in London, Paris, Istanbul, and Cairo, and in-troupe in Baghdad and Spain. She also traveled in Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Morocco and 14 other countries. Returning to Egypt 26 times, Eva developed a friendship with families in Upper Egypt, and studied with Khairiya Maazin, and So'ad Maazin. She also returned to Turkey 11 times, to really grasp the very strong contrast of the Turkish and Romani styles to the Egyptian and American styles. In 2008, Eva was presented by Denver Lyric Opera Guild in a performance of Strauss' "Dance of the Seven Veils" from his opera "Salome”. She also spent 14 years fully immersed in Sufi dance practices.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How Eva got involved into belly dance thinking that it was an Armenian folk dance class

- Performing with injured knee

- Studying Ghawazi dances from Khariya Maazin

- Interviewing the legendary Samia Gamal

- Where did the misconception of using big skirts in Turkish Romani Dance come from.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Eva Cernik on FB, Instagram, and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 14, 2020
Ep 109. Amaya: Creating & Documenting The History of Belly Dance in America
01:11:56

Having performed in over 21 countries, Amaya was the first to introduce the passion of Flamenco with the sensuality of Arabic Dance through her interpretation of the song "Amayagueña", composed especially for her by top composer Ibrahim El Samahy. Her fusion work in the early 1990s sparked many dancers to follow on her path. She credits her mentor and dance partner, the late Roman Balladine, for opening many dance doors around the world for her (Europe, Australia, New Zealand…). Amaya ran away and joined the circus! Her circus work in Salome Traumtheater and Circus Conelli in Germany and Switzerland were milestones in her dance career. In 1978 she got 1st Place Winner of Egypt Dance Competition in Sheraton Hotel (Cairo), and later she received the Giza Award for her documentary, “Gypsy Fire, Part One” 1988. She also got the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Santa Fe, 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, National Isis Foundation, Dallas, and many other acknowledgements.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Different stages of Amaya’s career, and working together with a male dancer

- How to stop feeding negativity, and deal effectively with gossip and conflicts in your dance circle

- Common threads in personality of all successful dancers

- Amaya’s documentaries about the history of belly dance in the USA: why? how? who?

- Why Amaya truly deserves her title of Wise Woman.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Amaya on FB, Instagram, and YouTube. More information about her documentaries and retreat at her website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 07, 2020
Ep 108. Sara Al-Hadithi: About Popularization of Iraqi Dance
01:25:22

After relocating from the UK to the USA, Sara Al-Hadithi got involved in the Middle-Eastern dance world and discovered an interest in Iraqi dance that has swept through the bellydance community. As an Iraqi, this area of performance was very surprising and personal to her, not just as a performer, but also as the daughter of one of Iraq's most well-known and respected vocalist and authority on Iraqi folklore. After partnering with dancer Uza of NYC, the collaboration of the Court of Morjana was born, the first English-language website dedicated to all subjects relating to Iraqi dance. Also, Sara has founded Autism Care Los Angeles (ACLA) to address the difficulty and frustration many families experience when seeking caregivers for family members living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

In this episode you will learn about:

- Being the daughter of a well-known artist, and experiencing resistance from society and family towards her own artistic dreams

- The female role in Iraqi culture and society, and why Sara was surprised to discover dancers interest in Iraqi dance

- Navigating life, motherhood, autism diagnosis and an artist’s path

- Finding support in the belly dance community

- Why Sara refused to actively teach dance classes, and how she found a way to contribute to dance education in the most authentic way for her

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Sara Al-Hadithi on FB, Instagram, and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 01, 2020
Ep 107. Katalin Schäfer: Accepting Art Instead of Defining Art
00:58:46

I’ll be honest: it was very tempting to title this episode as “From Egyptian Traditional Style to Burlesque Dancer”, but our conversation with Katalin Schäfer was much wider than just these two dancer styles on an incredible artistic arc that will definitely challenge your understanding of the art.

Katalin is an accomplished international performer, choreographer, instructor, and costume designer from Hungary. In 2004, together with three other master teachers, she established a dance company called Art of Orient, and soon after she established her own dance company with Arab boys and Hungarian girls. In the same year, she had come second at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan World Competition in Egypt, but later a meaningful artistic journey has begun that has effected her life on both professional and spiritual levels. Her wide range of interests has motivated her to create a very unique, personal style that she would call (if definition is necessary at all) Oriental Jazz.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Falling in love with Egyptian traditional raqs sharki and folklore, and later transitioning into fusion and burlesque dance

- The importance of feeling your body and hearing your soul’s calling

- How Katalin describes her own dance style

- Dealing with stigmas and judgements about being a belly dancer and a burlesque dancer

- Pregnancy and motherhood while being an active dancer

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Katalin Schäfer on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website. Check her costume designer HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 24, 2020
Ep 106. Julia Farid: How Dance Competitions Can Serve Your Growth
00:11:54

It’s a mini-episode with Julia Farid!

Such a valuable insight on how to use competition experience to your best interest, what are the traps, and what are the tools for your dance growth there.

Show Notes to this episode:

Full interview with Julia Farid: Ep 05. Julia Farid: Challenges of an International Dance Career

Julia’s upcoming event in June: Summer Beats.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 22, 2020
Ep 105. Nabila: It's Never Too Late to Start and Succeed
01:13:09

Nabila is a worldwide known Oriental dancer, characterized by her appealing elegance and soulful music interpretation. As a member of Jillinas Bellydance Evolution Team Nabila has been involved in all three previous productions of Bellydance Evolution Theatre Shows in Europe (2010 – 2015), including the leading role of “Cheshire Cat” in May 2015 in Dornbirn, Austria. Her great ability to bring the emotionality of egyptain expression of the oriental dance on stage leads her to be one of the few of Randa Kamel choosen European guest dancers on the stage of the closing gala at Randa’s Raqs-of-Course Festival in Cairo.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Starting belly dance at the age of 32, and reaching professional success and recognition

- Nabila’s very first performance on the stage, and the nature of nervousness

- The importance of the strength training for belly dancers

- Benefits of complimentary yoga practice

- How to motivate your students to keep going even when their progress is painfully slow

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Amel Tafsout on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 16, 2020
Ep 104: Teacher-Student Relationships & Mixed Levels Class
00:21:15

It’s a mini-episode!

January is typically a month of new classes for beginners students. Many struggles may appear in teacher-student relationships, that’s why in this mini-episode I’m featuring two topics:

- How to set up boundaries in your relationships with students, and

- How to structure your class if you have both intermediate and beginning students.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Submit your questions for ASKianaDANCE show at www.ianadance.com/ask

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 09, 2020
Ep 103. Amel Tafsout: The Healing Power of North African Culture
01:45:58

Raised in Algeria, Amel Tafsout grew up around traditional healing practices of her native country. In the mid-1970s, Amel moved to Germany where she founded the Pan-Arab dance company called ‘Banat As Sahra’ (Daughters of the Sahara Desert), and in the late 80s Tafsout moved to London, U.K, where she performed at various dance and music festivals and created a new dance company called ‘The Tafsoutettes’. She was also active member of the Latin Jazz band ‘Chakchouka’, the North African music ensemble ‘Mambo Duniya’, the Arab-Turkish band ‘Noor Shimaal’ and later the North African music ensemble ‘Saladin’s Orchestra’ with her husband, drummer Salah-Dawson Miller. Currently living in the U.S.A., she is an in-demand dance artist and musician. With a research in dance anthropology and coming from a Sufi spiritual tradition, Amel combines traditional healing with sacred dance, with her learning experience in Sound healing and Zikr, breath work, whirling and trance.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Amel’s childhood in Algeria, and the contrast between home environment and French school 

- Orientalist’s stereotypes about the dancers of Maghreb 

- Differences between Amazigh (Berber), Maghreb and Arabic cultures 

- Healing powers embedded in the North African culture and traditions 

- Releasing emotional blocks through dance and sound

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Amel Tafsout on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jan 02, 2020
Ep 102. Shahrzad: Make People Happy Through The Art of Dance
00:05:43

It’s a mini-episode with Shahrzad!

A great reminder about the beautiful aspect of our belly dance profession! Exactly what you need to hear approaching the end of the year.

Show Notes to this episode:

Full interview with Shahrzad: Ep 03. Shahrzad: Inside Cairo Dance Life

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 29, 2019
Ep 101. Aradia of Las Vegas: How to Succeed as a Full-Time Performer
01:10:17

Aradia has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Barbados, Egypt and Switzerland. She has danced at many of the top hotels, restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, performed for Celine Dion's wedding, BlockBuster's premiere opening for "The Mummy", and Maxim Magazine's party in Las Vegas. She has appeared in several TV spots on Discovery, Bravo and the Travel Channel. Her love for Middle Eastern dance began at the age of 7 as a second generation belly dancer. Aradia is a sought after instructor and choreographer, and her professionalism and friendly personality makes her one of the most requested dancers in Las Vegas.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Being the daughter of a professional belly dancer

- Changes in the belly dance education and shows over the past 40 years 

- Differences between Egyptian, Turkish and Lebanese styles 

- Secrets of a successful and long-lasting performance career 

- The importance of thinking about retirement options in advance

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for your support via Iana Dance Club: www.ianadanceCLUB.com.

Follow Aradia of Las Vegas on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 25, 2019
Ep 100: Reflecting on Our Recent Instagram Challenge
00:19:48

It’s a mini-episode!

Reflecting on our recent Instagram challenge, and sharing all behind-the-scene insights of what was going on. Thank you for being a part of our podcast community! Let’s celebrate our episode #100 together. :)

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 21, 2019
Ep 99. Elmira Sarkisian: Hard Work is More Important Than Talent
00:55:10

Elmira Sarkisian is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer from Ukraine. She is a respected judge at many dance competitions, and beloved mentor for her numerous students. Her Armenian charm, Ukrainian work ethic and Egyptian soul will definitely inspire you to keep moving on your belly dance journey.

In this episode you will learn about:

- What makes Elmira to be in so much demand as a choreographer

- Costume misfunctions may happen to anyone

- Listening to the music and all its nuances

- 2-min performances at the competitions

- What is the most important aspects in teaching belly dance

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Elmira Sarkisian on FB, Instagram, and YouTube

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002047977878

https://www.instagram.com/elmirasarkisian/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylOFccshvlMZzkbtNYTnAw

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 17, 2019
Ep 98. David Abraham: Important Things in Developing International Dance Career
00:44:56

David Abraham has exceptional charisma and overwhelming personality. He definitely knows how to captivate and dazzle the audience with his unique and bold style. David graduated from the Arabian Dance School (ADS) from Master Amir Thaleb in 2011, and since then he has managed to carve a prestigious and unblemished career with more than 20 gold medals in different competitions under his belt, and traveling all around the world giving workshops.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How David was traveling 24 hours by bus every month in order to take belly dance classes

- The importance of learning from other dancers

- What does it take to be a man in the belly dance industry

- Kids and their parents in belly dance

- How to build a successful international career

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Follow David Abraham on FB, Instagram, and YouTube

www.instagram.com/david_abraham_bd/

www.facebook.com/DavidOriental

www.youtube.com/user/DavidOriental

Bellydance Evolution and information about their programs at www.JoinBDE.com.

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 10, 2019
Ep 97 - Three Elements of Success
00:13:46

It’s a mini-episode!

Let’s talk about success in belly dance. What does it really mean? Do you have a clear understanding what are your goals, and ultimate success in this industry? Tune in right now!

This is an excerpt from the webinar hosted by Joana Saahirah where I was a guest speaker. Find more information at Joana Saahirah´s World Webinar Series available at www.joanasaahirah.com.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Find more information at Joana Saahirah´s World Webinar Series available at www.joanasaahirah.com

Dec 08, 2019
Ep 96. Best of: Let's Talk About Social Media
01:02:36

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about such complex topic as social media, and its influence on belly dance world and individual careers. Learn from Sadie Marquardt, Cassandra Fox, Mercedes Nieto and Carmen Fragoso.

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: http://www.ianadance.com/challenge

Ep 14. Sadie Marquardt: Before & After Social Media Hit: https://www.ianadance.com/bellydance-life/episode14

Ep 15. Cassandra Fox: Healthy Does Not Have a Face: https://www.ianadance.com/bellydance-life/episode15

Ep 45. Mercedes Nieto: Social Media Traps: https://www.ianadance.com/bellydance-life/episode45

Ep 81. Carmen Fragoso: Things Happen When You Are Ready For Them: https://www.ianadance.com/bellydance-life/episode81

Follow Iana on social media at @iana_dance

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program at http://bellydanceevolution.com , or audition for the cast at http://www.JoinBDE.com

Podcast: http://www.ianadance.com/podcast

Dec 03, 2019
Ep 95. Safia Diaz: Remarkable Influence Of Our Teachers
00:53:58

Safia is an international belly dance instructor and performer from Argentina. She is know for her powerful performances and she is one of the most popular dancers of our time, and organizer of the Feidac Festival in Cordoba. Discover her story of how she started her belly dance journey at the age of 3, and what are her next dance dreams in this artistic field!

In this episode you will learn about:

- How popular belly dance is for kids in Argentina

- How Safia gets ready for her shows

- How to deal with a cold audience

- How to influence your students in the most thoughtful and empowering way

- How to make sure your festival grows year after year.

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Follow Safia Diaz on FB, Instagram, and YouTube. Festivals: FeiDac Festival in Cordoba.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their shows at www.BellydanceEvolution.com or audition for the cast at www.JoinBDE.com.

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 30, 2019
Ep 94. Mohamed Shahin: When Egyptian Dance Becomes Something Else...
01:12:49

Mohamed Shahin is a world-renowned master instructor, performer and challenging choreographer of Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dance. A native of Cairo, Egypt, originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Shahin discovered his passion for Egyptian Dance at the young age of fifteen. Mohamed currently lives in New York City but has been touring internationally full-time since 2004. He is co-organizer, director & instructor of the Annual RAQS, OF COURSE Egyptian dance festival in Cairo - Egypt as well as organizer and owner of Annual NYCairo Raks Festival in New York City – USA. Shahin produced “Dance Like An Egyptian” instructional DVD series, that are great asset for those whom study Egyptian dance but are unable to attend Shahin’s workshops.

In this episode you will learn about:

- If foreign dancers can dance like Egyptians

- Why Egyptian teachers prefer to use term "oriental dance", and what meaning they put in it

- How to be innovative but respectful to the traditions

- Beledi, and all modern misconceptions around it

- The process of music creation, and sneak peek into Mohamed’s new upcoming CD!

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Follow Mohamed Shahin on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website. Festivals: Raqs Of Course, and NYCairo.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their shows at www.BellydanceEvolution.com or audition for the cast at www.JoinBDE.com.

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 21, 2019
Ep 93. Marta Korzun: How to Develop Individuality in Your Dance
00:07:24

It’s a mini-episode with Marta Korzun!

Listen to very useful suggestions from Marta Korzun on how to develop personality or individuality in your dance. Tune in right now!

Show Notes to this episode:

Full interview with Marta Korzun: Ep 01. Marta Korzun: About Competitions and Individual Style

Find Marta Korzun at Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Patreon support: www.patreon.com/ianadance

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 18, 2019
Ep 92. Sharon Mesguich: Put Your Life In Your Dance
00:50:54

Sharon is a French, Tunisian, and Algerian bellydancer living in the South of France. Her artistic influences are mainly Egyptian. In 2002, Sharon created her oriental dance school “Les danseuses du Sinai”. When teaching, she stresses on the importance of music interpretation and charisma. For more than 14 years, her talent and determination led her to perform and teach in many countries. She has also initiated many oriental dance events in the South of France, among them the Oriental Marathon Festival, which she organizes every year since 2012.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Finding your own voice in dance instead of copying someone else’s

- Constant unsatisfaction with your performance

- Students’ mentality in different countries

- What is the most important thing to teach your students

- How to push and develop your dance career

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Sharon Mesguich on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website. Oriental Marathon Festival: website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their shows at www.BellydanceEvolution.com or audition for the cast at www.JoinBDE.com.

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 16, 2019
Ep 91. Serkan Tutar: Shortcuts That Don’t Serve Your Dance Career
01:35:37

Serkan Tutar is an international award winning Turkish bellydancer & teacher, “Male Bellydancer of the world 2008” and winner of “Brandon Oasis 2006”, and organizer of the Rakkas Istanbul International Oriental Dance Festival. Serkan currently lives in Belgium, where he is renown for his Middle Eastern dance instruction and performances. His teaching methods are clear and concise, delivered with kindness in a supportive environment. Students from across Belgium and around the world seek him out as a dance instructor and mentor.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Similarities between Turkish and Egyptian dance styles.

- Terminology nuances: ‘gypsy’, ‘Roman’, ‘belly dance’, ‘oriental’ and ‘raks sharki’

- Difference between dance festivals and dance events.

- How to check if you are ready to teach, and how to approach your teacher on this topic.

- Are style and personality the same thing?

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Serkan Tutar on FB, Instagram, YouTube, and website. Rakkas Istanbul International Oriental Dance Festival: website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their shows at www.BellydanceEvolution.com or audition for the cast at www.JoinBDE.com.

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 07, 2019
Ep 90. Zomzom Mustapha: Know the Differences Between Al Rakessa & Al Rakassa
00:58:51

Zomzom Mustapha is a dancer and choreographer specializing in Arabic Folklore (Egypt, Morocco and the Middle East in general). He was trained in modern jazz and later in theatre and dance in Casablanca, Morocco. This knowledge has made Zomzom Mustapha a famous artist and dance teacher, not only in France where he currently resides, but all around the world. Throughout his career, Mustapha has taught and performed at various international festivals in the United States, Morocco, Ukraine, Colombia, Kuwait, China, Russia, Lebanon, Argentina, Egypt, and other countries.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Different Moroccan dances and their connection to flamenco.

- Street shaabi and mahragan.

- Important differences between Al Rakessa and Al Rakassa.

- Reasons why belly dance got banned in one region of France.

- Terms ‘belly dance’ vs ‘oriental dance’.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Zomzom Mustapha on FB, Instagram, YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Oct 29, 2019
Ep 89. Raïssa Leï: Dance And Activism
01:15:54

Raïssa Leï is the founder and director of the Kif-Kif Bledi group. Originally from Morocco, she started her dance journey with modern jazz and hip-hop training, and all sorts of underground dance styles such as locking, popping and waacking. Today she is also known for her deep exploration of traditional dances of North Africa, experimental fusion between dance styles and active social work activities to help communities and spread awareness about important issues.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Links between Berber culture and Egyptian dances.

- Tips on how to be critical to historical resources and documents.

- What is the situation with Muslim culture in Europe.

- How rich and varied is the dance repertoire of Morocco and other North African countries (with a list of dance styles)

- Most common misinterpretations that we see on belly dance stage.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Raïssa Leï on FB, Instagram, YouTube and Kif-Kif Bledi website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Oct 22, 2019
Ep 88. Self-Discipline for Practicing on Your Own
00:19:30

It’s a solo mini-episode!

Are you wondering how to boost self-discipline and motivation when practicing on your own? Or maybe you are looking for any accountability online groups to boost your dance training? In this mini-episode I’m sharing my two ASKianaDANCE editions where I address these questions!

Show Notes to this episode:

ASKianaDANCE: www.ianadance.com/ask

Patreon support: www.patreon.com/ianadance

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 19, 2019
Ep 87. Tatyana Gavrilova (Sola Dance): Online Classes as a Tool to Develop Your Own Style
01:14:05

Are you a fan of online belly dance classes, or are you on the skeptical side? In either case, this episode will bring you so much positive energy and laugh that you will immediately fall in love with Tatyana Gavrilova and her online platform for dancers, Sola Dance. Tatyana has already produced over 200 videos of belly dance workshops, and in this conversation she takes us behind the screen of Sola Dance.

In this episode you will learn about:

- How the idea of Sola Dance appeared.

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of practicing belly dance online.

- What was the funniest moment of recording classes with teachers at Sola Dance.

- How online resources can help you develop your own unique style.

- If there are any differences in mentalities of Russian-speaking and English-speaking dancers.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Tatyana Gavrilova and Sola Dance on FB, Instagram, YouTube and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Oct 15, 2019
Ep 86. Tatiana Avila: Don't Let Jealousy or Gossips Blind You
01:11:42

This is one of the most honest and straightforward conversations of the podcast! Please welcome the absolutely amazing Mexican beauty based in the UAE, Tatiana Avila. After burning up Dubai's most prestigious nightclubs with her energy, charisma and super dance techniques, she is currently focusing on developing dance classes and workshops in Dubai. In this interview, Tatiana talks about her path from being a student to becoming a professional in-demand dancer, as well as differences between what we learn in dance schools, and what we see in real life of the belly dance entertainment industry.

In this episode you will learn about:

- Tatiana’s path as a student, her teachers, struggles and inspirations

- Our beloved “BellyPolice” :)

- The differences between dance in academic and entertainment worlds

- How folklore dabke is transformed in cabaret settings

- The structure of a typical belly dance show in Dubai

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Tatiana Avila on FB, Instagram and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Oct 08, 2019
Ep 85. How Often Do You Dance Just For Yourself?
00:13:27

It’s a solo mini-episode!

Do you know how to dance just for yourself, or are you constantly in a marathon of preparing for some events and performances? In this mini-episode I’m sharing my recent breakthrough and realization of where I’d like my artistic path to go in the future.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 06, 2019
Ep 84. Malema (Maria Aya): The Most Surprising Belly Dance Story You've Ever Heard
01:07:49

This is the most surprising belly dance story you’ve ever heard. Discover how Malema (Maria Aya) got introduced to belly dance at the age of 30, then started receiving requests for private classes from well-established professional dancers, and how one simple YouTube video recorded for pure fun brought her first international teaching gig. And this was just the first chapter of her dance story.

Today, after a harsh year of being diagnosed with lupus (an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body's organs), surviving 14 heart attacks, 5 brain strokes, and fully recovering from these diseases, Malema is ready to start a new chapter. She is back to teaching classes, but she is also passionate about developing a dance therapy practice based on oriental movements, and using the vocabulary of belly dance to help women recover after sexual abuses and war traumas.

Malema (Maria Aya) is founder and co-organizer of MOSAIC Oriental Festival in Athens, founder & artistic director of “Hamsa”, International Center for Culture & Arts of East Med Countries, and creator of the "Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate". She is a leader and main choreographer of “Malema’s Banat” oriental inspired theatrical dance group, international multi-awarded choreographer, and a renowned teacher of oriental and folkloric dances.

Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Malema on FB. Her FB dance page, and Hamsa - Oriental Art House page. YouTube video that she mentioned in the interview is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY6hBS5YNRo

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Oct 01, 2019
Ep 83. Best of: Secrets of "Perfect" Musicality
00:54:28

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about such complex topic as musicality in belly dance. Learn from Esmeralda Colabone, Alida Lin, Sandra Kahloun and Kamilia. Aim for more!

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 13. Esmeralda Colabone: Music as Your Guide & Mentor

Ep 37. Alida Lin: How to Control Your Music As a Dancer

Ep 47. Sandra: Rules Of Improvisation

Ep 62. Kamilia: Dreaming of a Big Supportive Community

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 25, 2019
Ep 82. Katerina Shereen: The Importance of Your Mindset for a Long-Term Dance Career
01:05:18

I literally had goosebumps several times during this conversation: from months at an ICU and wheelchair recovery, to an active dance career, marathon running, and becoming a crossfit athlete! Are you ready for an incredible story from a phenomenal woman? Please welcome Katerina Shereen, who performed at the most glamorous events with such guests as Elton John, Sharon Stone and royal families who came to London every summer. Katerina became the special dancer for the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of Brunei. The biggest benefit though was to work with amazing Arabic musicians who worked with Oum Kalthoum and Abdal Halim Hafez or played for legends such as Fifi Abdo and Nagua Fouad.

In this interview you will hear about:

- The scene of belly dance education: festivals vs intensives, and what goals each type of event serves,

- Tips on how to choose wisely which dance event to invest your money in

- Katerina’s story of a leg injury due to a doctor’s mistake, and her recovery path

- The importance and power of the mindset to never give up

- What skills you are missing to get a successful, joyful and long-term dance career

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Katerina Shereen on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 18, 2019
Ep 81. Carmen Fragoso: Things Happen When You Are Ready For Them
01:05:24

Carmen Fragoso is a Mexican choreographer & dance coach specialized in Belly dance, Khaleeji and Iraqi dancing, with a thriving career as a contract dancer based in Dubai. Listen to her incredible story on how she brought her main dance dream to life, and achieved the lifestyle that she wanted.

In this interview you will hear about:

- How facing dance frustrations and seeking more from life led to a complete change of lifestyle

- How Carmen got involved in Iraqi dancing

- How her 2-month vacation got transformed into a full-time job in Dubai

- What was the most surprising thing she discovered during the first year of working in the Middle East

- The importance of a dancer’s image on stage, and off stage

- How her dance videos became viral on social media, and what it brought to her life.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Carmen Fragoso on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 11, 2019
Ep 80. About Experience of Judging a Competition
00:32:30

It’s a solo episode!

Sharing my experience of being a judge at the Dance Weekend in Warsaw competition: from what goes in the judge’s head during evaluations, to most common mistakes that caught my attention from performance to performance.

Show Notes to this episode:

Download free tips for your 20-min belly dance program here: www.ianadance.com/podcast/tips

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 05, 2019
Ep 79. Anjelica Scannura: From Flamenco to Belly Dance to Stand-Up Comedy
01:38:18

Anjelica Scannura is a highly accomplished dancer, choreographer, actress, and comedian. She has performed and taught flamenco and belly dance all over the world, including the USA, Europe, Caribbean and Middle East.

Anjelica has been the recipient of many dance awards, including The Marty Award for Oustanding dance artist in 2018, Bellydancer of the Universe Winner 2013, Bellydancer of the Universe Hall of Fame Inductee 2014, Paula Citron Fresh Blood Award, Finalist at the Certamen de Coreografia de Danza Espanol y Flamenco in 2013, Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Champion 2006, among others. Anjelica is also the face of ZoomerMedia’s health and fitness channel, ONE Get Fit TV, where she has her own critically acclaimed dance-fitness show “Anjelica’s Dance Workout.”

In this interview you will hear about:

- Historical connection between flamenco and belly dance

- Tips for your fusion choreographies

- Insights into a gigs life and theatre shows of a solo dancer

- What’s similar and different between stand-up comedy and belly dance show

- Transitioning from one chapter of creative career to another

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Anjelica Scannura on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 22, 2019
Ep 78. Darya Ryzhkova: Winner of Cairo! Fest Budapest
00:27:32

I’m happy to feature Darya Ryzhkova, the winner of Cairo! Fest Budapest 2019!

Dariya is a professional dancer and teacher. Her awards include dance competitions in Russia, Spain, Kazahistan, France, Israel, Hungary and Greece. She is certified judge by the Russian Liga of Professional Belly Dancers, as well as teacher at Eshta studio, and director of her own dance school Baheya.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Darya Ryzhkova via Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 15, 2019
Ep 77. Marta Korzun: How to Become a Dance Teacher
00:48:09

Drum rolls please! We have the fantastic Marta Korzun back on the Belly Dance Life Podcast!

Marta Korzun is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading performers and teachers of Oriental dance. She started her career in 2006 by taking part in many competitions in the Ukraine and abroad, including Cairo. She has been titled the Bellydance Champion of the World (2011), European Bellydancer (2011), and 2nd winner at “Nile Group Cairo" (2010), just to name a few. Marta is the artistic director of one the largest Schools of Oriental dance in Eastern Europe, “Tiara” and the ensemble “Tiara Stars”. She is recognized for her unique teaching method and clear and concise explanations, and regularly holds training workshops worldwide.

In this interview you will learn about:

- When are you ready to start teaching,

- How to help your students develop teaching skills, and how not to be afraid of their transition to the teaching world,

- What to do if your teacher doesn’t support your teaching dreams,

- How to get ready for your first class,

- The importance of business education for dancers, and tips on promoting your classes.

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Marta Korzun via Instagram, FB, Youtube. Marta’s educational video for bellydance teachers and dancers is available HERE. Also, check a previous interview with Marta at Ep 01. Marta Korzun: About Competitions and Individual Style

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Aug 06, 2019
Ep 76. Joana Saahirah: Egyptian Dance As The Tool For Self-Knowledge And Empowerment.
01:48:06

This is one of those episodes that I have marked as "must listen again"!

Joana Saahirah is a world-renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric dance, an actress and an author. After almost a decade of life and career in Egypt, presenting shows on a daily basis with her own orchestra, Joana has created a unique style of teaching, choreographing and performing that unites East and West. She has studied and worked as a choreography and teaching assistant with Mahmoud Reda, and studied with legends of Egyptian Oriental Dance, such as Shokry Mohamed, Souhair Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, Azza Sherif, and Mona el Said, just to name a few. She has also written and published two books: ”The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” and“Behind the Curtain”, among her other projects.

In this interview you will learn about:

- How Joana quit a promising acting career and became a belly dancer without even realizing it,

- Why did she leave Egypt at the peak of her performance success,

- What makes her think that Egyptian dance is a tool to reveal a person’s true dreams,

- How to have a bigger vision for your dance career,

- What is the balance between acting and being yourself on stage,

- AND SO MUCH MORE!

Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Joana Saahirah via Instagram, YouTube, FB, and www.joanasaahirah.com. Join Joana Saahirah´s World Newsletter, where you´ll receive news, inspirations, and gifts, and become a part of Egyptian Dance Revolution HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 23, 2019
Ep 75. George Sawa: Digging Deep Into the History of Egyptian Music
00:57:15

Historian and musician Dr. George Sawa is the author of multiple books. He has published over 50 articles on Arabic music in journals and encyclopedias, and is frequently invited to give lectures and concerts worldwide. In 2005, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his research in Arabic music history. His CD, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 1, was nominated for a JUNO Award in World Music in 2009. His Egyptian Music Appreciation and Practice for Bellydancers has won international acclaim and is an invaluable companion to bellydancers all over the world, having been translated to multiple languages.

In this interview you will learn about:

- Similarities and differences between Western and Arabic music in 10th century and now,

- Different meanings of the term "tarab",

- Why popular interpretation of muwashahat dance is wrong from a historical point of view,

- What is maqam,

- How to interpret and dance to different instruments in songs.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Dr George Sawa on his website, YouTube, and FB. The video of Taheyya Carioca mentioned in the interview is available HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 17, 2019
Ep 74. Hassan Khalil: The Roots of Oriental Dance
01:53:27

Prof. Dr. Hassan Khalil lived in the time of the great oriental dancers like Naima Akeef, Samia Gamal, Tahiya Karioka, and even lived in the same neighbourhood with some of them. Later he also worked with Nagua Fuad and Suheir Zaki and many other famous dancers. He is a master teacher and choreographer for many of the most well known Oriental dancers all over the world. Khalil was the director of the Balloon Theatre, the general director of the Oum Kalsoum Theatre in Cairo, as well the general supervisor for folklore in the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. He is also the founder of the famous folk dance group, the National Ensemble of Egypt.

In this interview you will learn about:

- The nature and roots of dance itself,

- Differences between Pharaonic and folklore dances of Egypt,

- Influence of the Turkish Ottoman harems in oriental dance,

- Behind-the-scene stories of the Golden Era period,

- How the ancient history of this dance influence current belly dance trends

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Prof Dr Hassan Khalil on his website, Instagram, and FB. Video about life and work of Prof Dr Hassan Khalil is available here.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 11, 2019
Ep 73. How to Grow Your Online Audience
00:11:30

It’s a MINI episode!

Short and sweet: today I’m sharing my key secret of growing an online audience, which doubled my Instagram in less than half a year.

Show Notes to this episode:

Download free tips for your 20-min belly dance program here: www.ianadance.com/podcast/tips

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 05, 2019
Ep 72. Mario Kirlis: I Believe In The Freedom of Art
01:00:08

Mario Kirlis is an Argentinian musician and composer that is known for his extensive work in Arabic Music. He has been a mentor for a number of South American musician and belly dancers to approach the Middle Eastern art, and he has inspired artists all across the world.

In this interview you will learn about:

- Mario Kirlis’s most memorable music-dance collaboration

- The story of creating “modern baladi'“, also known as “Mario Kirlis baladi”

- Most common mistakes dancers do in music interpretation

- Logistics of directing a music orchestra

- Why Arabic musicians never play a song the same way twice

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Mario Kirlis on his website, Instagram, YouTube, and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jul 02, 2019
Ep 71. When Are You Ready to Start Teaching
00:21:23

It’s a MINI episode!

This is a medley of ASKianaDANCE show where I answered to following questions:

How to check if you are ready to start teaching dance classes for beginners

What to do if your dance teacher doesn't really like when students start teaching

Can you relate to this issues? Listen right now to the new episode to find out my tips and suggestions!

Show Notes to this episode:

You can submit your own questions for ASKianaDANCE show at www.ianadance.com/ask

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 28, 2019
Ep 70. Gigi Dilsah: What Does It Take to Be a Belly Dancer in Turkey
01:21:06

Gigi Dilsah is a passionate dancer and teacher. She began her dance training early in ballet. As she grew up in a conservative family in Istanbul, she also spent a lot of time in the USA where she found freedom and opportunities to explore belly dance. In Istanbul she's known as Dilsah, and in the U.S. she's known as Gigi. Now, combining two names along with extensive training, she shares her knowledge of this dance form via private classes in Istanbul, as well as touring across the USA.

In this interview you will learn about:

- Belly dance as a part of daily Turkish life

- Common stereotypes about belly dance in Turkey

- The role Romani dance plays in the typical Turkish belly dance program

- Proper costume for Turkish Romani dance

- Artistic limitations of having a stage name

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Podcast Merch Collection (including the mug) HERE

Find Gigi Dilsah on Instagram, YouTube, and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 25, 2019
Ep 69. Best of: Dance Productions Around the World
01:12:01

Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about dance productions and shows on the big stage. Learn from Mr Ozgen, Jillina Carlano, Oscar Flores and Vanessa of Cairo. Dream big!

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 12. Mr. Ozgen: Turkish Dance on a Big Stage

Ep 22. Jillina Carlano: Building Community Around the Globe

Ep 25. Oscar Flores: I Needed an Opportunity to Live My Dream

Ep 55. Vanessa of Cairo: Professionalism & Kindness as Keys to Success

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 22, 2019
Ep 68. Matias Hazrum: Creating & Playing Music for Belly Dancers
00:48:07

Matias Hazrum is a world known arabic percussionist, musician, teacher and composer. He was born in Argentina (Buenos Aires), but his origin comes from Syria. Matias is a high level professional not only in playing the drum, but also in playing keyboard and other instruments of arabic percussion such as mashar, daff, rek and others. He worked on stage with such great names in the bellydance world including Saida (Argentina), Amir Thaleb (Argentina), Virginia Mendes (USA), Jillina (USA), Amar Gamal (USA), Sharon Kihara (USA), Yana Tsehotskaya (Ukraine), Anna Borisova (Russia) and many more.

In this interview you will learn about:

- Dancer & drummer dynamics on stage: who follows whom?

- How to communicate your dance ideas to a drummer

- Finishing a drum solo improvisation in sync with a drummer

- The process of creating individual custom-order songs

Show Notes to this episode:

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Find Matias Hazrum on Instagram, YouTube, and FB, or contact via email matiashazrum23@gmail.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jun 13, 2019
Ep 67. Oreet: Belly Dance as a Fitness Workout
01:10:10

Inspiring and empowering woman all around the world, Oreet has developed her unique certified fitness program SharQui which is a beautiful blend of fitness workout and belly dance! Oreet has 20+ years of experience as a fitness and dance instructor. She has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN to name a few and have the titles Bellydancer of the Year, Jewel of the Nile, Entertainer of the Year and Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America.

In this interview you will learn about:

- The role of belly dance in the culture of Israel

- How Oreet dealt with the constant feeling of not fitting in

- Where the idea of belly dance fitness workout came from

- Differences between teaching a regular belly dance and fitness belly dance class

- How belly dance can serve as a cardio and strength workout

- The reaction of belly dance community on her fitness project

- Genius business tips on how to present and promote your dance class

Show Notes to this episode:

Tips for structuring your 20-min belly dance show: www.ianadance.com/podcast/tips .Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Find Oreet on website, Instagram, YouTube, and FB. More resources: SharQui TV, and SharQui Instructor Certification.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 07, 2019
Ep 66. Aliah & Vladimir Kluchenkov: About Belly Dance Industry & Working as a Couple
01:26:18

What a treat we have on today’s show! Welcome one of the most creative and successful couples in the belly dance industry, Aliah and Vladimir Kluchenkov! They are constantly travelling all around the world with Aliah being a professional bellydance performer, instructor, judge, and costume designer, and Vladimir being a videographer, photographer and graphics specialist. Also, they put together an international annual dance event “Dance Weekend in Warsaw with stars”.

In this interview you will discover:

- When to buy costumes at festivals, and how to choose the best outfit

- Tips on stage lights and event logistics for festival organizers

- The importance of having a professional photo and video portfolio

- The value of attending belly dance festivals

- A bunch of funny stories on how Aliah and Vladimir work and travel together as a couple!

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Find Aliah on website, Instagram, YouTube, and FB. Find Vladimir Kluchenkov on website, Instagram, and FB. Information about Dance Weekend in Warsaw festival HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 30, 2019
Ep 65. Tips on Creating Choreographies
00:39:41

It’s a MINI episode with Iana!

Have you ever felt frustration trying to create a dance: “Oh, I don’t know what should I do with this music? How to even start putting a choreo together? This is too complicated, too scary, too stressful….”

Well, here are some of the tips I’m sharing in this new podcast episode:

- Listen to the song as many times as possible.

- Find out the translation of the lyrics.

- Start with improvising and listening to your body.

- Understand that your first draft won’t be perfect.

- Break down the structure of the song before you start.

- Study the work of other dancers.

- Don’t think only about movements. Think about the audience’s attention.

- Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback.

Want more? Listen right now to the new episode!

Show Notes to this episode:

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com . Use promo code PODCAST to get 10% off for your favorite items until May 30th, 2019.

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 23, 2019
Ep 64. Nathalie Hatab: How to Organize a Belly Dance Festival
01:14:21

Nathalie is known for her grace, fluidity and precision, as well as for her belly dance event, the Annual Miami Bellydance Convention! Nathalie was featured in many music videos and television shows such as Timberland’s Music Video (Indian Flute), R- Kelly’s Music video (Whine for me), MTV music Award 2005, Opening Act for the Cirque du Soleil “KA” in Las Vegas, Fox Sports awards, and many more. She has also performed for many celebrities like Shaquille O’Neil, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jason Taylor, Method man, and Alonzo Mourning. In the summer of 2008 she brought to South Florida the first Miami Bellydance Convention festival held at the Intercontinental Hotel, bringing performers and instructors from all around the world. More than 2,000 people have attended this event during the past 10 years.

In this interview we discussed such questions and topics:

- How the Miami Bellydance Convention was born.

- How Nathalie chooses dates for the event, and coordinates it with the busy schedules of invited artists.

- How much in advance does she start preparations for the event.

- Struggles of combining motherhood and festival organization.

- Visa procedures for artists and participants.

- How to deal with stress.

- Best advertising for your event.

- Nathalie’s advise to starting events.

Show Notes to this episode:

Belly Dance Life Podcast CHALLENGE: www.ianadance.com/challenge

Find Nathalie Hatab on website, Instagram, YouTube, and FB. Information about Annual Miami Bellydance Convention HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 15, 2019
Ep 63. Veronika Shulkevich: Young Generation of Dancers
00:50:56

Today we talk with Veronika Shulkevich, a young star of the belly dance world scene. At the age of 16 she is already a teacher at Ahlan Wa Sahlan (Egypt) and Cairo Mirage (Russia) festivals, the founder of Dance School VEROSHDANCE, a certified teacher of the League of Bellydance Masters of Russia, International Belly Dance Union, and International Association of Eastern Dance (IAED), as well as winner of multiple competitions including Ahlan Wa Sahlan, Cairo Mirage, Ah Ya Elbi, Yalla Yalla Festival, El Hana Festival, Cup of the World according to IDF, and many other awards.

In this interview we discussed such questions and topics:

- How Veronika got involved in belly dance world at the age of 5.

- What are the differences between teaching classes to kids and adults.

- Her experience at belly dance competitions.

- Combining active dance training with school.

- Teaching Skype classes and creating choreographies for other dancers.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Veronika Shulkevich on Instagram, YouTube, and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 07, 2019
Ep 62. Kamilia: Dreaming of a Big Supportive Community
01:08:20

Originally from Brazil, Kamilia had made a stunning career as a professional performer in Lebanon, Arab Emirates and Egypt. Today she is a teacher, artist’s producer and event organizer with a big dream of creating a supportive and welcoming community of dance professionals. Her passion for belly dance started at the age of 6, and since then that passion brought her to multiple stages across the Middle East and beyond. She was the youngest dancer at LBC TV, and had guidance of master teacher Caracalla, along with other amazing mentors. At some point in her career, Kamilia was performing with an orchestra of 45 musicians, singers and 6 dancers for her show, being featured at the top 5-star hotels in Cairo along with such stars as Lucy, Mona Said, Fifi, Dina, and Hendeya.

In this interview we discussed such questions and topics:

- How Kamilia got interested in belly dance.

- The beginning of her performance career in Lebanon.

- The importance of understanding Arabic soul in dance, and never stop studying.

- The concept of Arabic musicality, and her methodology of teaching foreign dancers.

- Main pillars of successful interpretation of the song.

- Being a producer, and mentoring other dancers on their career path.

- The story of her stage name.

- The Ishtar Congress in Abu Dhabi.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Kamilia on Instagram, and FB. Also, check the Ishtar Congress Fb page.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

May 02, 2019
Ep 61. Donna Carlton: Myths and Scandals Around Little Egypt
01:00:11

What do you know about the historical figure of Little Egypt? Be ready to be shocked after listening to this episode, because Donna Carlton shares her extensive research on this topic, and unveils a lot of misinformation circulating on the Internet!

Donna Carlton established the International Dance Discovery in 1987, selling dance accoutrement. She began teaching group classes at Lynda Mitchell Yoga Studio in 1989. She published the “Middle Eastern Dance Video Sourcebook” annually from 1989-2005. In 1995, she published her book “Looking for Little Egypt” about the history and perceptions of Middle Eastern Dance in USA.

In this interview we discussed such questions and topics:

- How did Donna get involved in the research project about Little Egypt?

- What was significance of the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago?

- Scandalous performances of Little Egypt.

- Was Little Egypt a real person?

- The origins of Hoochy Kootchy melody.

- Does Little Egypt have anything to do with original Middle-Eastern dancers?

- The origins of the term “belly dance” in English language.

- The influence of Little Egypt on the modern belly dance scene.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Donna Carlton on Instagram, FB, her website. Her book Looking for Little Egypt is available at lulu.com. Also check Donna’s Fb page All About Bellydance.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Apr 23, 2019
Ep 60. Wael Mansour: About Ballet Training & Music Production
00:55:29

In this episode we are featuring Egyptian master teacher Wael Mansour, who studied Egyptian dance and ballet at the National Academy of Folklore and Theatre, as well as worked with a number of companies, including the Elkawmeia and Hassan Hafifi Group.

In this interview we discussed such questions and topics:

- The importance of ballet training for belly dancers: what to do, what not to do, is there an age limit to start practicing ballet, and more.

- Different stages of his dance career, and why he left the Balloon theatre in Cairo.

- The process of music production: from an idea to the CD release.

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Wael Mansour on Instagram and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Apr 10, 2019
Ep 59. Amir Thaleb: Art Needs Discipline & Respect, Not Labels
00:56:51

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Amir Thaleb on Instagram, FB, and website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Apr 04, 2019
Ep 58. Best Of: How to Start Performing Solo
01:02:09

Show Notes to this episode:

Submit your question for ASKianaDANCE: www.ianadance.com/ask

Ep 11. Valerick Molinary: Different Ways to Develop Your Belly Dance Career

Ep 41. Maria Sokolova: From Accounting to a Belly Dance Career!

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Mar 26, 2019
Ep 57. Idil: Misconceptions About Turkish Style & The Concept of Dance Movement Therapy
00:57:06

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Idil on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Mar 19, 2019
Ep 56. Daliya: Improve Your Dance Every Day
00:59:06

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Daliya on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Mar 13, 2019
Ep 55. Vanessa of Cairo: Professionalism & Kindness as Keys to Success
01:22:56

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Vanessa of Cairo on Instagram, FB, Youtube, and website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Mar 05, 2019
Ep 54. Margarita Darina: The Role of Costume in Dancer's Look
00:59:54

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Margarita Darina on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Mar 01, 2019
Ep 53. Erhan Ay: Your Energy is Everything!
01:13:18

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Erhan Ay on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Feb 14, 2019
Ep 52. Julia Farid: About Artistic Fulfillment, Individual Style and Teacher-Student Relationships
01:09:55

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Julia on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. You can watch her famous performance inspired by Golden Era HERE.

Previous interview with Julia: Ep 05. Julia Farid: Challenges of an International Dance Career

My upcoming workshops at Sola Dance online studio on Feb 9th! Main website: http://class.soladance.com/en

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Feb 06, 2019
Ep 51. Tamalyn Dallal: Following Her Heart & Destroying "Us Vs Them" Stereotypes
01:07:11

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Tamalyn Dallal on FB and official website: www.tamalyndallal.com. Details about her books, CDs and documentaries (as well as purchasing info) is available HERE.

Other resources mentioned in the interview: Book “Before They Were Belly Dancers”, and Shira.net website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jan 29, 2019
Ep 50. Best Of: Belly Dance on Television
00:59:27

Show Notes to this episode:

Participate in Iana’s current Giveaway on Instagram (@iana_dance) ! More details HERE.

Ep 09. Founders of Orientalisimo: Social Media as a Bridge Between Dancers & General Public

Ep 27. Meher Malik: Fusion, Confusion and Female Objectification

Ep 34. Brenda: Building Dance Career in Cairo Without a Manager

Ep 40. Alla Kushnir: Not Only Luck Makes You Number 1

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jan 22, 2019
Ep 49. Zaina Brown: Travelling On Her Own Across the Middle East And Beyond
00:54:34

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Zaina on FB and Instagram. Her book “Fire In The Belly: A Memoir of Falafel, Flings, and Shiny Things” is available on Amazon.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jan 15, 2019
Ep 48. Soumaya MaRose: Dance in Everyday Life of Moroccan Diaspora Community
01:33:35

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Soumaya MaRose on FB, YouTube and website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jan 08, 2019
Ep 47. Sandra: Rules Of Improvisation
01:12:02

Show Notes to this episode:

This episode is brought to you by My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com , a fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by belly dance.

Find Sandra on Instagram, FB, and website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Jan 01, 2019
Ep 46. Mercedes Nieto: What Does It Take To Be a Touring Artist?
01:10:23

Show Notes to this episode:

Online store My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com. Use promo code LAUNCH10 to get 10% off on any orders until January 2nd 2019.

Previous episode with Mercedes Nieto: Social Media Traps.

Find Mercedes Nieto on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website. Cairo!Budapest festival: cairofestival.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Dec 26, 2018
Ep 45. Mercedes Nieto: Social Media Traps
01:23:27

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Mercedes Nieto on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website. Cairo!Budapest festival: cairofestival.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Dec 18, 2018
Ep 44. Best Of: Everything About Dance Contracts
01:02:42

Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 07. Kateryna Siham: Dance Contracts in the Middle East

Ep 18. Amar Lammar: Twelve Years of Performing Every Night in the Arab Emirates!

Ep 34. Brenda: Building Dance Career in Cairo Without a Manager

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Dec 12, 2018
Ep 43. Igor Kischka: Always Be True To Yourself!
01:08:30

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Igor Kischka on Instagram and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Dec 06, 2018
Ep 42. ASKianaDANCE: How to Promote Your Local Solo Gigs
00:23:06

Show Notes to this episode:

ASKianaDANCE: www.ianadance.com/ask

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Nov 28, 2018
Ep 41. Maria Sokolova: From Accounting to a Belly Dance Career!
01:09:44

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Maria Sokolova on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. Her website: www.orientdancer.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Nov 21, 2018
Ep 40. Alla Kushnir: Not Only Luck Makes You Number 1
00:39:54

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Alla Kushnir on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Nov 13, 2018
Ep 39. Sadie Marquardt: Reclaiming Feminine Power
01:21:19

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Sadie Marquardt on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube. Links to Raqs Online and retreats.

Previous interview with Sadie: Ep 14. Sadie Marquardt: Before & After Social Media Hit

Books mentioned:

When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Ancient Egyptian Dances by Irena Lexova

The Belly Dance Reader (1 & 2) by Gilded Serpent

Travel notes by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 07, 2018
Ep 38. Samantha Burnstein: Can Folklore Be Authentic on Stage?
01:21:29

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Samantha Burnstein on Instagram, and FB. Information about her group Sanaa Dance is HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Nov 01, 2018
Ep 37. Alida Lin: How to Control Your Music As a Dancer
00:59:04

Show Notes to this episode:

Find Alida Lin on Instagram, FB and YouTube. Information about her festival in Taiwan is HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 24, 2018
Ep 36. Alla Vatc: On a Journey Between Borders, Cultures, and Different Dance Styles
01:03:20

Show Notes to this episode:

Find details about Belly Dance Bundle HERE.

Find All Vatc on Instagram, FB and YouTube. Information about her festival in China is HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Oct 03, 2018
Ep 35. Olga Aida: In the World of Costume Design
00:39:26

Show Notes to this episode:

Get your free guide on Building Consistent Dance Practice.

Find Olga Aida on Instagram and FB . Her online costume store: aida-style.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 15, 2018
Ep 34. Brenda: Building Dance Career in Cairo Without a Manager
01:15:35

Show Notes to this episode:

Get your free guide on Figuring Out What To Practice.

Find Brenda on Instagram, FB and YouTube.

Find Brenda Diaz on Instagram, FB and YouTube. Her CD is available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Don't forget to check it out!

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Sep 07, 2018
Ep 33. Kristin Raeesi: Do You Realize How Often You See Domari & Romani Dances at Belly Dance Shows?!
01:11:47

Articles by Kristin Raeesi:

Common Myths About The Romani People (that you probably believe)

Romani, Domani, and Lom People: What Belly Dancers Who Want to do 'Gypsy' Dance Need to Know

Romani Reading resources (Suggested by Kristin)

Books/article:
"We are the Romani People" (book) Ian Hancock
"Romani Routes" (book) Carol Silverman
"Gypsy Music in European Culture" (book) Anna Piotrowska
"On Romani Origins and Identity" (article) by Ian Hancock

Websites:
Rom Archive: https://blog.romarchive.eu/
Mundi Romani YouTube channel (features 42 part series on Romani lives/perspectives in several countries): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLoTPR8wANp1V0S2yF02gOJcJrfpp-_nH
The Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History: http://www.oocities.org/~patrin/
Rombase: http://rombase.uni-graz.at//
Rroma Foundation: http://rroma.org/en/home/
Romedia Foundation: http://en.romediafoundation.org/
Dom Research Center: http://www.domresearchcenter.com/index.html

US based teachers for various Domari/Romani dance styles:

Kawliya
Mohanned Hawaz, US workshops (based in Sweden)
Sara Al Hadithi, California

Ghawazee
Aisha Ali, California
Eva Cernik, Colorado

Turkish Romani
Jessaiah Zure (also teaches Macedonian style Romani dances), Oregon
Rabia Gultekin, West Virginia
Artemis Mourat, Washington D.C.

Balkan Romani
Šani Rifati, US workshops (based in Germany)
Carol Silverman, Oregon
Alexander Markovic, Illinois

Russian Romani
Vadim and Marina Kolpakov, North Carolina

Hungarian Romani
Richard Balazs, Pennsylvania

Flamenco
René Heredia, Colorado

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Find Kristin Raeesi on Instagram and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution: bellydanceevolution.com

Aug 30, 2018
Ep 32. Best of: What Makes Me Fall in Love with Belly Dance - Stars Answering
00:44:44
Aug 22, 2018
Ep 31. Jillina Carlano: How Food Can Influence Your Dance
00:50:59

Webpage of this episode with a VIDEO tour of Jillina's refrigerator!

Products mentioned in the episode (this is a not sponsored post):

FAQ for Gnome Testing

What is Bulletproof Coffee? - Youtube video

Performance Muchroom Blend for energy and immunity boot
Laird Performance Mushroom Powder

Match Green Tea loaded Antioxidents and Catechins
DoMatcha Summer Harvest

Travel Packs of Coconut butter
Artisana Organics Travel Coconut Butter Packets

Mushroom Coffee for energy and Immunity boost
Four Sigmatic Coffee Cordyceps and Chaga

Natural Sleep Aid
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix with Reishi

Alpha Brain boost to help with focusing the mind
Onnit Alpha Brain Supplements

Best source and absorbable Vitamin C + additional Vitamins
LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric Supplements
Glutathion
L-Carnitine
Vitamin-C
B-Complex Plus
R-ALA

Travel Probiotic, does not require refrigeration
Bio-K Plus Probiotic

Lulu Organic Chocolate 88% Delicious and very low in sugar
https://www.luluschocolatelove.com

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Find Jillina Carlano on InstagramFBTwitter and website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution: bellydanceevolution.com

Aug 15, 2018
Ep 30. Marina Shishkova: Secrets of Winning Competitions
00:41:58

Find Marina Shishkova on InstagramFacebook and YouTube

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution: bellydanceevolution.com

Aug 09, 2018
Ep 29. Lebanese Simon: Rising Above Obstacles
01:21:31

Find Lebanese Simon on InstagramFacebook and YouTube. Information about cultural tour, as well as his instructional DVDs is available at Simon's website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution: bellydanceevolution.com

Aug 01, 2018
Ep 28. Nada El Masriya: How Studying Folklore Can Make You a Better Belly Dancer
01:21:57

Find Nada El Masriya on InstagramFacebook, and Youtube. Egyptian Dance Academy: website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their Youth Sponsorship program: bellydanceevolution.com

Jul 24, 2018
Ep 27. Meher Malik: Fusion, Confusion and Female Objectification
01:15:51

Find Meher Malik on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. Banjara School of Dance: website.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their Youth Sponsorship program: bellydanceevolution.com

Jul 17, 2018
Ep 26. Orit Maftsir: Fantasy of the Golden Era Belly Dance
00:59:17

Find Orit Maftsir on Facebook, and check her Eilat Festival.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their Youth Sponsorship program: bellydanceevolution.com

Jul 11, 2018
Ep 25. Oscar Flores: I Needed an Opportunity to Live My Dream
01:19:19

Find Oscar Flores on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. His website and info on Oriental Dance Meeting festival: http://www.oscarbellydance.com.ar

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Bellydance Evolution and information about their Youth Sponsorship program: bellydanceevolution.com

Jul 03, 2018
Ep 24. Best of: How Stars Got Involved into Belly Dance
01:10:47
Jun 26, 2018
Ep 23. How to Price Your Belly Dance Show
0:24:47
Jun 22, 2018
Ep 22. Jillina Carlano: Building Community Around the Globe
01:09:25

Find Jillina Carlano on Instagram, FB, Twitter and website.

Bellydance Evolution and information about upcoming tours, casting opportunities and other programs: bellydanceevolution.com

Rules of giveaway: do a post about this episode on insta or FB, tag Jillina and Iana, include hashtag #ianadancepodcast. Winner will be announced on June 26th!

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 19, 2018
Ep 21. Alex DeLora: Every Drum Solo Has Its Own Mood
00:58:46

Find Alex DeLora on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 12, 2018
Ep 20. Apsara Afsanesara: What Do You Know About Persian Dance?
01:03:48

Find Apsara on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Jun 05, 2018
Ep 19. Jasirah: How to Practice on Your Own. Tips & Tricks
01:02:50

Find Jasirah on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 29, 2018
Ep 18. Amar Lammar: Twelve Years of Performing Every Night in the Arab Emirates!
01:17:05

Find Amar Lammar on Instagram, FB, website, and Youtube.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 22, 2018
Ep 17. Luna of Cairo: Is Belly Dance Life in Cairo Always a "Fairy Tale"?
00:56:24

Find Luna of Cairo on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. Her blog "Kisses from Kairo".

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

May 15, 2018
Ep 16. How to Deal With Annoying Clients: Unpaid "Showcase" Offers
0:17:36
May 08, 2018
Ep 15. Cassandra Fox: Healthy Does Not Have a Face
01:13:26

Find Cassandra Fox on Instagram, FB and Youtube

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 28, 2018
Ep 14. Sadie Marquardt: Before & After Social Media Hit
00:59:27

Find Sadie Marquardt on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube

Links to Raqs Online and retreats.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

 

Apr 19, 2018
Ep 13. Esmeralda Colabone: Music as Your Guide & Mentor
01:12:11

Find Esmeralda Colabone on Instagram, FB, website and Youtube

Instagram profiles of fashion bloggers: Ascia, Dina Tokio, Nora Afia.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Apr 12, 2018
Ep 12. Mr. Ozgen: Turkish Dance on a Big Stage
00:49:01

Find Mr Ozgen on Instagram, FB, and Youtube

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

 

Apr 03, 2018
Ep 11. Valerick Molinary: Different Ways to Develop Your Belly Dance Career
01:06:46

Find Valerick on Instagram, (FB dance page), Youtube.

Valerick's festival: Lebanese Love Affair. Article from their recent panel discussion can be found HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 27, 2018
Ep 10. My Five Discoveries About Podcasting!
0:26:01

Use hashtag #ianadancepodcast to participate in the giveaway. Details are in the episode.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 16, 2018
Ep 09. Founders of Orientalisimo: Social Media as a Bridge Between Dancers & General Public
01:01:09

Find Orientalisimo on Instagram, FB, and website. Information about their upcoming festival is available HERE. The best way to contact for collaborations is via email info@orientalisimo.com .

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 13, 2018
Ep 08. Restaurant VS Theatre Shows
0:21:36
Mar 09, 2018
Ep 07. Kateryna Siham: Dance Contracts in the Middle East
0:59:59

Find Kateryna Siham on Instagram, FB, and Kateryna's video blog on Youtube.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Mar 06, 2018
Ep 06. Four Things to Keep Your Energy Level Up
0:12:11
Mar 02, 2018
Ep 05. Julia Farid: Challenges of an International Dance Career
1:13:12

Find Julia on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.

RETRO WEEKEND with ISADORA, 24-25 November 2018: find info HERE.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 28, 2018
Ep 04. How to Overcome "I'm Not Good Enough" Block
0:30:19
Feb 23, 2018
Ep 03. Shahrzad: Inside Cairo Dance Life
0:53:34

Find Shahrzad on Instagram, FB, and Youtube. The online shop can be found on her official website.

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 20, 2018
Ep 02. Why I Have Decided to Create This Podcast
0:11:44
Feb 14, 2018
Ep 01. Marta Korzun: About Competitions and Individual Style
0:51:04

Find Marta Korzun at Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Links to Belly Dance Drive festival and Marta's online course are coming soon.

Book mentioned in the episode: "What to do if everything is not like you want it to be" by Alexander Sviyash ("Как быть, когда все не так, как хочется" Александр Свияш)

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Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Feb 07, 2018