Music matters! Create your perfect belly dance playlist!
- By alisa87
- On 26/01/2018
Are you a dance teacher or just love practicing belly dancing on your own? I am writing this article to share myway of getting myself pumped during the practice. For me the most important bit is the music! Music plays enormous role in the practice (especially if you need to do it every day!). It sets the mood and energy, it inspires, it shapes the whole class. Whether I practice at home or with my students I always thoroughly pick songs for my playlist.
Today I would like to share with you the structure of my regular class along with the music choices. I love Arabic music and always stay tuned for new pop Middle Eastern songs. The music library on my smartphone has hundreds of songs of various genres from the legendary Oum Kalthoum, Al-Ahram Orchestra to contemporary masters Mario Kirlis Orchestra, Tony Mouzayek and pop stars Nancy Ajram, Wael Kfoury, Nagwa, Mahmoud El Lithy, Khalid Zaky, Mahmoud El Esseily, Hanine El Alam and many more! I like to regularly refresh my playlist as music gets me excited and keeps me going big time even if initially I wasn’t feeling like dancing.
So, let me break the lesson structure and the music queue down for you
The initial warm up song, in my opinion, serves to help us to connect to our bodies, to become aware of the blockages and release it through breathing and gentle whole body stretch. I like to also give exercises to increase energy flow in the body so for the beginning I prefer something slow, soft yet powerful. For the last few lessons I was using Evgenya Sotnikova "Uletay" and everyone loved it!
After we get into the right mindset for practice we thoroughly warm up our arms (from shoulder blades to fingertips) normally to some soulful pop. This song is now very popular in Cairo and is played at all the clubs around the city: 3 Daqat - Abu Ft. Yousra ثلاث دقات - أبو و يسرا, or Mahmoud El Esseily - Bea'dty We Maba'dtish.
I like to go down the body and always dedicate the time to core work including chest and belly. For this I like to use energizing Arabic shaabi style songs such as Hegazy Metkal - Bos Ala Al Halawa or similar.
Hips always get a great attention at my classes. Over the last few weeks have been doing dynamic hip stretching to Nancy Ajram’s - Eini Alik followed by the various shimmy drills to Artem Uzunov’s percussion from “Let’s do it” album.
Diagonals / circle walks
To bring the energy even higher we do various layered walks on tippy toes (combined with hip drops, chest pops, belly flatters and more) where each student has a chance to show off the skills and just have fun while exercising. We pick the fun Carole Samaha - Esma'ny for this month!
That would be the song we are working at the moment which is the romanic Talla Ta Feati By Wael Kfoury. But obviously it changes nearly every month.
We always take 5 minutes at the end of the class to stretch, to do arm improvisation dance and a small energy exercise to give back to our bodies. I like to use River Flows In You by Yiruma (Vocal Ruvin)
Please feel free to comment below with any questions or suggestions you have. It's much appreciated!
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