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Ahwach Tissint
Afghanistani dance
American Style belly dance
American Tribal [belly] dance

Bal Anat
Ballets Russes
Belly Dance

Cane and Stick Dancing

Dance Improvisation
Delsarte System of Expression
Drum Solo

Egyptian belly dance (includes Beladi, Shaabi and Raqs Sharki): "There are dances for every aspect of Egyptian life: in every story a little dance, in every dance a little story." -- Gamila El Masri
Experimental belly dance, or X-MED

Ghawazee for the dancing associated with some Egyptian Roma tribes.
Greek belly dance.

Indian Dance.
Iraqi music and dance at

La Meri on Ethnic Dance
Lebanese Belly Dance

Melaya Leff

Romany [Gypsy] dance and Music

Safe Backbends in Your Dancing
Shamadan and Candle Dancing
Sword Dancers: Zaghareet interview with expert sword dancers
Sword dancing

Tunisian dance and music
Turkish Orientale, AKA Oryantal Tansi
Turkish Romany

Vintage Orientale bellydance, AKA American Orientale

Warmup and Stretching
Whirling Dervish



Sadlers Wells blogs.

Richard Powers, Dancing makes you Smarter by developing alternate neuron connections. Web.

(Eight) Elements of Dance: Balance, centering, gravity, posture, rhythm, gesture, space and breathing. Web.

Maura Enright, Learning To Dance, Web.

Susan Gillis Kruman, Guidelines for Dance Critique, U of PA, Web.

  • CHOREOGRAPHY: Was there a choreopgraphy, or was it improvised? Was there a literal meaning, or was the dance conceptual (about a mood, emotion, kinesthetic or qualitative feeling)? Was it successfully matched to the music? Did it get its point across, and if so, to what degree? Were you able to lose yourself in the work?
  • TECHNIQUE: Did the performers have sufficient technique for the intentions of the dance? Were the movments effortless, or were you always aware that the dancers were trying to dance?
  • STAGE PRESENCE: Were the performers able to adopt suitable stage personnas? Did one or two have more "IT" quality than others? If so, were they also the strongest performers, technically? Did their magnetism on stage add to or detract from the performance flow?
  • LIGHTING: How did it affect the way you viewed the work? Did it enhance or detract from the dance?
  • COSTUMES: Did the costumes set a time period, a mood, a place or establish characters? Did you feel they were appropriate to the dance? Did they enhance the dance?
  • SETS, SCENERY, PROPS: If present, were they successful? If absent, were they missed?
  • MUSIC - What type of music or sound was used? Did it enhance the mood or theme of the dance?
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