Belly Dance Life podcast

Belly Dance Life

Iana Komarnytska

All insights into belly dance lifestyle

169 Episoder

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    Ep 169. Yousry Sharif: The Superpowers of Epic Musicality & Personality

    1:12:45

    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 CDsShow 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
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    Ep 168. Cassandra Shore: Progressing Through Years of Dancing

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    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 careerShow 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
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    Ep 167. Sharon Kihara: Talking About Tribal Fusion: Origins, Style Definition, Lack of Education, Physicality Evolution

    1:22:00

    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 careerShow 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
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    Ep 166. Dealing With Performance Fears

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    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
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    Ep 165. Luna of Cairo: Life Beyond Dance

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    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 observingShow 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
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    Ep 164. Tommy King: The Importance of Charisma For Dance Performers

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    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 onlineShow 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
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    Ep 163. Mercedes Nieto: Finding Home Inside Your Body

    1:53:34

    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 onlineShow Notes to this episode:Find Mercedes Nieto on Instagram, FB, and Youtube.Previous episodes with Mercedes:Ep 45. Mercedes Nieto: Social Media TrapsEp 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
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    Ep 162. Yaël Zarca: Spreading Light and Positivity

    1:08:24

    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 spaceShow Notes to this episode:Find Yaël Zarca on Instagram, FB, YouTube and website.Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club.Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast
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    Ep 161. Miasia: Life Before, During & After TV Show Al Rakesa

    1:33:23

    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 overShow Notes to this episode:Find Miasia on Instagram, FB, YouTube and website.Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club.Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast
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    Ep 160. Aegela: Sharing Memories of Studying with Mahmoud Reda

    1:30:23

    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.Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, and Youtube . Check out her teaching platform: the Iana Dance Club.Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

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