Recommended Sites

These are a few of Rachael’s favourite sites and blogs, which she has personally found interesting, informative or entertaining. Enjoy!

Bellydance Articles & Reference

All About Bellydancing, by Shira – This is the first place to look for answers to any of your bellydance questions. Shira’s site contains hundreds of articles on every aspect of bellydance, and lots of wise advice for dancers from beginners to professionals. There’s also an extensive library of Arabic song lyrics translations.

Oriental Dancer – Bellydance Library – There are a wide range of articles here, including some useful tips for aspiring professional dancers, bellydance history, and advice on musical interpretation.

Habibi Magazine ArchivesHabibi-A Journal for Lovers of Middle Eastern Dance & Arts was published by Shareen El Safy from 1992 to 2002. All issues of the magazine are now available for free online, and it is a wonderful resource for curious dancers.

Bellydance Blogs

BellyLorna – The journal of a Scottish dancer living and working in Cairo. Fascinating reading for anyone wanting to know more about life as a professional dancer in the Middle East.

Kisses from Kairo – The diary of Luna, an American dancer in Cairo. Luna has lots of entertaining and sometimes slightly controversial opinions, and her blog is generally a good read.

Emma Chapman – Emma is a British dancer based in Cambridge, and one of the top modern Egyptian style dancers in the UK. She is very knowledgeable about bellydance, and her blog contains a mixture of posts about her own dance activities, and articles on dance, music, teaching and more.

Kitty Kohl – Kitty is a Tribal Fusion dancer based in Reading, and it’s probably fair to say she’s a bellydance geek. Her blog is well written and thought-provoking, and although she mainly performs Tribal Fusion, she knows a lot about traditional bellydance and the issues that affect the wider dance community too.

BellyDanceGeek – Nadira Jamal’s website for geeky bellydancers who love learning about all aspects of the dance. She has a great blog, and also makes free video podcasts.

Bellydance At Any Size – A wonderful resource for promoting positive body image among bellydancers of all sizes, which includes articles, interviews, costuming tips and much more.

Princess Farhana – Princess Farhana of Hollywood posts about her weird and wonderful, glitter-covered existence… There are some great posts on makeup and costuming, and an excellent series of posts on ‘going pro’.

Bellydance Paladin – The blog of Tribal Fusion dancer Asharah. Although Rachael doesn’t perform Tribal bellydance herself, she enjoys Asharah’s insights on bellydance in general.

Ask Ananke – Reviews, advice for dance students, tips for professional dancers and much more by American dancer Ananke.

The Occidental Dancer – The marvelously eccentric blog of a bellydancing Kiwi in London. Features posts on up-and-coming dancers, and a lot of vintage hollywood ‘harem dancing’ clips, as well as an occasional agony-aunt column written by a bellydancing colossal squid named Jilly. Yes, really.

Navel Gazing – London bellydancer Amy writes about her experiences as a dance student, and her thoughts on dance and creativity.