Schooling Your Classes on Skirts

Learn more about the Kaleidoscope skirt

There are several types of bellydance skirts. The ones we’ll focus on are long traditional ones used in performance and short ones that are often for fashion. Recently one of our favourite dancers, Aziza Nawal wore this skirt during the Atlanta Fusion Bellydance Show. It was incredible. She matched it with a lovely red wrap top and her students followed suit in gorgeous combinations, many in MBD.

It may be common sense to some but for new people to the art it’s hard to know exactly what types of skirts look best. If you’re doing a solo show, a skirt with a slit in the side is quite dramatic and accentuates your moves as a soloist. In group numbers and to give a cohesive look you’ll want to do long skirts that flow and spin as you all move. The synchronicity of it all is absolutely beautiful.
Short skirts , we suggest, are best used in a variety of art. Modern Dance, some Latin choreography, some parts of Rroma adaptations and the list goes on and on. We want to know where and how you’re wearing your skirts. Send us photos!
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Team MBD

Bellydance Online – Another Way to Learn

There are a lot of thoughts around this topic and we’re in agreement that one should definitely take advantage of classes in person. However, for some, that’s not always possible. As much as we agree one can’t do all things online because one can miss the benefits of being social, you can still gain a lot from web-based raqs sharqi courses. Like it or not, they aren’t going anywhere and we’re happy about that.

Suhaila Salimpour offers a highly-praised online course

During Bellydance Fashion Week, several courses were made available online. We did have attendees tune-in and leave comments. They interacted from the comfort of their homes. If only things like this were available years ago for those with broken legs, the sick or those who were just too far away to take a two-day trip half around the world.

Eshta Amar’s course was offered online during Bellydance Fashion Week Atlanta. We’re grateful the team made that available.

As with anything, use the internet responsibly. Use online courses to gain skills and become better at the art vs. avoiding the social aspect that is a part one’s dance community. We look forward to making many things available via web-based alternatives and not just our clothing. We understand that sometimes a fan just can’t make it. So kudos to those who are offering these classes and thinking outside the box. They are bound to bring in more interest and encourage us all to get together in person for some quality raqs time.

Thanks for reading!
-Team MBD

Bellydance Fashion Week Recap

Our resident archivist wrote about Bellydance Fashion Week. We are so grateful to everyone who was involved. We were speechless at the turn out, support and response. Looks like fans want more. We aim to bring it to you soon! Thank you. Enjoy!

Flashback to summer of 2015. I’m looking at tweets from various rock stars about their wives being at Fashion Week – one in particular was doing the marketing and promotions for it. I’m thinking…where is the Bellydance Fashion Week? Why don’t we have that? Eureka – the Bellydance Fashion Week was with me. I decided I […]

via Bellydance Fashion Week – A 1st & a Success! — Raqs Atlanta

Fashion Updates from

Beilasi worn by Karma Karmelita of Atlanta

With BDFW2016 under our belts we’re ready to get going on to the next big thing. In the meantime we’re showing you some of the items that were a big hit at the week’s event. That includes spinning skirts, casual lifestyle raqswear and printed ensembles.

Printed skirts are always a hit in this genre of dance. We see that they are being used not only in raqs sharqi/bellydance but in modern dance and modern art as well. These designs tell a story as they swirl with the dancer and float effortlessly across the stage.

If print is not your thing, try this in a variety of other colours including solids.

Spinning Spirit worn by dancer Karma Karmelita of Atlanta

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