Ep 87. Tatyana Gavrilova (Sola Dance): Online Classes as a Tool to Develop Your Own Style

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Are you a fan of online belly dance classes, or are you on the skeptical side? In either case, this episode will bring you so much positive energy and laugh that you will immediately fall in love with Tatyana Gavrilova and her online platform for dancers, Sola Dance. Tatyana has already produced over 200 videos of belly dance workshops, and in this conversation she takes us behind the screen of Sola Dance.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • How the idea of Sola Dance appeared.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of practicing belly dance online.

  • What was the funniest moment of recording classes with teachers at Sola Dance.

  • How online resources can help you develop your own unique style.

  • If there are any differences in mentalities of Russian-speaking and English-speaking dancers.


Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Tatyana Gavrilova and Sola Dance on FB, Instagram, YouTube and website.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Ep 86. Tatiana Avila: Don't Let Jealousy or Gossips Blind You

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This is one of the most honest and straightforward conversations of the podcast! Please welcome the absolutely amazing Mexican beauty based in the UAE, Tatiana Avila. After burning up Dubai's most prestigious nightclubs with her energy, charisma and super dance techniques, she is currently focusing on developing dance classes and workshops in Dubai. In this interview, Tatiana talks about her path from being a student to becoming a professional in-demand dancer, as well as differences between what we learn in dance schools, and what we see in real life of the belly dance entertainment industry.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • Tatiana’s path as a student, her teachers, struggles and inspirations

  • Our beloved “BellyPolice” :)

  • The differences between dance in academic and entertainment worlds

  • How folklore dabke is transformed in cabaret settings

  • The structure of a typical belly dance show in Dubai


Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Tatiana Avila on FB, Instagram and YouTube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Ep 85. How Often Do You Dance Just For Yourself?

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It’s a solo mini-episode!

Do you know how to dance just for yourself, or are you constantly in a marathon of preparing for some events and performances? In this mini-episode I’m sharing my recent breakthrough and realization of where I’d like my artistic path to go in the future.


Show Notes to this episode:

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 84. Malema (Maria Aya): The Most Surprising Belly Dance Story You've Ever Heard

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This is the most surprising belly dance story you’ve ever heard. Discover how Malema (Maria Aya) got introduced to belly dance at the age of 30, then started receiving requests for private classes from well-established professional dancers, and how one simple YouTube video recorded for pure fun brought her first international teaching gig. And this was just the first chapter of her dance story.

Today, after a harsh year of being diagnosed with lupus (an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body's organs), surviving 14 heart attacks, 5 brain strokes, and fully recovering from these diseases, Malema is ready to start a new chapter. She is back to teaching classes, but she is also passionate about developing a dance therapy practice based on oriental movements, and using the vocabulary of belly dance to help women recover after sexual abuses and war traumas.

Malema (Maria Aya) is founder and co-organizer of MOSAIC Oriental Festival in Athens, founder & artistic director of “Hamsa”, International Center for Culture & Arts of East Med Countries, and creator of the "Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate". She is a leader and main choreographer of “Malema’s Banat” oriental inspired theatrical dance group, international multi-awarded choreographer, and a renowned teacher of oriental and folkloric dances.


Show Notes to this episode:

Follow Malema on FB. Her FB dance page, and Hamsa - Oriental Art House page. YouTube video that she mentioned in the interview is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY6hBS5YNRo

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Bundle and information about the Instagram challenge: thebellydancebundle.com & @thebellydancebundle .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Ep 83. Best of: Secrets of "Perfect" Musicality

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Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about such complex topic as musicality in belly dance. Learn from Esmeralda Colabone, Alida Lin, Sandra Kahloun and Kamilia. Aim for more!


Show Notes to this episode:

Ep 13. Esmeralda Colabone: Music as Your Guide & Mentor

Ep 37. Alida Lin: How to Control Your Music As a Dancer

Ep 47. Sandra: Rules Of Improvisation

Ep 62. Kamilia: Dreaming of a Big Supportive Community

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 82. Katerina Shereen: The Importance of Your Mindset for a Long-Term Dance Career

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I literally had goosebumps several times during this conversation: from months at an ICU and wheelchair recovery, to an active dance career, marathon running, and becoming a crossfire athlete! Are you ready for an incredible story from a phenomenal woman? Please welcome Katerina Shereen, who performed at the most glamorous events with such guests as Elton John, Sharon Stone and royal families who came to London every summer. Katerina became the special dancer for the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of Brunei. The biggest benefit though was to work with amazing Arabic musicians who worked with Oum Kalthoum and Abdal Halim Hafez or played for legends such as Fifi Abdo and Nagua Fouad.

In this interview you will hear about:

  • The scene of belly dance education: festivals vs intensives, and what goals each type of event serves,

  • Tips on how to choose wisely which dance event to invest your money in

  • Katerina’s story of a leg injury due to a doctor’s mistake, and her recovery path

  • The importance and power of the mindset to never give up

  • What skills you are missing to get a successful, joyful and long-term dance career


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Katerina Shereen on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 81. Carmen Fragoso: Things Happen When You Are Ready For Them

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Carmen Fragoso is a Mexican choreographer & dance coach specialized in Belly dance, Khaleeji and Iraqi dancing, with a thriving career as a contract dancer based in Dubai. Listen to her incredible story on how she brought her main dance dream to life, and achieved the lifestyle that she wanted.

In this interview you will hear about:

  • How facing dance frustrations and seeking more from life led to a complete change of lifestyle

  • How Carmen got involved in Iraqi dancing

  • How her 2-month vacation got transformed into a full-time job in Dubai

  • What was the most surprising thing she discovered during the first year of working in the Middle East

  • The importance of a dancer’s image on stage, and off stage

  • How her dance videos became viral on social media, and what it brought to her life.


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Carmen Fragoso on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 80. About Experience of Judging a Competition

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It’s a solo episode!

Sharing my experience of being a judge at the Dance Weekend in Warsaw competition: from what goes in the judge’s head during evaluations, to most common mistakes that caught my attention from performance to performance.


Show Notes to this episode:

Download free tips for your 20-min belly dance program here: www.ianadance.com/podcast/tips

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 79. Anjelica Scannura: From Flamenco to Belly Dance to Stand-Up Comedy

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Anjelica Scannura is a highly accomplished dancer, choreographer, actress, and comedian. She has performed and taught flamenco and belly dance all over the world, including the USA, Europe, Caribbean and Middle East.

Anjelica has been the recipient of many dance awards, including The Marty Award for Oustanding dance artist in 2018, Bellydancer of the Universe Winner 2013, Bellydancer of the Universe Hall of Fame Inductee 2014, Paula Citron Fresh Blood Award, Finalist at the Certamen de Coreografia de Danza Espanol y Flamenco in 2013, Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Champion 2006, among others. Anjelica is also the face of ZoomerMedia’s health and fitness channel, ONE Get Fit TV, where she has her own critically acclaimed dance-fitness show “Anjelica’s Dance Workout.”

In this interview you will hear about:

  • Historical connection between flamenco and belly dance

  • Tips for your fusion choreographies

  • Insights into a gigs life and theatre shows of a solo dancer

  • What’s similar and different between stand-up comedy and belly dance show

  • Transitioning from one chapter of creative career to another


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Anjelica Scannura on Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 78. Darya Ryzhkova: Winner of Cairo! Fest Budapest

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I’m happy to feature Darya Ryzhkova, the winner of Cairo! Fest Budapest 2019!

Dariya is a professional dancer and teacher. Her awards include dance competitions in Russia, Spain, Kazahistan, France, Israel, Hungary and Greece. She is certified judge by the Russian Liga of Professional Belly Dancers, as well as teacher at Eshta studio, and director of her own dance school Baheya.


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Darya Ryzhkova via Instagram, FB, Youtube.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 77. Marta Korzun: How to Become a Dance Teacher

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Drum rolls please! We have the fantastic Marta Korzun back on the Belly Dance Life Podcast!

Marta Korzun is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading performers and teachers of Oriental dance. She started her career in 2006 by taking part in many competitions in the Ukraine and abroad, including Cairo. She has been titled the Bellydance Champion of the World (2011), European Bellydancer (2011), and 2nd winner at “Nile Group Cairo" (2010), just to name a few. Marta is the artistic director of one the largest Schools of Oriental dance in Eastern Europe, “Tiara” and the ensemble “Tiara Stars”. She is recognized for her unique teaching method and clear and concise explanations, and regularly holds training workshops worldwide.

In this interview you will learn:

  • When are you ready to start teaching,

  • How to help your students develop teaching skills, and how not to be afraid of their transition to the teaching world,

  • What to do if your teacher doesn’t support your teaching dreams,

  • How to get ready for your first class,

  • The importance of business education for dancers, and tips on promoting your classes.


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Marta Korzun via Instagram, FB, Youtube. Marta’s educational video for bellydance teachers and dancers is available HERE. Also, check a previous interview with Marta at Ep 01. Marta Korzun: About Competitions and Individual Style

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 76. Joana Saahirah: Egyptian Dance As The Tool For Self-Knowledge And Empowerment.

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This is one of those episodes that I have marked as "must listen again"!

Joana Saahirah is a world-renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric dance, an actress and an author. After almost a decade of life and career in Egypt, presenting shows on a daily basis with her own orchestra, Joana has created a unique style of teaching, choreographing and performing that unites East and West. She has studied and worked as a choreography and teaching assistant with Mahmoud Reda, and studied with legends of Egyptian Oriental Dance, such as Shokry Mohamed, Souhair Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, Azza Sherif, and Mona el Said, just to name a few. She has also written and published two books: ”The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” and“Behind the Curtain”, among her other projects.

In this interview you will learn:

  • How Joana quit a promising acting career and became a belly dancer without even realizing it,

  • Why did she leave Egypt at the peak of her performance success,

  • What makes her think that Egyptian dance is a tool to reveal a person’s true dreams,

  • How to have a bigger vision for your dance career,

  • What is the balance between acting and being yourself on stage,

  • AND SO MUCH MORE!


Show Notes to this episode:

Thank you for supporting the Belly Dance Life Podcast via our Patreon page!

Follow Joana Saahirah via Instagram, YouTube, FB, and www.joanasaahirah.com. Join Joana Saahirah´s World Newsletter, where you´ll receive news, inspirations, and gifts, and become a part of Egyptian Dance Revolution HERE.

Follow Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 75. George Sawa: Digging Deep Into the History of Egyptian Music

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Historian and musician Dr. George Sawa is the author of multiple books. He has published over 50 articles on Arabic music in journals and encyclopedias, and is frequently invited to give lectures and concerts worldwide. In 2005, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his research in Arabic music history. His CD, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 1, was nominated for a JUNO Award in World Music in 2009. His Egyptian Music Appreciation and Practice for Bellydancers has won international acclaim and is an invaluable companion to bellydancers all over the world, having been translated to multiple languages.

In this interview you will learn about:

  • Similarities and differences between Western and Arabic music in 10th century and now,

  • Different meanings of the term "tarab",

  • Why popular interpretation of muwashahat dance is wrong from a historical point of view,

  • What is maqam,

  • How to interpret and dance to different instruments in songs.


Show Notes to this episode:

Find Dr George Sawa on his website, YouTube, and FB. The video of Taheyya Carioca mentioned in the interview is available HERE.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 74. Hassan Khalil: The Roots of Oriental Dance

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Prof. Dr. Hassan Khalil lived in the time of the great oriental dancers like Naima Akeef, Samia Gamal, Tahiya Karioka, and even lived in the same neighbourhood with some of them. Later he also worked with Nagua Fuad and Suheir Zaki and many other famous dancers. He is a master teacher and choreographer for many of the most well known Oriental dancers all over the world. Khalil was the director of the Balloon Theatre, the general director of the Oum Kalsoum Theatre in Cairo, as well the general supervisor for folklore in the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. He is also the founder of the famous folk dance group, the National Ensemble of Egypt.

In this interview you will learn about:

  • The nature and roots of dance itself,

  • Differences between Pharaonic and folklore dances of Egypt,

  • Influence of the Turkish Ottoman harems in oriental dance,

  • Behind-the-scene stories of the Golden Era period,

  • How the ancient history of this dance influence current belly dance trends


Show Notes to this episode:

Find Prof Dr Hassan Khalil on his website, Instagram, and FB. Video about life and work of Prof Dr Hassan Khalil is available here.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 73. How to Grow Your Online Audience

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It’s a MINI episode!

Short and sweet: today I’m sharing my key secret of growing an online audience, which doubled my Instagram in less than half a year.


Show Notes to this episode:

Download free tips for your 20-min belly dance program here: www.ianadance.com/podcast/tips

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 72. Mario Kirlis: I Believe In The Freedom of Art

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Mario Kirlis is an Argentinian musician and composer that is known for his extensive work in Arabic Music. He has been a mentor for a number of South American musician and belly dancers to approach the Middle Eastern art, and he has inspired artists all across the world.

In this interview you will learn about:

  • Mario Kirlis’s most memorable music-dance collaboration

  • The story of creating “modern baladi'“, also known as “Mario Kirlis baladi”

  • Most common mistakes dancers do in music interpretation

  • Logistics of directing a music orchestra

  • Why Arabic musicians never play a song the same way twice


Show Notes to this episode:

Find Mario Kirlis on his website, Instagram, YouTube, and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 71. When Are You Ready to Start Teaching

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It’s a MINI episode!

This is a medley of ASKianaDANCE show where I answered to following questions:

  • How to check if you are ready to start teaching dance classes for beginners

  • What to do if your dance teacher doesn't really like when students start teaching

Can you relate to this issues? Listen right now to the new episode to find out my tips and suggestions!


Show Notes to this episode:

You can submit your own questions for ASKianaDANCE show at www.ianadance.com/ask

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 70. Gigi Dilsah: What Does It Take to Be a Belly Dancer in Turkey

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Gigi Dilsah is a passionate dancer and teacher. She began her dance training early in ballet. As she grew up in a conservative family in Istanbul, she also spent a lot of time in the USA where she found freedom and opportunities to explore belly dance. In Istanbul she's known as Dilsah, and in the U.S. she's known as Gigi. Now, combining two names along with extensive training, she shares her knowledge of this dance form via private classes in Istanbul, as well as touring across the USA.

In this interview you will learn about:

  • Belly dance as a part of daily Turkish life

  • Common stereotypes about belly dance in Turkey

  • The role Romani dance plays in the typical Turkish belly dance program

  • Proper costume for Turkish Romani dance

  • Artistic limitations of having a stage name


Show Notes to this episode:

Find Podcast Merch Collection (including the mug) HERE

Find Gigi Dilsah on Instagram, YouTube, and FB.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Ep 69. Best of: Dance Productions Around the World

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Some of the best moments from our previous episodes! Today we are talking about dance productions and shows on the big stage. Learn from Mr Ozgen, Jillina Carlano, Oscar Flores and Vanessa of Cairo. Dream big!


Ep 68. Matias Hazrum: Creating & Playing Music for Belly Dancers

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Matias Hazrum is a world known arabic percussionist, musician, teacher and composer. He was born in Argentina (Buenos Aires), but his origin comes from Syria. Matias is a high level professional not only in playing the drum, but also in playing keyboard and other instruments of arabic percussion such as mashar, daff, rek and others. He worked on stage with such great names in the bellydance world including Saida (Argentina), Amir Thaleb (Argentina), Virginia Mendes (USA), Jillina (USA), Amar Gamal (USA), Sharon Kihara (USA), Yana Tsehotskaya (Ukraine), Anna Borisova (Russia) and many more.

In this interview you will learn about:

  • Dancer & drummer dynamics on stage: who follows whom?

  • How to communicate your dance ideas to a drummer

  • Finishing a drum solo improvisation in sync with a drummer

  • The process of creating individual custom-order songs


Show Notes to this episode:

Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Find Matias Hazrum on Instagram, YouTube, and FB, or contact via email matiashazrum23@gmail.com.

Find Iana on Instagram, FB, Youtube, website .

My Inner Dancer: myinnerdancer.com

Bellydance Evolution and information about their new program and casting: bellydanceevolution.com