Art of the Drum Solo

Jamila @ Lizard Lounge

Jamila @ Lizard Lounge


The Drum Solo
is the most exciting part of the belly dance performance – it’s when the dancer can really show off her stuff! A drum solo is usually performed at the end of a belly dance performance as the grand finally.

Below is a youtube video at the Lizard Lounge Christmas party.

Drum Solo with Veil Intro

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Male Belly Dancers

Asi Haskal

“Do men belly dance?” It is a question I’m often asked belly dancing for different events, and the answer is yes. Some male belly dancers are considered better performers than many females. This answer usually prompts a funny reaction.

This next question soon follows, “What do they
wear? Do they wear the same costumes as you?” As amusing as this is to me, it is a legitimate question. If you have never seen a male belly dancer, how would you know? Styles of dance costumes for men are more masculine. I’ve seen male dancers in slack caftans with a sash tied at the waist, or harem pants and vest. Performer and costume designer, Asi Haskal, dances in his own creations, special Turbans, and royalty gowns, with no exposed belly.

Although male belly dancers are more common abroad, they are still a novelty, under-exposed here in the United States. Gratefully, we have amazing performers and teachers like Asi Haskel, able to bridge the gap between language, music, religion, race and sex. So come on guys, start dancing!

Below is a belly dance performance by Asi Haskal and his website. His shimmies and accents are so powerful.

ASI HASKAL BELLY DANCE SHOWE 18

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Shik Shak Shok

Jamila Johari

I love this song shik shak shok. It was featured on a cd compliation “10 songs every belly dancer should know”. The translation is Habiby, just forget the “Rap” and never mind the “Rock” lets dance “Baladi”.

Click the link below to hear this great song.

Shik Shak Shok

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Veil Belly Dancing

                    Jamila Johari


Dancing with a Veil
is a traditional part of a belly dance performance. Most belly dance sets begin with a viel intro. Entering the stage with a veil prop can be slow and sensual or fast and full of energy. Veils can be either circular or rectangular in shape and come in different fabrics. I love dancing with silk veils. Silk gives the dance a very graceful movement.

Below is a youtube link to my first veil performance.

 

Jamila Johari Veil Dance

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Tito and little Mimo Drum Duet

Egyptian Drum/Tabla

This video is awesome. Drum Duet with Tito and his 6 year old nephew Mimo. They are so great together. Hope to see more duets soon.

Tito & Mimo Drum Duet

Akon – Bananza (Belly Dancer)

Jamila Johari

 

Akon sure knows how to party. I danced to this song for a grand opening for a hookah lounge. Check out the super hot video.

Akon – Bananza (Belly Dancer)

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Sword Belly Dancing

Jamila Johari

Sword Belly Dancing or Scimitar the Arabic term for sword can create a dramatic performance. The best swords for belly dancing originate in the Middle  East and have a curved blade. Dancing with a sword is a great way to bring attention to your isolations. The sword can be balanced on your head, arms, hip, chin or chest. There is always the element of danger and suspense. Is it sharp? Will the dancer drop it?

I like to include the sword dance as part of my audience participation at parties. It usually gets lot of cheers when the guest of honor becomes the entertainment.

Here’s a video from a house party I danced for. It was the big 3 0 for the birthday girl.

30th Birthday Party

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Male Belly Dancer Zadiel

Belly Dancer Zadiel

Belly Dancer Zadiel is Turkish, born and raised in Berlin with a strong connection with the oriental dance since childhood. Beside oriental bellydance, he was also trained in turkish folklore, which strongly formed his dance and which has formed a harmonic connection between turkish and oriental belly dance style for him.

Check out this awesome performance on youtube.

Turkish Male Belly Dancer Zadiel

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Vintage Belly Dance Music

 

Radio Bastet is a great site for vintage belly dance music. Podcast, playlist, and much more. The cover gallery is so much fun to look at. All thes amazing dancers and musicians from the past. EDDIE “THE SHEIK” KOCHAK always had the sexiest dancers on his covers.

 

www.radiobastet.com

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