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The Flutter of the Belly

This is a move that I have been working on for ages and every time I don’t feel that I am making  much progress. Here is some information to help.

The key with the belly flutter is to get relaxed and practice. It is a contraction of the muscles that control breathing and not actually the abdominal muscles. Usually these muscles are referred to as the diaphragm. Strictly speaking the diaphragm is actually a set of involuntary muscles (meaning you can not control them) and the muscles you are using are called the intercostal muscles. These muscles, just like any other group of muscles, needs to be stretched and exercised to be effectively used.

This is a simple E how article on how to do the basic belly flutter. Below that are two videos. The first is a short explanation on flutters and the second goes in a bit more depth.

E How: How to Perform a Belly Dance Flutter

If you are practicing the belly flutter I suggest you start laying down or sitting. Doing this will help you relax you abdominal muscles since you do not need to focus on posture or layering. Also laying down forces your intercostal muscles to work more effectively which can help in isolating and practicing this move. The most important thing about this step is to practice, which I plan on doing as much as possible.

Note: How to stretch you breathing muscles

I learn this one in Drum Corps years back. Stand up straight with you hands clasped over your head. Take a deep breath in and hold it. Take two to three more little sips of air. At this point you should feel full to the brim with air. Now hold the air in and slowly do a side bend stretch. You can do this to each side and if you have enough air, you will be able to stretch the muscles that are used for breathing. I find this is good to do beforehand after practicing the belly flutter. (Warning some times taking in that much air can make you dizzy. Its normal. Just resume breathing regularly and it should pass.)

Good luck.
-Nara

Tribal Makeup Tips

I have a few performances coming up and that has me thinking about stage makeup.

Some of my favorite makeup tips:

1. Always use a base or moisturizer before putting on your make-up. Make sure to put it on your eyes (carefully) before applying shadow or base. You will be amazed on how much better your makeup stays when you give it something to hold on to.

2.Have fun with eye liner. This is really for the tribal dancers. Invest in a good black eyeliner that you can use well and use often. I am not one to preach about kinds of eyeliner because ever dancer has their own favorate. If you haven’t found yours then go and experiment. I like to test a good eyeliner out on my hand first. If I can make a nice line on the back of my hand, I have a better chance at making one on my eyelid. This also gives you a chance to see how easy it is to remove the liner.

For some basics and ideas this article is great for eye liner.

3.Use great color. I like to invest in strong colors. A good mix of bright and deep colors is usually good for a smokey and exotic eye. You can use a little water on your eyelid first before you apply the shadow to make you color richer.

Check out some of these videos for some great ideas for eye makeup. I was inspired.

4. Take your time. The biggest mistake I see dancers make is when they rush their makeup. Doing makeup correctly is like painting a picture. It takes time! Do not rush it and always give yourself more time then you think you will need.

Have fun.

-Nara

Offer Online Private Lessons and Free Workshops

I am happy to announce that I am able to offer online private lessons through buddyschool.com. This will let you tailor your private lesson and schedule it at your convenience. I am available to teach Basic Tribal Fusion, Intermediate Tribal Fusion, Ballet for Belly Dancers, Modern for Belly Dancers. We can specialize you lessons for what you need and want.  To start setting up classes now please click the picture above or visit the Instruction page. You will need to register for free with buddyschool.com. You will also need a microphone, camera and skype account to complete these lessons. Please contact me for more details.


I also am starting monthly live streaming workshops. These are free to anyone who wants to learn more about Belly Dance. I will be covering different topics for each workshop. Information is available for the next workshop in the Tiger Claw Newsletter (No Spam Ever!). Please subscribe by going to the Instructionpage or you can do it below. It is great to have this new opportunity to teach so many new people.-Nara

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