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New York City dancer Danielle Hutton speaks on magical intentions, powerful productions, and why washing your hair on Venus’s Day is a damn good idea. New York-based fusion belly dance performer Danielle Hutton’s dance has been described as a concentrated slow burn of sincerity and elegant emotionality. Danielle is a choreographer, creator, consult…
 
Belly Dance Superstars Choreographer Jillina Carlano on courage, contribution, and marinating yourself in music. From performing in prison, touring the planet and stumbling forward through the reckoning in the dance community. This is an amazing podcast interview. Jillina Carlano is a world-class artist who produces dance shows and creates experien…
 
Brooklyn-born belly dancer and fusion artist Brenna Crowley tells us how she went from looking down at the ground to strutting sidewalks like a runway model and dancing like a superhero. Alicia: Fiercely whipping her red locks around and sometimes shooting daggers out of her eyes between smiles, Brenna Crowley is a belly dance artist in NYC who is …
 
Award winning belly dancer Amanda Hart talks about how “A little progress each day adds up to big results”, her own growth from being part of Jillina’s Belly Dance Experience, and her love for the Lebanese singer Fairuz. (Progress quote from Satya Nani) https://www.amandahartbellydance.com Amanda Hart is an award winning smiling shimmy queen from K…
 
Trans masculine belly dancer Kamrah of Chicago talks about key differences in Egyptian and Lebanese belly dance and highlights a big mistake that many of us make when dancing with a sword… https://youtu.be/3DugEkV-AS8 Kamrah is Chicago’s first trans masculine belly dancer. Kamrah has been dancing since 2001, and Kamrah performs and teaches what we …
 
Some Great Carolena Nericcio Dance Quotes: Successful patterns repeat themselves We are there for the bliss of following the directions The audience felt like they were dancing with us The most successful performance is when the audience completely forgets they’re watching it. Dance is supposed to take you away from the every day. Ask yourself: Wha…
 
What is the difference between Popping and Locking? Find out from this amazing fusion belly dancer who has toured with Belly Dance Superstars, Belly Dance Evolution, choreographed for Zoe Jakes’s shows, and is featured on Rachel Brice’s Datura Online. This show is packed with deep health and beauty secrets as well as a love for festivals and shenan…
 
Hear how Eshe travelled to Turkey to study with belly dance legends Sema Yildiz and Princess Banu, why the word “Roman” needs to replace the G* word, and why Fifi Abdou’s new performances on Instagram may be even better than her iconic dance performances. Eshe is the director & owner of Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium up in Ontario Canada. Eshe h…
 
Forget about writing a useless New Years Resolution. Here’s a better way for dancers to prepare for the best year of our lives. Listen and find out what it is! This episode gives you time to reflect and create. It’s the end of 2020! Holy shit. 2020 has schooled me. I want this coming year to be the best year of our lives. Full of dance. Full of joy…
 
“Hafla Prince” Carmine Guida of NYC has played oud, cümbüs and percussion for thousands of delighted belly dancers. Hear Carmine’s tips for helping the band love to play for you and for making it super fun. Carmine Guida is a party-making machine, and he is also a very talented and versatile musician. He teaches percussion and plays melody instrume…
 
Healing yourself is possible, even in rich dark nights of the soul. Find out how Ceremonial Botanical Bodywork practitioner Rachel Fisher heals, how she became friends with Rachel Brice, and hear how she got 250,000 followers on social media and then let them go. Exciting update! A Little Lighter is ranked as #2 in the Top 10 Belly Dance Podcasts Y…
 
I met Erin in my first belly dance class in 2000 at Cornell. For 20 years we danced together on stages, streets and around fires. Erin passed away in May 2020 during the Covid Era, and I continue to seek a dance floor that can help heal the pain. I saw this quote from writer Hope Alocer posted in a Facebook group for dancers: “Behind every dancer t…
 
Singing belly dancer Helen of South Florida gives us some tone-at-home fitness tips we forgot about and shares how she moved past fear to create her own online dance program and write “Belly Dance Business 101”. https://youtu.be/GWMhaUvEcwM Interview with Helen Blondel Making an Online Belly Dance Course Belly dance is a beautiful art form, but it …
 
Tired of feeling tight and stressed? One of the world’s most down to earth Buddhist teachers shows us how to soften, relax, create space, and find meaning in our dance lives and daily lives. When I saw that Pema Chödrön (pronounced Peh-mah Choh-drun) was coming to Omega just outside of New York City in 2020, I was thrilled. Pema always puts things …
 
Veil poi innovator Maëlle shares belly dance secrets from the Lebanese night clubs of Brussels, palaces of Dubai, and Suhaila Salimpour’s dance studios. Hear her story. Alicia Free: Like many of us, Maëlle was looking for just a new dancing hobby when she started belly dancing. She took her first classes more than 20 years ago…and she fell in love.…
 
For 12 years Sabriye performed all over the Gulf and North Africa. Hear her tips for keeping the soul in Saidi and how to do Khaleeji hair throw moves safely. I am pleased to feature another leader in the Salimpour school and community, Sabriye Tekbilek. What a lovely Turkish name. Sabriye is the daughter of renowned Turkish musician “Haci” Ahmet T…
 
Flashy Floridian Belly Dancer Ciana talks about the difference between dance cardio classes and straight up belly dance classes, the importance of foundational strength for preventing injury and aiding expression, and how much fun it is to wear big drag lashes when you dance. Art and Athleticism Ciana Ariel Boetius (“Bo-EE-tus”) started dancing aro…
 
What should we call tribal fusion now that Indigenous leaders have spoken? Professor Keyes from the Salimpour School hashes out what educated belly dancers should know. Abigail Keyes (pronounced like “eyes” with a K) is one educated and informed belly dancer! Not only is she one of just 5 dancers in the world to hold dual certification in both the …
 
Find out how podcast host Iana Komarnytska made her passion for Middle Eastern dance into an abundant business, get tips for creating a clear website, and hear why it is so important for belly dancers to study folk dance styles. I am very excited to feature fellow belly dance podcaster Iana today! Podcasters unite! In addition to hosting the podcas…
 
Find out how Suhaila, Jamila and The Salimpour School have shaped the history of belly dance and fused elements of hip hop dance with traditional Middle Eastern Dance. Great Suhaila Salimpour Quotes From This Podcast Interview: “And that’s how we have all these hard contractions in belly dance now, pop and lock…People just think that always been a …
 
Hear Naimah’s tips on great eye makeup and how to get your dance costume to stay in place. And find out how modeling and studying burlesque can help us belly dancer better. Naimah is known for her mystique, theatrical performances and gothic flair. She is a drop-dead gorgeous Baltimore-based visual artist who started belly dancing back in 1999. She…
 
New York City Belly Dancer Kaeshi talks about touring the world as a dancer, screaming when dancing, and Beauty Reimagined. And her doumbek playing husband Brad Mack gives us tips on how to become a better performer. About Kaeshi KAESHI CHAI of New York City has performed in 39 countries with names like Natasha Atlas, INXS, Belly Dance Superstars, …
 
Third generation belly dance star Isabella shares what she learned from Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, talks about the magic of Bal Anat, and reflects on dancing illegally in Egypt at 8 years old. Learn more about the Salimpour School: SalimpourSchool.com SalimpourSchoolOnline.com About Isabella Salimpour: Isabella Salimpour is a third generation mu…
 
New York City belly dancer Zobeida on Anahid Sofian’s floor work, how to dance to 9/8 Turkish Roma style and how to find time to dance when you have kids. Alicia Free: This one goes out to all you mamas out there. This interview really spotlights some of the struggles of being a mother and being a belly dancer. We recorded it way before coronavirus…
 
California belly dancer and twerking instructor Cera Byer talks about fearless improvisation, clear choreography, and taking “exquisite care” of ourselves. https://youtu.be/DSVdmNo01Ok?t=87 Alicia Free: I am so happy to share with you the amazing, the edgy, Cera Byer. Cera Byer is a dancer, choreographer, movement coach, and an author. Look out for…
 
Find out why Suhaila walked off the nightclub stage at 28, how we can show respect for the cultural origins of belly dance, and how her mother Jamila Salimpour danced her cooking. *Just to note that this interview was recorded in December 2019, right before the coronavirus outbreak. About Suhaila I am so honored to feature this belly dance legend o…
 
Here’s some treatment for Coronavirus depression: Join the Dancing with Myself Movement, try Belly Dance Chi Gong, and relieve stress by laughing like crazy Laughing Yoga style. Featuring music from Moontee Sinquah. https://youtu.be/7cfXYiKibF4 Fellow Americans, citizens of the world, now is sure enough a time when we need to feel A Little Lighter.…
 
Suhaila’s student and friend Anna Horn shares some of the surprising elements of Suhaila’s format, reminisces about Jamila Salimpour’s finger cymbals, and shows us how the pets we love can inspire us to dance. Alicia: You guys are going to love this. I have Anna Horn in the studio. Anna is going to tell us all about what it was like to teach class …
 
Hear how murder mystery writer Jo loves the process of preparing for a performance even more than the show and values sharing experiences with other dancers more than perfection in the spotlight. And she likes to set drinks on fire… Jo Boring: Let’s get ridiculous. Alicia: Ooh, what an invitation from Jo Boring. Now, Jo Boring, what an interesting …
 
Want to feel beautiful and juicy in your body? Listen to this. Let’s reveal what belly dancers can learn from burlesque culture and find ways to take exquisite of ourselves. Alicia Free : I am so pleased to feature Tessa True Heart, aka Tessa Myers, a friend of mine for years and years that I’ve had the honor of performing with in many occasions. W…
 
Find out what makes Egyptian dancers look authentic and what can make Western dancers look a little fake, what makes dancers sexy, and why belly dancers in the Middle East are still stigmatized. Alicia Free: I am so pleased to have Tarik Sultan on the show. He’s a fabulous male dancer out of Jersey City, and he’s going to talk about a lot of amazin…
 
Dance feeds our feminine, and the child inside of us longs for the freedom to play dress up and dance. But problems can stop us from dancing. Hear from Tony Robbins and his wife Sage how we can turn problems into gifts and create habits that make us happier. In December 2019, my husband and I took six days to focus on who we are now and who we are …
 
Learn this essential tip for any dancer who plays zills, dance confidently to the droning medieval keyed fiddle we call the hurdy gurdy, and have fun hearing the wild times of Renaissance Festival musician and dancer Roxanne Dresden Bruscha. Woohoo! A Little Lighter is in the list of the Top 15 Dance Podcasts of 2020. Thanks for listening 🙂 Alicia …
 
Jill Parker shares what she wishes she knew when she first started dancing with Fat Chance Belly Dance, talks about tattoos, beauty secrets, and the sorcery of dance. https://youtu.be/fDFB1UkY024 Live at the Corset Factory, a pre-Industrial Revolution building in Cortland, upstate New York with Jill Parker from the West Coast hanging out on the Eas…
 
Where did belly dance come from? Who are the most famous belly dancers? What are the different styles of belly dance? This podcast will answer so many of your questions, and you’ll love it. We made it! This is the final episode in the four part series on the history of belly dance. Show #19 focused on the history of belly dance up to the 1900s. We …
 
Celebrate 1970s Strictly Belly Dance records by Eddie the Sheik, admire the moves of Egyptian belly dance star Mona Said, and take a peek into stigma and the gritty lives of many belly dancers in Cairo now. This is the 3rd show in this series on the History of Belly Dance. In this episode and the next one, we’ll cover the 1970s up to present day. I…
 
Johanna relives the breast cancer diagnosis that birthed her first dance studio and expanded her commitment to community. She shares her secret to layering a shimmy and undulation, and also urges us to meditate by focusing on 1 thing at a time. (Fire fan photo by Riotous Color Photography www.riotouscolor.com) Welcome to the second half of this hea…
 
Johanna of Hip Expressions helps us stop and take a breath, tells us her secrets to building great dance music playlists, and she shares some very fun and surprising danceable songs that you will love. Alicia Free: I am so honored to share the wisdom of this goddess of a teacher and performer with you all today. The multi-talented Johanna Zenobia d…
 
These loved Turkish, Rom and Arabic songs are a must-know for belly dancers, especially if you want to be ready to dance to a live band! Learn about the maqamat, rhythms, translations and ways to dance to Katibim, Al Ain Molayaitin, and Rompi Rompi. We have talked about so many fantastic danceable songs in the first 24 episodes of A Little Lighter,…
 
Why is it so hard to say “dancers” instead of “ladies”? Male dancers have to train even harder not to be a spectacle, and lady dancers can help too. Listen to Hakan tell us how. I am delighted to share this interview with our first featured male belly dancer, Hakan. Hakan is part of the dance community in Pittsburgh, which is the closest city to th…
 
Folkloric Fusion Belly Dancer Maria Hamer of the Hamer Sisters talks about collaborating with Tribal Fusion stars Jill Parker, Zoe Jakes, and Mardi Love as well as how she spins and incorporates silk into her belly dance costumes. Alicia Free: We are here at Pennsic Medieval Festival, and you can hear a tent stake being hammered in the background…b…
 
Improvising to live drums around a fire at a festival like Pennsic can turn a studio-trained belly dancer into a belly dancer who knows what’s up. The second part of the belly dance history series is coming soon. But August is Pennsic time in the Northeast, and it’s time to dance around fire. Belly dancing with fire will be a whole different show. …
 
As a drummer in some of the best belly dance bands in New York, Casey teaches us about the soul of belly dance rhythms in the belly dance classic song Laylet Hob, what drummers like to see in dancers, and how to fully enjoy dancing and life. Some great quotes from Casey from this interview: “A live drum solo with a dancer is a conversation in the m…
 
Travel back in time to belly dance like Ghawazee and Awalim dancers from Egypt, Ouled Nail dancers from Algeria, and Rom dancers who developed the art of belly dance centuries before us. A glimpse of what a pre-1900s Ghawazi performance might have looked something like… While teaching some saidi stick dance feeling and moves the other day, one of m…
 
Discover Dalia’s secrets on doing belly dance fusion well, find out why she dances Flamenco Arabe on beautiful angles, and know what to do next time your inner voice says, “I’m not sexy enough”. DaliaCarella.com Alicia: I have the immense pleasure of having Dalia Carella on the show today. I’ve met her at Super Fun Dance Camp. We’re actually record…
 
Learn how to do an earth shaking shimmy to the powerful 2-headed bass drum the davul (aka tabl beledi), improv with your belly dance friends like a Turk in a circle dance, and get a super dance bra strap tip from Farha. https://youtu.be/-lEUfgtMfWw?t=84 Parade season has begun in New York. Let’s celebrate a loved heartbeat of parades and street pro…
 
Find out why chatting in the dressing room is a good habit to quit, get yourself a gold or silver bra and belt, and discover what’s so confusing about Foq Elna Khel. Check out this VIDEO of Mahin doing the Damn Sexy Dance Move for this show! The Clock Maya… In show #15 we featured a Damn Sexy Dance Move and Costume tip from fabulous dancer Elisheva…
 
Free your hair with featured dancer Elisheva, add a fun new drum solo to your repertoire, and get 11 easy belly dance hairdo ideas you can try. This show #15 is a milestone for A Little Lighter! Hopefully you have been enjoying the Make-You-Shine Costume Tips and Damn Sexy Dance Moves in all the shows, and you are going to enjoy those 2 elements of…
 
Find out why Arabic speakers call their lover “my eye”, fend off the evil eye, get the low-down on the classic belly dance song Habibi ya Einy, and get tips on how to wear false eyelashes. DANCEABLE RITUAL Every day, you look right into your own eyes in a mirror. And your eyes tell your mind a story. Maybe you are tired or noticing something you do…
 
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