Playlist Essentials for Bellydancers

This summer I’ve been busy with starting up new classes in the studio and creating workshops that cater to belly dancers needs. The results were great: I had two sold out workshops plus four new students for my weekly classes! Teaching the workshops was so much fun, that I wanted to give more dancers the opportunity to join in. The only question was: how? I joined the fabulous team of teachers at the Belly Dance Business Academy and I will create several classes a year for their curriculum.

The first class that I amteaching is ‘Playlist Essentials for Bellydancers’.

Music is essential to belly dancers, as our body translates the music into motion. That is why knowledge of music is important, plus it is really fun to listen to the songs that move us.

Are you…

  • someone who wants a better understanding of Middle-Eastern music
  • A student who likes to listen to belly dance music but don’t know where to start?
  • a dancer who wants a go-to practice playlist?
  • an instructors looking for songs to explain, practice and drill?

This course is for you! In this course we explore different types and styles of music to create your own personal belly dance playlist. With this playlist, you are ready to teach a last-minute class, you can practice on the fly and you’ll knock your teachers socks off with your knew found knowledge of belly dance music.

Follow this link to find the class en enroll in this free class!

The Belly Dance Business Academy is an online learning platform that helps dancers all around the world to get better at running their business. Classes and workshops are available in every price range, including a couple of free classes. Topics include (but are not limited to) handling the business side of belly dance, how to organize,  creating lesson plans,  handling complicated situations with clients or students and personal development. I wish I had this resource available when I started my belly dance business over a decade ago! Joining the BDBA is easy: go to the website and create an account (no payment involved). Once you’re logged in, choose a class from the many classes and workshops that are available and start learning.  You can read more about me on my bio page .

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My biggest passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I intent to continue doing so for quite some time! If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Leave your questions or comments in the box below, or let me know through Facebook.

Belly dance post cards

Being hooked on belly dance, I often try find pretty post cards that I can send to other dancers or use as a gift tag or thank you note. I collected a couple of places where you can order your belly dance themed post cards. Perfect as a gift for the dancer in your life or as a gift to yourself 🙂

bd-postcards-silhouetteBelly dance silhouette postcards

This cafepress site also has other items adorned with bellydancer silhouettes.


Lacy Chenault

This artist has been drawing belly dancers for over a decade. You can buy her colorful designs in her zazzle store.


Tribal fusion postcards by Myka Jelina

Myka draws beautiful art work and her tribal fusion dancers have a bit of pixie, steampunk and gothic. Sassy!


Marta – bellydance greeting cards

This Australian designer made a beautiful set of greeting cards especially for you! Contact her directly for shipping charges outside Australia.


Bellydance Resources is created by Kyria to bundle information for her students, friends and fellow dancers. Navigating the internet can be overwhelming, that’s why we create blogs and articles about belly dance that point you towards high quality sources of information. If you like to receive an update in your mail every other month, sign up here.

Turkish Cabaret Style

Turkish belly dance is also known as Turkish Oriental or Tansi Oryental. It’s a very upbeat style that includes fast turns, pelvic shimmies, floorwork and fluid and creative arms. Some famous Turkish dancers from the past are Princess Banu, Nelja Ates, Nesrin Topkapi  and Tulay Karaca. Modern Turkish bellydancers are Didem and Asena.


Turkish costumes are decorated within an inch of their live. Beautiful flourishes, rhinestones, multicolor fringe in different lengths, drapes, cut-outs, ruffles, patterned fabric, flounces and flourishes. It’s a costuming style that matches the dance style. As Turkish dance is more flirtatious and sexy, the costumes can be quite revealing with high slits, plunging necklines and strategic cut-outs that keeps the audience guessing on how the dancer pulls of moving without showing anything. Dancers typically wear high heels during performances.

The most famous designer of Turkish belly dance costumes is Bella, located in Istanbul. She has a second store located in Ghent, Belgium.

More affordable is Legend Costumes, a business completely run by women.

Folklore and the famous 9/8

Turkish belly dance is related to various Turkish folk dances. One of the most commonly known folk style is the Turkish Romani style. This is the dance style of the Turkish gypsy people. It contains complex foot patterns, expressive pelvic moves and often live music. The music often contains complex rhythmic patterns, like the 9/8 rhythm that is sometimes referred to as Karsilama. The ‘spoon dance’ is also a typical Turkish folk dance, where the dancers hold wooden spoons in their hands that they play during the dance.

DVD resources for Turkish Bellydance

Totally Turkish with Ruby

Raw Roman with Reyhan

Turkish Romani Dance with Elisabeth Strong

Read more about Turkish Oriental dance at the following links

Learn Bellydance Styles: Turkish Oriental – Bellydance University by Lauren Zehara


Travel guides to Istanbul or Turkey for bellydancers 

Istanbul for belly dancers– Shimmy


Starting Bellydance Resources

trance02witI’ve always been interested in the proces of learning and I am one of those belly dance teachers that creates extensive hand-outs and link collections for her students. I figured that as I’d been doing the work, I might as well publish it on this website so I can easily refer students to the information they need. I collect links, video’s and other material on this website that I value as a resource. This means that I pick and choose what resources are valuable for my students based on my decades of experience as a belly dancer. I started out taking belly dance classes when I went to University and after six years started teaching and performing as a professional belly dancer. I am located in Utrecht, The Netherlands and I’m still going strong, teaching weekly classes, workshops and creating performances. My Dutch website promoting my belly dance business is over here.  I have also been making my own belly dance costumes for quite some time and dedicated an English blog to the subject. It’s called Kyria’s Costumes and you can find it over here. It gives more insight in my personal life and the costuming projects I’m working on.

I’ll be adding stuff to this website when I find the time and hope that it’ll be a solid resource to help students, teachers and performers find resources to continue to grow and learn. Are you a producer and would you like a review of your product? Please contact me through facebook and we can talk about the options. Keep in mind that I will write a review of your product from my point of view. I will let you read the review before posting it so you can react and add nuance.

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