October 27, 2019

Art is a critical part of everyone’s life and, like science it behooves everyone to have some working knowledge of it. Why? Because art develops the creative mind which needed for problem solving skills. There are two kinds of art – fine art and performing art. The dif...

September 30, 2019

Imagine a world without art – what would it be like? No music, no painting, no dance, no theater or film – no statues, no jewelry – no poetry. In short, no beauty, no fun, no inspiration. A prison. Grey, cold, empty thoughtless, emotionless – apathy.

I wonder all the ti...

August 26, 2019

Dance, like all performing arts, includes a mix of theater arts the knowledge of which creates a true artist. Dance instruction goes way beyond teaching movement or choreography. It must include teaching the related theater arts of music, drama, pantomime, stage make-u...

July 27, 2019

The document you are handed when you arrive at any show called, “The Program”,  is a reflection of many hours of work, research and preparation to create the show you are about to see. Every show is defined by two things:

  1. Is it professional or amateur?

  2. Is it a...

June 24, 2019

The Art of Performing involves three "P's": Personality, Presence and Projection. Understanding these makes it easier to understand one's work as a performer.

PERSONALITY is the combination of the thoughts, emotions, behaviors, opinions, viewpoints, decisions and geneti...

May 27, 2019

This is a multi-part series on the art of performing.

Science and Art

Science is the intellectual and practical activity of observing, understanding and codifying the structure and function of the physical and natural world in order to care for it, and survive optimally...

April 26, 2019

If you did not grow up studying or being involved in the performing arts, then it may seem strange that there is such a thing as a choreographer. Dancers and students are often surprised when I expect a fee to create a dance for them. They think that teaching, performi...

March 26, 2019

I have always said that dance is visual music in movement. What the audience hears they see in the dancers’ body moving in space. So, understanding music is critical to being a good dancer. And, with Middle Eastern music this can be a challenge. If you didn’t grow up l...

March 1, 2019

The 1970’s was a time of Globalization. World dance and music became the hottest thing since the 1930’s clubs with giant floor shows! LA was a mecca of folk dance and belly dance clubs which lined the strip: The Fez, The Seventh Veil and Folk Dance was alive and kickin...

January 31, 2019

Improvisation is extemporaneous choreography. That means that improvisation is accomplished with the same mechanics and principles as choreography. The only difference is that improvisation is in the moment and choreography is pre-designed movement.

I learned belly...

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