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There is no question that Youtube has completely revolutionised the world of belly dance lessons and belly dance education. It is almost inconceivable to remember how we became aware of other belly dancers, not to mention the wonderful stars of the great age of belly dance.

My own belly dance learning, other than my tutor Sausan, was from the incredible U.S. publication titled “The Belly Dance Book”, edited by Tazz Richards. This book actually had pictures of Taheia Carioke and Samia Gamal; to me, this was precious.

Imagine my excitement when it became possible to easily search in Google these names and watch their dance footage. Access to belly dance performance lessons and teaching videos not only makes fair the belly dance scene, it also poses some questions. The first that comes to mind is how is it that not every devoted artist or famous belly dancer has got an Internet presence. Do these artistslack the desire, Internet entrepreneurship or business know how to exploit this new world medium?

One case in point, for for some time Dina of Egypt has been accepted as the number one Cairo bellydancer, yet her choreographies are often only available to us from phone cameras taken in badly lit dance clubs. There is no web presence nor even short demos to tantalise us to buy any professionally shot belly dance footage. Again, it could be the fame Dina has is is all she wants, however, I sometimes wonder what expert advice she has been given about the fact that many people are making profits from her exceptional skill. Does Dina know that other people are gaining financially from the views their Youtube account draw by including her trademark name.

Of course, there are others such as Sadie or Aziza who have gained fame and probably remuneration through having the benefits of incredible films, hordes of Internet fans worldwide and access to publice their latest DVD or master-classes.

The next question is does having easy access to our bellydance heroins take away from their mystique? When we look at Aziza in teaching mode and then if we are lucky enough to view her live, it is really more wonderful. My believe is that the flat screen medium of the laptop computer can never do justice to a real performance. She is, however, a bellydancer who has created followers and prestige through smart web based trading.

Finally, there are some of us who wish to connect with others online and also desire to put ourselves out there. For some, the web is a passive medium to be utilised for watching, consuming and often leaving posts. I feel unhappy, whether it’s misguided or not that some of our most loved belly dancers may have missed out on the boat on this one. You can bet your last pound that some out there are most definately gaining the profits.

Maysa Dancer is an belly dancer and writes articles on many subjects centred around belly dancing. Find out more about Maysa at>belly dance lessons located at

Prince Ali - Disney's Aladdin - Just Dance 2014 (Wii U)

Full choreography of “Prince Ali” by the cast of Disney’s Aladdin (sung by Craig Toungate, cover of Robin Williams’ original version) in Just Dance 2014, the successor of Ubisoft’s Just Dance 4 game.

Mode: CLASSIC | Dance Crew (4 player) | Difficulty: Medium

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※ Video for gameplay showing purposes only, did not dance during the recording. I like it when there is just the dancer and the pictograms so that I can focus on the choreography and learn it; if you wish to watch videos of me actually playing, please go to my channel page.
※ Wii U version footage. My online nickname in JD2014 is BOWSERB.
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Teen Titans Go! -

You too can learn the Dance of the Pee Pee.
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HD. End of season at Kellermans ,”nobody puts Baby in the corner”, the final dance, they perform the final dance to “I’ve had the time of my life” Johnny and Baby on stage –
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Baby Houseman – Jennifer Grey
Johnny Castle – Patrick Swayze
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Offsite- Mahabaleshwar – May 2016

Introduction to Social Latin Dances

If you want to become a well rounded Salsero or Salsera, it is important to have an understanding of all Latin dance and music. We will be exploring a few of the prominent dances today and examine why they are beneficial for your salsa skills, moves, and techniques. This article focuses on the social style Latin Dances. This differs compared to Ballroom Latin Dance which consists of five specific styles: rumba, samba, paso doble, cha-cha-cha, and jive.


Merengue is a dance from the Dominican Republic, often cited as the National Dance of D.R. Like many music styles in D.R., merengue was “country music”. The music is credited to a Nico Lora, whom created it in the 1920s and named it after meringue, a dessert from egg whites and sugar. Merengue’s early years began in brothels and bars on the valley region around Santiago, formally called the Cibao. With its humble yet nefarious beginnings, efforts to ban merengue in high society proved successful until the 1930s. Under the rule of Rafael Trufillo from 1930-1961, the dance was imposed on all levels of society sufficiently squelching the other national music forms, like Bachata. Trujillo embraced this language as it spoke to him about humble beginnings, himself coming from a rural area. Many songs during his dictatorship were composed to praise his virtues and contributions to the nation.

So why is this important for a salsa dancer? It’s a free practice. Many people just sit out during merengue. The same can be said for bachata, or even cha-cha. Dancing merengue helps you perfect the leads and hand positions. In all areas of training, if you can do something slowly and perfectly, it will take little time before you can do it fast. Jumping right into full speed will embed poor techniques and habits into your dance.


Bachata is another dance from the Dominican Republic, with subjects of forlorn emotion, romance, and heartbreak. Bachata is the equivalent of the Blues in America, many of the same themes are discussed and have similar resolutions such as looking for yourself at the bottom of the bottle. You can easily recognize bachata for its predominant use of the electric guitar which plucks out the main rhythm, usually an eight note run. An evolution from the Bolero, bachata has had much success in clubs in recent years.

Bachata is a more intimate dance but it will help you learn the body language of Latin dance. You will feel the natural motion of each other and how to properly lead and follow. To become a better dancer you must become multifaceted. It’s not enough to know how to do a bunch of moves, or how to show off. You need to establish a connection with your partner so it feels like a dance and not a test of ability. So take the essence of bachata, the sensuality and connection, and implement them in your dancing.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha, originally called Cha-Cha-Cha, is a Cuban music/dance derivative of the mambo. This musical style can be directly attributed to composer Enrique Jorrin for creating danzons with an emphasis on his cha-cha-cha syncopation. Jorrin himself has called the songs “creatively modified danzones” with the onomatopoeic mantle of Cha-Cha-Cha  stemming from the sound the dancers’ feet made during this step.

Cha cha can be a boring dance for many people not well versed in it but I have seen first hand what great salseros can do with this dance. While many salsa moves work with it, and there are plenty of Cha Cha specific moves, one goal for social cha cha is perfection of technique. With the addition of the chachacha syncopation you can easily add multiple spins, lots of shines, fancy footwork, hand styling, and Cuban Hip motion during the basic step. It helps then to utilize Cha Cha as a time to practice your technique but also your musicality. As you practice it more and more you can deviate from the restriction of doing the basic for a whole song. Play with the beat and accent polyrhythms as you dance. So put some cha cha on your iPod and ask the DJ to play some at the club and have fun. Losing yourself in the music can be a good thing if you do it right.


Samba is like a sister to Salsa but with many different faces; from party going exhibitionist to regal heiress of ballroom. It is lively and rhythmic and full of passion as well as steeped in history. While having a stake in the ballroom dance world, Samba is quite different in its homeland of Brazil. Throughout the politically tumultuous history of Brazil, Samba has been a unifying and glue-like factor, bringing individuals together regardless of social or ethnic group.

Samba’s roots originate, as with much music in the New World, with the arrival of slaves to South America. The rhythmic knowledge from Angola blended with the Portuguese and other Iberian melodic and harmonic instrumentation. While many similarities of the slave trade exist between North America and South America, the music styles differ greatly, largely due to Brazilian slave masters allowing the heritage of their African slaves to continue. In North America, this was largely stifled for fear of communication between slaves. 

Samba is great for working on individualizing your style. And at Carnival (Carnaval), which Samba No Pe is most known for, it’s all about style and being flashy. Much of the movements accentuate characteristics of masculinity and femininity. It’s not about the physical connection but more about emotional connection. Samba No Pe can often be a pursuit from afar where the male generally dances around the lady, whilst she accentuates her hips and shoulders enticingly. It is the basic theme of the chase that is inherent in many dances and other art forms. Samba de gafieira is a more intimate connection and the chase is largely replaced with leading and following. The natural rhythmic differences between samba and salsa also give rise to various styling options with the hips and footwork.

For a more in-depth and visual presentation of the latin dances, please visit our website, I Live Salsa.

If you would love to dance but don’t know how you need to get moving and find a great solution. If you are too shy to go to dance lessons or they don’t fit into your schedule then you can learn moves at home. These days there is plenty of information online that you can access free of charge. As a result you will be able to watch various dance steps, know when to engage in a certain dance, and most of all you will gain confidence in your abilities.

There are also tons of DVD’s you can buy and use them to learn to dance at home. Many of them are for certain types of dancing as well as different skill levels. They are great for getting a solid foundation to build on. They are also good if you need a crash course in the basics for dancing due to an upcoming event. One way to save money is to buy used DVD’s that teach you how to dance. Many people sell them after they have learned from them and that can save you money.

Take the time to evaluate what a given DVD offers though so you will be happy with it. Some of them are homemade while others are from top dancers so you will want to choose carefully. Don’t worry though as there is plenty of great information out there to help you with that decision.

You can also get a friend or family member to teach you how to dance at home. This should be someone you are very comfortable with so you won’t be embarrassed in their presence. If they are going to go out dancing with you though they can help to boost your confidence. You will be familiar with how it feels to dance with them and that is something that will also help you to relax.

Anyone can learn to dance at home so don’t make excuses. You do have the time for it and you can make it something you practice a little bit each day. You also have rhythm but you just have to find it. Keep in mind that some forms of dancing are more complicated to learn than others. Don’t let that stop you though from developing moves that you are happy making out there in public.

All of your practice is also going to build up your endurance. This means once you do get out there to show them off you will be able to dance for a really long time. That is great too because once you start enjoying dancing you aren’t going to want to go sit down and take a break.

Not everyone is a natural born dancer but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to dance. You can easily do it at home too where you are alone and where you feel free to explore new moves. Make sure you have plenty of room too so you won’t be restricted. You want to have mirrors so that you can see yourself dancing. Another option is to video tape what you are doing and then to view it later.

Keep in mind though that dancing isn’t an exact science. Watch other people as they dance and you will notice lots of variety going on out there at the same time. People that are comfortable with themselves and dancing are able to do this and to have a great time with it. In time you too will be able to dance without worrying about how you look or counting steps. The more you do it the easier the process becomes and the more enjoyable dancing will be for you.

Dancing is a common social activity that many people love. In wedding ceremony, dancing is a very important part. Therefore, many people want to learn to dance especially the new couples who want to dance a bridal waltz on their wedding. DanceXcite is a good choice for them to learn to dance Sydney. They provide wedding dance lessons such bridal waltz Sydney.