URGENT – 40% off Cheeky Girls Belly Dance DVD’s

I haven’t done a sales alert for a while but thought you may be interested in the 40% off Cheeky girls DVD’s Sale.
I love Cheeky Girls DVD’s (well most of them) and probably own more than half of the collection (I will have to count one day!). You are going to have to be super quick if you are going to save because its over in hours. I was sent this email alert at 6:30am this morning saying its over by 9pm Pacific standard time Monday the 18th… hmmm my calendar says its Tuesday the 18th right now so I have to assume she meant Tuesday the 18th 9pm.Cheeky girls dvd
It’s about 6pm Monday night pacific Standard time as I write this so you have just under 27hours from when this is published to get the deal. Michelle is pretty decent about orders, I made a mistake in my ordering recently and she fixed it up without a fuss, plus the overseas shipping is both fast and affordable. What’s your favourite Cheeky Girls DVD? Comment Below. I like a lot of them but Killer Ziller would be one of my fav’s.
Here’s the details:-
Attention last minute holiday shoppers!
40% off everything


coupon code “xmas”

1. Log in to your Cheeky Girls account (or create one if you are a first time user)
2. Add items to your shopping cart
3. Click “view cart”. At the bottom of that page there will be a space to enter the coupon code

Sale ends at 9pm Pacific Standard Time Monday, December 18

** While supplies last **
** Coupon is good for one use per logged-in customer **
** NOT retroactive for items purchased more than 24 hours before the start of the sale **buttonsmall

Free online belly dance classes – which ones are worth watching?

Free Belly Dance Classes are springing up everywhere online these days. As a beginner though it’s hard to know what is worth your time. Learning via the computer is much like learning from DVD’s, it is a nice adjunct to your learning but not a substitute to face to face classes if you can possible get to them. See my previous post on tips to get the most from this style of learning. I am not covering the obvious ‘youtube’ in this post – there is enough there alone for a thousand posts and chances are you have already looked there. Instead here are my thoughts on the website based free classes that came up tops in a recent google search for FREE belly dance classes.

Raqs TV

I did another post on this previously discussing the merits of renting DVD’s rather than purchasing them. In this instance I signed up for free and took Ruby Beh’s free class which runs for about 21mins. I hadn’t realised how many other free videos were available. Totally worth signing up for guys! There are free tasters on a number of things including stage make up, interviews and combinations. Also Ahava’s drum solo piece that my students love can be seen here too. I ran the version for those with an ‘average connection’ (internet) and had no troubles. The stage make-up page didn’t run as smoothly unfortunately but I am in a rural area so I guess you have to expect that at times.

Ruby’s video started with approximately 6mins of finger cymbals drills. 1,2,3  1,2,3 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. I think this would feel a bit like the deep end of the pool if you had never used cymbals before but would be just great for those that had mastered a reasonable triples pattern and wanted to try something new. She then does an excellent breakdown of a shoulder shimmy that would be suitable for brand newies or those revising their technique. Next she covered belly rolls and shimmies. Knowing how to shimmy was assumed knowledge and the section went for more than 6mins, so not for the complete novice but great for muscle memory and practice. All followed up by performance from her floorwork dvd. Worth a look. Ruby is a good teacher with clear instructions. She has impressed me in the DVD’s I have of her too.


Online classes by Giorgia Vanessa. Giorgia teaches in English with a strong but understandable accent, she also has an Italian version. These are not professionally shot so the picture and sound quality is not great but they run quite well on my internet connection. They are more like a casual class format – not slick but I thought the 5min video on vertical figure 8’s was quite good. She can actually do the moves she is teaching (can’t say the same of some teachers on youtube!!!). I have seen figure 8’s broken down in more detail but I think how she explains it is fine and would be ok for beginners and intermediates. She is quite quirky, dancing with a teddy bear on her head in one clip for instance but I liked how the clips were unpretentious. Her style stems from both cabaret and tribal origins. She has more than a dozen clips to choose from.  If grainy video bothers you or you don’t have a quiet environment to watch them in then give this site a miss.

Leyla Najma’s Belly dance Village

Leyla najma is an older American dancer that has trained in Egypt.

You only can see her preview videos if you are not signed up – this is just her doing a before class chat. When I first looked at this site you could have 5 days as a free trial however now it is $1US for 14 days. So it doesn’t fit my free criteria. Also you get billed $17/month after that. That’s cheap rates if you like her stuff but I don’t like getting automatic withdrawals off my credit card so I didn’t trial it out.


Had short, glitchy clips with very little or no instruction from clips from Atéa’s Magical Motion™ Bellydance Instruction Video Series. Look elsewhere.


You have to sign up with a name and email address to get your 5 free classes from Charni. The sound is excellent and so is the video quality. The first 2 ‘classes’ are just chats, one about history and one about what to wear. The 3rd video is 2minutes long and she says it covers hip flicks, shimmies and how to stand!!! Whoa!! But no, it’s actually only posture she covers in the 2 mins. She favours the deep knee bend for basic position that seems to have gone out of fashion in the last few years (in favour of a soft knee but straighter leg). It’s what I was originally taught but not what I was taught in Egypt recently.  All in all, your 5 vids include some chats and about 8mins of tuition including a cool down. She has a lovely manner and clear voice, the site is slick and professional but you don’t get much for free. It’s all kind of one big ad for her $47/month classes.

I hope my students now realise why I pause when they ask whats good online! The content changes all the time and is really variable. What are your favourite free online instructional videos you have found?

Videos to inspire junior belly dancers

Here are some great belly dance videos to inspire junior dancers – 2 great primary aged dancers and a teenager.

As someone that teaches a lot of children belly dance, I was eager to check out the junior category of the Ultimate belly dancer online competition. This competition boasts a stellar list of judges and while the people’s choice voting has ended – you can still see the finalists here.

I guess one can’t have endless categories but I feel that 16 and under is a bit broad. There is a huge difference between the coordination abilities of a 6yr old to a 16 year old. Some of the dancers in this category looked more developed than I am and yet some were just babes! Not exactly an even playing field.

Having said that I am very glad this competition exists because it means that where one lives doesn’t restrict their participation. Dancers in rural areas, distant countries (like Australia and NZ!!), and remote towns or from poorer families can all compete without the burden and expense of travel. I am not sure about their policy of videos with the top 10 votes in each category going on to the finals. I know judges are busy and can’t review masses of entrants but unfortunately this does bias the chances of making the finals towards dancers from big city schools where the teachers have a large pool of students to encourage to vote.

OK, on to my favourite 3

Hannah – 8 year old bellydancer

Isn’t she sweet? On a technical level there were others better but there are several things I love about this clip. 1) She isn’t in a bra top or other inappropriate clothing for her age. 2) She is dancing in what seems to be a very encouraging and nurturing environment. 3) While she does look like she is concentrating, she also looks like she is having a good time and enjoying herself. 4) Her choreography isn’t all spins, backbends and hair flicks and is APPROPRIATE for her age. (I don’t mind them for a tiny bit of drama here and there but it annoys me when that is all there is too it)

Candice Lee of Taiwan, 10 years old, oriental bellydance with Isis wings

What a little Star! She uses those wings better than many adults I know. She has great lines and thank god – no stupid padded bra. It’s such a pet hate of mine when people put kids in adult’s costumes.
Instuctor & Choregrapher: Yi-Ju Chen
Music: Sarah Brightman-Harem
Tabla Solo – Kholkhal Taheya (Taheyya’s Ankle) Hossam Ramzy

Biró Petra of Hungary – Baladi 2012

I don’t know how old Biro is. She looks like she has to be close to the 16yrs cut off and I will judge her on that assumption. Her costume is very adult but not sleazy. She does a very professional job of this piece. I adore the choreography (except for the back facing, back bend / boob shot) and apparently its her own piece!!! WOW!! I hope I don’t lose face for saying this ..but I would happily take a workshop featuring her choreographical work. She is definitely good enough to be mixing it with the adults.

Do you have any favourite belly dance videos of juniors? Comment below, with your thoughts.

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