Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Laugh out loud

I can't stop watching this cute video made by Gia al Qamar. It has made it rounds on Oriental Dancer and facebook but if you missed it take a look.

My new catchphrase is, "I don't put mascara on my left eye for $25"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Workshop Etiquette

As a beginner attending my first workshop, I was never spoken to about proper etiquette but I understand that most of these things are common sense. Because we have all experienced workshop participants with bad or rude behavior, I think it should be a goal (especially if you are an instructor) to make sure those around you are familiar with proper workshop etiquette.

1. Arrive on time. This can be hard if you are in a new city and not familiar with the location. Allow plenty of time  for U-turns and if you arrive the night before then please find the workshop location to ease your commute in the morning.

2. Put your belongings as out of the way as possible. The organizers will usually have chairs or a sitting area. Keep your things out of the way so as not to cause a tripping hazard.

3. No unnecessary noises. This means no coin scarves or other noisy accessories. I have heard some workshop participants when asked to take their coin scarves off say they need it to feel the movement. On one hand if this true then you should be practicing without it to get away from that crutch but it is possible to get a heavy fringed or beaded scarf that will give you the same feel without the noise.

4. No talking. Not all instructors project their voices, like noisy accessories, talking can be a big distraction. If you need to talk to someone leave the room. Keep your phone off unless you are on call, and if you do need to make a call leave the room.

5. If you need a break don't be a distraction. All of us need a break every now and then. When you sit down do so quietly and keep out of the way. If you plan a lot of breaks whether from fatigue or for taking notes, keep you position at the back or side of the room so your constant up and down is not distracting.

6. Changing lines. Occasionally, an instructor will ask the room to change lines. This usually means that the first few lines move to the back and everyone else moves up. When an instructor makes this request please do so quickly and quietly. If you are in front you should always move. As a petite person, I always arrive early to get a spot in the front where I can see. If asked to change lines, I will do so to give the others an opportunity to see better. It is my responsibility to now position myself in the back to see as best as I can.
If you are in the back because you are a beginner or just shy and do not wish to move forward then please let the others come from the front and then reposition yourself if necessary.

7. Filming! Always ask if you can film. Never assume you may, in most cases it is not allowed. I find can you ask most workshop instructors to play the music again right after the workshop has ended so you can dance while the material is still fresh in your mind. Other participants might join in and have someone film them as well. If you can't film the instructor, never assume you can film another participant. Ask first! If I am alone and not getting the material, I will look for someone who is and ask if I can film them if I send the footage to them. So far everyone has said yes, but I do have close friends who will not let anyone film them.
Never ever post workshop footage that includes anyone but yourself on YouTube or similar sites! -This is why less and less workshops will allow cameras.

Please feel free to comment if you have any additional suggestions or would like to bring up less than flattering behaviors that you have seen at a workshop.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Public Face

So today, I feel like crap. Poop, if you prefer.

I woke up with a headache, my neck has been bothering me for a week, etc.
I took some pills and slept in a bit, as I do.

When I finally rolled out of bed, I didn't put my normal hour into my morning routine. Hell, people are lucky I put on deodorant. Fortunately for me while my day job is in the business world, it is not that sort of business and I can wear yoga pants and t-shirt to work to on most days. If I had an important meeting then that would be different.

What hit me as I was driving out of my neighborhood sans make-up was What if I meet a potential student today? or a someone with a potential gig? The last thing I look like today is a bellydancer.

This all got me thinking. Are these things to be considered when ever we go out into public where the potential clients hang out.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Upcoming appearances

May 28 - Black Orchid Danse Retreat in Atlanta, GA

June 4 - Friday after 5 in Owensboro, KY (5:45 pm)

June 5 - Posey Co. Relay for Life in Posey County, IN (11:00 am)*

June 11 - Dancing in the Streets in downtown Evansville, IN time TBA*

Monday, May 3, 2010


I just took a survey about what I am looking for in a workshop. So I ask you, dear readers, what do you look for in a workshop?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Things I Like

I have an MBA with a concentration in Marketing so I should be good at building a brand, right?

Well, starting from scratch is hard. Although, I am lucky in that my brand is very niche. Bellydance lessons in Owensboro, KY.

Here are some things I like and don't like:

Facebook - I use this because I am already on it personally. I begged friends to become fans and begged them to beg their friends but that is all you can do unless you run a

Facebook Ad - I am currently running two ads on Facebook. I have had 113,138 impressions but only 23 clicks. Now I am targeting women in my local area and according to Facebook there at 52k such users. All 23 clicks came on the single day Facebook ran my add upwards of 60k times. Otherwise nothing. I like Facebook ads because you set your max daily budget, I don't like it because you can't say that you want your ad run more.

Weebly - I made my website with Weebly. Weebly is super easy. Actually it is probably too easy for me because I like to tweak things but it looks good and kept me from having headaches. (like the 20 times I redesigned this blog) It is also really easy to update. If you have very little skill and/or time then I really recommend Weebly. My site will definitely stay with them until I get a lot more free time or money to hire someone.

Mailchimp - I admit I was going to just write plain text e-mail newsletter and send them out to a group in my address book. Then someone on Bhuz mentioned mailchimp. A free account includes 500 subscribers and up to 3k e-mails per month. Well, I will never have that. Wow! You can customize your sign up form for your site. They have great templates, and excellent tracking. I can't recommend them enough.

Cafepress - I am sure you have bought something from them but have you ever looked at what it takes to make a store. If you already have digital artwork, all you do is upload it and pick your items. I like this method because you don't have to order X number of smalls, etc. People just order what they want.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


For any reader who doesn't know me outside of reading this blog, some major changes have just happened in my life.
My husband and I have moved in order to work for my family's business. We are in house limbo, waiting for our old one to close and trying to find a new one. Once we have a home, I plan to take up teaching. I am also registered for some great workshops in 2010 and think the year will bring many big changes to my life including my dance life. So hang in there.....shimmy on....