Bellydance during lock down

My last day at work was on Tuesday, March 12th. As instructed by my employer I took my laptop home just in case we wouldn’t be able to go back to the office for a while. On Friday the 13th, the Dutch government gave out the first advice to not go to your job unless you work in a vital industry. On Sunday the 15th they announced that schools and daycare would be closed until further notice. Don’t worry, I’ll soon shift to bellydance during lockdown later in this pst 🙂

The first week

We have been scrambling ever since to get our work done from home, do the schoolwork for our four year old, walk the dog, create entertaining and fun activities in and around the house and try to keep our mood swings and anxiety to ourselves. I worked on some sewing repair stuff on my to-do list but the first week I didn’t have time to do anything except fall into my bed at the end of the day.

As teachers were struggling with getting their classes online, I did a free webinar in a Dutch Facebook group for belly dancers about teaching online. Being able to help people lifted my spirits and made me feel useful and I started contemplating teaching online again.

I love watching all the online content that other bellydancers are creating but I am kind of overwhelmed with all the options. For now I’m sticking with my Sharqui subscription.

Second week

The second week got slightly better and I decided to get my vast collection of belly dance dvds out of the closet, bought an optic drive (were did all the cd-rom trays in laptops go?)
and start dancing again. It’s been sporadic but I try not to beat myself up. I asked my regular belly dance students if they would be interested in online streaming classes, and I started those as well.

Someone in the Dutch Facebook group for dancers started an online project for dance school owners of all styles of dance. Locking myself in the studio, dressing up and recording my 14 seconds was exhausting but also exciting. Kind of the excitement I feel right before a performance! You can see me around the 1.13 mark. It felt great to create something and to be part of a bigger picture.

On Sunday we had a video meeting for Roos, one of my dear friends and troupe member of Sense of Bellydance. It was her birthday and we were all so sad that we couldn’t celebrate with her. It was nice to talk and laugh together.

Third week

Argh, we’re still inside! We’re getting better at it though. Somehow we found some kind of rhythm in our days and we try to keep the weekends free. On Wednesday night I teach bellydance on Zoom, on Saturday afternoon I meet my MBA study group for capstone project. Mornings we do schoolwork with the oldest, my husband and I can both get some work done during the nap time of our youngest and we try to go outside every day.

I noticed a friend on facebook who was doing some kind of bellydance practice every day and keeping track on social media. I applaud her and thought I could do my own version. It obviously didn’t include dancing every day because tired and worn down, but at least I could try!

Did I join some of the free challenges on facebook? Did I sign up for something new? Nope, I bought an optic drive and got my bellydance dvd collection out! This week I did Jillina’s Hip up and shape out dvd (available as a download of over 3gb on Jillina’s website too). Ah, still good. I did stream a Bellyfit class because I felt like revisiting the Bellyfit format and the classes are always fun and keep me moving.

 

Fourth week

We were starting to get the hang of this lockdown thing. Mostly resorting to traditional role pattern with me taking the kids to the playground or on a cargo bike ride, and my husband being the hunter and doing the one every four days grocery shopping. My mood wasn’t great, I bounced between slight optimism and anxiety. My attention span is shot and I had a hard time concentrating on work.

What usually helped me through was dancing, so that’s what I did. I made a ‘no rush’ video with Sense of Bellydance which was fun!

This week I tried an intermediate Sharqui workout. I started with Sharqui because it was part of the 2019 Belly Dance Bundle and I sort of stuck with it. It’s a great way to get moving without worrying too much about choreography, as everything is cued by Oreet. My second practice was the dvd ‘Bellydance- the next level’ by Jenna. I didn’t do the choreography part (short attention span, remember?) but the drills are good. Plus I love how the drills are matching the music instead of a straight forward 4 count.

Fifth week

I got a confidence boost in week four from a fellow dancer and I gathered enough courage to record some short video’s for my Youtube channel. I wanted to do that for years but I hate seeing myself talk on video. It’s in Dutch though so I won’t post much about it in this blog.

The Dutch government had a meeting for the press on Tuesday announcing that the schools would reopen after May 11th. Partially and with extra safety precautions but still, it’s a good sign. IC capacity is still overstretched to about 1300 patients instead of the regular 700 but there is a steady decrease in COVID patients.

In the meantime my anxiety is getting through the roof and my usual coping strategy is crafting and dancing so more work-outs! I did one Jamila style dvd, taught by a very young Suhaila in true eighties style. Interesting to see how the format was used and turned into ATS/ITS. My second dvd was Tribal revival with Mimi Fontana. I used this dvd three years ago when we did ATS style in my class. Super creative combinations, I highly recommend this one for home practice.

And that’s where we are now. No costume sewing so far, though I did some online shopping and bought a modern assuit shawl on the internet. Because it’s assuit and I’ve always wanted one!

To conclude this lengthy post, I am still at home with my family. We are all well and hope to stay healthy in the next couple of weeks when our kids return to daycare and school. Thank you for reading through this rather long post that didn’t include costuming at all 🙂

Stay safe, and see you soon!

Rainbow cake

I make a lot of things and many of those things don’t make it to this blog. But I found out that these other things often appeal to other bellydancers too, so I’m going to write about them over here too.

This is an extensive post on a rainbow cake made in November last year. November and December are crazy months for our family, because it has all the birthdays, the Dutch St Nick celebration, Christmas, the Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve. But I love making cake so I set myself a challenge: making a cake that would be a bit out of what I usually would make. This cake is so pretty!

My take on the rainbow cake

Before you start, make sure you have enough time and frustration management skills to get through this project. Because it will take more time than expected and it will come out less glorious looking than the examples on the internet. Probably because the examples on the internet are made by people who actually did this a couple of times, have kids that sleep through the night or have inexplicably a lot of free time on their hands. I don’t so I’m cutting myself some slack. This is a tutorial for rainbow cake for those of you who want to try but are short on sleep and time.

  1. Make the cake batter

I tried googling for recipes and there are several very optimistic blogs about making your own batter and how easy it is. I opted for the easier version and bought four packages of biscuit cake batter. Worked like a charm and saved me some time. I also went with buttercream from the super market (three packages). My food coloring also came from the supermarket, I used the dr. Oetker brand.  I treated this cake  like a triple version of a regular cake to decide on proportions and how much supplies I needed.

Somehow people who made this cake have three or more matching cake pans that magically fit into the oven at the same time. I don’t have matching sized cake pans and a regular sized oven so here’s what I did. I also have limited closet space and no need of even more clutter so buying new pans was out of the question.

I borrowed cake pans from my mom instead and picked the two that were the closest in size. I then decided to do three rounds of baking to get all the layers done, spread out over two evenings. The third evening was spend putting all the layers together and on Saturday I added the decoration. Making this take took me three evenings and a bit of time on Saturday. I’ll write this down for my kids to let them know how much I love them when they’re teenagers and hate my guts.

2. Divide cake batter in seven small portions and add food coloring

To get the vibrant colors, I had to go back to the supermarket and buy more packages of food coloring. No way that I was spending so much time on this cake and having the colors come out drab! Plus we’d be eating this cake during the day so the kids had time to go through the sugar and additives rush before it’s time for bed. This is an important point BTW and I cannot stress this enough. You’ll need a good attempt at getting a night’s rest after working on this cake for three nights and having a birthday party for your kid. And you’ll only get some sleep if your kids get a good nights sleep.

So I say go crazy with the colors! Get all the plastic tubs out of your cupboards and all your spoons and spatulas because you don’t want to contaminate one color with the other. Surprise, there’s also a ton of dish washing involved. Who knew.

I ended up using three packages of food coloring and my orange turned out suspiciously close to yellow. I decided to accept this and move on. Purple is also a tricky color: start out with creating a deep red, then add a drop of blue and stir. Continue with a drop, then stir. Don’t be tempted to wing it: if you add too much blue, your purple ends up too dark.

3. Bake cakes, let them cool off

I stashed all the layers that were already done in a plastic tub with a lid to prevent the dog from eating them when I turned my back on them. You can bake these layers a day or two in advance, it won’t affect the taste.

4. Put layers together 

I used buttercream because that’s what I learned in a two hour cake decorating workshop. Plus I like butter. Pro tip: get the butter out of the fridge a couple of hours before it’s time to use it. When having a hard time stirring it into a creamy substance, put your bowl into another bowl with hot water. It will help soften the butter. Take a knife or spoon and start building the cake. It’s okay to use a picture of an actual rainbow for reference. My four year old knows what colors go where but I got serious mom brain and there’s no shame in looking up what a rainbow looks like.

5. Fix the outside

In this case I also used buttercream on the outside. This was the first time of trying this decorating technique. I put the crumb guard on on Friday night. That’s the first sloppy layer meant to keep your cake from falling apart. The final layer was done on Saturday. First of all, make sure the buttercream is room temperature, soft and easy to work with. Then search for a tutorial or a video that explains this process to you. Proceed with your own cake, notice how it’s not as neat as the example in the tutorial and let it go.

6. Decorate

With all the color on the inside, it’s nice to add stuff to the outside too! Aim high and search for tutorials on how to do amazing things like this, this or this. Decide that you don’t have enough time or decorating skills and get a bag of chocolate M&M’s. Put them on top right before serving the cake and enjoy the great visual effect. The M&M’s will start running when in contact with the buttercream so eat all of the cake as soon as possible.

 

 

Why I still call myself a belly dancer – Belly dance and entrepreneurship

In may 2019 I started a one year EMBA program at Quantic.mba. It’s been a great way to expand my horizon and learn more about running a business and being an entrepreneur. But while I was learning on how to make a balance sheet, use statistics for market research and write a business plan, something has been irking me.

Belly dance also isn’t my day job. I have a career in IT security that pays the bills. It also makes me happy to be a part of the cooperation that I work for, having coworkers to work with and coming up with solutions for security problems. I like being a security officer. In the last decade, I have gone back from teaching eight hours a week to one hour a week. My paid gigs are far and in between. So why do I still call myself a bellydancer?

As belly dance business owner, I have often wondered: am I really an entrepreneur? I am not developing something innovative that will change the world. I don’t have investors, my own building or the prospect of making millions of dollars. What I do have is a never ending workload to keep up with administration and marketing, a hard time finding new students and every year gigs are fewer and further in between.

During one of the EMBA classes I stumbled upon the different types of entrepreneurs. The four types are:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Startup entrepreneurship
  • Small business ownership

Social entrepreneurs try to solve a social problem. Success is not measured in dollars but in how effective the solution for the problem is. For example getting more kids to read at school by offering free books.

Intrapreneurship is for employees who like to develop new ideas and opportunities within the organization that they work in. For example, Google encourages employees to spend some of their time at the office on ideas and projects that they come up with. This is how Gmail came into existence.

Startup entrepreneurship is what we often feel is the holy grail of entrepreneurship. This type of entrepreneur takes huge risks, inventing something new. Inventing Facebook, creating electric cars, becoming the worlds biggest online market place.

Small business ownership are small businesses. The hair dresser on the corner, the local sandwich shop. The local belly dance teacher.

The great thing about different types of entrepreneurship is that you can be a mix. Looking at my own business, I do own a small business that offers belly dance classes, workshops and performances. But I also feel like I am a social entrepreneur because I empower my students and audience to get more acquainted and at ease in their bodies, to move and express freely. I measure my success in the twinkle in the eye of the student that found her shimmy, the student that suddenly exudes confidence on stage while being timid in class.

I am also an intrapreneur for trying to expand my business by writing eBooks, teaching online classes. I have seen this with a lot of belly dancers. Many professional dancers are expanding their entrepreneurship by also teaching Zumba, Sharqui, Pilates, Yoga. Expanding the traditional business model of teaching local classes by developing online classes, certification programs, or new ITS formats. There is nothing ‘small business’ about platforms like Datura. What I love about being a belly dancer is the creativity and ideas of my fellow belly dancers, finding new ways to tell people about this awesome ancient dance form.

As a local belly dancer I may not be raking in millions of dollars of revenue or saving the world one shimmy at a time.  The focus might be more narrow compared to entrepreneurs like Elon Musk who is trying to get rockets into outer space. But the service that I am offering has the opportunity to change lives. What belly dance offers has social value. At the end of the day (or year) my numbers should add up and I should not lose money on being a belly dancer. I do not expect to make a lot of money with bellydancing though.  When I am in doubt about why I am still a professional belly dancer, this is what I go back to. As long as I am not losing money and I have the opportunity to empower students and audiences by dancing my heart out, I will call myself a belly dancer.

Embellishing a dollar store mask

My new job has a tendency to have themed get togethers, including people dressing up in full costume. The first party I attended at work had the theme ‘Super hero’. Initially I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a Wonder Woman themed costume. Somehow time went by and I got lost looking and reading about super inspiring and beautiful cosplay versions of Wonder Woman. I totally lost track of time and suddenly it was a couple of days before the event. Oops!

Working with what I had, I bought a cheap Venice lace mask from the dollar store for 2,50 euro and I did some embellishment. When I went to the store, they also had beautiful black metal face masks that were already embellished. They were very uncomfortable though and rather expensive. The lace ones were a better alternative. In the end I would only be wearing this mask for a couple of hours at a costume party. Let’s not overthink this.

I planned on wearing it with my purple belly dance dress with gold and crystals, and I wanted to customize the mask to match. First I brought out the AB crystals. These are SS20 and I bought them in bulk from a company in China. They ended up being on the large side but I glued them on anyway. I used E6000 glue as it holds up really well.

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After adding the crystals, I used some of the craft tools from my daughter to dab gold glitter paint on the mask, to make it a bit more sparkly The glitter didn’t cover as well as I hoped but it worked.

img_1297On the night of the party I secured the mask with the black ties behind my head and I used a flower clip to fixate the ties in place as well. It held up for hours and was a great hit combined with the gold isis wings. After four hours I had enough, as the mask started sliding in front of my eyes and I took it off. There was a lot of dancing going on by then so time to ditch the costume and dance the night away! My compliments though for the people who kept their costumes on, including a Star Trek officer, a girl dressed as a super computer including Christmas lights.

In short, if you need a mask and want to match it with your costume, I highly recommend getting a cheap mask. Adding drawing, rhinestones or paint is very fast and easy plus it looks great!

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram

 

Black velvet dress with multi color godets

The back and multi color costume was a refurbish project in 2015. Multi color means that there are a lot of skirt options and I wore this costume with purple, yellow or pink circle skirt. But it would look really awesome with a matching black and multi color skirt! Off I went to the online fabric store, ordering black stretch velvet and chiffon in four bright colors. The fabric arrived, I put it in my closet and waited two years to give the fabric time to mature. I’m kidding, I have more ideas and plans than I have time so that’s why it took me so long to get started.

The pattern

Pattern straight skirt with godets

I choose the easiest way: by starting with a rectangle as a basic skirt and adding slashes for the godets. That worked like a charm! I originally intended to make eight slashes but I ended up with seven. The side where the skirt closes functions as the seventh slash.

My idea was to use two types of fabric for each godet, allowing the skirt to show different colors while dancing. I got that idea from watching a dancer in a Bella costume that had multi colored godets. After cutting quarter circles out of chiffon, I picked the color combinations (green with pink and blue with yellow) and attached the matching quarter circles together.

The job of adding the inserts was faster and easier than I expected. I put the insert on the fabric with the outside parts of the fabric together and start sewing from the top of the slash, down to the bottom. Repeat for the other side, always staring at the top of the slash and sewing towards the hem. Why? because some pieces turned out longer and some shorter. The last godet was added by putting the sides of the skirt together and closing the seam, turning it into a large tube with chiffon inserts.

The top and the bottom

While I was planning on making a skirt, I knew that wanted to cover my belly for this costume. Instead of measuring the skirt from my hips down to the floor, I measured from below the bust line down to the floor so it would go all the way up to my bra. To perfect the fit, I put it on inside out and used pins to indicate where the skirt would need to be tighter (around the waist) or wider (around the hips. I then took the skirt off and sewed along the pins.

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The skirt/dress laid out on the floor

The top has a tunnel of 2 cm wide elastic, plus I added a loop of black elastic that starts from the side below the bust, goes around the neck and then down to the other side. Snaps were sewn on the edge in six places to attach to the bra.

Hemming this skirt was done by putting the skirt on a clothing dry rack, measuring the appropriate length and cutting it while hanging. I added fishing line to the hem afterwards so I knew that it didn’t have to be very exact. Look at that pretty fluffy hemline!

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All the ruffles!

The finished look

This skirt needs to be spinning to see it’s full effect and this is the best shot I have so far. It’s very comfortable and I am happy with the result. My plan is to make a matching top as well, in case I want to go for a more covered look but I am putting those plans on the back burner right now. Maybe wait another two years before I get started on the top 😉

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Spinning around in the studio

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram

Snow queen: the finished costume

Our theatre show in April was absolutely amazing! A lot of love went into creating the performances and it was great to be part of this. We even had our favorite photographer Leoniek who took beautiful pictures of the show.

And then I forgot to write the final blog post to show you what the Snow Queen costume looked like all put together! The past months were a bit busy with me finding my dream job. It took a while to find my way in my new job but it is getting easier. I feel like blogging again. So here we go!

All pictures were taken by Leoniek van der Vliet 🙂

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TLC for your fingercymbals

I have a confession to make. The zills that I bought since 2007 have never been polished before! The elastic has been replaced a couple of times but copper polishing never happened.

Not having weekly classes during the summer it was a good moment to get all my zills out and do a bit of upkeep. I love to hear tops and tricks about how you take care of your finger cymbals as well!

Let’s line ‘m up

Despite putting all my zills out on the table, I still can’t find my Saroyan Grecians. And they are my favorite zills ever. I’ll have to search a bit deeper in the rest of the house 🙁I have a collection of student zills, tourist zills and professional grade zills. You can see a selection in the image below. Missing are my Saroyans two tone and Grecians. The Fat Chance Belly Dance zills in the upper right are also very nice: light, nice sound, good size.

Some zill geekery

If you don’t own zills but you are in the market, I highly recommend Saroyan student zills if you want your zills to be an instrument. If you are not sure if you are into zills, go for a higher priced set of student zills with two slots for inserting elastic. The two slots will make it easier to play your zills compared to one slot zills.

Want to know more about zills? I recommend the BDBA talk about zills on October 10th. Join the BDBA facebook group to attend this meeting with my favorite zill loving people!

If you want to read more about zills, Princess farhana has a nice article on her website. A comprehensive guide for dancers written bij Dawn Davina Brown is available as an eBook through her etsy shop.

Polish

Back to work! I used Brasso copper polish, an old tea towel for polishing and piece of soft fabric to wipe away the residue and make them shine. This took more time and effort than I anticipated but seeing the shiny copper reappear is addictive.

Before polishing, I cut off the elastic. The elastic needed to be replaced anyway. You can also polish zills with the elastic still attached though. Here’s a close up of a zill that is halfway through the process.

The process

  1. Cover the item in polish
  2. Wait ten minutes and let the chemical smelling stuff do its job.
  3. Use elbow grease and rub away the oxidation.
  4. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe the surface and they are back to being shiny again.

Some of the cymbals have extra oxidized spots that I couldn’t clean up completely. My husband came up with the idea to use a powertool for the ones that were very corroded, by attaching a piece of felt. That helped to polish away the last spots.

Elastic

Previouse I used small elastic, about 5-7 mm wide. This time I went with 10-12 mm elastic as I used that width on my Saroyans and I am happy with the added grip and control. The white elastic shows stains from make up and grime, that’s why I chose black elastic this time.

I got the 8-10 mm wide elastic from my local sewing supply shop in the center of Utrecht. They had the regular black elastic and a wide selection of colorful and sparkly elastic on display as well. I couldn’t resist and got the tan sparkle elastic too.

Slid the elastic through both slots, and insert your thumb or middle finger. Measure how tight the elastic should be.

I then tie of the elastic while the zill is still on my hand. While wrestling with the knot the elastic could loosen or tighten. By keeping my finger in place I make sure the tension on the elastic stays the same.

The only thing is that wide elastic makes for wide and bulky knots. I knot with a figure eight knot, as demonstrated here.

Here’s a gratuitous ‘thumbs up’ picture with the tan glitter elastic 😊 Ready for a new seaon of dancing and zilling!

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram

Free online course: Playlist essentials for belly dancers

Summer is the perfect time to relax, go outside, enjoy the sun… and update my Belly Dance Business Academy classes! In my last post I mentioned my online curse ‘How to find belly dance music online’. But I also have a course on how to create playlists. All the music you need to get you dancing in a heartbeat!

This free course helps you structure and create playlists. Playlists that you can carry with you and use whenever you have a spare moment to practice. Or for an impromptu performance. It contains:

  • The building blocks of a belly dance playlist
  • Music suggestion for each building block
  • Sample of my own basic playlist

When I made this course in 2017 I just started out creating online courses. In the past couple of years I learned a lot. Taking online courses and trying out different learning platforms. I felt it was time to update the course to reflect what I have learned.

Part of the update was creating a new image for the course. Featured here is the floor of my dance studio, one of my favorite hip scarves and my phone and headphones 😉 If you are already subscribed to this course, go take a look and see if you can spot the differences! And if you are not yet familiar with the BDBA, take a look. Enrolling in the BDBA is free and we offer a lot of free courses as well.

What is the Belly Dance Business Academy?

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 lot of free classes.  Joining the BDBA is easy: go to the website and create an account (no payment required). Choose a class from the many classes and workshops that are available and start learning. The classes are online and you can start and continue when it suits your schedule. I have a  bio page that tells you more about me as a teacher right here.

What if I don’t like the course?

If you are signed up for the course, you can ask questions about the material that we cover with the comment option. I will answer ASAP. You get lifetime access and you can always go back and review material you already worked through. All the future updates to this course are included as well!

If you want to know more about the course, let me know with a comment or contact me through social media.

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram

New BDBA course: How to find belly dance music online

Finding belly dance music sounds easy. That’s what google is for, right? But looking for new music, belly dancers need specific songs or styles of music. Plus there are so many platforms that it is easy to get overwhelmed.

During my search for new music, I realized that I am probably not the only one! Finding fresh songs to dance to is something I often discuss with my dance friends. In order to help you find what you are looking for, I put together an online course at the Belly Dance Business Academy.

This course covers:

  • Various streaming resources like Spotify, Youtube and others
  • Apps and websites that offer various types of Middle-Eastern music
  • Tips on where to look and who to follow
  • Playlist suggestions to listen to
  • Album recommendations (with a playlist that you can listen to right away)

If you want to know more, check out the full course description and curriculum here.

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What is the Belly Dance Business Academy?

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 lot of free classes.  Joining the BDBA is easy: go to the website and create an account (no payment required). Choose a class from the many classes and workshops that are available and start learning. The classes are online and you can start and continue when it suits your schedule. I have a  bio page that tells you more about me as a teacher right here.

What if I don’t like the course?

This course comes with a 30 days money back guarantee. If you don’t like it, you get  a refund. No questions asked!

If you are signed up for the course, you can ask questions about the material that we cover with the comment option. I will answer ASAP. You get lifetime access and you can always go back and review material you already worked through. All the future updates to this course are included as well!

If you want to know more about the course, let me know with a comment or contact me through social media.

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram