Online course: Playlist Essentials for Belly Dancers

In a previous post I mentioned that I am a teacher at the Belly Dance Business Academy (BDBA). Last month I published my first course! It’s a free online course called Playlist Essentials for Bellydancers and this is what we do in the course:

What goes on behind the scenes of publishing an e-course

It’s been a steep learning curve in the last months, creating an online course and learning how to talk on video. I have so many exciting classes and courses that I want to share with you! In order to become a better teacher online I had to overcome my fear of talking on video. Turns out that sitting in front of a camera on a tripod is not my cup of tea and I embraced the selfiestick instead.

Creating the course meant breaking the material down in smaller steps and learning how to use the e-learning platform. The platform is easy to use but the switch from teaching face to face towards online teaching is challenging. For now, the course material is written text and pictures but I like to do more with video in the future. All things in due time.

Kyria playlist essentials
Lots of behind the scene preperation at home


About the course

The course is for anyone who wants to learn more about digital music management. By creating playlists of your music, you’ll have all the music you need in one place! We start by going through the basics like what type of music management apps there are, so you’ll be ready to get started onthe device of your choice. In this course’I’ll walk you through the various activities of bellydancers. Students, teachers and performers all have different needs, so your playlist wil lbe unique! We’re matching it top types of songs that you can include in your playlist. I will give suggestions and I’ll share my own Playlist Essentials with you.

Join me!

I invite you to join me on this course.It is free, and you can enroll by creating an account at the BDBA and click on the course.  As this is the first course that I’ve created, I love to get feedback! You can comment on the course, send me a PM on Facebook or comment below this blogpost. I hope to see you there!

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My biggest passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I intent to continue doing so for quite some time! 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 or follow me on Twitter. Leave your questions or comments in the box below, or contact me through Facebook!

Minty fresh costume part 5: The costume in action

I started blogging about the Minty Fresh costume in January 2014. An updated drawing of the design was added in April 2015. I sort of finished the costume and wore it for a performance in August 2015 when I was halfway through my pregnancy and it has been quiet ever since. But that doesn’t mean nothing happened!

This year I am really big on drum solo’s, probably because I’m working on a lot of dance technique things and drum solo’s are great for using and practising isolations. The end of the year recital from Roos Belinfante came up and I wanted to wear something nice and summery. Then I remembered the minty fresh costume, that luckily has elastic side straps on the bra and an elastic waist band. It saves a lot of time as it needs less adjusting.

In the Original design, I planned on adding beading all around the skirt. Well, that didn’t happen. I’m adding it to my to-do list for this summer, it would be nice to completely finish this costume before moving on to the next project. For extra movement I added beaded swags by buying two long necklaces and pinning them to the skirt. Yes, it is that easy.

Look at my swagger!

The drum solo went over well I think. It’s a an improvisation based on a choreography so some things are planned and some things are not. Overall I liked how relaxed the afternoon was and I immensly enjoyed all the performances by both students and my dance friends. Here’s the video of the drum solo so you can see the costume in action. Have a great summer and see you soon!

I am a professional bellydancer and costume-a-holic living in the Netherlands. If you enjoyed this post and like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Leave your questions or comments in the box below, or let me know through Facebook.


Drum solo improvisation

I don’t post much video’s of me dancing because like most dancers, I have an inner critic that is pointing out all my flaws and faults when I watch my own performance on tape. However, bellydance is also a performance art and a bit of show and tell would be good for me. After all, I am proud of the training that I put in, the creativity it takes to come up with a choreography or improvisation and the guts to not only perform in public but post it online.

I videotaped this performance last year when I was 39 weeks pregnant. It’s a typical case of thinking before hand that I’d videotape my performances throughout the pregnancy, realizing in week 39 that I was a bit too late for that, and spending an afternoon at the studio to create this video and take a couple of nice pictures.

And now I am glad that I have this beautiful video and pictures of me and my pregnant belly having fun together 🙂