Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Dance Room Decor

I've been thinking a lot about home decor and DIY projects lately, as we're going through our house room by room concocting ideas and plans for renovations. I can't have a dance room unfortunately, as we don't have the space. But a girl can dream! Anyways, I'm feeling inspired! I want to do a few posts about DIY projects you can make to spruce up your dance room. 

Aaaand in a future post I would LOVE to feature some of your dance rooms. 

SO if you have a dance space, please take some pictures and send them along with your name and any details you want to add to thetribalway@gmail.com and you'll be featured on my blog! 

Fun, right?! Can't wait to see the pics!!

In the meantime, here is a mini DIY tutorial for you to make and put up in your dance room! 

You will need:
- Wooden sign from Michaels/craft store of your choice
- Paint or markers

The sky is the limit - paint it, colour it, adorn it, go nuts! I just coloured mine with a jiffy marker and then used a Sharpie paint pen to doodle tribal-like patterns all over it.

And don't forget - go into your dance room with your camera, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES, and send them to me!!! thetribalway@gmail.com

Friday, 6 July 2012

FCBD Store Sale!

Hello my friends! Just a heads up the Fat Chance Belly Dance catalog has TONS on sale this month, lots for 20% off - including the FCBD 25 year anniversary charms! So pretty:

FCBD® 25th Anniversary Charm-Special Edition - Click Image to CloseFCBD® 25th Anniversary Charm-Special Edition

 Click here to go right to their store:  http://www.fcbd.com/catalog/

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Tribal Make-Up Inspiration: Bright & Bold


 ATS dancers can go CRAZY for colour and still look amazingly coordinated even wearing every hue on that blessed bow of precipitation. So why not carry that colour throughout the entire costume? Eye make-up, here we come!

 PS: Don't forget the tips for wearing vibrant shades in {this post on makeup}.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Practice COP

Want to be a better dancer? Want to bend farther, shimmy bigger and tame your duck butt once and for all? I can hear the chorus of zaghareets.

Simple. Bring in the practice COP. Okay okay I know, let's get on with it already, right?! Here are a few things that in my opinion are crucial if you truly want steady, exponential growth in an area of your life - obviously here we're talking specifically about dance, but it really applies to lots of things.

Consistency. Optimization. Persistence.

If you're striving for excellence, you need these three tools.


Short, routine practices every day are better than sporadic practices than when you "feel like it" - even if they are 3 hours long. Period.


Quality over quantity! Better to do the moves once with perfect posture than a hundred times like a floppy bunny. Every second, try to be in the best possible form. Remember your angles. Smile! Optimization also means creating the best environment for your practice. No interruptions, get your head in the right frame of mind, whatever you personally need to have the best practice you can. And don't forget to warm up and cool down!


Some things are just tough. Keep. Trying. Break it down into it's smallest easy to do pieces, and add each part when you can. Slow the move down to snail speed and increase speed until you make a mistake. If your still stuck, get more instruction from your teacher, online, DVDs, anything. Don't give up.

That's it! Bring your COP to each practice and I promise you will be amazed. :)