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Congratulations! You’re taking classes with Magpie Movement. Below are some resources that can help you with your home study. All of the information is voluntary and is not required to prepare for classes, it’s just for your enjoyment.
silk and chiffon and georgette, oh my!
how to find the right sized dance veil
A veil is a large piece of fabric that is held between the fingers and is used by the dancer to frame themselves and add a dynamic “dance partner” (catching some big air during turns).
The fabric/colour of your veil is up to you, but you should look for a semi-sheer and light-weight fabric. Chiffon is a little heavier and easier to predict. Silk is lighter so it floats, but does have a mind of its own (a fun game!)
Your veil should be:
- Rectangular (not circle or semi-circle for this class).
- Wide enough to cover from your collarbone to the tip of your middle finger. About 1.0m to 1.5m wide (45″ is standard width).
- Long enough to hang over your extended arm and almost touch the floor with both short-edges. About 2.5m to 3m long (105″ is standard length, but they’re available up to 144″ if you’re a tall mermaid).
Your instructor will have some veils for purchase or you can buy one online from any retailer you’d like. You can even get creative and cut/make your own so that your veil can be as unique as you are.
There will be a very limited number of veils available to use for the first class.
Petite Jamilla from the Unveiled DVD (2009) dancing to “Elokainu”.
Vanessa Castro at Phoenix Belly Dance 10 Year Anniversary (2021) dancing to “The Chosen One”.
Victoria Teel at Best of the Best Judges Showcase (2014) dancing to “Raksa and Sound of Darbuka”.
covered this class
Aziza at Oriental Night Spain (2014) dancing to “Lonely Star by the Sea”.
Belly Dance Adelaide (2014) dancing to “Ancient Ruins”.
Ruby Beh at JamBallah (2017) dancing to “Reina de la Noche”.
covered this class
Andalee at Zamani World Dance (2017) dancing to “Ahlam”.
Sahira at Bayou Belly (2017) dancing to “Dansöz Dünya (Enstrumantal)”.
Fleur Estelle Dance Company (2018) dancing to “Howa Habibi”.
Aziza at Eilat Festival (2010) dancing to “Salome’s Seven Veils” and “Shimmabulous”.
Laura Selenzi at Serpentine Circus (2010) dancing to “Crying Angels” and “Khatwet Serena”.
Victoria Teel’s Fan Style Demo (2021) dancing to “Briel”.
Farasha at THE ONE Bellydance Festival (2015) dancing to “Voyage to the Orient”.
Linda Gamberini’s Dance Class (2015) dancing to “Breaking Free”.
don’t stop, keep up the great work!
dancing at home
Below are great online classes that you can sign up for, and continue dancing at home between dance classes and sessions! The teachers, and their content, style, and approach to learning cannot be recommended enough as supplemental studies to your regular classes.