Fantasy Fusion Belly Dance Artist
Please note: this list includes supplies needed for all 4 levels of Beginners Studies in addition to advanced levels. They do not need to be purchased all at once.
(1) Practice Veil:
All students are required to have a veil to use during class. There are many different types of fabric that you can use for a veil: lame, satin, silk, chiffon, and silk/chiffon blends are just a few examples. I recommend a 2.5-3.5 yard rectangular chiffon veil to start out with. You can purchase a chiffon veil from me for $15.00 prior to the start of your first session. DO NOT USE COTTON! Cotton is too heavy to dance with.
Once you are more comfortable dancing with a veil, you will need to purchase a performance veil (price range is $30-75). I recommend purchasing from Silk Dancer.
(2) Finger Cymbals (Zills):
Turquoise International sells student size B zills (2 1/4 inches) for $28. Do not go with cheaper imitations. Size 2 1/2 is also acceptable ($40). We begin playing Cymbals in Beginners level 3.
(3) Hip Scarves:
Purchase two, 2-3 row coined hipscarves to wear to class and practice at home. Missbellydance.com and Discount Dance have nice affordable coin scarves for purchase. Missbellydance.com usually has great deals running throughout the year. I also have some that are available for purchase on the first day of class. They range from $10-25.
In addition, you should purchase a triangular crocheted hip scarf.
(4) Dance Shoes:
You should purchase a pair of Unisex Half Sole dance shoes by Capezio (H03) from Discount Dance for $15.75. These will protect your feet for spinning and other movements. You may also purchase ballet slippers if you like but no street shoes are to be worn to class.
I will provide you with notes for each lesson (most will be via email). I suggest purchasing a binder to keep all of your notes together.
The following items are suggested items for those dancers who plan to continue belly dance studies beyond beginners:
(6) Practice DVDs (Suggested)
There are lots of DVDs available to learn how to belly dance. I am only suggesting these as practice companions. You need supplements to go along with your in class instructional basics:
-Belly Dance: Basics and Beyond with Jenna (WorldDance New York)
-Belly Dance Arms and Posture with Rachel Brice
-Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners with Tanna Valentine (WorldDance New York)
(7) Practice Music: I will include the title of practice songs in your notes. Below are albums that I also recommend using while practicing at home.
-Tribal Derivations and Contraption Vol. I (Beats Antique)
-Tribal Beats for Urban Streets (Various Artists)
-The Middle East Side (Djinn)
-Shake Em Up-Belly Dance Drum Solos (Carmine Guida)
-Cymbals Speak: Volume 1-Zill Speak (Artemis Mourat) Note: this is an instructional CD.
(8) Class wear: Affordable class gear can be bought from Missbellydance.com or from DWebb Designs. Mention that you are my student for a big discount.