Bellydance Videos

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Bellydance Class Videos


Bellydance Basics Lessons

This is the first class of two where I teach some of the Bellydance basics.


In this second class we continue with more Bellydance basics.


Bellydance Basics Drills

This is first of three drills classes where we review the moves we learnt in the two Bellydance basics classes.


In the second drills class we continue practising drills of the techniques learnt in the Bellydance basics classes.


And, last but not least, the final drills class in this series on the basics of Bellydance.


Bellydance Performance Videos


Despina Solo Performances

This is a compilation of me Bellydancing using the song Bellydance 1.2 from Raqia Hassan's Wash Ya Wash Vol 1.


In this clip I was interviewed for a segment on Bellydance for the television show Body + Soul.


Here I feature as the Bellydancer on Australian country singer Melinda Schneider's music video for her song TV Or Me. After a improvising to the song once for rehearsal, I dance again with the cameras rolling to get the footage you see in the clip.


Here I am Bellydancing on Channel 9's cooking show Fresh for their Lebanese cooking segment. The dancing you see me do is improvised.


In this clip I dance (all improv) with veil and zills to the popular Arabic song Shik Shak Shok by Hassan Abou Seoud.


Here I'm interviewed for Optus TV at Amera's Palace. All the shots of dancing is improvised.


I'm dancing (all improv) in this clip to Solo Akkordeon from Beata and Horcacio Cifuentes's Oriental Fantasy Volume 6.


This video is of me improvising with zills (finger cymbals) to a Greek Bellydance song called Maheria by Katerina Topasi.


I was invited onto The Kerri Anne Show to be interviewed and then dance a simple choreography with students, first to the song Arab Rapsodi by Mezdeke and then to Solo Nuria from Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We Tabbel.


Improvised dancing at Amera's Palace mid-year 2011 hafla to Tamra Henna from Raqia Hassan and Yousry Sharif's Wash Ya Wash Volume 2, and then to Ya Amera from Amera Eid's Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We Tabbel.


I represented Amera's Palace at Brent Street Dance Studios for the 2011 launch of the national dance qualifications. The props I use in the performance are (in order): veil, sword, fan veils, and wings. The songs used in this performance are (in order): Salaam Ya Amm from Oriental Fantasy Vol 3, Marco Polo by Loreena McKennit, Bayt Al Qadi by Mokhtar Al Said, Tabla Solo With Khamis Henkish from Raks Sharki by Mokhtar Al Said. The finale music is Bellydance 1.2 from Raqia Hassan's Wash Ya Wash Vol 1. The entire performance is improvised.


In this clip I'm dancing with a cane. The style of dance comes from Egypt and is called saiidi or raqs al asaya. The song I'm dancing to is called Halawa and I'm improvising throughout the entire piece.


This performance is an improvisation to a tabla (drum) solo. The track is called Naar El Hawa from the CD Oasis Al Ra' Kasa We Tabbel.


In this video I'm improvising with tambourine to a drum piece called Baladi Drum Solo.


I'm improvising once again in this clip, this time with a relatively new Bellydance prop: the Isis wings. The name of the music is unknown.


Cabaret Arabia Performances

Jessica and I are the Sydney Bellydancing duo Cabaret Arabia and in this clip we are doing a veil choreography at a festival to a song called Escape From Cairo.


Jessica and I (aka Cabaret Arabia) each improvise solo in this video with sword and wings respectively. The name of the song we perform to is unknown.


Cabaret Arabia performing a choreography to a drum solo called Solo Nuria. I play zills (finger cymbals) as we dance.


Here we are, the Sydney Bellydancing duo Cabaret Arabia, dancing a choreography with veils to a song called Escape From Cairo. The performance was at the hafla of a local Bellydance school.


These performances are improvised (to an unknown Arabic song). Jessica dances with sword, and I dance with wings.


This is a partly choreographed partly improvised piece. The song Jessica and I are dancing to is a drum solo by Mokhtar Al Said with Khamis Henkish.



Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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