This week has been a bit of a wake up. Firstly I had someone email me about a chapter in "Teaching Belly Dance". The message was "On page XX you say this, but do you really mean that?". I knew what advice I would give her, but I also had to go back and check that I was agreeing with myself. It was kind of surreal.
"Becoming a Belly Dancer" has been for sale about a month now, and the Kickstarter backers are getting their copies. To begin with it was all about the "Cheesie pics", but now the reviews are coming in and people are starting to quote the book back at me..... Today it suddenly hit me: People are reading the words! This last year has been so focused on the editing, formatting, pictures and layout.... I sort of forgot about the words. The words are my way of sharing my love of belly dance with the world, and now they are out there, flying free like butterflies and landing all over the place.
Sara Shrapnell is a belly dance writer, teacher and performer.
She has taught more than 4,000 belly dance classes, both in the UK and US. She now teaches in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore in the SF bay area, as well as workshops world wide. Her classes are known for their humor, detailed breakdowns and cultural context. Students who have studied with Sara have gone on to teach and perform in all styles of belly dance and many have made their living through performance or teaching.
Sara’s first book “Teaching Belly Dance” was published in 2014. Her second "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage", co- written with Dawn Devine, Alisha Westerfeld and Poppy Maya, is a stagecraft handbook for belly dancers of all styles and levels. Both are available on Amazon.
I'm Perfect for Belly Dance (and so are you)
Why Belly Dancers need to Walk the Line
Teaching Belly Dance: Making Corrections
Being Part of the Solution
Or these Hubposts:
"Your First Belly Dance Workshop"
The Top Ten Belly Dance Tunes for Performance"
"Finding a Great Belly Dance Teacher"