Belly Dance in Christchurch #2
teacher and performer
performer and costume designer
- making circle skirts
Questions for KashmirWhat's a shimmy and how do you do one?
Do the movements mean anything? Do they tell a story?
Some dancers wear harem pants and some don't - is there any rule about it?
|Teachers & performers in Chch||see Links|
|Gestures such as finger to the cheek||Farrah, I (1997) 'Contemplations for the New Frontier', Arabesque, vol.22, no.2, p4
Back issues of Arabesque can be obtained from Discover Belly Dance
|Kashmir's Hip Rock info||www.raqs.co.nz/moves/hip_rock.html|
|Kashmir's Shimmy info||www.raqs.co.nz/moves/shimmy.html|
This are made from several half circles sewn together.
The result is a full skirt without bunching at the hip
These skirts move very well but as they are cut on the bias drop a lot.
Jane's skirt layout
Skirt hole is given by:
<number of half circles> x r1 x pi
For three half circles this is:
3 x 3.14 x r1
So r1 = hip measurement divided by 9
r2 is r1 plus the skirt length
(ankle bone to hip bone)
For 110cm hips and a skirt length of 86cm:
If r1 = 12cm and r2 = 98cm
Kashmir's skirt layout
The fabric is three deep and a half circle is cut through all three layers.
As with Jane's version, ensure the small circle is big enough.
(20cm diameter = 10cm radius, which means it will fit up to 94cm hips - more if the front & back are separate)
For more detail click here
The skirt must be allowed to drop and stabilize before hemming.
Popular hemming methods include:
|Hem Length||The length of each half-cicle hem is r2 x pi
For 3 half-circles if r2 = 98cm, the hem = 9.2m
For 5 half-circles if r2 = 98cm, the hem = 15.4m
|Gendi's choice||Dalaa el Helween||Dalaa el Helween||teaching CD of Raqia Hassan|
|Intro & Outro||Tears of Noura||Oriental Belly Dance||Bassem & Noura|
|Questions for Kashmir||Kashmir||No Quarter||Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded|
|Costume Talk||Khatm al Nihaya||Laura in Balady||Movses Panossian, Hollywood Music Center|
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