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MARKETING & PROMOTION FOR DANCERS
Running time 2:15
This two-hour online workshop explores basic branding and marketing techniques, specifically aimed dancers and performers. This class can be watched as many times as you wish!
Once you have paid for the workshop, you'll be emailed a link and a password, so please make sure to include a working email address.
The workshop includes:
By Princess Farhana ( Pleasant Gehman)
The Belly Dance Handbook is the definitive resource for anyone interested in or already committed to this incredible ancient art. Starting from the ground up, internationally acclaimed dancer and author Princess Farhana shares her extensive knowledge on the practical application of belly dancing as a lifestyle. For new dancers just beginning their journey to seasoned performers, there is something in this book for everyone. With information ranging from technique and history to costuming, props and stage make up; from community-building and networking to turning professional, teaching and traveling, you will learn invaluable tips and tricks culled from Her Majesty's twenty-plus years of performing, teaching, researching and personal experience. Princess Farhana learned these things the hard way…so you won't have to! 225 pages Designed by Christina Maharet Hughes, with a foreword by Elizabeth Artemis Mourat
DANGEROUS BEAUTIES DVD
Directed by Princess Farhana & Surreyya Hada
This two-disc instructional DVD will guide you through building a fantastic performance from start to finish. With clear, concise instruction from nine nationally and internationally known belly dancers of all styles- Egyptian, Tribal, Fusion and traditional, there is something here for everyone! Instructors Princess Farhana, Dusty Paik, Sabrina, Rose Harden, Jodi Waseca, Surreyya Hada, Nyla Crystal, Terry and Talia Soleil will guide you through creating strong evocative performances of many genres. Learn to prepare yourself mentally for the stage and make an impact on the audience with stunning turns, unusual accents, beautiful arms and strong shimmies. Learn how to calm pre-show jitters, apply beautiful stage makeup in minutes, and train for strength and endurance like a champion.
Master percussionist Issam Houshan and the finest Syrian musicians available, The Damascus Belly Dance Orchestra, have collaborated on an amazing array of music. From modern versions of traditional Middle Eastern standards to Issam’s inventive, high-energy table solos, there is something here for everyone. This beautifully arranged collection is a must for belly dancers of any style as well as fans of Arabic music.
The official shirts of Princess Farhana & Issam Houshan's BaLAdi Tour, 2014-2015 Bella Spaghetti-Strap Camisole Tank Tops in black 100% combed ring-spun cotton, imprinted on the front in white with the "Hollywood Sign" BaLAdi Tour logo Available in Women's MEDIUM, LARGE, and X-LARGE
Back by popular demand, the outrageous "One Zill Up" tee features a universally understood symbol…driving the point home with a finger cymbal! The black short-sleeved shirts are 100% soft ring-spun cotton jersey , with a slim fit for a feminine silhouette and a tear-away tag. Available in women's MEDIUM, LARGE & X-LARGE.
BEING PHOTOGENIC IS A LEARNED SKILL… NOT SOMETHING YOU'RE BORN WITH!
Strike A Pose: How To Make The Camera Love You will give you the tools to look amazing in front of the camera. From head shots to full body poses, this DVD will help you to achieve beautiful body lines and interesting facial angles, highlighting your assets and hiding your flaws.
You'll learn to analyze the ingredients that make a memorable portrait, promotional or glamour photograph, and become skilled at how to relax and feel confident in front of the camera, maximizing your best features, projecting vibrant emotions.
Princess Farhana will also share her professional tips and tricks for costuming, lighting, camera friendly make-up techniques and use of props, as you follow her along through a number of effective close up and full body poses for Pin Up, Belly Dance, Portrait, Burlesque, and Character photographs.
If you want The Natural Look, you've come to the wrong place!
"Bombshell: Dramatic Make Up For The Stage, Photos & Glamourous Occasions" is the first instructional make up DVD designed specifically for dancers…and all-out glamour queens! This two-disc set features over three hours of easy- to -understand instruction, enabling you to create a variety of gorgeous looks for live and filmed performances, photo shoots and parties. You'll learn cosmetic techniques for everything from building a flawless base to shading and contouring, from user-friendly false eyelash application to theatrical fantasy effects. There are eight different looks presented step-by-step so you can follow along, including Smokey Eyes, Classic Pin-Up, Arabic Eyes, and Silent Movie Star. The models are real women-dancers of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and with wildly varied features, so there's truly something for everyone! Princess Farhana comes from a life-long dance, theater and film background, and DeVilla is a dancer who's also been a Hollywood make up artist for over twenty years. Their techniques and methods are very different: but the end result is the same: simply stunning!
World-renowned belly dancer Princess Farhana is known for her incredible abdominal technique, and on this DVD she will share the secrets for developing truly amazing abdominal work. After laying the foundations with core strengthening, powerful muscle isolations and breath control, you will learn technique for a strong, sustained flutter and how to achieve amazing belly rolls- upwards, downwards and from side to side! You will also learn to layer your abdominal movements, like the outrageous "flundulation", a flutter layered over a belly roll; plus how to combine abdominal work with figure eights, hip circles and upper torso isolations.
Also included: stomach pops, abdominal expansions and contractions, body waves and undulations: costumed performances by The Princess and bonus footage! Pretty soon you'll be yellin', "That's Just How I Roll!"
by Pleasant Gehman
Book chronicles just some of Pleasant Gehman's amazing adventures, from over thirty years spent constantly on the road. From cross-country punk rock tours in the early 1980's to her belly dancing escapades in Cairo during the Arab Spring, from dressing room antics at burlesque shows to unnerving paranormal experiences, this memoir is as finely crafted as it is riveting. The easy finesse of her writing, her keen memory and eye for detail will leave the reader devouring each story while remaining hungry for more.
DRAMA QUEEN TECHNIQUE & EMOTION CARDS
can be used by individuals, groups, troupes or teachers to encourage dancers to think on their feet. The card games and drills will enable dancers to access their movement vocabulary and improve transitions, flow, and layering technique, as well as dramatic and improvisational skills. The Drama Queen deck features 52 cards (printed in English)all with universally understandable belly dance movements or emotions to portray. The deck also includes instructions with suggestions on how to use these cards, but don't stop there…the possibilities are endless!
This video provides a strong technical introduction to the use of specialty-balanced props. Beginning with a costumed sword performance, the video covers a warm-up aimed at strengthening the body for floor work; basic balance points; and provides a complete and fully broken down choreography (adaptable for sword or shamadan) geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers who want to work with balanced props.
Also included are safety and trouble-shooting tips; selecting and caring for balanced props, and history of balanced dances, concluding with a costumed raks shamadan performance
Take your sword work to a higher level with this follow-up to "Belly Dance And Balance"! This video covers the nuts and bolts of combining sword-balancing with advanced-level technique such as interesting balance points; combining balancing with layered shimmies, undulations, arabesques and floor work-including splits- as well as a fully broken down advanced choreography. Also included- costuming and performance tips; safety and showmanship, and a costumed demonstration of the choreography. Includes written notes on the choreography
Princess Farhana and partner Samra will guide you through the basics of performing sword work with two or more dancers.
Aside from Partnering dynamics, synchronization exercises and safety tips, you will find included: sword transfers and pass-offs; ascents and descents; mirroring technique; floor work and an entire choreography broken down into short, easy-to-understand segments, complete with written notes, concluding with a costumed performance
No matter what style of belly dance you perform, your hands and arms are the icing on the cake of your performance. Your gestures not only look lovely on stage, but frame your body and convey emotions to your audience. On this DVD Princess Farhana teaches technique for gorgeous hands and arms, from shoulder technique to hand and finger positions. You will gain upper body strength and stamina, accent your movements, improve fluidity and achieve beautiful body lines, down to your fingertips. Add sensual flourishes and graceful embellishments to your performance, and how to dance with slow, graceful arms layered over quick movements and shimmies. Learn to use resistance, flow and speed to achieve emotional intent, as well as Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Saudi, Rom and North African folkloric gestures, plus dramatic arm and hand positions suitable for fusion performances.
Also included: hands and arm drill with finger cymbals, a costumed performance, and bonus features!
On this two-disc set, Princess Farhana teaches technique dancing with hand fans, specialty fans and Sally Rand-style feather plume extravaganzas. Featured here: single and double fan manipulations; dramatic entrances; poses and body-frames; sweeps and turns; plus theatrical technique for Burlesque, Flamenco and Asian-influenced movements perfect on their own or for fusion with Oriental Dance. Also included: a variety of fans and their uses; tips on fan care and repair, decoration, travel and storage; plus four costumed performances by Princess Farhana. See what happens when the hip hits the fan!
Hone your skills with combinations of slow movements and luscious layers that are perfectly suited for languid oriental taqsim and chiftetelli pieces. Farhana teaches interesting, unusual variations on figure eights, camels, and other undulations, and will help you with the building blocks of incredible abdominal work like belly rolls and flutters. Hand and arm positioning, layered shimmies, musical analysis, and performance tips included. The video begins and ends with costumed taqsim and chiftelli performances, and an added spontaneous performance with Arabic drummers Youm It Talaata will show you how these movements can be used in a more syncopated fashion
Since the beginning of time, the art of belly dance has amazed audiences. Sensuous and elegant, one of the signatures of belly dance is its unique use of layered movements. A skillful belly dancer can move every part of her body simultaneously, but at different speeds. Princess Farhana will guide you through the foundations for mesmerizing layering technique as well as showing you how to put it all together. You will learn an Egyptian -style shimmy perfect for layering over traveling and stationary steps; beautiful arm technique; shimmies layered over torso isolations and hip articulations plus a rigorous shimmy drill combining everything, so that every "zip code" of your body is doing something different! Also included: helpful stretches, exercises and shimmy mechanics as well as lusciously layered costumed performances by Princess Farhana.
Is your veil getting the best of you?
Hey, it's only a piece of cloth. It's time your veil learned who the boss is! Princess Farhana will demonstrate technique for lovely veil entrances, exits, beatiful framing and drapes, pretty spins and some cool "old school" veil wraps, as well as how to use a veil and finger cymbals at the same time. Also included: tips on veil care, a variety of different types of veils and their uses, plus two dramatically different costumed performances by Princesss Farhana.
Director Steve Balderson's documentary feature "Underbelly" chronicles one woman's journey as well as this unique world of belly dance by tracing a year in the life of Princess Farhana. From Hollywood, California to The Mexican Riviera, from the United Kingdom to the prairies of Canada, from New York City to the heartland of America,
"Underbelly" illuminates the world of belly dance, as it exists today. With views from the stage as well as the private off-stage world of the dancers, it covers the fundamentals and history of the dance, how it's taught, how it changes and heals lives, and addresses the differences between the purely traditional styles and the myriad genres composing contemporary belly dance: from cabaret and tribal to fusion with burlesque and Gothic styling.
Interviews and performances with stars such as Rachel Brice, Rachel Lazarus Soto, Samantha Riggs, and Kajira Djoumahna, John Compton,comedian/dancer Margaret Cho, Blacksheep Belly Dance, Jim Boz , Tempest… and of course, Princess Farhana illuminate the range of styles and how each artist puts a personal signature on the world's oldest dance, as it's performed today. Includes many bonus performances.
Whether you're joining the "footlight parade" or perfecting the art of boudoir seduction, Princess Farhana will teach you to strut like a showgirl and vamp a la Gypsy Rose Lee in the retro strip tease style.
A star of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque for ten years as well as a professional belly dancer, Princess Farhana has been featured in numerous documentaries on exotic dance. Director Augusta, a showgirl herself, also directed the critically acclaimed documentary "The Velvet Hammer Burlesque". As Penny Starr, Jr., she was First Runner Up in The Miss Exotic World Competition 2004. Featured here: a historical over-view of burlesque; hints on showmanship and performance; costume fabrication tips and glittery stage finery on display.
As an added bonus, learn to twirl your pastie tassels with Miss Indigo Blue, proprietor of TwirlyGirl.net and founder of Seattle's famed Academy Of Burlesque.
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Available in Women's MEDIUM, LARGE & X-LARGE
by Pleasant Gehman
Escape from Houdini Mountain contains 26 escapist revelries and scintillating escapades, alternately hilarious and sad, compassionate, bizarre, and full of devil-may-care lust for life. From trysts on the French Riviera to lofts on Manhattan's lower East Side to Hollywood's seamy underbelly, these deft and daffy stories are populated by rockstars and wannabes, acid-dropping clowns, aging punk rockers, desperate women, and transvestites-turned-evangelists inhabiting an underground subculture beyond most people's wildest imaginings.
This hot performance DVD features some of the most talented belly dance artists performing in the USA today, and includes all sorts of styles, from Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish Cabaret to Fusion. Filmed at the Live Oak Theater in Berkely, California, the disc features: Princess Farhana, Kristina Canizares, Oreet, Tanya, Lotus Niraja, Adriana, Yolanda, Amira Ariana, Bahaia, Brianna, Ahava, and Maria.
Produced by Michelle Joyce and Cheeky Girls Productions.
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