Posts tagged ‘fusion bellydance’

“Belly Dance” Version of Wobble Hustle Line Dance – Warm Up Exercise

Here is Kendra Ray’s “belly dance” version of the Wobble Hustle. It uses movements found in cabaret, tribal, and fusion bellydance with a little freestyle dance thrown in for variety. Use this as line dance as an out-of-the-box warm up or exercise for belly dance class to get students socializing and having fun!


Public Classes No Longer Available… Inquire for Private Lessons and Workshops

After a year at FAB Music and Dance School, I will no longer be teaching public classes until further notice.

I am so grateful for the opportunity FAB has provided for me to teach classic styles of Raqs Sharqi and provide some Middle Eastern dance education along with dance training – something that is rare these days in the bellydance world. The students that have dedicated their time and energy are the fuel that kept me going – literally. I feel privileged to have exchanged dance experiences with them all as they taught me alot and it brightened my week to spend time with them. Stay tuned to what’s happening at FAB School as they undergo major changes for progress in early 2014!


Private Lessons:

Should anyone be interested in private lessons for themselves or for a group, feel free to contact me for scheduling availability using my website form here — Kendra Bellydancer Contact Form


Upcoming Workshops for 2014:

January 25th – Fifty Shades of Fusion – Saginaw, MI – Event Page

February 22nd – Workshops and Hafla – Kalamazoo, MI – Event Page





Kendra Ray – Bellydance Evolved and the Power of Music

Produced by my good friends at Small World Music Society in Toronto, Ontario. Here is some insight to who I am as an artist and what I strive to represent through my work.

“Wolf and I” by OhLand – Fusion Bellydance by Kendra Ray

Song: “Wolf and I” by OhLand. I do not own the rights to this song, I just perform to it!

Choreographed by Kendra Ray . By fusing a foundation of bellydance and theatrical delivery, along with the philosophy of the yin and yang – the balance of light and dark, Kendra portrays the embodiment of the Moon who longs for her companion, the Wolf.

Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Rock with a Social Mission

For many of the readers who are involved with the bellydance community, the name Gogol Bordello is probably one you are familiar with. For those of you who have yet to experience the music and essence that is GB, here is the band’s mission statement. It was hand-written on a crumpled piece of paper, so I had to be careful when rewriting these inspiring words:

Gogol Bordello Artist’s Statement:

Gogol Bordello’s task is to provoke audience out of post-modern aesthetic swamp onto a neo-optimistic communal movement towards new sources of authentic energy.

With acts of music, theatre, chaos and sorcery Gogol Bordello confronts the jaded and irony-diseased. Our treatment of traditional material is freewillous, but is not irony driven and thus real. Our theatre is chaotic and spontaneous and because of that is alarming and response provoking.

From where we stand it is clear that world’s cultures contain material for endless art-possibilities and new mind-stretching combinations, raw joy and survival energy. We chose to work with Gypsy, Cabaret and Punk traditions. It’s what we know and feel. And many more are possible that can make the beloved statement of post-modernism “everything is been done” sound as an intellectual error.

The troubadors of neo-authentics are comin as a trans-global Art syndicate family that has never been witnessed before. PARTY!


Originating from New York, the band has toured the world spreading their music like an infectious inter-continental virus through over-the-top theatrical stage shows and raw musical talent. The full band is comprised of cultural backgrounds hailing from Russia, Israel, China, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Trinidad and the United States. Having six full albums under their belt, their 2010 release Trans-continental Hustle was produced by mainstream music’s heavy-hitting producer, Rick Rubin, and subsequently released on his American Recordings.

Don’t let the crass, slurring vocals with a heavy accent turn you away; the band’s in-your-face approach may be intimidating but their message and musical abilities quickly transport you to melting-pot gathering that everyone with a positive and open mind is welcome to attend.

Here is one of their more creative music video endeavors for the song Pala Tute from the aforementioned album Trans-continental Hustle :

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