Sometimes the green finds you! This Saturday Mr. E and I competed in the second German Open Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art) near the Bergischer Ring in Cologne. After the event, our curiosity was piqued by a gorgeous copper beech – we see them everywhere this year – towering above a hedge behind the sports hall… Read More Green in Cologne
If you’re reading this.. give yourself a little re-set. Look up, or out the window, see the sky. Take a deep breath. Oxygenizing your brain. Relaxing your nervous system. Lowering your blood pressure. Softening your body. Softening your mind. Listening. Sensing. Calm. Take another deep breath.. There you… Read More Take a Breath
Recently, both in Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo classes, a surprising (to me!) thing happened. I had come back to classes for the first time after a serious dance travel bout, and: – For the first time in my (admittedly short) sword class student life I was able to fairly consistently execute a horizontal cut from… Read More A Break-Through
What style of bellydance do you love the most? Sparked by this and other interesting questions from an interview by the lovely Helène of mybellydancejourney.com where we talk about the recent DancEscapade weekend I co-hosted with Bozenka in Crete, I started pondering my own meandering dance journey. Below you’ll find my story. Please tell me yours in the comments… Read More A Journey of Interests
Sometimes I marvel at how intense, colourful, yet fleeting travel memories can be. Nevertheless, each experience we have shapes us, and they can nudge our path in a certain direction. Next to that, our attitude and inner life also influence what we perceive. So, in that sense, I’d say it’s very important to choose your… Read More Suitcase of Inspiration
Best things to do when the mind is overfull: Get outside. Kick some leaves. Hug some trees. Run around. Do this. Breathe. Know. Be. Enjoy the moment. Repeat.
Today’s post is dedicated to all the generous bellydancers who have donated precious silk dance veils via Dance4Children this spring for the girls of the Caméléon shelter/centre in the Philippines. The veils will be employed in Iloilo as props in their art school programs for circus and dance choreographies. As you can see, the fist veil batch… Read More Gratitude Post
Time for another flexibility update! This is a’before’ comparison between today (7th of May 2019) and end of February 2019. And an ‘after’ comparison between todays flexibility session and the one of March 15th Below you see the effects of working with one of of Stacey Nemour’s newly added one-hour online flexibility classes for dancers. If you’d… Read More Flexibility Progress – May 2019
When I travel, I don‘t lug my big journals with me, usually. If I am teaching dance, I write my workshop notes on separate sheets of paper, so they can be easily transported, shuffled, revisited and rewritten. For note-taking, planning and journaling I use a travel-sized – preferably lined – mini-notebook, like the one in… Read More Travel Notes
One of my favourite tree variations, the copper beech, is right now at it’s most vibrant in colour in Germany. Interestingly, how (or rather why) exactly the change to turning purple is triggered is still a bit of a mystery. This beauty we found in Frömern. What are your favourite trees?