Dance, Movement

Silk Veil Donations

If you’ve ever danced with a silk veil, you know how precious it feels. It catches the air, it fills the space with colour and movement, it shows the music. It dances all by itself. Silky poetry. However, if you’re like me, veils tend to multiply over the years, and it can be hard to… Read More Silk Veil Donations

Dance, Movement

Avoiding the Void

This week I found myself in a pointe-shoe related conundrum. I had procrastinated on saying goodbye to my old (aka very comfortable, but sadly also overly worn) pointe shoes for just a smidge too long, leaving me with very little time for breaking in my new shoes properly before having to wear them in class.… Read More Avoiding the Void

Dance, Movement

Enjoying the Moment

I’ve been thinking about dance – and my relation with it – a lot in the past few weeks. And my conclusion at the moment is that I am happiest when I’m actually doing it – when I am moving, practising and performing – rather than contemplating what dancing really means to me. That being… Read More Enjoying the Moment

Dance, Movement

Dancing for Joy

When you see children dancing (and perhaps even join in!), when you bop around to ‘wherever, whenever’ (and you feel you’re getting into the groove), when you dance at home, by yourself, or with friends, in your kitchen or living room, be it for joy, sadness, energy – You know it. You know that dance… Read More Dancing for Joy

Dance, Movement

Safety First

In the same vein as yesterday’s post on Matter and Mind – today I noticed in ballet class (and during pointes practise!) how much more range (and gentle control) of motion the body allows as soon as it feels ‘safe’. For instance when a ballet barre is nearby (within grabbing distance, even if it is not… Read More Safety First

Dance, Movement

Dancing ‘Live’

This post is inspired by a wonderful live music dance performance experience this weekend. I was lucky enough to get the chance to perform with Rakiya’s Arabic orchestra at Noemie Danse‘s Oriental Roots festival in Belgium – along with a few amazing fellow dancers. It was an enriching and exhilarating experience. Below are a few… Read More Dancing ‘Live’

Dance, Movement

Invest in Yourself

This is so important. Investing time, energy, love, and effort into your own development is essential to keep growing. Even in the smallest ways – it makes a tremendous difference. To be able to truly invest in yourself, you must first find out what this means to YOU. What choices can you make every day… Read More Invest in Yourself

Dance, Movement

Fan (Veil) Wrangling

A while ago, I wrote a blog post on working with Silk Fan Veils (one of my favourite bellydance fantasy/fusion props!) for ZeOT magazine. One of the many movement arts where flexible fingers, adequate wrist mobility and grip strength come in hand(ha!)y. I will be teaching a fan veil choreography workshop in Belgium this January, as well as… Read More Fan (Veil) Wrangling