Dance, Movement

Gratitude Post

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

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Spring Recalibration – Dance

An update on my Dance Goals for 2019. For Ballet: Still todo – pirouette on pointes! Practise balance: passé, piqué arabesque, piqué attitude, sous-sous and glissat without and with pointes Practise turns: soutenu, chainé, piqué (without and with pointes), pirouettes (double without pointes, single with pointes) and fouettés (without pointe) Work on ankles and feet (and… Read More Spring Recalibration – Dance

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The Ribbonening

Here is a picture view of the ribbonification process of my new  (Grishko Dreampointe!) shoes. Enjoy! PS: Also check out this great article on how to measure and position the ribbons/ elastic, as well as on how to tie pointe shoes. 1. The Gathering (shoes, satin ribbons, elastic band, scissors, sturdy needle, sturdy thread) Not… Read More The Ribbonening

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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

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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

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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

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Interview with Boženka

 I believe that it is a luxury to take one’s time learning a new craft, and if you are lucky to have a good mentor/teacher by your side, take everything you can from them. Bellydance Superstar Boženka is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed dancer performing and teaching worldwide. Her distinguishing elegance and her classic and earthy… Read More Interview with Boženka

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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

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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