Dance, Movement

New Beginnings

Every day, we can learn something new. If all goes well, I’ll be taking my first Modern Dance class tonight at the Ballet school. I’m a bit nervous – I don’t really know yet what to expect – but I’m looking forward, and I’ll be finding out how it feels soon enough. What I do… Read More New Beginnings

Dance, Movement

Taqsim Tips

This post is in honour of the multi-talented Johanna, who graciously hosted me for a very fun workshop this January in Belgium, as well as a reminder to the students who bravely took on the topic with me of dancing to ‘taqsim’, or melodic improvisation. It made me re-realize how much I enjoy teaching, and… Read More Taqsim Tips

Dance, Movement

Do it Badly

It’s a scary thought, right? To do something.. not very well. What ever that may mean. But it‘s the only way to learn. Do it. Badly, if you must. Check what you did. Retry. Learn. How did we learn how to walk? Through action. Falling down. Fumbling. Getting up. Trying again. All it takes is… Read More Do it Badly

Dance, Movement

Making an Entrance

This post is a bit of an experiment. It is a mix of what we did during the dance workshop titled ‘Making an Entrance’ and the things I’ve learned during that weekend. Because the lessons fade too fast! The workshop was part of a coaching visit for Helène, a beautiful dancer from France/Sweden, and the… Read More Making an Entrance

Dance, Movement

Let’s Dance

So.. only a few weeks to go before this year’s ballet recital of Ballettschule Renoldi in Aachen, DE This year I will be dancing in a few of the intermediated/advanced student group dances, including – some of these – on pointes. A first for me.. dancing on stage en pointes at 40(!) The dances –… Read More Let’s Dance

Dance, Movement

Shoot4Children 2019

Note: In preparations for this event, I’ve also created a blog post with tips for photoshoots – go check it out! Below are a few impressions (more to follow soon!) from this year’s ‘Shoot4Children’ event – a charity photoshoot for Dance4Children – with huge thanks to the incredibly talented Philippe Rikir, our generous Makeup Artists… Read More Shoot4Children 2019

Dance, Movement

Tips for Photoshoots

The next ‘Shoot4Children’ is coming up very soon – one of the most popular charity events by Dance4Children (with much thanks to our amazing photographer Philipp Rikir!) Below you’ll find my favourite tips to help dancers prepare both mentally and physically for a studio photoshoot. A separate post for outdoor photoshoots will follow soon. Enjoy!… Read More Tips for Photoshoots

Dance, Movement

Working with Wings

In the post below I’ll share my tips for dancing with Wings of Isis, one of my favourite bellydance fantasy props. I was introduced to wings by my first teachers, Myriam and Yamila, about 15 years ago. When I saw in a show how magnificent  they could look on a stage, I decided to purchase… Read More Working with Wings

Dance, Movement

Taking it On

I used to prefer learning things that came easy to me. Now, not so much. Somehow I’m finding myself practicing pointes. At 39. I’ve noticed that during the past few years a shift has happened. I’m learning to do things – bit by bit – that have interested me for decades, but somehow always seemed… Read More Taking it On