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

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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’

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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

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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 combinations workshop in Gdansk, Poland in June 2019 ,… Read More Fan (Veil) Wrangling

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Back to Basics

Today‘s ballet class was amazing. Tuesdays are traditionally dedicated to basics (for pointes as well as ‘regular’ ballet and floorbarre) so it was the perfect way for us students to kick (or grand battement?) the new year into gear, dance-wise. I do my best to take several classes a week when I am not traveling,… Read More Back to Basics

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Dance Goals for 2019

So many possibilities, and some lovely projects already in the works to look forward to. The New Year is wide open. These are my dance goals for 2019: For Ballet Dare to finally try a pirouette on pointes, on both sides 🙂 Dance (and survive) a full choreo en pointe at this year’s(!) recital. Work… Read More Dance Goals for 2019

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Dance and Do Good

I have just now – in collaboration with Dance4Children, my favourite non-profit charity team, set up a special D4C Gumroad Channel. All sales of it’s dance instructional videos (very soon the ‘Shimmy Sessions’ series will be re-released there in full, and hopefully new videos will follow in the coming year!) will go directly and completely… Read More Dance and Do Good