Movement, Nature

Pley Poplar

This gorgeous old black cottonwood/poplar can be found in Pley, near the end of the Würm valley A1 walking trail. It’s estimated to be about 220 years of age, and it’s been placed under heritage protection. Worth a visit if you’re near! Bonus geekery: The chapel in the background is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua,… Read More Pley Poplar

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

Books, Movement

Life of Milarepa

I adore this book. I first stumbled upon it in the library of a Tibetan tea house in the heart of the Belgian(!) Ardennes. I decided to find a copy as soon as I got home. The life of Milarepa It tells the story of a troubled youth, who with the help of generous mentors found… Read More Life of Milarepa

Flexibility, Movement

August Flexibility 2

Flexibility update! The past 5 days I’ve been working with the extensions (leg lifts)-focused videos from Stacey Nemour’s online flexibility course package for dancers. I’m very happy with the results! The week itself was a bit of a struggle – Resistance, the topic of this week’s book recommendation, keeps popping up whenever I encounter a… Read More August Flexibility 2

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

Flexibility, Movement

August Flexibility 1

Today’s flexibility practise. Results of working with Stacey Nemour’s fantastic online stretching course package for dancers. What I’ve noticed in the past few days, is that my hamstring stretches are becoming ‘twinge-free’ (a great feeling!) and that ballet movements in classe are starting to look (and feel) more like what in my mind is ‘actual ballet’.… Read More August Flexibility 1

Books, Movement

The War of Art

Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. I enjoyed this read more than I anticipated. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield    

Flexibility, Movement

July Flexibility 2

Flexibility practice update!  Now that I’ve had the chance to work a bit more consistently with Stacey Nemour’s fantastic online stretching course for dancers (I will link to the exact ones below), a few interesting things are happening: 1. From the pictures it looks like I’ve hit a bit of a plateau, as seen in… Read More July Flexibility 2