I learned today – while skipping ropes – how much our state of mind really influences how we move. For the past few weeks I had noticed that I wasn’t able to keep my rope-skip rhythm as steady as I used to. During summer, after just a few weeks of practise, I was able to… Read More Untangling the Ropes
Resilience. One of my favourite expressions of (inner as well as outer) strength. According to the Oxford dictionary it has the following meanings: resilience /rɪˈzɪlɪəns/ noun The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. We all have it. This tree has it.… Read More Resilience
A quote I heard on a great podcast interview today: The Music lies in between the notes. How apt this is in a world that seems to be moving ever faster.. Just as the silence between notes is where the music is truly found, it‘s in the pauses between movements that a dance comes to… Read More Stillness in Motion
This post is an ode to the Kettlebell, the portable iron gym. As posted yesterday, for the past year Pavel Tsatsouline’s excellent ‘Simple & Sinister’ Kettlebell workout book has been my go-to functional strength (and cardio!) workout method, combined with rope skipping. I was inspired to educate myself on Kettlebells after completing Monika Volkmars Dance Stronger program… Read More The Mighty Kettlebell
Today’s book is a digital one, ‘Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline. It has been my go-to resource for strength work for the past year. It covers a simple, but extremely effective (and fun – to me!) program/routine using kettlebells, about which I will write more tomorrow. PS: Check out this fascinating podcast interview with Pavel… Read More Simple & Sinister – Pavel Tsatsouline
Do you practise with ankle/wrist weights? If not (yet), I highly recommend it! I occasionally use very light (0,5kg) wrist weights for practising ballet port de bras (arm pathways) as well as for working on fluid arm and wrist movements in bellydance. I use them in the warmup of my streaming/ downloadable bellydance instructional DVD… Read More Wearable Strength
What is strength? And …can this even be done? These were the questions I asked myself this morning, finding myself about to perform 1111 wooden-sword cuts. ‘A Thousand Cuts’ is a sword endurance exercise where Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art) practitioners are asked to do 1000 repetitions of ‘Jeong-Myun Begi’, the basic straight cut, while… Read More A thousand, one hundred and eleven sword cuts.
Today‘s post is an ode to rope skipping. One of the easiest, fastest, and cheapest(!) ways to practise stamina, coordination and strength at the same time. I used to love rope skipping as a kid, I had some mean moves (cross arms, double skips) for solo as well as for the 2-rope group skippin’ kind,… Read More Do you skip?
I would like to dedicate this blog post to Dance4Children and the amazing work they do, as well as to my learnings at D4Cs Bootcamp4Children weekend this July. What (and who?) is Dance4Children? D4C is my favourite charity team, founded by a group of gorgeous, brilliant and warm-hearted dancers from Belgium. Coralie, Lou, and Tamy… Read More Moving for Charity – Bootcamp4Children