Dance, Movement

Tips for Shimmy Practice

Time for a shimmy practice update. Read on below! This post was inspired by a question posted in my KDanceOnline FB group based on my 4-part Shimmy Sessions instructional video series (which is now available exclusively on the Dance4Children Charity Channel) Enjoy! 1. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast It depends a bit on the… Read More Tips for Shimmy Practice

Dance, Movement

Jallabina Workout

As some of you may know, I have been supporting the Dance4Children charity team during the past few years.   I absolutely love the work they do, and for 10(!) years already they have been organizing various charity projects for dancers and movers. All proceeds of these projects are donated in full to incredibly important causes… Read More Jallabina Workout

Dance, Movement

Free Ankle & Hip Conditioning Routine

Hello dear all, Below you‘ll find a step-by-step description of the exercises shown in my free(!) downloadable/streaming Ankle & Hip Conditioning Mini-Routine which I send to all my newsletter subscribers. If you haven’t seen the video version yet, you can get it here: www.subscribepage.com/Khalida_Dance_Updates Enjoy! Note: For a printable .pdf version of the exercise list… Read More Free Ankle & Hip Conditioning Routine

Dance, Movement

New Beginnings

Every day, we can learn something new. If all goes well, I’ll be taking my first Contemporary 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. I will be… 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