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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Journey of Interests

What style of bellydance do you love the most? Sparked by this and other interesting questions from an interview by the lovely Helène of mybellydancejourney.com where we talk about the recent DancEscapade weekend I co-hosted with Bozenka in Crete, I started pondering my own meandering dance journey. Below you’ll find my story. Please tell me yours in the comments… Read More A Journey of Interests

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Gratitude Post

Today’s post is dedicated to all the generous bellydancers who have donated precious silk dance veils via Dance4Children this spring for the girls of the Caméléon shelter/centre in the Philippines. The veils will be employed in Iloilo as props in their art school programs for circus and dance choreographies. As you can see, the fist veil batch… Read More Gratitude Post

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Spring Recalibration – Dance

An update on my Dance Goals for 2019. For Ballet: Still todo – pirouette on pointes! Practise balance Clean up my technique for passé, piqué arabesque, piqué attitude, sous-sous Practise turns: soutenu, chainé, piqué (without and with pointes), pirouettes (double without pointes, single with pointes) and fouettés (without pointe) Work on strengthening my ankles and feet… Read More Spring Recalibration – Dance

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The Ribbonening

Here is a picture view of the ribbonification process of my new  (Grishko Dreampointe!) shoes. Enjoy! PS: Also check out this great article on how to measure and position the ribbons/ elastic, as well as on how to tie pointe shoes. 1. The Gathering (shoes, satin ribbons, elastic band, scissors, sturdy needle, sturdy thread) Not… Read More The Ribbonening

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Silk Veil Donations

If you’ve ever danced with a silk veil, you know how precious it feels. It catches the air, it fills the space with colour and movement, it shows the music. It dances all by itself. Silky poetry. However, if you’re like me, veils tend to multiply over the years, and it can be hard to… Read More Silk Veil Donations

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Avoiding the Void

This week I found myself in a pointe-shoe related conundrum. I had procrastinated on saying goodbye to my old (aka very comfortable, but sadly also overly worn) pointe shoes for just a smidge too long, leaving me with very little time for breaking in my new shoes properly before having to wear them in class.… Read More Avoiding the Void