(English follows) We mogen weer dansen in de Delftse studio! Dansers en danseressen, we zijn zo blij dat er vanaf 5 juni weer groepsdanslessen mogen worden gegeven in de studio! De Delftse lessen vinden plaats op donderdag om 18u (Improvers; basiskennis buikdans is aanbevolen) en om 19u15 (intermediate/gevorderd; 18 maanden aaneengesloten buikdanservaring is vereist). Bekijk…Keep reading
“Baladi” is a term used widely within the international belly dance community, but also within Egypt. It’s a word that can describe a person, a dance, a musical style, food, and so much more! So it can get a little confusing when trying to understand what exactly baladi is. In this blog post, I’ll touch on the multiple meanings of baladi, along with baladi dance stylisation and musical progressions. I’ll be discussing: The idealised archetype of a baladi person in Egypt;
What we tend to mean when we’re talking about baladi stylised dance;
What a baladi solo or baladi progression is.
I think by now, most of us are thoroughly convinced of the benefits of warming up for dance – or at least, we like doing it! When we surveyed 109 belly dancers in New Zealand, we found that 84% of them warm up prior to their dance practice (bravo!). When I first started out in…Keep reading
Hey dancers! I was honoured to be asked by Athena, Liila, and Kirah to be an “early-adopter” (or an ‘influencer’) in their new challenge, The Real Dance Thing! What is #TheRealDanceThing? It’s a dance challenge that starts on Instagram today! The aim of this challenge is to encourage spontaneity and help us move away from…Keep reading
I’m performing online this Saturday, and I’d love to see you there! Tickets are by donation, and proceeds will be split directly between the artists, so you know you’re helping fuel them to keep doing what they love doing, even during a pandemic ❤️ Check out the event here or click the image below for all the details 🙂 There are dancers from the U.K., Wales, Portugal, U.S.A, and more!Keep reading
Do you have certain areas you’re struggling with in your dance? Have you ever turned up to practice and decided to work on the things you like the most (probably what you’re strongest at)?
How about some accountability to turn those struggles into opportunities for growth in your dance (and mindset!) in 2021?
Siobhan spent some time chatting to Zana on the Advance Your Bellydance Podcast about strength training for belly dancers. Listen to a little preview here, or listen to the full episode!Keep reading
Knee injuries are relatively common both in and outside the dance world. If you’ve experienced knee pain or knee injuries, you’ve likely been told “move it or lose it” by your healthcare provider or physiotherapist. We know that one of the worst things we can do for an injured joint or body part is to stop moving it.
Why is movement and strengthening so good for our joints? As I’ve touched on in previous columns, muscles are designed to be the main stabilisers of our joints. Ligaments and tendons are part of the system that keeps our joints stable, but these big, trainable muscles that cross the joints are essential for keeping our joints healthy and strong. For example, for the knee joint, we often recommend quadriceps (front thigh muscle) strengthening, because that muscle is important in keeping the patella (kneecap) tracking through the femoral groove (the groove in your upper thigh bone). So strong quads aids in keeping your kneecaps stable, giving you more confidence to dance and move strongly!
If you’re looking for some easy body weight exercises to incorporate into your dance warm ups at home to keep your knees happy and healthy, here are a few good starting exercises.Keep reading
I think we’ve all leaned in to support local and small businesses during 2020. So I’m super excited to share this Ladies Holiday Guide because it promotes women-owned local businesses in Delft, Rotterdam, and the Netherlands showcasing their special holiday offers just for you!Keep reading
I was delighted to be invited back to the Yallah Raqs podcast for the second time this year! I chatted with Tiffany about rhythms, and how to train our ears. Take a listen!Keep reading
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