I am really pleased to share that my article, “A Retrospective Study Investigating Injury Incidence and Factors Associated with Injury Among Belly Dancers” has been published in the March 2019 edition of the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. We collected so much data we could have written several papers from this, but I’m really pleased this little piece is out there.

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As far as we know, this is the first scientific study ever to examine injury incidence and potential risk factors in belly dancers. I hope this generates more interest around the topic and furthers the belief that oriental dance and its associated forms are worth of academic study.

For us, The most significant clinical implication from this study is the correlation of non-dance-related exercise with reduced risk of injury. Strengthtraining has already been suggested for reducing injury risk in dancers of other styles, and as dance requires both aerobicand anaerobic fitness in addition to strength, any exercise training outside of dance may be beneficial for meeting the athletic requirements of dance.

You can access the article here.

I am so excited! We tested and went live this morning, and we are good to go to broadcast a live Q&A session with Badriyah tonight on the Greenstone Belly Dance Facebook page!

Badriyah is a professional belly dancer from the Czech Republic (currently based in Belgium) who was a lead dancer for Bellydance Evolution, and toured with the company for six years. She is internationally renowned as a belly dance performer and instructor, and she’s a lovely person to boot.


Greenstone Belly Dance is bringing Badriyah to Rotterdam to teach workshops on Saturday the 23rd of March, 2019, so we’re going live to chat with her tonight to ask her a few things! What do you want to know about Badriyah? Do you want to know how she trains? How she started out in belly dancing? Have you got specific questions about her workshop topics in Rotterdam? Join us tonight and ask away!

Don’t forget to send your questions for Badriyah, or let us know your questions via comment when you’re watching the live Q&A stream at 19h GMT+1 TONIGHT! 😀

Happy Fusion Friday, dancers! I’m happy to share with you my latest fusion belly dance performance from the Fusion Freeze show in Ghent, Belgium in December last year. 🙂

If you’re in Rotterdam or Paris, you’ll also get a chance to see this live in the coming months. Stay up to date with my performances here on the Greenstone Belly Dance website or on our Facebook page.

~ Siobhan

Want to try something new to kickstart 2019? We’re offering a free trial belly dance class at STUDIO Hillegersberg in Rotterdam!

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If you’d like to join us, simply visit our classes page to register, or just contact us for more information.

Missed our trial class? Not to worry, you can drop-in for a casual lesson at any time during the Winter Session for just 15 euro! If you love the class, discounted concession cards are available so you can keep coming back for your shimmy fix.

We look forward to dancing with you in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam!

A thought-provoking fusion piece performed by our winter workshop tutor and hafla performer, Shems. Don’t miss the chance to study with this dancer in the Netherlands!

“Looking at Western media interpretations of the Middle East, a two pronged message comes across strongly and repeatedly, on one point eroticism, seduction and belly dance; on the other terrorism, war and violence. It is in part Orientalist stereotype and fear-mongering and in part a simplified reflection of the real and complex cultural struggles found in these regions of political repression. My war dance is a metaphor of this devil’s trident, dedicated to the third spike, the people caught in the middle of it all.”

Siobhan and Greenstone Belly Dance are ecstatic to announce that we’ll be hosting Shems (USA) to teach a saidi workshop and perform at our winter hafla in Delft in January 2019! Read on for all the details.

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Shems is a professional belly dance instructor and performer currently residing in Enschede. Previously based in Baltimore, Maryland, Shems directed the professional dance company Barakaat, taught regular classes and workshops, produced theatrical dance events, and was a popular performer at regional venues and national events. Shems has studied with several internationally renowned Middle Eastern dance instructors, and has been honored to perform with world-class musicians. Shems honors the many beautiful cultural dance traditions of the Middle East and North Africa and continues to learn, practice, and share the joy that they bring her with others.

Open-level dance workshop with Shems (USA), followed by Winter Hafla (casual belly dance party/show!)
Buurthuis de Wending, Raamstraat 67, Delft
Saturday January 19, 2019
Workshop Details:
Open-level Saidi workshop with Shems (canes provided for those who register in advance). 30 euro before January 6, 2019, 35 euro thereafter.
Hafla Details:
A fun, casual event, this hafla (the arabic word for “party”) will allow dancers and non-dancers alike to mingle, have a shimmy, and enjoy belly dance performances .From 19:00 onwards, nibbles provided. Spectator tickets are 7 euro (payment via bank transfer or exact change only; performers do not pay entry).
To Register: Simply visit Greenstone Belly Dance’s event page.

Saidi Workshop and Hafla with Shems (USA) in Delft, Netherlands. Greenstone Belly Dance.

A special thank you to Luna and bellydance-events.com for sharing our event on their website. Check it out to stay up to date with belly dance events around the world!