Tag Archives: bellydance

On dipping my toes back in

At the end of my last post you can see the revelation hitting me like a giant bead-fringed scarf in the face: I need bellydance in order to be happy. I’m pretty sure I need ATS®. Some ancillary revelations have … Continue reading

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It’s not you, it’s me

  I did something scary today. I announced that I was taking a break from teaching dance. This has been a long time coming and I don’t know how long the break is going to be. I still love dancing … Continue reading

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Adventures in swinging the other way #stilladanceblog

God, I haven’t posted anything here since March. A lot has happened since then and I’ve had a lot of thoughts and written a lot of stuff, most of it is stream-of-consciousness processing in paper journals, some of it draft … Continue reading

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Heiling hands

There’s a thing I’ve noticed amongst newer bellydance performers now and then: they’ll be doing some kind of hip work with a classic L arm position (one arm roughly at shoulder height, the other extended overhead) and they’ll look like … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favourite backbends

Although I’m conservative with my backbends because I don’t want to just jam the edges of two poor unsuspecting vertebrae together, my body really likes the feeling of lengthening and stretch down the front supported by muscle strength. First thing … Continue reading

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Rotator cuffs gonna rotate

  I’m a yoga teacher and a bellydancer teacher and quite frankly a nerd, so I think about rotation a lot. Particularly glenohumeral and acetabulofemoral rotation. Y’ALL COME BACK NOW! I promise to go easy on the Latin for the … Continue reading

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Adornment is important

I’m sick and tired. Not, for once, of anything in particular, just literally sick and tired. Apparently the change of season may have something to do with it, along with my being quite good at working and less good at … Continue reading

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Gratitude!

After working six day weeks for quite some time, I now get Fridays off, thanks to my marvellous friend Jenifer taking on Friday yoga classes at the studio. However as my mum used to say, work expands to fill the … Continue reading

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Mission statement 2016

My mission statement popped boldly into my head during a webinar with positive psychologist and all-round excellent person Niyc Pidgeon. I wrote it down and almost immediately started making the graphical version pictured here. This is why I do what … Continue reading

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Mirror ambivalence

We’ve looked at interpreting performance photos and video, and today we end up unavoidably in your face: with the mirror. Just as a lot of us shy away from looking at our image in photos and videos, there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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