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I stumbled out of bed, I got ready for the struggle (this is a post about posture)

There’s a person I work with who has good posture. Revision: there’s a person I work with who I think has good posture. Revision: there’s a person I work with whose posture I notice with approval. Let’s be honest, I’m … 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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How to watch a video of yourself

This is an exercise that I assigned my students recently, when video footage became available from our November showcase. I suspect that I adapted the exercise from some awesome dance teacher on the internet, possibly Mahin. Here is what I … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be perfect

…to teach, help, and inspire others. (We played this song at my mother’s funeral)   I make videos quite a lot, mainly for the purpose of showing people things that I think are helpful or fun, and that they might … Continue reading

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I want to see you smile

This is my controversial opinion for the week. Okay, maybe just for the day. I think that we should smile. I’ve read the stuff that says we don’t owe a smile to anyone, and that it’s really patronising if not … Continue reading

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Photographic evidence: how useful is it as performance feedback?

I’ve lived with a photographer for many years, and have been fortunate enough to have him document many of my dance performances. Being present for the behind the scenes work that images are subjected to before they’re seen by the world … Continue reading

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“The chorus dancers hold up the sky while the feature dancers press down the earth” – finding groundedness in a dance style that’s all about the up

I’m a very cerebral person. Until I was about 18 I barely noticed that I existed below the neck. I was all about information and thoughts and words. Almost 20 years later I find myself in a bodywork-centered profession, where … Continue reading

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