Yesterday my ballet studio had its regular summer recital. My experience of it was different from all the others, and I wanted to capture that briefly here. The background is that the past few months were busy and stressful — perhaps no more than my work usually is, but I had expected and badly needed … Continue reading Reflections on a ballet recital
I think we’ve all been there in our dance lives, no? For whatever reason, we stop going to regular classes, or stop practicing on our own, and we feel further away from the dance than ever. I mean, that’s the frustrating thing with dance — although there’s muscle memory and all that, it takes so … Continue reading Playing with Khalida’s All About Arms (Hands Technique)
You get a zills DVD. Or you go to class. And suddenly you are learning ten different rhythms, trying to layer them onto movements, and feeling that it’s all impossible. At least, if you’re me. I’ve done a bit of both, and most of the time, I can’t figure out how I’m going to get … Continue reading Review of Aslahan’s Taming Your Zills
I have been following Neon and her work for going on a decade now. She may seem on the surface to be just a glamorous New York City bellydancer, but in fact she’s an innovative dance pedagogue, always experimenting with new ways to teach dance through video. I say this because it’s easy to overlook her double … Continue reading Review of Neon’s Sensual Goddess
I’m delighted to announce my first guest post, at Fit Bottomed Mamas! It’s a blog I often read for useful and realistic (and non-shaming) fitness tips, so I was particularly glad to contribute to it. Here is the link to a list of tips for making your home dance workout a success: How to get … Continue reading How to get the most out of at-home dance workouts
Anything looking…. just a little bit different? Dear readers, the blog has been on a hiatus for the past few months. I’ve been thinking about what to do with it, where it might go… finally, I decided I really wanted to have my own space online, and have it look comme il faut. So here we are … Continue reading New Blog, New Look, Same Opinionated Me!
I’ve been experimenting with the look of the blog lately, and for now have settled on Blogger’s new dynamic views. I did love my old header image, but wound up not so fond of the colour. For some reason, any scheme I picked to go with it wound up looking kind of… barfy. And “barfy” … Continue reading New Look