Below The Knee: A Primer on Feet and Ankles for Belly Dancers

Bellydance puts a lot of focus on the hips and torso, but like a house with a beautiful second floor balcony, it needs a strong first floor to support it. We may not be as hard on our feet as ballet dancers, but we depend on the muscles and ligaments of our lower legs and feet … Continue reading Below The Knee: A Primer on Feet and Ankles for Belly Dancers

Good For Your Heart & Everything Else – My Cross-Training Routine for Belly Dance

Bellydance is great exercise, but if you are a serious dancer cross-training is essential to your progress and longevity in dance. Even if  you put in several hours of practice and performing each week, you may not hit up all the muscle groups you depend on for a solid performance with enough intensity to keep them … Continue reading Good For Your Heart & Everything Else – My Cross-Training Routine for Belly Dance

Let’s Get Specific: The Training Principle of Specificity and Belly Dance

As serious dancers, we should always be looking to grow, expand and improve on our skills. Sometimes this means taking on new physical challenges in strength, balance, flexibility and maybe even endurance.  The key to success in training for these kinds of belly dance achievements is to define a clear path of how to get there. … Continue reading Let’s Get Specific: The Training Principle of Specificity and Belly Dance

Stretch Yourself: Using the Right Stretch at the Right Time

Stretching has become a bit controversial in bellydance classes. Should you stretch before class or after? Yes. You read that right - it depends on which kind of stretching you're talking about. Let's clear up some confusion about how and when to stretch for the best dance performance and flexibility gains. Dynamic Stretching Dynamic stretching … Continue reading Stretch Yourself: Using the Right Stretch at the Right Time

Staying Focused In Your Belly Dance & Fitness

Do you go through phases of being super-committed to your belly dance practice or workouts, then fall off the wagon? I think we all exhibit this pattern with something in our lives. For me it's keeping my office out of a state of chaos so I can actually concentrate on work. Success with long-term commitments, … Continue reading Staying Focused In Your Belly Dance & Fitness

How Not to Exercise – Work Smarter, Not Just Longer

As bikini season approaches, I see more and more fitness challenges on Facebook and Twitter. The "Brazen Fit Ab Challenge", the "30 Day Squat Challenge",  and the "5/100 Fitness Challenge" are just a few examples . Anyone who has subscribed to the Daily Bellydance Quickies or has followed this blog for any length of time … Continue reading How Not to Exercise – Work Smarter, Not Just Longer

Getting Acquainted with Your IT Band

In a recent Daily Bellydance Quickie, I demonstrated two stretches for the Iliotibial band, more commonly known as the IT band. Today let's learn a little more about what this important structure does and how we can keep it healthy and pain-free. What is the IT band? The IT band is a fibrous strap that … Continue reading Getting Acquainted with Your IT Band