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

What Beginners Should Practice & Study Outside of Belly Dance Class

This is the latest installment in the occasional series, "Raks Me A Question" where I answer bellydancers' questions about learning, teaching, performing or doing business in Bellydance Land. If you've got a dilemma, an obstacle you haven't found your way around or a sticky situation and you'd like some advice - just send it in ! … Continue reading What Beginners Should Practice & Study Outside of Belly Dance Class

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

How To Keep Up Your Belly Dance Practice When You Are Injured

This is the newest installment of  "Raks Me A Question" - an occasional series where I answer dancers' questions about anything and everything to do with this Sparkly Life - from practice techniques to troupe politics. Think of it as a dancers' Q & A meets Dear Abby! Got a question you'd like to ask? Email … Continue reading How To Keep Up Your Belly Dance Practice When You Are Injured

How To Get Motivated & Organized In Belly Dance When You Don’t Have A Teacher

I'm introducing a new occasional feature on the Daily Bellydance Quickies called "Raks Me A Question". (Thanks, Pamela Yvette on Facebook for coming up with a fun name for this segment!)  This will be part belly dance Q & A, part Dear Abby for dancers. We'll tackle some why's and how's of belly dance and … Continue reading How To Get Motivated & Organized In Belly Dance When You Don’t Have A Teacher