The taq is a basic bellydance move with many names; hip lock up, snap, hip snap, bump etc. The technique for this can really help you add variety, complexity and nuances to your dancing, but done wrongly it can cause a lot of strain on your knees and also lead to injuries. Even experienced dancers […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, February, 5th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Have you ever made plans for the year ahead, only to discover that a few months (or even weeks!) down the line you’ve started moving in a totally different direction than intended? “Begin like you mean to go on” is a mantra most entrepreneurs and business people know, but how do you actually manage to […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, January, 29th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Entrepreneur, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body 2 Comments


One of the key elements of achieving your goals and also enjoying doing so, is to stay motivated. This may seem easy when it’s something that you really enjoy doing, such as attending workshops or weekly classes. But it’s a lot harder to find that motivation for things that you maybe don’t enjoy that much, […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, January, 15th, 2018 in Uncategorised No Comments


A turn over three steps is part of any dancers basic technique, and I’ve also published a short video on this, which you can view here. But they can also easily be advanced by adding accents and unexpected directional changes, which will help you to add surprise and new dynamics to your choreography and performances. I’ve […]

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, December, 12th, 2017 in Uncategorised No Comments


Being a dance teacher or performer can be a lonely business, despite working and seeing so many people every single day. You are after all running your own business (no matter how big or small) and need to do so with integrity and professionalism, whilst inspiring your students and audience with your creativity, technique and […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, December, 4th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments


If you’re an experienced dancer you’ll already know how to create a chonk, also known as a hip lock down, yet I often see dancers struggling to develop this move further, or create variations of it in their dancing, even though it’s one of those moves that has lots of potential for both travelling and […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 27th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


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