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


A vertical figure of 8 is a wonderfully versatile dance move, which easily can be switched to change direction, and used for melting moves together and travelling. Yet many dancers seem to forget the basics of vertical 8s, especially when they reach a certain level, and the move then loses definition and morphs into others. […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 20th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


As a former Ballroom and Latin dancer I’m used to taking to the dance floor with a partner, so I guess that’s why I love dancing with props such as finger cymbals, sticks, wings and veils. And at this year’s Fantasia Festival I’ll be teaching my most favourite prop: silk veil. Read more about you can […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 13th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


In bellydance camels are undulations of the spine made whilst travelling or moving on the spot. They are one of those fluid moves that every dancer needs to drill over and over again in order to truly control and make it look genuinely effortless. But because of it’s flowing nature, many dancers often skip out […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 6th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Turning is an essential travelling step in many dance forms, yet I often see even experienced dancers struggling to control their turns and spins. This becomes especially evident when performing for an audience and the nerves kick in. It’s a real shame because it affects the confidence of the dancer, as well as the audience’s […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 23rd, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Do you use choreographies or do you prefer to get up on stage and improvise? It’s often down to personal preference, but generally the more experienced and versatile a dancer you are, the more likely you are to enjoy and rely on your improvisations skills. Personally I only rarely choreograph a performance piece, but instead […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 9th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Uncategorised, Your Dance Body No Comments


It not very often that bellydancers have the opportunity to work with professional live musicians and drummers, but once you do, something magical is likely to happen, not only to your dancing, but also your confidence! Most dancers shy away from live-drumming workshops and events, because it feels so alien to get up and dance […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 2nd, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Uncategorised, Your Dance Body No Comments


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