Learning


How to find inspiration

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 5th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Entrepreneur, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments

Inspiration can be found in many places, but just like a writer can encounter writer’s block, so can a dancer draw a blank when trying to come up with the next stunning routine. I’ve written a lot about how to deliver a good performance, conquer stage fright and polish your technique. But how do you […]


How to shine on stage

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 29th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

What does it take to loose yourself in the moment of a performance? To shine on stage and be the music, without loosing the choreography or dance steps? What is that illusive performance knack that some dancers just seem to have naturally, and how do you get it? As we’re all different human beings, there […]


How to travel with basic twists

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 22nd, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

Travelling with basic twists is done across various dance styles, but it’s also a very iconic belly dance move favoured by many well-known dancers. Once you’ve got the basics right, starting to travel sideways, in circles and pivoting is a great way to get some variation into your dancing, as well as showing different angles […]


How to advance your Sidestep

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, October, 2nd, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

The Saidi Sidestep, also known as a Rik or simply Sidestep, is an essential move which can be used across various dance styles, including Egyptian Saidi. Although fairly simple, it can easily be advanced and elaborated upon to become an extremely useful travelling step. Do make sure you get the basics rights. I’ve previously covered […]


Clever Saidi cane technique

By Ishtar Dance on Thursday, September, 27th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

Last week I shared a few tips on how to incorporate travelling steps and funky combinations to make your Saidi a bit more sassy, and this week I’m sharing some ideas on what cane technique you could layer it with. This is not a definitive list, and only some rather basic suggestions, because often I […]


How to do a Saidi Sidestep

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, September, 11th, 2018 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments

The Rik, also known as a Saidi Sidestep or simply Sidestep, is a key move across various styles of dance, and it can easily be tweaked to suit everything from a Charleston to an Egyptian folklore dance (hence the name). It’s quite a simple step, but especially because of that, many miss the basics which […]


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