Learning


How to control your taqs

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

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 […]


3 tips for planning and achieving your dance goals

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


How to find and benefit from your dance network

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, December, 4th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning 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 […]


How to advance your chonks

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 27th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body 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 […]


How to roll and control your standard vertical 8s

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 20th, 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. […]


Sensational Silk Veil Secrets

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 13th, 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 […]


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