Want to improve your shimmies? Hoping to shimmy yourself back into shape after the summer break? Struggling to find the flow and consistency in your shimmies? Or perhaps you’re looking for ways to actually get the practise into your daily life in order to perfect your technique? Welcome to the September Shimmy Challenge 2019! Registration […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, September, 2nd, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Dancing, and in particular belly dancing, is a gentle and low impact way of exercising, but many don’t realise just how much strength you actually need for it. Yes you can perform many of the moves with low intensity and relying on the benefit of moving, and therefore not having to hold a position for […]

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, August, 13th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Your Dance Body No Comments


As a former Latin dancer I love fusing Latin styles with belly dance, not only because Egyptian dancers have done so successfully for many decades, but also because it technically and musically works for well. The Rumba, also spelt Rhumba, is a rhythm all Egyptian and non-Egyptian table players will know, but it’s also a […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, July, 22nd, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments


Throughout my dance career I have seen and personally experienced the many benefits of dancing, and especially the positive impact that belly dancing can have on periods, pregnancy and mental wellbeing. Since my own pregnancy I’ve also discovered many links between how complementary therapies like acupuncture, reflexology, mediation and yoga tie in with the movements […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, July, 8th, 2019 in Belly Dance & Pregnancy, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Last week in class I mentioned the Egyptian dancer Tito Seif in one of my classes, and I often refer to the technique I’ve learned from various male belly dancers, so this week I thought I’d share a bit more about this on the blog too. As many before me, I probably didn’t really consider […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, June, 3rd, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning 2 Comments


This week I’ve been exploring the humble shifting hip circle – and discovered how difficult it can be to stick to just that move using a percussive rhythm! Check out my tutorial on how to limit yourself to gain range. The shifting hip circle is typically one of the first belly dance moves I teach […]

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, May, 28th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


Who doesn’t like a snaky vertical figure of 8… Whether going up or down, this is one of my favourite smooth belly dance moves, because you can deconstruct the move and use it in so many ways. As part of my ‘Improvisation Station’ series, this post is therefore looking at fabulous vertical 8, and how […]

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, May, 21st, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


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