Whether your hips are tight from a lot of dancing, other exercise or even just sitting down, stretching the outer hip can be tricky without adding to much strain on other joints especially the knee. So today I want to share one of my favourite gentle outer hip stretches, which can be a great alternative […]

By Ishtar Dance on Friday, October, 1st, 2021 in Learning, Your Dance Body 2 Comments

Every week in class I give my students the option of homework, but I know all to well that most won’t be able to set aside large chunks of time to work on their technique or polish their performance. So how do you manage to get your training fitted in between work, family, friends, housework […]

By Ishtar Dance on Wednesday, January, 27th, 2021 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

As I’m writing this my Christmas and New Year plans are still uncertain – but then I guess that was the theme for the year now nearly gone. One thing is for certain, dance is what has kept me going throughout 2020, even if the majority of it has been online. And as things stand […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, December, 14th, 2020 in Dance Inspiration 2 Comments

What a crazy year 2020 has proven to be! Just as I was hoping to return to teaching physical classes and workshops in some of my regular venues, obstacles seem to come in the way and the return, that I think so many are impatiently waiting for, has been delayed. But life goes on, so […]

By Ishtar Dance on Friday, October, 2nd, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments

I’m very excited to be launching my brand new series of pre-recorded courses on my website. You may know that I’ve previously taught online courses with both pre-recorded and live elements to experienced students, but this is the first time I’ll be opening this up to beginners too – first with a Belly Dance Basics […]

By Ishtar Dance on Friday, July, 10th, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments

As a dancer I have from an early age been encouraged to eat foods that will support and nurture my body and I have previously written about a dancer’s diet. In the last few months I’ve rediscovered my passion for cooking, baking and not least finding healthy recipes for food I love. I hope some […]

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, June, 16th, 2020 in In the Dance Kitchen, Your Dance Body No Comments

Fusion music and dance isn’t a new concept. Egyptian star dancer Samia Gamal was heavily influenced by Russian ballet and composer Mohammed Abdul Wahab experimented with western rhythms and orchestrations. But it’s not only the West influencing the East – the exchange has also gone the other way with Shakira dancing to Um Kalthoum and […]

By Ishtar Dance on Thursday, June, 4th, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning 1 Comment

Expert advice on how best to cope with the lock-down as a result of the global Corona pandemic, has not been scarce, but most agree that keeping a healthy routine of exercise, something to help you destress and of course a good diet is essential. I have taken the last few weeks out to engross […]

By Ishtar Dance on Wednesday, April, 22nd, 2020 in Dance Inspiration, Your Dance Body No Comments