Very few belly dancers have been elevated to national Egyptian treasures, but Samia Gamal, born Zaynab Khalil Ibrahim Mahfuz, was and probably still is one of Egypts most loved dancers. I’m sure you’ve already seen lots of video clips of her and if you’ve studied with me you’ll know that I adore her iconic moves and have […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, February, 17th, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments


How can we all learn to be more confident in our own skin? And how can committing to our movements also help us to become betters dancers as well as happier human beings? Amerita, a dance activist sums it up beautifully in her Ted Talk which you can view on YouTube here. You’ll only need […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, February, 10th, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Your Dance Body No Comments


One of the key elements of achieving your goals and also enjoying doing so, is to stay motivated. This may seem easy when it’s something that you really enjoy doing, such as attending workshops or weekly classes. But it’s a lot harder to find that motivation for things that you maybe don’t enjoy that much, […]

By Ishtar Dance on Wednesday, January, 1st, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Entrepreneur, Dance Inspiration No Comments


The importance of understanding belly dance rhythms is not to be underestimated, yet it can be really hard – even for seasoned dancers to get their heads around how these work and not least remembering their names. Most dancers will know the rhythms perhaps intuitively and therefore improvising to them becomes fairly easy after a […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 25th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning 2 Comments


It’s nothing new that dancing is good for you on many different levels, and if you’re already a dancer, I’m sure you know that it works your muscles as well as your brain, not to mention raising your endorphin levels and helping release that feel good hormone that we all enjoy after dancing. But the […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 4th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Your Dance Body No Comments


The one question I probably get asked the most is ‘how to get my arms to look graceful/elegant/effortlessness etc. and I’m afraid there is no magic trick to achieve it instantly. But the good news is that there are some proven techniques which teamed with lots of practise will make it happen. Beautiful arms are […]

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 7th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments


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