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How to rumba in belly dance

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, March, 17th, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No Comments

Middle Eastern music has plethora of wonderful rhythms that allows you to be really creative and expressive in your dancing – not to mention the many exciting ways you can approach this from a choreography point of view. As your knowledge of the music and dance expands you’ll become more familiar and comfortable maximising this […]


The psychology of dance

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, March, 2nd, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

Do you ever wonder why we dance? How we communicate through dance and how it challenges our brains as well as our bodies? Having worked with dance on many different levels including performing, teaching and in a health setting, I find all these questions highly interesting and I was delighted when I discovered some talks […]


Sensation Samia Gamal secrets

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

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 […]


Understanding belly dance rhythms

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 25th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning 2 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 […]


Amazing arms made easy

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, October, 7th, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, 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 […]


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