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How to train effectively

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


Gentle outer hip stretch

By Ishtar Dance on Wednesday, December, 2nd, 2020 in Learning, Your Dance Body 2 Comments

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 […]


Autumn dance schedule

By Ishtar Dance on Friday, October, 2nd, 2020 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning No 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 […]


New online courses

By Ishtar Dance on Friday, July, 10th, 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 […]


Introduction to fusion dance

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

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 […]


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 […]


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