The arabesque is a position that was invented for Genie to get out the bottle.
This is a sentence I heard years ago from one of my favourite teachers. This kind of sentences you know that are going to stay with you forever. Nowadays I reinforce that she was more than right.
The word arabesque –French- defines a classical ballet position. Is not a step, is not a movement, no. It is a po-si-tion.
A few days ago in a pub I was asked: what do you do? -original question!, ha. When I replied “I am a bellydance teacher and a bellydancer” and the boy I was speaking with told me about a friend of her who was a tribal fusion bellydancer. His second question was about my style in bellydance. Glup.
I’ve been asked many times about my style in bellydance but I have some more questions as a reply: are there really styles in bellydance? Is classifying oneself stopping one’s creative freedom?
With a couple of glasses of wine inside me I got a bit like a philosopher –poor him. Today, without wine in my veins I wanted to bring my thoughts to my blog.
I’m going to start speaking about the bellydance styles to give my opinion at the end.
Ready? Let’s go.
Today’s article is not coming with a technical video where I give you a master class on how to do this or that.
I just would like to share with you a conversation I had with Inés Díaz, a dancer based in Girona (Spain) who I found on the internet world.
It’s the new trend. What is one of the things that happen with the trending topics? It happens that everyone wants to surf the wave without bearing in mid the consequences. And after a while the trend passes ... and the consequences remain.
I’d love for you to keep on dancing for many many years, so I decided to record this video so you can move your head in a smoother, freer and safe way. Keep on reading.
To start the new year with lots of excitement I’ve decided to make January a very important month for Dance Pandemic: the Spanish version of The Online Workshop - Arms & Hands for belly dance will be ready by the end of the month. The English version of it will take a little bit longer and if you want to be the first one to know about it all you have to do is subscribe here (it might be the only place I speak about the workshop at this stage).
But this is not all. In this brand new year I'm going on a UK tour with Company of Dreams. Between April and November you’ll have the chance to see me on stage on Bristol, Manchester, Hereford, Telford, Andover, Colchester y Tunbridge Wells. I’ll keep you updated about tickets and venues when we get closer to the dates.
I hope you are ready for 2018, because like it or not, the time machine has been working hard while we were distracted doing other things.
Last October I started sharing with you what I called the Back to Basics Series, bringing you some easy and basic movements and steps so you had where to start your bellydancing practise.
We are finishing this series today with the side to side step in combination with the reverse figure of eight.
Keep on reading.
The year is almost over again and I don’t know how come it went so fast. Sometimes I feel vertigo when I think about how fast and slow at the same time live is running. Doing many things and forgetting half of them. Does this resonates with you?
Among the million activities I do there is one that is constant. Guess what I’m talking about...
How have you been this couple of weeks? I’m busy as a bee, as usual, writing scripts and shooting all the videos for the upcoming Arms and Hands for belly dance – Online workshop. It will come out soon, and if you subscribe here, you’ll be the first one to know about it.
This week we continue with the Back to Basics series. After having learnt the horizontal figures of eight -backwards and forward- and having work on the basic posture for arms and hands, today’s video brings you the forward and backward step.
How have you been this week?
November is being one of the busiest months for me so far. I’m working in 20 things at the same time, and I’m loving all of them.
Keep on reading, I’ll tell you about them.
Hi there friend!
This week we continue with the Back to Basics Series, chapter II: reverse figure of eight.
Keep on reading!
October it’s the month of my birthday –it was on the 10th!- and I always feel as it were New Year’s Day after my birthday. I have this feeling very often. The feeling of being born again, of having the chance to recommence everything. I feel the same in September, because of the back to school, at the beginning of the Summer, in October because of my bday in January, and sometimes even every month when I get my period because I’m always starting a new cycle.
And because October is one of those times of the year, one of my resolutions is to start from the beginning.
Welcome to the Back to Basics Series
You requested turns, here you have more turns!
In this occasion I'm bringing you the "Mahmoud Reda turn"
It is just an arm movement that it's added to the 3 steps turn, that I already explained a while ago. This arm combination makes this simple turn a more elaborated one, and also something more scenic. You can move your arms forward or backward. In today's video I share the backwards movement just because I had to choose a place to start.
We are back on duty today!! Yiha!! Are you ready? I hope so, because I’m on fire.
Here you have the new video: Intermiadiate-Advanced level combination.
Is Summer time to rest?
Summer is here already and our routines are changing.
I'm feeling again as I feel in New Year's day. For me there are 3 beginnings on every year: the real one, the start of the summer and the back to school period in September.
In this three moments of the year I always write a good list of resolutions that I never know if I'll manage to accomplish or not.
The other day I started to think about the last New Year's Day resolutions list and I found out that I was not doing it that bad and that is not a bad idea at all to make this lists. The problem always comes when you start realizing that it's not that easy to make those dreams happen, or sometimes, despite being easy, everything takes its time. Impatience is one if my worst enemies.
It also probably happens to you: you want it all and you want it now. Does this ring a bell to you?
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