7 things you need to GIVE UP to be a successful dancer

This blog entry is all about taking a look at what you need to give up to be a successful dancer. Read More

Dancing with an aging body

Getting older doesn’t need to slow you down or make you get off the stage. Find out more about why. Read More

Passion and me, the dancer

I’m not a dancer who lives to perform. That’s not where my passion for dance lies. Read More

On Performing

Performing can be nerve wracking! Check out tips from getting ready to setting foot on the stage and more. Read More

Preparing to Start a New Year

Many of us start considering what we want to do at the end of the year. Resolutions, plans and plotting. Read More

Un-belly-leivable!

We’re back today to cover a few more myths about belly dancing. So lets jump right on in… Read More

Eating butterflies

I had a friend who performs sword swallowing. He tells people before he puts the sword in his mouth that he does this to get rid of the butterflies in his stomach before he performs. Now, this might be a stretch for most of us. Especially those of us who can’t swallow a sword to Read More

Making noise

I have an admission to make. I love playing finger cymbals. I love making noise and music. Read More

The best moments ever

Being a belly dancer can sometimes seem like all hard work but there are some magical moments too. Read More

What’s in your (dance) bag?

I thought I’d open up my dance bag and show you guys what makes my list of essential items I take to any gig or workshop. Read More

Doing less with more

Feels a little like an oxymoron right? Doing less with more. We are continually encouraged to do more – buy more, be more, see more, do more, but how often do you read something telling you take your more and do less with it? Welcome to today’s blog entry! When was the last time you Read More

Favourite Performances

I don’t know about you, but my favourite performances change over time. Read More

Personal Reflections

How we see ourselves is often not the same reflection that looks back at us in the mirror. Read More

Dancing Eyes

It is said that your eyes are the gateway to your soul. In life and dance, your eyes play a much bigger role than you think! Read More

Suhaila Salimpour

Suhaila Salimpour is Director of the Salimpour School of Belly Dance in San Francisco(1). Read More

Your dance space

Your Dance Space

Have you ever found yourself wondering why you can’t get things done? Read More

A Look at the Taqsim

When my first teacher introduced me to the Taqsim, I was curious, but also completely terrified of it! Read More

Belly Dance Hands

Hands – those funny things that hang off the end of your arms. They are a significant part of Read More

Documenting dance

Documenting dance. Sounds super un-fun right? But, also kind of essential. Read More

Belly Dance Feet

Feet. They’re those floppy bits on the end of your legs. They support everything that you do Read More

Do what you love.

Belly dancing isn’t one of the more “normal” options when it comes to selecting a dance style. So it often comes as a bit of a surprise to people when I say that I’m a belly dancer! One of the next questions I’m commonly asked is “why do you belly dance?” “Why not?” Is often Read More

Belly Dance Life Hacks

When I originally had the idea to share some of my belly dance life hacks, I thought I’d do a quick search to see what everyone else had already blogged about – I made a huge discovery! There are many posts out there covering belly dance life hacks, but they all seem to share the Read More

Belly Dance Questions and Myths

Like most dance styles that have been around for a while, there are always those common myths and questions that people have. I’ve collated some of the ones about belly dance below, along with some of the common themes in questions I’ve seen. There are a lot more questions than these for sure, but I’ll Read More

Dance Practise Procrastination

I’d like to confess something up front, I’m a procrastinator. Yes, a procrastinator. As in I put off doing tasks until I have no options but to get it done. But a part of growing as a dancer (and as an adult), requires me to overcome obstacles in my path – one of which is Read More

May all your weeds by wild flowers

Finding inspiration

I was struck by a moment of inspiration this last weekend. My jingly-appreciative-belly-dance-husband and I went to Sydney to see a concert as a part of the Vivid Festival at the Sydney Opera House. While I let the music coming off the stage wash over me, with its complexities, I found myself daydreaming about how Read More

Dancing your emotions

If you’re happy and you know it… clap your hands.
But what if you can’t clap as a part of your performance? How would you show happiness on a stage? Or sadness. Or anger.
A part of being a performer is knowing how to act – even for a dancer. Knowing how to shape my body to portray the emotion the song demands. To express through my core the feelings the musicians are putting into their music. Read More

How do you style your dance?

Continuing in our “Belly dance 101” series, we are going to take a look at all the major different styles of belly dance in this post.
So how do you style your dance?
The body can only move in so many different ways, so the different styles of belly dance comes through in how movements are sequenced and how they are “dressed up”. Read More

Growth

I’ve just finished another week of amazing training with Suhaila Salimpour from the Salimpour School of Belly Dance. The week elicited emotions from pure joy at finding freedom in dancing to the music, to frustration when my body wouldn’t operate the way I wanted it to and everything in between – hope, sadness, happiness and Read More

Belly Dance 101

While some of you readers may be well versed in what Belly Dance is, I’m sure there’s a few who are a little confused, or are curious to learn a little more before you take the plunge on your first belly dance class.
So without further ado, welcome to APB Dance Belly Dance 101! Read More

Chooseday: Exploring Shapes

Happy Chooseday! I was clicking through the Tedx talk archives the other day and came across an interesting talk given by a choreographer who showed how he works with dancers to build choreographies. He even built one using two dancers on stage during the talk! So I started to explore this concept myself. How many Read More

Chooseday: More than just a dance

Did you know that there is more to learning dance than just learning how to move your body? On this Chooseday, we are going to look into how you can get more out of your dance by learning more about it. Every dance format has history. Our teachers learnt from someone, who likely learnt it Read More

Chooseday: The micro practise

This week I want to chat about the simplest practice you can do. It’s an amazing way to supplement (not replace) your normal practice as you can do it nearly anywhere. Read More

Why I belly dance

Why do you belly dance? Why do you dance? Why do you perform? Why do you create art? 10 years ago, I was convinced to come with a friend to a belly dance class that was a short walk from my house. We danced a term of beginners together and then she moved to the Read More

Chooseday: Finding time

My personal practices took a bit of a secondary position last week due to my eldest daughter’s 5th birthday. If you’ve ever had kids or known someone who has kids, then you’ll know what a major adventure and investment in time this is, especially for the kid! She wanted a superhero themed birthday party as Read More

On Chooseday we dance

Choose belly dance.
Choose to spend time practising.
Choose your focus movement.
Choose your concept.
Choose the music.
Choose to move. Read More

New year, new goals

I always enjoy the change of year, not just because of the fireworks, but because it’s a time to celebrate. Celebrate who I was last year and who I would like to be in the year coming. Read More

On when things get tough

On when it gets tough

In an ideal world, this post would be a short one that said:

“You are worthwhile, deal with it.”

But we as humans are far more complex than that. Read More