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

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

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

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 this is, especially for the kid! She wanted a superhero themed birthday party as she has been watching 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

On things that make noise

I have an admission to make. I love playing finger cymbals (zills, sagat, hellspawn carried on the fingers, whatever you wish to call them). In this series we will take a look at what the can do. Read More

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