Creative burnout: What happens when you lose your mojo?

This was originally posted on my bellydance blog, but the burnout phase & emotions surrounding it apply to all forms of creativity, not just to dance. This is my personal experience - read on for more! As a student of bellydance for nearly 10 years, I’ve had many moments of wanting to give up my … Continue reading Creative burnout: What happens when you lose your mojo?

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A Little Artsy – Adelaide Bellydance Festival Tshirt Comp

I've been feeling a bit artsy these past few weeks, with less commitments meaning I have more creative energy for drawing for the first time in years - and with the Adelaide Belly Dance Festival running a themed Tshirt competition, I thought it was the perfect excuse to whip out the drawing supplies! Once I … Continue reading A Little Artsy – Adelaide Bellydance Festival Tshirt Comp

Kalikah Jade at Cirque de Serpentine, 2013. Image by Spiral Photography.

Yoga for Bellydancers: The Top 10 Poses You Need in Your Practice

In my previous post I wrote about how yoga changed my life, helping me to rehabilitate a chronic back injury and also improving my bellydance technique. This certainly didn't happen overnight, or all at once. Over the course of a number of years I gradually incorporated yoga into my practice and by trial and error I encountered many beneficial poses that not only helped my flexibility but also improved my strength and general wellbeing.

Sun Salutes & Snake Arms: How adding Yoga to your practice will improve your dance

Yoga changed my body. Throughout my first years of dancing in my late teens and early twenties, as a beginner belly dancer my body was hungry to learn this fascinating new way of movement - the hip shimmies, snake arms, undulations and body locks dominated my physical movement. In my youth I hadn't really had any problems … Continue reading Sun Salutes & Snake Arms: How adding Yoga to your practice will improve your dance

Make Me Up: a step-by-step tutorial for a smokey eye that won’t let you down!

Everyone's had a bad stage photo. The first 3 years of my performance career I apparently don't own eyebrows - they disappeared in every shot of me under lights. My eyes are also quite small and close together so I need to be sure I 'open up' my face with contouring when I use eyeshadow. … Continue reading Make Me Up: a step-by-step tutorial for a smokey eye that won’t let you down!