This article answers questions about common foot injuries in pointe work.
Your teacher has said you are ready to go on pointe. Here's what to expect and how to prepare for your first pointe shoe fitting.
When ballet school is out, how do you stay fit for dancing? Here are some ideas.
Freed of London are the most prestigious UK ballet manufacturer, and their pointe shoes are legendary for their lightness.
Why do pointe shoe manufacturers produce so many models? Because feet come in different shapes as well as different sizes. Before you can find the right pointe shoe, you need to understand your foot shape.
Belly dancing is an ancient art, but we know it best from its portrayal in the movies. This article takes an affectionate look at belly dancers in film
Who's dancing, you or the props? Sword, veils, Isis wings and fan veils can be exciting additions to belly dance, but be careful they don't take over.
Belly dance is the ideal form of exercise for mature women. It's gentle and doesn't require great flexibility or strength. However, its traditional costumes and makeup can be challenging for older dancers. Here are some tips to look like a belly dancer with grace.
Belly dance costumes are often heavily beaded and fringed. How do you clean them without ruining them?
Belly dance is a Middle Eastern dance but it has become a dance of women's empowerment in the West, including Australia
The majence, or majensi, is the opening number for a belly dance show. It showcases the dancer at her best and gives a taster of the show that follows. Because of its variety, majence music can make a good basis for a belly dance solo.
Modern Western belly dance teachers today tend to draw their inspiration from Egyptian raqs sharqi, but Turkish belly dancing has a long and illustrious history.
You don't need a pattern to make a belly dance veil. Learn how to choose the right material and create your own beautiful flowing veil.
This article takes a look at the influence of ballet on belly dancing.
Most dance genres are "shape-ist" - you need to be slim and lithe. Belly dance embraces all shapes and sizes!
This article is a guide to Isis wings for belly dancing, from choosing the right wings, through care and maintenance, to how to use them correctly.
There are many myths surrounding belly dancing, most of which were invented in the 1960s and 1970s when belly dance became popular as a hobby in the West. So what is the truth?
In belly dance, improvisation is a fundamental skill, more so than in any other dance genre. If you aspire to dance professionally, it's essential. If you want to enjoy dancing socially, an ability to improvise naturally will enhance your enjoyment.
Belly dance costumes are expensive, so what are the sensible costume alternatives for a student belly dance troupe?
The shimmy is one of the most fundamental moves in belly dance and has many variations. Good technique is critical! Learn how to shimmy by reading this comprehensive guide.
There has been a surge of interest in Middle Eastern folkloric dance among the belly dance community. What are these dances, and should we be learning and performing them?
If you have a passion for belly dance, you may be considering a career as a professional belly dancer, but there are many practical realities to consider. This article takes a look at where you will perform, how much you can charge and what to expect if you become a professional belly dancer.
Belly dance bras are notorious for their uncomfortable and sometimes unflattering fit. This article explains how to make your own bra, or how to adjust one you already own, even if you don't know how to sew.
Have you lost enthusiasm for your belly dance practice? Before you can rediscover your energy and passion, you need to understand why your love of dancing has waned. But take heart, there are some simple steps you can take to get your dance mojo back!
You don't even need a pattern to make this simple but flattering belly dance skirt in lycra. If you can sew a simple seam, you can make this skirt.
The great flamenco dances are deeply emotional and serious, but there is a lighter side to flamenco—the cantes de ida y vuelta, or "round trip" songs, with rhythms and moods that reflect their South American influences