Monthly Archives: November 2015

Daily Practice Drill 2 – A Foundation for Layering

When it comes to bellydance technique, one thing that separates the women from the girls is their ability to layer moves effortlessly.

Layering is when a dancer layers two different moves together and often involves traveling whilst doing a move that you wouldn’t normally travel with.

So for this week’s blog episode, I’ve devised a drill to help you get control of your hips and feet so that you have a solid technical foundation to help you when it comes to layering. In particular I want to help you understand and master being in control of your weight transference, i.e. how and when to transfer your weight from foot to foot. Or, rather, being in control of how and when you transfer your weight.

So, enough technical talk and let’s get on with the drill! “See” you there …

  • Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to do the drill every day for 30 days – it will only take 4 and a half minutes a day!

Before I go, one more thing, if you’re local to Reading or Thatcham, UK, then you might want to take a peek at our Spring 2016 timetable which kicks off in January. Take a look here and book your place!

If you’re just starting out on your bellydance journey, then one of our new beginner courses in January could be for you. Take a look here at our Reading and Thatcham Bellydance Essentials courses – we LOVE new beginners!

And if you really want to up your game and set yourself a fun and exciting challenge in 2016, keep an eye out for upcoming info taking an IDTA bellydance exam (you only need a minimum of 3 months experience). More on that soon …

Thanks you for reading and remember to share with your bellydance friends, I’d be so grateful 🙂

Til next time – happy dancing!

Love and shimmies,


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Serena Ramzy interview part II: how to get over choreographer’s block (and lots more)

Welcome to part 2 of my interview with Serena Ramzy – and it’s a corker!

(did you miss part one? click here to catch up)

Dive in to the video below to hear us talking about:

  • pre-performance rituals (including what NOT to do)
  • how to prepare to dance with a live band
  • how to get over choreographer’s block
  • how to make each of your own routines unique (brilliant advice if you worry about your choreography being boring or “same-y”)
  • how to be a top bellydancer whilst also a dedicated mum

I also got a surprise when Serena revealed her most memorable performance – it totally wasn’t what I expected!

Grab a cuppa, join us here and get the juice:


As you know by now, my aim is to bring spirit, soul and sparkle to your life by teaching you you how to bellydance, so I’d love to know your take aways from the interview. Did it help you think through any issues you’ve been struggling with? Be sure to leave a comment here on the blog or on youtube. And of course give us a thumbs up if you enjoyed it!

If you have bellydance friends who would enjoy this, I’ be so grateful if you were to share it with them too.

I hope you enjoyed this extended interview with Serena. A huge THANK YOU again to Serena for being so generous with her time and also to you for watching 🙂

“See” you next time,

Love and shimmies,
Helen xx

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Pps. How’s the daily practice going? I know, it’s tough to be consistent, here’s my daily drill to help keep you on track (only 3.30min!)