Monthly Archives: March 2016

Are you making these 2 common mistakes in your bellydance practice?


I spend most of my working life thinking about my students. I think about them A LOT. And, as one of my blog readers, that means I think about you a lot 🙂

As my own life gets more hectic (and will be even more in a few months time!) I’m continuing my mission to help you get more out of your home bellydance practice session without spending more time.

Among my students I’m known for devising drills which really pack a punch on technique and conditioning. I LOVE finding ways to help my students make their dancing better. What I love even more is helping them stay on track when life gets hectic. That means getting as much out of a practice session whilst keeping it short, simple, un-intimidating and fun!

So here is a short lesson from me on how to get better results from your practice session. I’ll let you know (in the gentlest possible way) where you’re currently going wrong and what to do to put it right.

Be sure to leave a comment under the video on youtube and of course give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it!

Before I go, a loving reminder to my local students that early bird prices for our summer term end after tomorrow! Many courses are almost fully booked so don’t miss out, go here to book your spot.

Thank you, as always, for reading and watching.

Love and shimmies,
Helen xxoo

Ps. I know many of you aren’t local to the mother-ship here in Reading, but If you come from further afield in the UK and would like to make the journey join in some temporary SMBA fun then my Summer Anthem Choreography workshop could be right up your street. This is a short, fun punchy workshop where you’ll learn a routine a cool and catchy Arabic pop tune. Go here to get the full skinny and sign up!


Bellydance technique: upper body practice drill

One of my favourite parts of being a bellydance teacher is giving students one on one attention in my private classes. Maybe it’s because there’s a hint of Spring in the air but lots of my private coaching clients are asking for help and advice on a perormance piece they are planning for the Summer.

I wonder if you are too? Maybe you’re lookig forward to an end of term show with your class or a string of Summer solo performances.

I know what you might be thinking: “steady on girl, it’s only March!” Yes, I know we’ve only just finished the last of the Christmas cake and shaken off the hangover from New Year’s Eve, but there’s a seed I want to sow with you right now.

That is: how you’re going to look and feel as a dancer in 3 months time depends on what you do right now.

With that in mind, I’ve created another short, sweet yet effective drill to get you on the road to looking your absolute best for your Summer performances. I present to you my upper body technique practice drill.

Ready for some “me time”? Let’s dive in!

Let e know if you dig this kind of content by giving me a thumbs up on youtube, and of course I’d love it if you were to leave a comment with your thoughts too 🙂

If you’ve been dancing for a whole now, have you ever wondered how to become a bellydance teacher? Have you considered teaching but no idea where to start? Perhaps you’ve already been approached by friends or an organization to teach a class and weren’t sure what to say, whether to charge or even if you’re ready to teach. Maybe you already teach but you’re finding it tough going (how do you find the students?!)

If any of this resonates with you then you might be a suitable candidate to undertake my SMBA Apprenticeship in Summer 2016. There are just 2 places available this term.

If you would like coaching and mentoring from me on everything from how to set up your first website, find your first students and create sell out classes, then I’d love to invite you to apply for an SMBA Apprenticeship place starting in mid April. Just hit reply, tell me a bit about yourself and I’ll send you the full SMBA Apprenticeship info pack.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to join me in this week’s video – see you there!

With much love and shimmies,

Helen x

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