Monthly Archives: November 2017

Choo Choo Shimmy Challenge! Can you keep up?

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Do you have a competitive streak? Even just a tiny bit?

Well, I want to tap into it today to help you smash your choo choo shimmies out of the park. My aim is to turn the choo choo from a move you dread into a move you love!

In today’s blog, I  invite you to join me for a 3 minute choo choo drill. Nice and simple, all you need is a small space and no interruptions for 3 minutes.

Join me now and let’s get started!

We’re all at different places with our fitness, strength and health, so do as much or as little of it as you like 🙂

Be sure to leave me comment on youtube and let me know how you get on. Imagine if you did it every day for 30 days!

Would you like some step by step help on how to achieve a strong, consistent choo choo shimmy? My new Choo Choo Masterclass is now live at SMB Online, yay! (a few of you have asked for this)

This is where I take you through some prep work with strength and conditioning exercises, an in depth technique session with oodles of tips, hints and visualisations, then some good old drills to let the move sink into your body ready for you to draw on any time you need a choo choo.Never dread choo choos again!

I hope today’s video helps you to build your confidence when it comes to choo choo shimmies. Keep on practicing regularly alongside me and enjoy seeing your choo choos get stronger and stronger.

Thank you for reading, love and (choo choo) shimmies to you,

Helen xxx

Ps. Here’s a sneak peek at my Choo Choo Shimmy Mastercass, now available within my extensive class library at SMB Online.


Superstar interviews: Ozgen!

Helen Santa Maria interviews Ozgen

Get ready for piece of blog post joy. A week or so ago I had the pleasure of sitting down to interview international dance artist, Ozgen and hearing him talk beautifully openly and honestly about his life as a dancer, his real feelings about being a “male bellydancer” (whatever that means!) and lots more. Warning: we went deep!

The only topic that was off limits was … nothing. Ozgen was happy to answer absolutely any questions I had, what a gem.

So get your self a cuppa, settle in, and enjoy.

Thanks so much for being here and watching/listening to this week’s blog! I hope I’ve bought a little more soul, spirit and sparkle to your life with this insight into Ozgen’s life as a dancer and his thoughts and philosophies on dance, dancers (and life!) in general.

If you want to keep in the loop with Ozgen, be sure to follow him on instagram and join him on facebook.

If you enjoyed it, why not share it with your bellydance buddies? And be sure to give a thumbs up over at Youtube so I know you enjoy this kind of thing. You can even leave a comment if any of what we chatted about resonated with you.

Katie(1)I was all prepped to promote my upcoming Vintage Style Bellydance workshop in this space. However, I’ve been bowled over by the response as it sold out within a day! Sorry if you missed out on a spot, please do contact me to be added to the waiting list. The good news is that it looks like I’ll be hitting the road with the workshop so keep a look out for that. (It’s not often that I leave the mothership here in Reading!)

Now, if you’re looking to expand your bellydance repertoire and rise to the top of the class, you need regular, consistent practice that you can weave into your lifestyle. Santa Maria Bellydance Online is open 24/7 anywhere you have an internet connection. There you’ll find hours of my classes, drills, exercises, choreography sequences, combinations, technique tutorials, improvisation workshops and much more.

You even get to try the first 3 days for free to see if you dig it before you pay. Check it out here! I’m happy to say that I’ve reached students as far as the US, Germany, Norway, Italy and even Kuwait! I’d love you to join them too.

Until next time, love and shimmies,

Helen xx