You may have noticed that it has been a loooooong time since I posted to this blog 😦

I have been reviewing my commitments as part of my ongoing de-cluttering process.

As a result of this, I have decided to close this blog for the foreseeable future. This site will remain as an archive, but there won’t be any new posts (the more things change, the more they stay the same!)

I will still be blogging at my other site, verdant.1, including about belly dance.

There are three main reasons for this change:

  1. I have realised that dance is too intertwined with the rest of my life to easily separate it out for blogging
  2. I don’t have the time or energy to maintain two blogs
  3. I’d rather BE dancing than writing about it 🙂

Thank you for reading this blog…

…I hope to see you over at verdant.1



I just finished writing a lovely post extolling the virtues of the workshop I was going to review. But when I published it, somehow most of it got eaten. So I’m going to bed instead.
I may trying writing it again sometime, but if I don’t, please be assured that Tanya Bamford-King leads a damn fine workshop and if you get the chance you should go!

Dancer’s heartbeat

Do watch this fantastic dance

Jeela performing Dancer’s Heartbeat.

Stunning performance – music, costume, movement, dancer all work together sooooo well.  Loads of inspiration…



P.S.  It does start dark – keep watching…

The first post…

… in which I explain why I am writing this blog.

I am a dancer.

I am a belly dancer.

I dance for self expression, for exercise, to heal my soul, for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because I love it.

This blog is a journey of exploration about what dance is, what it means to me and the roles it plays in my life.  I am also curious about how this plays out on the wider social stage: why do we dance? what roles does dance play in our society? in other societies? and on…

My focus will be mainly on belly dance/Middle Eastern Dance/raqs sharqi, as this is my dance style, experience and vocabulary.  However, I will do my best to be inclusive.  There will be tangents and side journeys.

Please join with me as I explore – your comments are welcome.



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