Do you feel like you are left with this look after washing your face many times after a performance when you have to wear all that heavy stage makeup? Well yes we all dancers fell that way all the time.
I took this picture after I came back from a private show I did at a winery in Southern Oregon for someone's birthday. The show was short and fun and beautiful on a fall day at winery in Oregon! I can't really ask for a better fun day activity in Fall.
But coming home to this and after many washes, it made me reflect on the days when I used to a lot more shows and especially stage shows when we had to wear heavy stage makeup and this made me think about how many younger dancers that are today in my position and felt like sharing my experience on how to clean up this mess in the fastest, most efficient and yest cleanest way possible.
So let me share with you here the best makeup cleaners I used in my life as a professional dance [performer removing all that heavy makeup very fast so I can get to bed quickly :)
Here is a list for you. Hope it is helpful and hope you get your favorite brand and clean that mess quickly. I know we all come home late after a show and we are dying to get some sleep with a clean face:0
Hugs and shimmies
I am currently using these 3 products
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I will be starting a new series of interviews with some of the best belly dancers in the world that inspired me and continue to inspire me and many others. I would love for you to get the chance to ask them the questions you have been loging to ask.
So post a comment here, on Instagram, Facebook or the blog and #askthebellydancer
Thank you .
Hugs and shimmies
Star Dynamics: Belly Dance Turns and Traveling Steps by Egypt-based star of Oriental Dance Vanessa of Cairo focuses on one of the most challenging aspects of Oriental Dance - the technique of blending the earthy and grounded feel coming from its folk dance roots with the Western aesthetics of the light-on-your-feet, lifted and swirling flow of dance.
As the original belly dance deriving from the folk dances of the Middle East and North Africa evolved into a form of professional dance entertainment, it adapted to large stages and to the tastes of Western audiences by absorbing the dynamic footwork, sweeping arm paths, turns, and traveling steps of Western dance forms such as ballet, ballroom dance, and jazz, blending them with belly dance hip work and torso articulations.
With a degree in ballet, Vanessa has professionally performed classical dance genres, and taught them to belly dance artists seeking cross-training to add sophisticated dynamic turns and traveling techniques to their dance style. Her experience living in Egypt for 8 years while performing professionally at top venues and events, helped her distill the Western-dance-inspired techniques and moves that give that glamorous, star-like, larger-than-life flair to a modern Oriental dance performance.
In Star Dynamics Vanessa teaches a wide range of turns and footwork patterns, drawing attention to the differences between Western and Oriental dance technique and blending them with belly dance vocabulary.
So this video is going to be a controversial one but one I feel like I have to do especially in this election time where these issues are much more prevalent and definitely trigger a lot of arguing that could either positive or negative depending on how you go by it and how open you are to the conversation.
I hope you will all listen to it and comment with an open mind because we need to have a dialogue about sensitive issues likes these more than ever before
In a previous Belly Diet video, I talked about the concept of intermittent fasting and received few questions about it. Many of you were interested in what intermittent fasting and how dancers could use it. So let's chat here about the concept and how dancers could use it.
If you are not familiar with the concept of intermittent fasting, read on below the video here
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.
Why is it worthwhile to change when you’re eating?
Well, most notably, it’s a great way to get lean without going on a crazy diet or cutting your calories down to nothing. In fact, most of the time you’ll try to keep your calories the same when you start intermittent fasting. (Most people eat bigger meals during a shorter time frame.) Additionally, intermittent fasting is a good way to keep muscle mass on while getting lean.
With all that said, the main reason people try intermittent fasting is to lose fat. We’ll talk about how intermittent fasting leads to fat loss in a moment.
Perhaps most importantly, intermittent fasting is one of the simplest strategies we have for taking bad weight off while keeping good weight on because it requires very little behavior change. This is a very good thing because it means intermittent fasting falls into the category of “simple enough that you’ll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make a difference.”
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
To understand how intermittent fasting leads to fat loss we first need to understand the difference between the fed state and the fasted state.
Your body is in the fed state when it is digesting and absorbing food. Typically, the fed state starts when you begin eating and lasts for three to five hours as your body digests and absorbs the food you just ate. When you are in the fed state, it’s very hard for your body to burn fat because your insulin levels are high.
After that timespan, your body goes into what is known as the post–absorptive state, which is just a fancy way of saying that your body isn’t processing a meal. The post–absorptive state lasts until 8 to 12 hours after your last meal, which is when you enter the fasted state. It is much easier for you body to burn fat in the fasted state because your insulin levels are low.
When you’re in the fasted state your body can burn fat that has been inaccessible during the fed state.
Because we don’t enter the fasted state until 12 hours after our last meal, it’s rare that our bodies are in this fat burning state. This is one of the reasons why many people who start intermittent fasting will lose fat without changing what they eat, how much they eat, or how often they exercise. Fasting puts your body in a fat burning state that you rarely make it to during a normal eating schedule.
Info by http://jamesclear.com
Every dancer no matter how new to a style of dance eventually wants to perform if not on stage, at least at the studio or at home surrounded by friends and family. So no matter what level you are, you want to be the best performer you can be at that level.
So here are my top 5 tips to being the best dancer performer you can be learned from years of experience.
Hope you find them to be helpful
Hugs and shimmies
In the series of " The Business of Bellydance", we discussed many financial aspects of belly dancing. One of the comments/questions that was posted on one of the videos was related to the fact that many dancers could spend too much leading themselves to lose money instead opf making it.
So how to make sure you don't perform yourself to poverty?
let's chat ...