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February 2, 2015
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I have already mentioned in my previous posts that belly dance is one of the best ways to keep our entire back happy and healthy, but in order to reap all of the rewards, we need to follow the path of least resistance with our movements. Here are some important points to keep in mind. I recommend that you:
- learn to let your pelvis follow our knees when doing hip circles, (small at the front, large at the back movement and knees directly under the hips on the sides). The knees gently straighten at the back and slightly bend in the front.
January 27, 2015
So let’s have a look at one of our most well known and best loved dance movements – the hip circle – and explore whether we are healing or hurting our Lower Back. If we are doing very small hip circles, it is almost impossible to injure ourselves, but as soon as we venture into the large full range hip circle, we should be very careful to:
- Make sure that we create the circle with our knees and simply allow the pelvis to follow the movement of the knees.
- Avoid leaning backwards at the lowest point of your spine when the pelvis is tracing of the circle.
January 1, 2015
Hello and I sending you a warm and fuzzy Happy Holiday and Bring in the New Year dance from my house to yours!
I have been VERY busy with my full time therapy career again and loving it, but still managed to keep my toes in the dance world with my annual Asia Tour (Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and China) and a wonderful action-packed Australia tour with a stop in Japan for a very important and special wedding and pro course. I also had the delight of co-teaching again with my dear friend and Master Teacher Denise Enan, our Egyptian Canadian Folkloric Queen, in my home-town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (now THAT is a mouthful)!!
May 10, 2014
July 28/29 : Casablanca
After the mystique of Fez “le Bleu”, we are ready for our trip south west to the city of Casablanca. Upon our arrival we will check in to our rooms at at the Hotel Al Mounia in Casablanca, which will also be our choice for a scrumptious dinner.
In afternoon, your guide will take you on a monumental tour exploring Casablanca, the largest port of the Maghreb, and “capital in all but administration.” Next, you will visit the Habous quarter to be introduced to your first Spanish Moorish ambiance of a lively market in old Casablanca, then of course the Art Deco colonial downtown with the real flavor of the Mystic French connection.
Your guide will introduce you to La Corniche and Ain Diab shoreline. This will give you an idea of the creative architecture in neighborhoods of the well off Moroccans of Anfa quarter, and also the inclusive resort of La Corniche. And of course, you will not miss the great mosque of Hassan II, the second largest mosque in the world. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner.
July 30: Casablanca – Montreal or New York
You will take a morning drive to the airport in Casablanca. We will assist you with checking and wish you a wonderful trip back home. Those of you who depart from Marrakech will take the train directly to the airport for your connection.
May 7, 2014
Now that we have been completely captivated by Marrakech’s Magical beauty and immersed ourselves in the vibrant living folk traditions of the people of Morocco, it is time to fall under the timeless spell of the country itself. After our morning departure on the train, we will spend our day en route to Fez, which will give us our first taste of Moroccan daily life outside of the impressively modern cities of this fascinating North African country. This is where we will experience the best of Arabic, Berber and French people, as they merge to create a unique and truly magical culture.
As we arrive into the oasis of Fez ‘le Bleu’, we find a city that captivates the imagination and provides satisfaction for every possible taste. Little surprise stops along the way will include visits to Berber villages, a wealth of scenic views and traditional markets, before we arrive in Fez, home of the Sacred Music Festival, where a yummy dinner at our hotel awaits us.
We will spend our next day exploring the majestic city of Fez, beginning with visits to the Mellah, the King’s palace and the Bat’ha museum of Moroccan Arts. The remainder of our morning will be spent on a walking tour of the Medina (the old city), a walled city with a maze of medieval twisting alleys, blind turns, mosques, shrines, fountains, workshops, and numerous markets. We will break for lunch at a typical local Moroccan restaurant, before continuing to explore and shop, shop, shop!
We will also have the completely relaxing and renewing experience of treating ourselves to an authentic, traditional Moroccan bath called a “hamam”. Although the baths of Middle Eastern countries are famous throughout the world, Morocco is famous for its traditional and all natural products such as Rasoul and Moroccan Argan Oil. Then we will end the day at our hotel with dinner and sweet dreams of the dessert, oh and don’t forget the deserts!!