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2021 BellyDance Bundle!!

The Bellydance Bundle 2021!
Ashley Rhianne – Pilates for Dancers

2021 Bellydance Bundle!

I am beyond thrilled to announce this – I have been accepted as a Bellydance Bundle Contributor for 2021!!

It has been one of my GOALS for the last few years to join this group of dancers & teachers & it finally happened!

What is the Bellydance Bundle??

It is an AMAZING Collection of dancer collaborations to keep you training & working at your own pace to grow as a dancer. There are dancers from all over the world & backgrounds that are included in the bundle so you have a variety of teachers & disciplines to keep growing.

This year I will be presenting 2 workshops on Pilates for Dancers that will be included in the bundle.

4.5 years ago I stepped into my pilates training to not only learn how to help others through movement but also how to help my body & dance. It has been an integral part of relearning oriental dance & movement patterns – not to mention core conditioning, strength and muscle integration. During the start of the pandemic I started to teach virtual mat pilates classes to dancers, personal trainers & other fitness professionals & I got such positive feedback! Today my virtual class is made up of mostly dancers who are looking to keep their bodies strong & develop muscular awareness.

“Pilates has helped my dance ability! My muscle & joints are stronger, which supports my body more. For bellydance, I can articulate moves better & I have a larger range of motion” – Sheri

2021 Bellydance Bundle Details

We kick off a strong month + of Bellydance starting today (September 15) with a fantastic new resource to see the progress you’re making in your practice in real time.

Track Your Dance, See Your Progress.

This new guide takes you through some different ways that you might be able to track your practice, has you set some goals, and then has a 30 day fillable tracker that you can use while you’re practicing!

Check it out here: The Bellydance Bundle Link

Can’t wait to see your progress in real time!

Who doesn’t need a new pair of zills, or five? The Bellydance Bundle is giving five lucky winners, five pairs of zills from Turquoise International & Saroyan to celebrate their fifth year! Check it out here!

Contest starts September 20 – October 2!! There will be loads of other giveaways (including from yours truly) so make sure to watch your email!

Bellydance Bundle Sale

In October, there is a crazy sale happening for the bundle which starts October 20 – 27 (7 days only!!) where you can save a Bundle on the Bundle! Mark your calendars to grab this deal!

Thank you all so much for this support! It is crazy amazing!

When you wanna give up

I recently taught a private class & had a student get very frustrated with herself to the point she wanted to quit. She’s a lovely dancer with training but hadn’t danced much at all during the past year (just restarted my virtual class this past spring). I offered her a spot in my semi-private group and was so happy she took the spot! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

But she got really hard on herself to the point that she got in her own way of learning – and wanted to give up.⠀⠀⠀

Sound familiar?⠀This took me back to ALL the classes I went to where I couldn’t figure out whatthehellwasgoingon – I was turning left when everyone else was turning right. I remember my first festival festival in Cairo where I hid in the back feeling like I didn’t know how to dance & that I wanted to quit.⠀

But I pushed on. These feelings are actually good feelings to have when we experience them. If you can go to a dance class & know everything & do it well WELL why are you going to class? It’s time to move up & on. ⠀⠀

Through challenge we grow – think about the lessons life hands us- we develop & become resilient through adversity. Dance is no different/ we challenge our brains through building new neural pathways that makes us smarter (yes yes!) & we learn new motor patterns which adds to our toolbox. We become richer through learning & feel accomplished when we finally nail that move/that combo/that choreo. 

The biggest struggle is ourselves & our brain. We get in our own way & compare ourselves to others. We forget that we are in the initial stage of learning (WHICH IS HUGE). You didn’t learn to walk in a day. You didn’t learn to dance in a day. So be patient with the process ♥️⠀⠀⠀

Can you relate to this feeling? How do you talk yourself out of it? Message me and tell me!

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Things you should be discussing with your students

Are you discussing these ethics with your students? 

While it can be an awkward  discussion, as teachers it is important for us to share this information so that we set our students up with information & common practices that they may not be aware of. Here are a few things you should be discussing with your students:

  1. Giving credit for choreography, music, & photography 
  2. How to navigate performance & gig situations 
  3. Asking permission to perform a choreo 
  4. Embracing everyone in the class regardless of skill, ethnicity, orientation or  gender identity 
  5. Being supportive of your classmates & others while attending events 
  6. Reproducing video or music without permission 
  7. Seeking out dancers of origin or MENAHT
  8. Being mindful of cultural appropriation and respecting the origins of the dance

As teachers, our responsibilities don’t end at the class door. Making sure we practice what we preach is so important as our students will look to us for guidance & direction. 

What other ethical topics do you include when talking with your students. Shoot me a message & tell me!

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That 70’s Bellydance Show – Retro Raqs


A TRIBUTE TO THE 70s


Bringing you Egyptian, Turkish and Lebanese dance from this often forgotten about era!Ashley Rhianne will be performing in the Retro-Raqs Online Gala Production – That 70’s Bellydance Show October 23, 2021!

That 70’s Bellydance Show Coming October 2021!
Gala Show Featuring Ashley Rhianne

This weekend will be an all-star studded weekend featuring Shahrzad (Egypt/USA), Esmeralda (Brazil), Azad Khan (Turkey/Germany) and is hosted by Katie Sahar & Amara Sayid.

Early bird registration starts August 15.

www.retro-raqs.com for more details!

New Baladi Video is up!

I had the honour of being asked to dance in the Nova Scotia-based online show Belly Dance Brew in July 2021 (thanks Vanessa!!) and here is the performance!

The baby bump is making an appearance also at 17 weeks!

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How to Set Goals

We have all heard about the importance of setting goals for ourselves – ESPECIALLY around New Years. Goals are a way to direct our paths to achieving things that we want – such as improving our health, getting out of debt, focusing on an accomplishment or finishing something. Where goals can go wrong, however, is that we can easily get sidetracked once we realize that perhaps we have bitten off more than we can chew. The first 2 weeks of working towards a goal is the golden period because we feel inspired, driven & motivated to achieve. Then once real life kicks in, it becomes harder to sty focused.

How do we keep on track with achieving our goals & succeeding?

The S.M.A.R.T principle works because it sets us up for success from the beginning. Spending some time really planning out how to achieve our goals is super important because you are giving yourself a bird eye view of your goal & all the other things you have going on in your life.

Say your goal is to save $10k in a year. At first it might seem doable – you might eat out less, pick up an extra shift or gig a week but suddenly without a plan this goal can seem unattainable.

Using the S.M.A.R.T principle – you can then structure the minute steps you need to take in order to get there.

You will need to break down how much you need to save per month in order to save $10k a year. You will need to put away $833/month or $208.25/week. Suddenly this does not seem as overwhelming.

Look at the S – what steps can you take monthly to put this money aside? Eat out only 1 meal a week? Make a plan to sell unused items in your home? Look for odd jobs?

M – do a weekly check in to see where you are at – how close are you to saving your weekly minimum?

A – If you are not meeting this weekly target, what actions can you put into place in order to achieve?

R – Make sure that this goal is realistic- consider all the things you have going on in your life & reassess to make your goal fit in. This goal should be attainable at all costs – its important to aim high but remember you want to set yourself up for success!

T – Set your timeframe accordingly. Give yourself a date (December 31) and work backwards.

For dance, this is how I structured creating choreographies, courses and classes. Each of these take up SO MUCH time and I used to leave everything to the last minute which left me feeling rushed, unprepared, not connected to the content and stressed. It took the joy out of what I was creating. Now I use the S.M.A.R.T principle to structure my time which actually gives me back time as I know I have focused time to work, and then once I have accomplished what I laid out, I can continue on with my life until I come back to work again.

Life is so busy for all of us, and we have big dreams we want to fulfil. By setting yourself up from the start in a structured and SMART (ha ha yes I went there!) way, you will be able to achieve all that you want. These microtasks take some time to figure out & plan, but this is time investing in YOURSELF which is always important.

Make yourself a priority!

Ashley Rhianne’s Raqs of Course Perfomance

Ashley Rhianne was a featured guest artist at Raqs of Course 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.  To see her performance, please click here.Capture0202

Ashley Rhianne in Seattle January 13 – 14 2018

Ashley Rhianne will be performing in Oriental Bliss’s gala show featuring Amanda Rose & Vanessa from Cairo.  She will also be taking part training with these two amazing ladies and dancers.   For workshop and show details, please visit the Oriental Bliss Facebook event page here.  This is not to be missed 🙂

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