Hello My Dear Dance Friends,
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Busy, bustling, a magical time of year! Well, sort of…it’s the Holiday Season! No matter what your story is, you’re bound to feel a shift in energy this time of year.
As we gear up for the New Year, I invite you to take a moment, breathe, stand tall with confidence (a dancer’s version of patting ourself on the back), and know you’re a beautiful, unique person.
As a long time dancer, I’ve learned the importance of keeping a positive mindset about ones own dance journey. Working to maintain a positive attitude is not only extremely beneficial to our dancing and to our everyday lives in general, it can also effect those around us in a positive way. It is important to be mindful of how we are all such a dear reflection of each other in our dance community!
That being said, I am so happy to be a part of Kyria Lachi’s affirmation card project! You get to go on a digital treasure hunt by visiting each dancer’s page and download the free PDF files. There are 5 sheets of printable affirmations for you to enjoy! The cards are in black and white so you can be creative decorating them. I like to decorate mine with glitter. Anything sparkly makes me smile. You can print them on regular paper and glue them to heavier card stock paper, or cardboard.
There are many ways to use them for positive reinforcement whenever you need it. The important thing is to use them! Believe in the words you are reading! It works! Let’s get started!
Download Zahra’s affirmations here.
International performer, workshop instructor, and choreographer, Zahra is world renowned for her knowledge, authenticity, and dedication to the art of Middle Eastern dance. Raised in raqs sharqi from a young age, Zahra is known for her musicality and classic, elegant style. She is the artistic director of PoNaNa Dance Theatre (loosely meaning a blend of many things) and has written and choreographed productions intertwining Arabian tales and dance, since 1997. Los Angeles, California has been Zahraâ€™s home base since 1984, where she has been one of LAâ€™s most esteemed teachers for many years. Her always-evolving style keeps students, old and new, coming back for more.
Falling in love with the music and movements of belly dance is what got Kyria started, inspiring her students by teaching belly dance is what keeps her going. She is available for classes, workshops and performances in the Utrecht area in The Netherlands. After teaching weekly classes for over a decade she figured it was time to reach out to dancers all over the world and offer resources to students, teachers and performers on www.bellydanceresources.com. Her first Kickstarter will go live in February 2017, featuring Belly Dance Practice Dice.
Visit Belly Dance Resources for Kyriaâ€™s affirmations here
Andalee is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, North Carolina, now based in Montpellier, France. Her dance style is based in Egyptian belly dance and American Cabaret belly dance. Her mission is to promote belly dance as a respected and valid performance art. She teaches her students that belly dance is truly accessible to anyone by exploring the different techniques and styles of belly dance. In 2013, Andalee founded Belly Dance at Any Size after learning about size-acceptance and Health at Every Size. The website is a resource for building self-esteem and a positive body image for belly dancers.
Visit Belly Dance at Any Size for Andalee’s affirmations here
Khalida is a multi-award winning professional belly dance performer and instructor, born in Belgium and living in Germany. She currently offers personal coaching, instructional dvd’s and workshops as well as high-quality performances. In August 2017 she hosts the first Movespiration weekend in Wurselen, Germany. The goal of this weekend is to share her biggest discoveries, learnings and inspirations of the past year(s) in dance and movement in the form of a 2-day movement and dance intensive, featuring guest classes/workshops from teachers from different movement disciplines/arts, as well as personalised (belly)dance technique and movement guidance.
Visit Khalida’s blog at www.khalidadance.com for her affirmations
Mao Murakami is the founder of a DIY belly dance costume website, Sparkly Belly, where belly dancers can learn to sew and DIY their own costumes, even if they are new to sewing!
She turned her love of belly dance and costumes into one website, empowering belly dancers with sewing and DIY skills, and help them feel beautiful and confident on stage. Whatâ€™s belly dancing without sparkly costumes that celebrate your uniquely beautiful body? 😉
Check out her free tutorials (65 of them and counting!) at SparklyBelly.com.
Visit Sparkly Belly for Mao’s affirmations here