Cross Training for Belly Dance

Why should you cross train?

It’s important that as sensual athletes, we don’t allow ourselves to over use the same muscles or muscles groups. We need to vary our muscle group use, especially if some are often neglected during our training, rehearing, & performing of our dance. It helps us not over extend any muscles and continuously use every muscle our body has. In addition, varying your workouts can also enhance your belly dancing.

What are the best options & why?

You have a slew of options available to you to choose from! You can go skiing, running, rock climbing, & jumping; there is no limit to how you can vary your training. I would suggest to best options for belly dancers are exercises that strengthen your core, give you cardio endurance, and heighten your movements. That could be weight lifting, aerobics, and/or a completely different dance form. These will all give your dancing an edge as you will be able to dance longer without quickly tiring, do amazing things with the seeming imbalancing & gravity defying of your body, because you control it from the core, and improve movement uniqueness because you studied more than one art form.

How should I schedule this?

I believe the optimum plan, in addition to you current belly practices, would be to include cross training twice a week for at least 30 minutes each time. For my own personal cross training, I choose a different music genre, which changes the tempo, & rhythm, which alters my movement patterns. This helps me get an entirely new workout and use other muscle groups at that time.

If you cross train, what do you do, why, & what it your schedule for it?

The Ancient Dance…the first Triple Threat

I believe ancient dances to be more feminine, more flexible, & more spiritually connected than today’s modern dances.

Let me explain:

More Feminine..

All the modern dances created in the past 2000 years ( see my list of dance types ), have elements of masculinity and abnormal gravity defying movements, which again is a masculine trait. Women don’t naturally move in the ways of modern dance, which is why they must be trained in that particular dance.

Hip Hop is aggressively masculine, Jazz is the birth of spunky, &Ballet uses a number of damaging alignments to the body in the appearance of gracefulness. They are all unique and have there place, but they are also a few illustrations of the non-natural femininity in dance.

In ancient times, before and up to the arrival & death of Christ, the way women moved naturally were easily incorporated into their dances, which made learning & doing them easy & simple. Imitation was the teaching method, while the way of observance, the dances remained alive in the culture of those generations.

More Flexible..

It appear we have evidence that all ancient dance incorporated two or more of the following elements:

~the dance itself (lovely body movements)

~props (instruments or other)

~songs sung by singers

Today, many dancers solo dance to or from the music, in which is a great feat, BUT most ancient dancers sung,Β  & played an instrument when they danced. In addition, their dances were beautiful and use various levels of rhythmic space.

Remember when Miriam danced? She sung & played the tambourine simultaneously. And what about the dancers who praised David & Saul? They chanted as they danced with tabrets &various instruments of music. These women recorded in our history books of Exodus (15:20-21) & I Samuel (18:6-7), were the first triple threats!!

More Spiritually Connected..

Ancient dancers of all races, ethnicities, & nations danced. And when they danced it was often in connection of worship to their deity. For the Israelites, is was/and still is for the Great I AM / the Lord Almighty, the Greeks acted out legends for their gods, the Canaanites danced around their idols & different forces of nature, while the Baal priests wildly & violently danced around their erected alters.

All dancing was consciously connected to worship of a spirit. Although there is only One Spirit, which is the Most High & beside Him there is no other, these diverse people recognized dance as a sacred act of worship to a spirit that they felt were governing their lives. I do not advocate demonic dancing’ dancing to any god except Our Creator, Jehovah. I solely support honoring the dance to the true Lord. Yet, I point out these other ancient dancers to reveal their awareness of the power in dance & their understanding that it should be offered up as a sweet sacrifice to the Lord.

We do not have this vast awareness today. The spirit realm has not lost its knowledge of its power. It perceives each dancer whether their dance belongs to the Holy One or given to the other one ( the enemy ), (see Acts 19:15),even though the average dancer is unaware of it. Many don’t realize they are dancing for some deity that influences their movement, whether it is for the Lord or some idol. If we restore this awareness, but can change our commitment to move for & only for God.

Will you return to the triple threat dancing for God? Or will you continue to allow our precious customs to lie dormant in dusty books unread?