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A novel approach

With her research into movement and rhythm, Eve’s approach to understanding traditional oriental dance is original, well structured and playful. Thanks to light-hearted exercises, students learn to use the body’s fundamental mechanisms (spiral patterns, balance) in conjunction with the laws of physics (gravity, centrifugal forces, pendulum, pulsation).

This constitutes the essence of all arab-oriental dances but also afro-latin dances. It is the key to achieving fluidity, presence, the saving of energy, improvisation, memory and the sense of rhythm. Without it, there is only "sport" and the dance is becoming westernised.

Moving from the western way (mental/muscular) to the eastern way (energetic), learning to "not do", requires careful work and is a unique experience. It also enriches the practice of other arts (authenticity, awareness and fluidity) and improves the quality of movement in every day life (ergonomics).

Experience

Eve has taught dance in a variety of structures and for a variety of audiences : dance schools like K-Danse, Mandorla Ballet School and Académie Yantra (Brussels), Mouvement! Ecole des Arts et du Spectacle (Waterloo), private centres like Aspria/La Rasante and Royal Léopold Club (Brussels), cultural centres like De Westrand (Dilbeek), associations like "Al Andalous" (Brussels, 2006), Loisirs et Santé (Brussels, 2016).

She also organizes her own projects like dance workshops with musicians (see Projects), lessons or workshops in collaboration with other actors (e.g. "Le centre et l'énergie" with a Qi Gong teacher in 2007) or with invited teachers to allow people to discover dances from Middle-East or gypsy dances : Karavan Festival (see Projects).

La danse ne s'imite pas, elle s'initie de l'intérieur, et lorsqu'on copie la forme dans son apparence, on reste ignorant du suc qui la sous-tend.
Virgine Recolin

Scientists take a look at the feel-good benefits of belly dance

Most women who participate in this torso-driven(*) dance do so because it is fun and they get to perform interesting moves - not because they necessarily feel sexier while doing so. This is the conclusion of a study about the body image of people who belly dance in their free time.

Science Daily, 8th Sept. 2014

Read the whole article Here

(*) Traditional oriental dances are pelvis-driven ! (Eve)

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