Do you have a tiny voice in your head, beating you up while you dance?
Do you wish you could incorporate more belly dance in your daily routine?
Get inspired by using belly dance affirmation cards!
And the best of all? They are completely free!
I’ve been working on this project for a couple of months now and I am really excited that I can share the results with you. As a teacher, I often see my students struggle with their inner voice, comparing them to the other students. For my personal practice I noticed how a change in mind set can open up a world of new possibilities. Once I let go of negative thoughts, my range of motion improved and I was more relaxed when performing. I hope that you’ll experience these results for yourself by using these cards for yourself or your students!
How to assemble the cards
Printed affirmation cards, black and white, on regular paper
Spray on glue
Fancy printed cardboard stock
- Glue the printed affirmation cards to patterned cardboard with spray on glue.
- Wait for them to dry, then cut out each card with scissors. I rounded the corners with scissors for a more polished look. The cards now have a pretty pattern on the back, they are sturdy and they are nice to the touch.
How to use the affirmations
I like to draw an affirmation card at the start of my practice session to create a positive mind set, or put one card on my desk when I am working to add some good belly dance mojo to an otherwise boring task like doing administration or taxes.
I asked several dancers from around the world that inspired me to join me and share their affirmations with you. We created a digital treasure hunt so you get to visit every dancer’s page to see how they used the affirmation cards and download their PDF file. There are five sheets of affirmations waiting for you to get started!
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 for Belly Dance Practice Dice will go live in February 2017.
Download her 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
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 congress 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 personalized (belly)dance technique and movement guidance.
Visit Khalida’s blog for Khalida’s 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. What’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
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 Zahra’s home base since 1984, where she has been one of LA’s most esteemed teachers for many years. Her always-evolving style keeps students, old and new, coming back for more.
Visit Zahra Zuheir’s website for her affirmations