Honoring Our Limits at Intensives

Ten ways to honor our limits at belly dance intensives

It’s that time of year again, when many of us are either attending multi-day belly dance festivals and intensives, or preparing for one a little later in the year. I’m personally gearing up for 8 Elements Phase III right now, …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Belly Dance Costuming and Body Positivity

Belly dance costuming and body positivity

I had a request to talk about flattering costumes, but in a body-positive way. So I’m going to take a stab at it. If you want advice on how to dress for your body type, look elsewhere. This is going …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Dancing the Line Between Self-esteem and Ego

Dancing the line between self-esteem and ego

One of the most beautiful things about belly dance is how it can build up our self-esteem, sense of self worth, and body image. Unfortunately, sometimes if left unchecked, those wonderful feelings can get out of control and mutate into …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Belly dance, jealousy and gossip

Sadly, it seems like many dance communities are currently operating on a scarcity mentality–too many performers and teachers, not enough gigs and students. This can not only lead to undercutting and other bad professional behavior, but to jealousy, which in …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Johnny Cash at the University Concert Hall, Limerick 1993, Glucksman Library. Licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Johnny Cash: Belly dance role model?

Ok, bear with me here, I promise this is going to make sense! Recently I was out for dinner with my husband, and “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash came on the stereo. Immediately, my toe started tapping and …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Killing ’em with kindness: Responding to criticism

The body love movement is on the rise, and we’re seeing more and more people embrace diversity, body positivity, and other affirming messages. If you’re hanging out with the right people, and reading the right blogs (like this one, obviously), …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Belly Dance Taught Me How to Smile

Belly dance taught me how to smile

I never worried about my figure when I was a teenager. I was one of those lucky girls who was naturally thin, and the fact that I enjoyed riding my bike and walking the dogs helped make up for the …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Sophia Ravenna’s 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge Wrap-Up (Days 58-90)

Due to the days that I missed, it ended up that my last day of the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge was July 4th, when we Americans celebrate Independence Day. I thought about celebrating with a big blow-out practice, but …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


Sophia Ravenna’s Days 32-57 of the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge

Remember last month when I said I felt confident that I would go the rest of the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge without missing any more days? Ha ha. That was foolishly optimistic of me. I forgot to take into …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.


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Sophia Ravenna’s 31 Days of Dance So Far

I started the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge without any particular goals in mind. I just thought it would be a nice thing to participate in alongside the online community and a good way to keep me on track as …

About Sophia Ravenna

Sophia Ravenna lives and dances in the Seattle, WA area. She has a special love for fan veils of all sizes, live music, and training intensives. When not dancing or blogging, she works in marketing, reads voraciously, and drinks copious amounts of tea.