DVD-tip: ‘Drills & Conditioning’ by Khalida

Many of us have another life besides belly dance; another job, another hobby, a family life… Still the passion for bellydance keeps growing and keeps claiming her spot in our lives.

There are many possibilities out there to improve our technique or to tone our bodies fitness-wise, but the options to explore a deeper impact are fewer… untill now.

With this DVD, you explore your body. You can use the exercises for dance but you can also apply them in your daily life. The DVD contains 4 times 15 minute exercises. That is achievable for everybody, including me as a mom of a 4-month old baby. You don’t need much except your body, your laptop and 15 minutes you cut out of your facebook time :) And still, in these 15 minutes, you get so much enriching information to connect with your body. We all know how good this feels: the moment you think: ‘I was living too much with my head, and not enough with my senses, oh how I needed this’. For that, this is the perfect DVD.

To those who prefer just dancing: don’t worry, every ‘movement check’ ends with a belly dance drill/ follow-along routine where you immediately feel the difference.

xxx Liesbeth/Elisheba

Liesbeth/Elisheba, BE

A big THANK YOU to Khalida Bech and Guy Schalom for this fantastic workshop day. Those WS for sure are among some of the most valuable classes I ever took in over 10 years of dance. We badly need more lessons of this quality. Thanks for making this day happen :)

Anna Radici, DE

Today was a day of truth bombs and pearls of wisdom! So inspired after the live music immersion day in Würselen. A big thank you to Guy Schalom for sharing his knowledge and to Khalida for organising another lovely event (and a great shimmy workshop!) <3

Queenie, BE

Feeling really inspired and smarter after today’s workshop day! Thank you Guy Schalom for sharing your wisdom and thank you Khalida for organizing! And last but not least.. thank you Min Moona for sharing this day with me <3

Nurhan Massoud, BE

“Good morning Khalida. The DVD (Oriental Choreography) arrived on Friday. Very quick delivery thank you. It looks amazing. Beautiful dance (and dancer!) and very clear teaching. I love it. Thank you. Xx”

Sue, UK

“Thank you Khalida! Just tried your drills and conditioning DVD & my body feels so much better. My shimmies were great! It was lovely dancing with you in my lounge :) “

Claire, UK

“Dear Khalida, I practiced with your new DVD (Drills and Conditioning) a few days ago and I really loved it and enjoyed all the new tips you gave. I really appreciate it and it goes to my favorite DVDs list (together with shimmies :) and Rania Renee’s baladi DVD) . All these DVDs are full of good explanation, technical instructions, drills and inspiration and improvisation possibilities. I think that makes a great dance DVD and couldn’t ask for more. Thanks for your effort and sharing your knowledge. All the best and looking forward to some new videos from you”

Sonja Antanasijevic, DE

“This morning I did the legs-against-the-wall exercise from miss Khalida’s ‘Drills and Conditioning’ DVD. I have the idea that this helps me to find balance and a peaceful state of mind. It also makes my legs and feet stronger! When I combined it for the first time with arm patterns, it felt a bit strange, but when I dance now I have the feeling dat my arms are lighter, which is something I never achieved before with my ‘regular’ practice.

Also; I’m currently having an injury for allready a year (something with adductors, hamstrings and/or hips/pelvis). Doctors didn’t defined yet what it is, but some days it hurts like hell and keeps me from hiking, running and dancing. That’s also the reason why I couldn’t do leg stretches too for the past year, because that would only make it worse. Some days my pelvis even got infected from doing nothing. So, it’s been quite a challenge to search to learn and find out what works and what doesn’t (read: what hurts me and what doesn’t). BUT! Here’s the thing; when I did this exercise for the first time I had a lot ofpain afterwards though it felt very good the moment itself. So I decided to keep doing it for a few days. And today (for the first time in a long year!!!!) I can sit normally without having pain (though I ran (too much) yesterday AND I danced which is normally the perfect cocktail to have to sit it out for a few days). I do believe that this is the benefit of doing this exercise.

I even start my days with it. I roll out of bed straight onto the wall. It’s doens’t hurt me now anymore. But I do feel that it’s very good for my body! It’s also a great start of the day!

Also; working with this DVD is so good to work and get to know my ‘TOOL’ as a dancer; my body. I’m dancing for so long now, but since I started to work with this DVD it feels different. My practise is different by laying the focus on good healthy movement for my body. It feels like I’ve learned so much more about my own body and it feels so much healthier. It doesn’t feel like a punishment for my body anymore. All of this combined with the ever lovely charm of Miss Khalida herself is just great! She’s just an amazing teacher. She teaches so much more than just ‘how to dance’. She never holds anything back. Anyway, I have to conclude that I love her (DVD’s). She makes me grow, every single time again, as a dancer, as a student, as a human, as a teacher. No words could ever describe my gratitude for her!”

Lyna Chione, BE

“Hi Khalida,

I wanted you to know that I received my DVD’s a few days ago! I worked out with the shimmy DVD and I had to tell you that it is an amazing tutorial- very thorough! You are an exceptional teacher!
Tomorrow I do wings! Thank you thank you thank you!”

Deborah, USA

“You’re just awesome Khalida!!!! A true professional. Strong, dedicated and humble. You keep growing and challenging your self as an artist.”

Sadie, USA

“Hello Khalida thank you so much, loved the two classes I had with you, and the conditioning class was just what I needed now! Loved your dancing and the finale with the fan veils and the Euro music was great, at the end you were like an apparition that slowly vanished behind a stream of colour :-)”

Maria/Patricia, NO

“Khalida is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met. Her performances never fail to amaze me. She has turned me speechless with introvert and emotional dances as well as with powerful dances, bursting with exciting energy. She is also an excellent teacher/coach. As a person, Khalida is sweet, very generous and funny to boot! If you get the chance to dance with her or just to hang out, don’t hesitate, you won’t be sorry :-) If that’s not quite an option…. get her on DVD! :-)”

Queenie, BE

“Khalida is one of the few oriental dancers who manage to combine natural grace with solid technique and musicality. Her passion is strong, her emotions are real, and her teaching has but one trademark: quality in every detail!

Maikki, NO

“She’s like a bellydance-butterfly! Graceful, elegant and great technique! I love her kindness, sense of humor and her generosity in sharing her passion for this art! She inspires me, not only in dancing but also in life!”

Sahra, BE

“Khalida is one of my biggest dance inspirations. Her performances are filled with grace and charm. Her teaching style is passionate and giving. Her personality is sincere and humble. She truly is a unique gift to the community of Oriental Dance.”

Angelica Jordan, CA

“Khalida is one of my all time favorite dancers. Whenever I see her perform, it only makes me want to work harder & get better myself! She’s truly inspirational: elegant, beautiful, amazing technique, … A fairy princess!

Adiva, BE

“Thank you so much for your inspiration, and letting us in on your tips and tricks for performance and life in general. I am thankful for your feedback and feel I have grown in dancing, mind and confidence throughout your class”

Tonje Stenen, NO

“Khalida is a true inspiration for me. Both her grace and power on stage make her a must-see-dancer. But not only is she one of my favorite performers, Khalida is also one damn fine teacher. She has structure, technique and above all patience :). She doesn’t mind to explain 2-3-4-5 times if you’re not catching up on a technique. If you ever have the chance to participate in one of her masterclasses, you MUST; you will become a better dancer afterwards!”

Esmé, BE

“Up until now I’ve attended a couple of workshops and masterclasses taught by Khalida and I can only say one thing: “Waaw”! Not only is she a very pleasant person and teacher with a lot of humor, she also really knows what she’s talking about. Khalida sees every little detail and knows just how to explain things so that you not only understand it in your mind, but you can feel it, too. With a few tricks, tips and a lot of fun she manages to feed you her great passion for the dance. She’s a true inspiration for me – In the future I hope to dance a whole lot more in her classes!”

Naila, BE

“Looking back, I was a baby dancer when I took my first class with Khalida. I had been taking classes for several years and figured I pretty much knew everything there was to know. Boy, was I wrong :-)

Khalida’s classes are a fun mixture of dance, technique, conditioning (ouch!), styling and music/cultural background. She was the first teacher who encouraged me to take workshops and study with as much teachers as I possibly can. She introduced me to the local bellydance community I love so much today. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the dancer I am today if it wasn’t for her.

Since she moved to Germany, I can’t take weekly classes with her anymore, but I still try to catch every opportunity I can to study with her. After every class, I come home with tons of inspiration and motivation! And despite her busy schedule, she always takes the time to answer any questions I may have. I consider her my coach, role model and friend.

So if you ever have the chance to study with her, don’t hesitate! I’m sure you’ll love her right away!”

Luna Llena, BE

“Khalida just loves to share all her knowledge with fellow dancers and that makes her a world class teacher in my book. I love her cheerful femininity and her excellent technique. She blows my mind every single time.”

Nephélé, BE

‘Khalida is on fire! Smouldering, sizzling and searing all at once, she presents the art of bellydance with integrity, joy and elegance.’

Razia Star, USA

“There would be so many positive things to say… but, this time, I would just add : Thank you, Khalida, for sharing your knowledge with us, helping us grow with your teaching and, above all, making us dream with your dancing! <3”

Zahra, BE

 “Happy Friday! I wanted to end my first week back on a super happy note and reminisce about a few of the ”Epic Things I Learned” in 2013.

The first thing that comes to mind is a 3-day private Veil Intensive I booked with Khalida in May. I’m not exaggerating AT ALL when I say I learned so much that I *still* haven’t processed everything!

Not only did we work on technique and choreography, but she gave me powerful insight into posture, stage dynamics and transitions that no one else has ever revealed to me. I had so many ”aha!” moments! So yeah… thank you Khalida!

To anyone reading this, book her for an intensive! Book her for a private lesson or two! You will be AMAZED!”

Razia Star, USA