Belly Dance classes and performance, Goddess workshops and events. Bellydance; Goddess retreat holiday, articles, divine feminine courses, bellydancer, Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral and Nationwide,UK Professional
 

 

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Rumi  

 Ishtar Dance Artist/ Teacher - Biography

Ishtar is an experienced artiste, teacheresearcher and writer of dance ethnography and spiritual dance working for and with diverse communities.

She Teaches and performs belly dance as well as traditional Middle Eastern forms and Bollywood dance, creative Belly Dance and a variety of fusion styles. She teaches these to a wide variety of organisations, including educational establishments, community groups and the corporate sector.

Ishtar Runs workshops and retreats in various countries based on dance, creativity, Jungian concepts, ritual and divine feminine themes.

She has produced and directed dance theatre pieces and has worked as a choreographer for various events and organisations.

Endorsements-What people are saying about Ishtar

         Academic Qualifications

MSc in Spirituality, Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology (Dissertation in Spiritual Dance). Middlesex University (2016)

2-1 BA Hon's degree in Applied Psychology/Women's Studies. Liverpool John Moores University  (1996)

 Professional qualifications in Holistic Therapies and Teaching

Ishtar  has learnt various dance styles and has been dancing since she was five. She is the fourth generation to dance professionally in her family. She has been a belly dance performer and teacher for the last 25 years, dancing internationally for diverse communities. Ishtar  performs belly dance, as well as other traditional Middle Eastern forms.

Ishtar has been taught by a variety of international dance teachers. Traveling to the Middle East and India and through experiences in the UK with these communities, has deepened her cultural understandings of Eastern dance. Ishtar taught Psychology for Liverpool council for twelve years. Her workshops and retreats mix psychological process with dance for healing and enhanced self-awareness. Ishtar is a director of community arts and horticulture organisation Earth Moves (www.earthmoves.org).

Ishtar has performed and taught nationally and internationally. She has had her own dance school since 1998, working out of various venues. Instructional DVD and YouTube video hits, (over million views on YouTube channel), means Ishtar can reach out to lots of people and pass on what she has learned.
 
Ishtar has been published on the subject of dance in various journals including Mosaic, Gilded Serpent and Zagareet. She has also has courses published in international correspondence school BSY, on Feminine Spirituality, Shamanism and Psychology of Self. She has had articles published around themes of early religious practises in various journals including Prediction, Archaeology Review, Kindred Spirit and other hard copy and online magazines.
 
Ishtar has combined her knowledge of sacred and healing dance with her professional qualifications to provide retreats and workshops and similar events that are based on cooperation and creativity. 
 
Ishtar has had many TV and media appearances. She has also been featured in national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Spirit and Destiny, Kindred Spirit and Women’s Own.
 
Ishtar has been a yoga practitioner since the early nineties and has had many teachers. She has also taken classes in other disciplines including Chi Gong, Pilates, Shamanism, meditation. She has trained in Contact improvisation and took classes in Flamenco, Ballroom dance and Contemporary dance.
 
Ishtar was a Psychology teacher for Liverpool Adult Learning and other organizations for twelve years, teaching Psychology (Introduction to 'A' Level).She also has ran various local magazines and had a column in Kerrang magazine. 

Ishtar's grandparents were professional, international dancers and had their own school. Ishtar was taught her first dance steps by her grandmother.(Little Supple.) Click to read about her. Ishtar's Dad was an artist. He loved to paint scenes of Arabia and Africa from what he recalled from his journeys at sea.

Other performing skills;

Snake Experience and Dance -Snake Dance/Meet and Greet.

Ishtar dances with her pets  Royal Python's 'Bashar' and Xenia. (Also available  for walk about and meet and greet). 

 
Previous Clients include;  SkyTV;BBC3:BBC1;ITV: Colleen Rooney;Wirral Change; Halton council; Liverpool Council;St Helens Women’s Aid; The Green Gathering; RSPCA; Sure Start;Ministry Of 
Defense, Liverpool Museum, Claire House, various hospitals, Wilmington University USA, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Liverpool Masons, Army officers, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Homotopia;,LiverpoolArabic Arts festival, Wirral Change, Wirral Multi-Cultural Organization, The Green House Project, Newsham park festival, Walton Hall festival, Culture days/weeks in schools,-Including Holly Lodge, Wallasey School and Capenhurst Grange; Liverpool Gay Pride,Toxteth Children's Centre; Wirral Hindu Association and Female Arabic communities in the North West; Holly Oaks TV show and many more.
 
Ishtar's interests include, Animals, costume design and construction, film, social science, reading, feminism, mythology, psychology, natural sciences, gardening, cooking healthy food, art, weird things!

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