Review of 2017

At the end of the year I like to look back on all the things that happened. By looking back I am reminded of all the wonderful dancers who read and commented on this blog. Thank you! If you are doing a ‘Look back on 2017’ post on your blog or website, let me know in the comments or on Facebook and I will add a link to your post. It’s nice to have a collective idea of all the things that happened in the belly dance community world wide.

33 blog posts were published on this blog in 2017

Not as many as I wanted. I aim for once a week, so I am 19 blog posts short. Considering all the other things that happened in 2017 I still feel accomplished. There’s a total of 133 blog posts in this blog, including this post and that’s a pretty good score. Next year I want to get back into regular blogging because I love writing and it is fun to write about my costuming adventures

I started as a teacher at the BDBA and I published three courses

This was a steep learning curve, but also a very good one to learn how to make e-classes and create my own. I am proud to be a member of the Belly Dance Business Academy and to create classes for belly dancers that go beyond teaching belly dance. In case you’re wondering, my classes are:

Playlist Essentials for Bellydancers (this one is free!)

Sources of music inspiration

Belly Dance Practice Dice

Kyria playlist essentials

Video and vlogging

In 2017 I came up with new ways to teach and reach other dancers. I overcame my cold feet and started working with video. First by doing a couple of short vlogs (they’re in Dutch so they didn’t make it on this blog). And I made a video to promote my playlist essentials course. You can see what I look like and hear me talk! Scary and exciting stuff! I have so many ideas for other short video’s but the time it takes to create a good video and edit it is more than I have right now. To be continued…

We opened a studio this year


In September 2016 our old garage was demolished and rebuild into a small dance studio. In order to keep regular life going, we lived with my mother in law for a month. A great opportunity to get to know her better and for our daughter to spend time with her Nonna. We lived in the dance studio for a month while the builders were working on our livingroom. And after that… we moved back into our beautiful house and the dance studio was open for business. So many of my ‘first’ experience this year are related to the studio.

First time of hiring another teacher to work for me

First time of coaching students who want to become professional dancers

First time of organizing summer workshops

First time of starting belly dance classes in De Meern

First time of promoting the studio at  local events

It’s been a crazy ride! What I love most about the studio is that I have my own practice space right outside my back door. I can record a class, work on choreography or work-out whenever I want. I want to do that more often in 2018.

The group photoshoot with Sense of Bellydance

For the first time in our ten years of dancing together we booked a photoshoot with the fabulous Leoniek van Vliet, dressed up in our best and had our picture taken. I am blessed to be a part of our dance troupe for so many years. We share the good times and the bad times. We also asked a local percussionist to teach us how to drum and we’re diligently working on playing the darbuka and zills. On March the 24th we’ll throw our 10 year anniversary hafla and with the percussionists help we’ll rock the stage and play our very first drum solo.

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I switched my day job

My former job had a long commute and in March I switched to a new job closer to home. A different sector, new coworkers, so many new things to learn! At times I felt lonely and I missed my old job but I also met my current coworkers and found new friendship and exciting challenges.

My family is healthy and happy

Our little girl celebrated her second birthday this year adn despite colds and other illnesses, we are all in good  health. Our daughter likes to ‘help’ around the house and likes to put pins into fabric when I’m working on a  costume. The dog is also more relaxed now that the dust has settled and she has her own living room where she can curl up and sleep. My husband has more time for his hobbies now that the remoddeling is done and he is enjoying his time outdoors.

Costumes I finished this year


I had to dig through old posts to see the stuff that I did this year. I used Mao’s Swirly belt course to create the purple and gold belly dance dress. Here’s the image of the photoshoot of this dress. I liked learning this technique and creating a new costume. Looking back I also noticed that I did a lot of repair work, but not much costume making. That’s something I like to create more costumes in 2018.

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Looking back I am happy and grateful for everything that happened in 2017. Through all this, there were many happy moments and laughs with my husband. I am grateful that this funny, musical, sweet and loving guy wants to spend his life with me. I am writing it at the end of this blogpost on purpose, because he reads my blogs from front to back. Thank you honey!

I wish you all a very happy 2018, filled with love, laughter and dance. See you next year!

I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My biggest passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I intent to continue doing so for quite some time! I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Leave your questions or comments in the box below, or let me know through Facebook.



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