If you’re a pro, you are probably spending all your time and energy practicing only belly dance. But limiting yourself to only raqs sharqi can cease your creativity and even your physical ability. The picture above is actually from my flamenco days about 5 years ago and although I’ve hung up my castanets years ago to focus more on my professional belly dance career, I still use flamenco as inspiration from time to time and I continue to expand my training by doing yoga, Pilates and a variety of other folklore and belly dance classes. Cross training is usually referred to as exercises such as running, swimming, hiking, etc. But throughout this post I am including attending other dance classes as part of cross training.