Weekly Challenge for 7-16-12

It’s Monday, so it’s time for this week’s challenge!

About a month ago, we worked on weaknesses.  If you are new to the challenges or missed it, take a moment to read through this post because we’re going to use this again.  Last time we picked something–just one something–that needed working on and challenged ourselves to improve in that week.  Usually a week is not enough to show much improvement, but it does depend on what you are working on.  So, this week, we’re going to continue our work on weaknesses!

Working on weaknesses II

Hopefully you have continued to work on your weaknesses even if you haven’t been challenged to do so!  But I know it’s hard to work on things that are difficult for us, because we get frustrated or lose hope that we’ll ever get to where we want to be as dancers.  But this attitude won’t get us anywhere.  We need to work harder on what is difficult for us, and allow ourselves room to fail and be challenged (for followers of my blog, this should sound familiar!)

So, we’re going to check up on ourselves this week.  Rewatch that video you took of yourself and go through your list.  Now film yourself again and take another look at your list.  Did you improve?  Were you happier with the one identified weakness area or was it about the same?  Now think about how much time you spent on improving that weakness.  Did you do the challenge every day?  Did you continue to practice even after that week was over?

Even professional dancers must practice the basics over and over again, so you should not take the attitude that once you master something, you’re done with it.  If you did improve over this time, good for you!  Keep it up! Your challenge this week is to work on that same weakness again.  Drill it, think about it, whatever you need to do to keep improving.  Don’t think of it as going over stuff you already know; think about it as a chance to keep improving and to nail it!

If you did not see improvement, use this week to work on it again, but first sit down and think about what went wrong.  Did you not work on it as much as you wanted?  Did you get frustrated and stop?  Is the move/concept/idea/whatever just too dang hard for you right now (be honest with this one)?  Reevaluate where you want to be with this one weakness.  Did you set your goal too high last time?  That’s okay…reset your goal, but don’t think about it as failure.  Think about it as taking smaller steps towards your goal.  Now work on that weakness this week, at least for one whole song (or session, whatever time you have for it), and don’t get frustrated!

Enjoy your challenge!

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About Kamrah

Kamrah is a belly dancer in Chicago, IL. They started belly dance as an exercise routine but it turned into a passion for dance that has not lessened, even after more than a decade. They have a powerful presence on the stage, and is particularly known for their amazing shimmies. Kamrah is also known as a very versatile belly dancer, and audiences have come to expect the unexpected from them. Performances can be anything from traditional Egyptian, to tribal fusion, to fantasy cosplay (costume play) pieces.

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