Weekly Challenge – More Dancing!
Another weekly challenge!
Wait…what? Um, don’t I do that already? Of course, but I’m going to challenge you to dance even more. That’s right, MOAR DANCE!
You might be surprised to know that dancers that “make it” don’t just have training in belly dance. They often started as dancers in ballet or jazz or tap before finding belly dance (and then becoming obsessed, because that’s what belly dance does, right?!). However, there are many of us (me included) that did not start a dance career at the age of 5, and are coming to belly dance–or any dance for that matter–as an adult. Belly dance is appealing because adults can learn it, and get good at it, without having 20 years of grueling training under their (coin) belts. (And please don’t misquote me…I’m not saying belly dance is easy, because it isn’t. I’m saying that adults can learn it without having 20 years of training). But that doesn’t mean that belly dance training makes you a good dancer.
Oops. I let that secret slip, didn’t I?
That’s right, the best dancers take the training they had as kids and apply it to belly dance. I once had a teacher tell me that ballet is perfect for belly dance because it teaches you lines, and how to hold a pose, and how to fluidly move from one thing to another. Belly dance teachers often stand in one spot and teach how to do the “move” (like a maya, or a hip drop, etc.) but never show how to move from one to another. Sure, they may throw those moves together in a combo, but they don’t TEACH you how to move from one to another. Other dance forms may help fill in those gaps. And just because you are 20, or 30, or 80 doesn’t mean you can’t take up ballet now.
So what’s the challenge? Try another dance form. Yep, you heard (read) me. Go out and take a ballet class or two or three. Or if ballet leaves a bad taste in your mouth (I keep having flashbacks to the chubby-me as a kid trying to fit in with the slender ballet-girl-types and failing miserably), try something else fun, like modern or jazz. Even ballroom dancing could be helpful. The point here is to dance, not just learn how to do belly dance moves. And when you do practice belly dance this week, see what you can’t do with your new training (yeah, I know, taking two or three ballet classes does not constitute “training” but it doesn’t mean you can’t put what you have learned already to work). Did the endless repetitions of port de bras help you with how you hold your arms in belly dance, or do you still get chicken arms? Maybe if you paid as much attention to your arms in belly dance as you did during those port de bras, that wouldn’t happen! So use what you learn, and apply it to your practice.
Have fun, and happy dancing!
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