Weekly Challenge for 2/25/13

It’s Monday, so it’s time for another belly dance challenge!

Drilling

Some people love to drill, some hate it. It’s true, drilling can be dull. You’re doing the same movement, over and and over, and then you move on to another one to drill. Boring. But necessary! Drilling is necessary in order for the muscles in your body to get used to the movement, to strengthen the muscles involved in the movement, and then set it in the “muscle memory” so that you can, eventually, do the movement without thinking about it much. Ever wonder why babies wave their arms around a lot? They’re drilling! It’s a movement they’ve never done much of, so they do it and do it until they can control their arms and do what they want with them. Now, as grownups, we don’t even blink when thinking about moving our arms around. It’s as natural as breathing. In order to be able to improv, we need to be able to pull out any movement at any time, as naturally as breathing. And we get there through drilling!

This is an all level challenge! What do you do? Pick three movements, something simple, even if you are of an advanced level. Even advanced dancers need to drill basic movements in order to keep up them. Then pick three songs, and drill those moves, one per song. Every. Single. Day.

I know, it’s boring (and you’ll hate me by song #3), but instead of thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner tonight, or how much your arms hurt, or, “hey, isn’t Johnny Depp awesome without his shirt?” we’re going to think about the movement. Drill in front of a mirror and look at the movements, every single one. Are they the same on both sides? Does one hip go down more than the other? Is one arm a total spaz and the other looks fine? If so, you need to adjust your movement and make sure they look the same on both sides! And then drill that, and monitor it to make sure that it stays the same! Keep it up for an entire song, then repeat with your two other moves, whatever they are. Again, make sure to monitor your movements carefully!

Happy dancing!

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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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