Weekly Challenge for 4-22-13

It’s Spring, so let’s do some Spring cleaning for this week’s challenge!

Cleaning up your dance

We all have moves that we know are a little sloppy. Last week we cleaned up our hip drop kicks, so let’s try some other moves!

This is an all level challenge! Pick a move that you know needs work. Beginners, don’t feel overwhelmed or get too down on yourself if you think all of your moves need work. That’s okay! Everyone starts out as a beginner, and you are just starting your belly dance journey. Don’t hurry it, but enjoy the process! Just pick one movement this week and work on that.

You’ll need a mirror for this challenge. Pick your move and do it in front if the mirror. Slow it down and watch exactly how you execute it. Now remember what your teacher has told you about the move. Where is your weight supposed to be? What leads the movement? What quality (poppy, juicy, slow) is this movement supposed to hold? Now watch again and ask yourself, does this movement fit what my teacher has told me?

Analyzing our movements this way is how we learn to do the movements correctly. Drilling helps, because we are not only strengthening the muscles necessary for the movement, but also gaining muscle memory. However, always drilling the movement incorrectly* will mean this movement will always be sloppy. So see what you can do to make the movement more in line with what your teacher wants. When you drill it this week (every day for one song), always make sure that the movement is correct every single time. If not, correct it and keep drilling!

Let me know what your movement was! Comment below and tell me how you improved this week!

Happy dancing!

*Before someone gets angry about “correct” versus “incorrect”: there are many ways to execute many belly dance movements, depending on the teacher, the style, and the movement. When I say correct, I mean correct in that the movement is safe and is done the way your teacher has taught. Incorrect means the movement is painful, unsafe, and not what your teacher wants. There is no judgement intended on which style or method of execution is more correct than another.

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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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