Weekly Challenge for July 29th
It’s almost August. As I am typing this, it almost feels like Fall in Chicago. Really, Summer? WTH? Where did you go?
Anyway, it’s Monday again, and it’s time for another challenge! Are you ready?
Wait, what? Have fun? Really, in dance class?
Uh, yeah, actually. Isn’t having fun why we started dancing in the first place? Isn’t it because we wanted to join a group of women (and men!) to be ourselves, to love our bodies, to learn something new, and to have a little fun while getting in some exercise?
In all the drilling, body aches, injuries, makeup sessions, late nights, and fake eyelashes we forget that this is supposed to be fun! And it is! Really!
Even beginners can lose sight of the fun they are supposed to be having in all the frustration of getting their bodies to move in ways that have our muscles going, “Are you kidding me?” I remember once getting so frustrated I nearly stopped belly dance all together.
So this week, let’s get back to having some FUN in our dancing. Consider asking your teacher to ease up a little bit in class for this week and do something silly, or play some games (here’s a Bhuz topic if you are lacking ideas). If you are a teacher, check out the suggestions, or make up your own, and help bring the fun back for your students. In your own practice, maybe make up games for yourself. Or dance to a silly song. This is not wasted time. Your students will love you, you’ll start to enjoy dancing again, and everyone wins!
Having fun helps us learn better. It helps us enjoy what we are doing, associating positive emotions with dance. Why do you think kids play? Or baby animals? It hones their instincts, and it’s fun! As adults, we tend to think of ourselves as too serious for play, for being silly, and this is such a totally wrong attitude to take. Yeah, if we are professional dancers we must remember to, well…be professional…but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun. Cut loose once in awhile and have fun when you dance, when you practice, when you teach, and when you are in class.
Let me know what you did this week to have some fun! Tweet it (I’ll retweet it if you mention @kamrahdancer or use #weeklychallenge), post it on Facebook, or leave a comment below!