Weekly Challenge 8-26-13

A good Monday to everyone (is there such a thing?). It’s time for a new weekly challenge. This week’s challenge is not about comparing yourself to others, but about improving yourself. It’s about getting to know how far you’ve come…and how far we all have to go.

How many moves do you know?

What a question!

For some of us, this might be a depressing question. For others, almost an impossible one. But it’s not meant to be.

Catalog all the moves you know. Not to compare how much you know over someone else, but to see how far you have come. Can you name them all?

For beginners, this might be a short list, and that’s okay! What this will do is get your brain thinking about what you do know, not about what you don’t know. Too many dancers get hung up on what they can’t do, not on what they can. Time to change that. List every move you know, and see just how far you’ve come since you started learning. Use your list for practice this week, every day this week. Add to your list when you learn new moves!

Experienced dancers, this may be a long list, and one that might be difficult to complete. That’s okay, you don’t have to spend hours and hours on this. But what this will do is help you focus. Having a list of moves can help with choreography, or even with improv. Lots of dancers use movement lists or flash cards for developing choreo or for inspiration before a performance, and this is a way to start yours! Have fun with this, don’t make it a chore. How many different shimmys can you do? Think of all the hip directions–up, down, out, in, around! Every day this week, add to your list and use it in practice or teaching. Do your students know these moves? Which ones do you know but don’t use often? Incorporate those into your choreos this week!

Have fun…and happy listing!

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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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