Weekly Challenge for 10-7-13
Wow! It’s October already, and fall is here! And since it’s Monday, it’s time for another weekly challenge!
Drilling should be nothing new to any dancer. And no, we’re not talking about making holes in walls! Drilling is what helps build that “muscle memory” so that we can execute technique without having to look in a mirror and concentrate on it. Belly dance requires a lot of drilling because of the difficult nature of the movements; we ask our bodies to do things it’s never considered before!
Of course, drilling is not a lot of fun. Drilling can take up a good portion of a workshop or class and your own practice time. It’s way more fun to dance, or learn a new combo, than to drill. But even though it’s not very exciting, drilling is necessary for improving your technique. If you do not drill, it’s now time to start.
Every day this week, no matter what level of dancer you are, drill. Pick a new move every day, or, if you are having difficulty with one move, do that one all week. Pick a song, pick a move, and drill it. But don’t just stand there and move. A good driller never lets her mind wander during a drill.
Drilling is not effective if you are not doing the movement correctly. Watch yourself in the mirror and see if there isn’t something you can improve about the movement. Yes, even in a movement you feel comfortable or confident with. Are you executing the movement the same every single time, or do you get sloppy? Make sure you tighten up the move and do it right. Every. Single. Time.