Weekly Challenge for 12-9-13

Monday again!  Time for this week’s challenge!


An evil word to some, but for some of us, a way of life.  I committed to dance every day (or at least 6 days a week, because every now and then, life happens).  It didn’t matter if it was performing, doing 5 minutes of drills, teaching or taking a class, or an entire hour or two of my full personal practice; I dance every day.  I try not to think of my dance as “exercise,” even though that’s what it started out as for me, but a commitment to improving my skills and my connection to my chosen form of artistic expression.

This week’s challenge is deceptively simple.  Commit.  Commit to improving your belly dancing, whether it be practicing every day or going to support other dancers at shows.  It can be reading blogs or articles about the dance, writing your own blogs about it, or drilling your hardest moves at least for one song a day.  It can be committing to working on your costume every day this week, or learning how to cover a bra with fabric (hint: here’s a good website for tips), or learning a new sewing skill.

Just commit to being a better belly dancer this week, whatever that means to you (here’s another hint: this isn’t about being a better belly dancer than someone else, but a better dancer than you were yesterday).  Supporting community, improving your own skills, or finding new ones…it doesn’t matter.

Today, make a plan for your commitment.  It should be something, anything, every day this week.  Write it down and put it someplace where you will see it.  Maybe a Post-It on your mirror, or a voice memo on your phone.  Then implement it.  Whether it’s five minutes or two hours, just do it, but just do it now, today.  Don’t wait.

If you can do this for a week, great.  But for extra “points” see if you can commit to this practice–or whatever–just until the end of the year (which isn’t all that long!).

Good luck, and 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.

2 responses to “Weekly Challenge for 12-9-13”

  1. animatingyourlife says :

    Thank you for this important life lesson. Commitment is something I struggle with, but your simple clarity on the subject is very inspiring.

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