Lately I’m devoting more time to dance and am enjoying it a lot. I enjoy different styles and I’m yet to pin point my favourite. So fusing the styles is a great way to sustain my interest and my creativity. Of course it is important to know about the different styles to adequately understand how to fuse them as well. The last few years I’ve done workshops in Sydney and practised at the Bellydance school in my home city. I also have a set of tutorial DVDs that I work on at home. I write in the hope that I can find like-minded dancers/artists whom I can connect with. I hope that’s you! Feel free to share your dance experiences and tips in the comments sections!
This week I’ve found myself off-balanced and am stunned by this. It probably means that I’m treading in water, desperately trying to keep up with the music, and compensating by not doing the movements with accuracy. Be careful you don’t fall for this trap! I also don’t know the moves well enough, and lack confidence with the cues. Times like these I’ve felt like I’ve learnt ‘nothing’. I’ve told myself not to give up, take a break and regroup. Above all, not to keep doing the same mistakes!
The next step:
- Check and adjust your posture.
- Do Yoga Practice.
- Do an adequate warm up and cool down.
- Do drills that target the techniques that you need to master.
- Drill the combinations, particularly the more difficult ones, to a different piece of music.
- Listen to the music and imagine yourself doing the steps.
- Play finger cymbals, bongos or any other instrument to the music.
- Do you have an injury or a weakness? E.g. a sore ankle? Need to strengthen your balance?
- Are you overtired?
These are checkpoints that I’ve become more aware of after having workshops with various teachers. I work on these by doing the following:
- Rest periods
- Physio Therapy (if needed)
- An adequate diet
- General Well-Being
Have a set number of combinations to drill each day, heading towards a day where you will then practice the whole choreography. It takes time to master a dance, especially when life gets busy. Best to dedicate chunks of time each day, and be consistent in your practice, than promise yourself a large chunk if time is scarce. If you’re like me, having the head space for 20 minutes is more inviting than 2-3 hours.
My advice is not to fool yourself into believing that technique isn’t important. The day I realised this, I was able to move forward and put the work into my dance. The reward? Having the confidence to dance and have fun with your friends and feel a sense of achievement for performance.
My favourite teachers so far:
- Kami Liddle (USA)
- Devi Mamak (NSW)
- Rachel Brice (USA)
- Deb Rubin (USA)
- Myf (NT)
And last but not least!
- Soraya (Germany)
I’m yet to try a few others, including Ariellah
Do you have any favourites?
Hope this helps, and happy dancing!