Week Six! The end of an old year, and the beginning of a new one – it’s a time for reflection. One of the random acts this week is to reflect on your bellydance journey so far. Celebrate your successes, learn from your challenges and get excited about your future in bellydance!
1 : Practice every variation of Hip Drop you can think of.
On a toe, on flat feet, with a kick, turning, with a layered twist, in a horizontal/ vertical/ sagittal circle, forward & back, high & low, descending to the floor, and more!
2 : Take a browse through Shira.net
Shira’s site is pretty massive, so you’ll want to set aside a bit more than 5 minutes for this, or set a timer! From Bellydance, Then & Now through to Middle Eastern Music Articles, Reviews & Translations, Shira’s website is an absolute treasure trove of information. You can also check out a great clip of her dancing back in 1987!
3 : Watch a dance video in a style you’re not familiar with.
What sort of Middle-Eastern or Middle-Eastern Inspired dance do you do? We tend to look up, purchase and watch videos in the style that we are studying. Branch out a bit and see what other people are up to! Fusion, Dark-Fusion, American Tribal Style, Modern Gypsy, Egyptian, Iranian, Persian, Moroccan, Turkish, Folk, Folkloric, Raqs Sharqi, Cabaret, American Vintage, Retro, Golden Age … the list goes on and on. Drop some keywords into google, YouTube or Vimeo and start exploring!
4 : Take a moment to think about how far you’ve come in your bellydance journey.
When did you start bellydancing? Can you recall your first hesitant steps? Did you bound into your first class full of enthusiasm, ready to learn, or were you dragged along by a friend? Take a look back and see how much you have learned. How has bellydance changed the way you interact with the world? How has bellydance changed the way you think about yourself?
There’s always more to learn. But, it’s good to take a step back from time to time, and honour the hard work you’ve put in to get where you are now.
5 : Add some Arabic Pop to your New Year’s Eve playlist.
Maybe the people you’re celebrating with aren’t familiar with Arabic music – share some music with them that you love, and help them expand their horizons – it doesn’t have to be pop! 😉
… this isn’t Arabic, but it’s ‘new year-ish’ 🙂
Wishing you all a 2017 filled with love & laughter, health & happiness, and – of course – lots & lots of dancing!