Think About Your Feet
No Need To Ditch The Mystery but Make Sure That Your is Teaching Factual History
Get To Know Styles
At the very least a teacher should be teaching you how to differentiate between the main types of belly dancing styles and music. You wouldn't want to be caught out dancing Turkish style with floorwork at a strict Egyptian wedding or doing a full cabaret set in a skimpy costume at a reenactment event or Museum. Although there is a place for everything it's helpful to understand early on what fits where and why. Even cabaret style needs to be named and understood.
Practice Makes Perfect
It's not just a myth there is actual fact to this little quote.The body has muscle memory so the more you execute and repeat a move the more your body remembers it automatically. There us scientific evidence to suggest that micro practice for around one minute a day is better than one hour practice once a week.
Always always always drink plenty of water throughout class. Take regular sips. Ward off dehydration.
Eat Sleep Belly dance Repeat
When working on a choreography listen to the music repetitively so your brain remembers it. Watch the choreography
Protein Is The Way Forward
Protein helps your body heal quickly after exercisers. Did you know that the aching feeling we get the next day after a workout is actually torn muscles. We need protein to help us heal and avoid muscle wastage. When the muscle heals properly it grows leading to a more strength tone and support in the body.After your belly dance class or exercise eat some protein like nuts dairy lean meats beans or drink a whey protein shake. When taking a protein supplement it is advisable for Women to avoid creatine when not trying to body build. Men and women take creatine when trying to mass build and put weight on the body usually for body building.
Remember belly dance comes from The middle and North Africa we essentially borrowing the dance so it is important to make an effort to learn more about history and culture of the place the dance comes from. Do this out if respect fir the Dan e and the people it belongs to.
Go to as many classes as you can to learn. The more you learn the more skills you will develop and you will avoid becoming a copyof your teacher. By going to many classes it helps you develop into your own unique dancer.
Watch your language and what you say and think about yourself. Every class I teach I hear students put themselves down because they feel insecure or vulnerable. It's okay to feel like now abd again but don't sit in it for to long instead start to see your strengths and play up to them. Work on your weakness so you can improve but dont be hard on yourself. Try meditation affirmations or accepting compliments you get.
Don't look to others to affirm your progress or success. Unfortunately not everyone has your best interests at heart and not everyone is of sound mind. It's known that in all communities there are some negative people who like to pick on black ball and even lie about their ex student's new teachers and professional dancers. It is important to keep records in the case you may need them if the malice continues however it is important not to focus on the people being malicious or the malice they say and do. Focus on yourself in a positive light, on what you are doing and see anything as background noise. Remember you own you and as long as you are within the law no one gas the right to control what you do or tell you what you can and can't do. No one has power over you. As good dancers and teachers we put beauty healing and goodness out intothis world and those who make it their business to try to stop that they must be rotten apples from the core. Pay them no mind.