Good or Bad? : The struggle with comparison

I recently attended workshop with one of my favorite teachers. Afterward, I said something about how much I enjoy watching her move, in spite of knowing that I will never be as good. Another attendee took this to be a self-disparaging remark and immediately told me, “Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re a beautiful dancer!” […]

The World’s Oldest Dance?

We’ve all heard the stories: “Bellydance is the world’s oldest dance.” “Bellydance is an ancient art form.” “The roots of this dance form go back to time immemorial.” We hold up our heads with pride, thinking about our ancient dance lineage, passed from mother to daughter. We’ve discussed and experienced the sisterhood of the dance. […]

What’s next

Four and a half months ago, I fell off a step stool. I snapped my ACL in the process. I had reconstruction surgery a month later. You can live without an ACL.  But I opted to have the surgery so that I would not have to give up dance. The surgery started a year-long journey […]

That feeling when…

My activity level has been waning recently. But I’ve started feeling motivated to do more. I signed up for a couple of new classes at my gym to try some new things. I decided that my goal for the next month was going to be at least 15 minutes of dance movement every day. (Last […]

Why dance?

What’s the point of dance? Why do I keep coming back? These are questions that I’ve been asking myself quite a bit of late, as I grapple with the effects of growing older on my movement and limited time from having a day job. I am someone who is extremely goal-driven. Right now I have […]

“Success” Today

My physical practice ebbs and flows, but it’s always present. Lately though, there’s been a lot of ebbing. I’ve still been going to rehearsals, and a couple of cross-training classes each week, but for me that’s as little as I can get away with moving. Less movement than this base level, and I experience physical […]

What exactly is “Fusion”?

The subject of “what is Fusion” has come up several times for me recently. It’s been a topic of discussion with other Fusion dancers, and a topic of debate with dancers of other styles of belly dance. I don’t think that there is a single answer, but I would like to address some of the […]

A lesson for the teacher

I’ve mostly been teaching private lessons lately. Between the day job, not needing to rent space, and a few other things, they just work better. Recently, I had one of my transnational fusion students ask me to teach her American Tribal Style (ATS ®) during her lessons instead. For those unfamiliar with ATS, it is […]

Saying “Yes, and…”

Criticism is hard to take, especially for a recovering perfectionist. I frequently find myself denying any correction offered by teachers in workshops that I attend. But then I remind myself that the critique is why I’m here. I’ve paid good money to be told that I’m wrong. So instead of immediately  begrudging the teach telling […]

Crossing boundaries, pt. 1

One of my biggest motivations in life is pushing into new territory. I love to learn new things, to push past physical limitations, and even to challenge my own perceptions. This is not always easy, but it is important for me and I find it intrinsically rewarding. I don’t need another reason beyond doing or […]