I like this post about pushing yourself hard in belly dance – even if it means screwing up. There has been a recurring theme in my life about “life happens outside your comfort zone” lately and this is especially true in dance. Of course, every time I read “fail” I see “flail” – which is also true in dance. Sometimes there is a bit of flailing.
When was the last time you failed at one of your belly dance pursuits? You haven’t lately? That’s too bad. If you have, good for you. Last week I was listening to an episode of The Accidental Creative and this topic really hit home.
Failure is good – and it’s good for you. Not only does it keep your feet on the ground, failing means you are stretching the borders of what you are willing to try in expanding the range of your skills. If we take challenging new workshops, we can find ourselves struggling through unfamiliar drills or long choreography. A lot of experienced dancers shy away from this kind of situation because they’re afraid of being seen by their peers doing anything less than perfectly.
There is so much to learn in belly dance and the associated regional folkloric styles; we could live and dance a full lifetime and still have…
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