Many of you are aware of the Belly Dance 30/30 Challenge this month. Here's my summary of week one:
1/1: barrel turn obsessing, spins, sahra turn refinements (ugh!), Egyptian form with emphasis on hand/arm positioning, YouTube search for flamenco-ish music (nothing)
1/2: YouTube search for string instruments (Adam Hurst), general drilling to non-traditional rhythms, slow drills at faster and slower speeds, glute exercises (leg extensions), zipper prep
1/3: breaking down the reverse turn in writing (for student), Rogue practice and hafla planning meeting, practice to Adam Hurst (ASWAT, more Arabic family moves), shoulder shimmies until I didn't know how to do them anymore
1/4: L1 class for 1 hour - reviewing eye contact levels and confidence with slow moves. At home: Egyptian flip
1/5: Cancelled Amaranth practice, pouting - followed by fun 3-hour troupe discussion via Facebook (we enjoy spending the time, either way), troupe brand exercise, general practice in fast and slow (spins, too), Turkish drop drills on kitchen floor (going very slow and watching a few YouTube tutorials. See the very helpful videos below, plus true vintage 1980s dancewear - love it, her dance is timeless.)
1/6: barrel turn, floreos, circle step over AND over again, adapting moves for solo variations (this is challenging because it has to still feel ATS-like with some extra solo pizzazz.) Wow, is that how one spells PIZZAZZ?!
In order to actually accomplish something, I must focus *instead* of sprinkling general activity. (Which is what I usually do. It's not exactly wrong, but it isn't super measurable for results.) Let's apply boring SMART marketing goal logic to dance: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.) After assessing this first week, it will be floreos, spins, and general core strength to maintain my center of gravity. I mean, how does my center of gravity not help everything? Practice videos and hafla performance responses will serve as my sketchy Asian perfectionist metrics. For the zipper and Turkish drop deal...either I can get down and up gain, or I can't...