I was honoured to be asked by Athena, Liila, and Kirah to be an “early-adopter” (or an ‘influencer’) in their new challenge, The Real Dance Thing!
What is #TheRealDanceThing?
It’s a dance challenge that starts on Instagram today! The aim of this challenge is to encourage spontaneity and help us move away from perfectionist tendencies. No filming and refilming – one shot, then sharing the real-ness. Take a read of the mission and the rules below, or click here to check out The Real Dance Thing Instagram page.
”We are all feeling pressure to film and re-film dances for social media until they are “perfect.” This makes us sad, because the spontaneity and realness of the moment is being lost. Our goal is to create a place that celebrates authenic moments of dance. Let’s enjoy real dances done in a single take, just like a live show. We can revel in the real, raw experience of being willing to share our first take.”
“This challenge starts February 1, 2021. Prompts will be posted every Monday.
This should be the first video or picture you’ve taken in response to the prompt.
We are asking you to be authentic, so only do the prompts that speak to you. Or do them all – we really love all of them!”
I’m performing online this Saturday, and I’d love to see you there! Tickets are by donation, and proceeds will be split directly between the artists, so you know you’re helping fuel them to keep doing what they love doing, even during a pandemic Check out the event here or click the image below for all the details There are dancers from the U.K., Wales, Portugal, U.S.A, and more!
Check out the schedule below and read all the details here. We’ve only got a handful of spots left in our Delft studio classes. We have a spacious, 90m2 studio, but we’re only allowing a maximum of 10 students per class in order to maintain an optimally safe dance environment. We also spend the class dancing in face masks, so we’re trying our best to be super safe and looking out for each other!
If you’re not in the Netherlands, or if you’d just prefer to dance with us from the comfort of your own home, we’ve got plenty of space in our online belly dance classes – and we’re a lot of fun, as these pictures show! 😉
Looking forward to dancing with you all again this year!
Do you have certain areas you’re struggling with in your dance? Have you ever turned up to practice and decided to work on the things you like the most (probably what you’re strongest at)? How about some accountability to turn those struggles into opportunities for growth in your dance (and mindset!) in 2021?
I’m so excited to be part of Struggle to Strength. Struggle to Strength is an online NON-competition for belly dancers, and you have a chance to join in for free!
There’s one free entry to the non-competition up for grabs, which is good for 5 months of motivation! If you win (or if you register to join us on this journey!), we start off with an anonymous and filtered peer review session of your dance, and then proceed into two separate feedback events where the wonderful guides of this (not) competition centre you and your journey to help you get where you want to go with your dance! Enter the giveaway to win your spot in Struggle to Strength here.
The giveaway closes on the 2nd at 11:59pm EST, so enter while you can, and share to increase your entries! You get extra entries for everyone who signs up through your link!Winner will be drawn on Instagram on Jan 3rd at 10am EST!
If you’re looking for something to help you unwind (are you like me? An active relaxer?), take a listen to the latest podcast episode to feature Siobhan Camille of Greenstone Belly Dance!
As many of you know, Siobhan is also an exercise scientist and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. She works with dancers and athletes across the globe to help them get the most out of their bodies and optimise their performance! Read more about Siobhan’s work for dancers here.