Becoming a Dancer
I study dance in a variety of forms. Since May 2008, I have been a regular at GreekFeet and a few other folk dance clubs. During the summer of 2013, I attended my first two multi-day dance workshops in Greece.
In 2012, I started learning belly dance, which was interrupted by some health challenges (caused by sub-potent thyroid meds). Returning to it in earnest at the end of 2012, I have been taking classes with Stephanie Fields, Jill Parker, FatChanceBellyDance, Monica Berini and Amanda. When I started taking classes from Nancy Asiya, I quickly realized that her teaching style resonated the most with me. Through her guidance, I have also made it to my first performance!
Despite all this dancing, I still haven’t figured out what it actually means to be a dancer. So that’s something I want to explore here. I have also found dance very important for reconnecting with my body, although as my anxiety during the performance reminded me, I still have quite a ways to go. Before I stepped on that stage, I thought I was completely calm. I was disconnected… Because I believe that being in touch with my body is crucial to living well with past traumatic experiences, I want to continue on this journey. This blog is in part about that.
Here are some older posts from the Dance to Life series that I played around with for a while….
Header photo was taken during my solo by Carl Sermon Photography.