One of the items on my 35 Before 35 List is to take up a form of martial arts or dance (20), with +30 bonus pts should I engage in both for a min. of 6 mths each. This gonna be a difficult 50 pts to claim, as both are group activities (personal lessons cost too much to consider) and I actually am kinda… shy? Is that the right word? I detest making a fool of myself, or failing in front of other people. Martial arts might not be that “terrible” – I think I actually do have the stamina to keep up, but dance? Ugh. I have 2 left feet, poor coordination of my limbs, zilch sense of rhythm, terrible flexibility and a horrendous sense of balance (as yoga/pilates have revealed to me).
Hence I’ve chosen to work on that 1st. I have nothing specific in mind, though I know it definitely wouldn’t be any form of dance which requires me to put on heels – I don’t wear them, I don’t own any + I don’t really wanna buy a pair… and neither is it gonna be something that requires heaps of emotion like ballet or contemporary.
When I came across this Belly Dance Workshop event on one of the (many) Meetup groups that I’m in, and saw that I had no other commitment that weekend plus the location was within walking distance from where I live, I RSVP-ed, made advance payment and went for it! tbh though, I had second thoughts about it as my feet have been hurting since the run on Friday evening. As there was no refund for payment made if I did a no-show, I decided to suck it up.
Held at Mosiac Dance @ Wisma Alsagoff, the studio was basic, clean and comfortable.
The night started off with a brief introduction by the organizer about the workshop, followed with a belly dance performance by the instructor of the night, some mingling time for the participants then the actual lesson.
During the 2hr-ish lesson, we were taught choreography. It wasn’t hard to pick up. I got what I was supposed to do pretty quickly. It’s the actual execution that I have difficulty with. The hip lift, the hip drop, the shimmy… WTF man, I was stiff as a… uhh… corpse. And the parts that require the dancers to do a ‘feminine pose’? Good heavens! I nearly died looking at myself in the mirror. Needless to say, I felt like a total idiot when it was my group’s turn to “perform” in front of everyone else. Bleh.
After, the 2 mandatory “group performances” (class was split into halves), the night ended with the instructor performing the routine with one of the regular dancers, and 2 other participants (who have other dance style experience) of the workshop.
My verdict? Though I kinda had fun, I don’t think I wanna repeat this experience again. Just not my cuppa tea.
Furthermore, at the risk of sounding like a douche, I gotta say I was not too impressed by the instructor’s performance. It was just okay. I thought it could have used a little more energy. Also, I was kinda disappointed to see that neither the instructor nor the frequent belly dance dancers had toned abs. Hey ~ I have no doubt that it takes a strong core to execute some of the moves, but I was expecting more than flabby tummies. Once again, I do have an obsession with sculpted abs, so perhaps the problem is just me >.<”
Perhaps I’ll try pole dancing or aerial hoop next time.
Hip hop and K-pop are too mainstream 😉