How do you become a more skilful dancer? In this blog, I’ll explore how you can increase your dance expertise beyond your current skill level. In general, if one seeks the safety of rules, one will not get beyond competence.Stuart E. Dreyfus, “The Five-Stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition” I’ll use Dreyfus’s model of skill… Continue reading Skill Acquisition in Dance
Effortless Mastery is a book written by Kenny Werner, an American jazz pianist and educator. It’s about overcoming dysfunctional fear-based practicing and playing music to achieve effortless mastery. I first heard it referred to by Alia Thabit in relation to belly dance. At first glance, the connection may not seem obvious, but have you ever… Continue reading What Can Effortless Mastery Teach Us about Belly Dance Practice?
What do Laban’s planes of movement have to do with belly dance? Let’s start with the general (Cartesian co-ordinates) and then make it more specific to the human body (anatomical planes) and then to dance (Laban’s planes of movement). So, what are Cartesian co-ordinates? Cartesian co-ordinates Our three-dimensional world can be sliced into three flat,… Continue reading Laban’s Planes of Movement and Belly Dance
How do you make time for your personal dance practice? Do you have a daily or weekly creative routine that enables you to practice regularly? One of the most powerful ways to build a practice is through ritual: a “ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order” (Oxford English Dictionary).… Continue reading Using Ritual to Anchor Your Dance Practice
What is the least useful piece of feedback you’ve every received as a belly dance student? For me, it was “contract your abs”. I could be contracting my abs ‘til the cows come home and a move still won’t look or feel right on my body. Instruction in dance and sport often consists of a… Continue reading Feedback Techniques in Dance