It's the week after Rakkasah, and many of us have a beautiful video to remind us of our performance. However, it's hard to take a critical look at our art work and use it to improve our dancing. Some of us have "evil" voices in our heads that will knock out any confidence we might have. Others have friends, family and mentors who don't understand the use of praise as a learning tool. Finally, our videos may simply highlight mistakes we made, technique that needs improvements or how badly our nerves showed up on stage.
Here are some of my tips for assessing your performance videos:
Don"t forget, every dancer is on her own journey. There is no competition. Others are looking forward to seeing your video, watching your dance, being entertained and perhaps even looking to improve their dancing by watching your skills. Share and enjoy the results of all your hard work.
If you would like more information about critique, practice and stagecraft, check out "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" available now on Amazon:
Below you will find both my troupe video and solo video from 2018 Rakkasah. Feel free to share yours in the comments. Keep scrolling down for more info :
If you like this blog here are others you might like including:
"I'm Perfect for Belly Dance, And so are You!"
"Dealing with Difficult Students"
"Picking out a Troupe Costume"
and "Why Travelling is one of the Best Ways to Improve your Belly Dance"
Or check out my Hub Blogs including:
"Your First Belly Dance Workshop"
The Top Ten Belly Dance Tunes for Performance"
"Finding a Great Belly Dance Teacher"
Sara also teaches through the Belly Dance Business Academy. This online resource includes lessons, classes and workshops for belly dance professionals. Check out her most recent workshop "52 Lesson Plans - And How to Write 5,000 More."
Sara Shrapnell is a belly dance writer, teacher and performer.
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