Tangled Blog 3-27-12: Continuing “Belly” Ed, Part 1
Welcome to Part I of the 3-part series “Continuing Belly Ed”!
I’ve always been a fan of continuing education. Whether you’re reading medical journals, watching documentaries, or taking a synchronized swimming class, it’s imperative to keep filling your brain with new ideas. New (or expanded) information leads to more critical thinking about our world, and hopefully… better decisions and actions. In the world of belly dance, one way to get new ideas is to attend a workshop or dance retreat.
Over the last ten years, I’ve taken a lot of belly dance workshops, and every single one was helpful in some way. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy by continuing your education in belly dance.
- New combinations, choreographies, transitions
- New friends & contacts
- New music & costuming
- New styles & fusion forms
- New ways of handling that difficult dancer who says things like “I’ve never understood *why* people like your dancing… but I guess if that’s how it’s *supposed* to look…” (true story!!)
The overuse of “new” in the list above is deliberate. If you’re not exposing yourself to new things, then guess what? You’re getting “old” somewhere! And when it comes to the creative process, there’s nothing worse than getting stuck in the “old”. This has nothing to do with age – it has everything to do with your mind and how it uses resources.
Here are just some of the amazing workshops coming to the Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky area. For information about Ariellah’s visit this weekend, just click on the “Ariellah” tab at the top of my homepage.
Sherri Wheatley, sponsored by Black Rose Caravan in Indianapolis. Workshops on April 28-29.
The Accidental Circus, sponsored by Dante’s Gypsy Circus in Cincinnati, OH. Two belly dance workshops on Saturday, May 18th.
Cairo in Columbus with Sadie & Kaya, sponsored by Chandara Gamal in Columbus, OH. Weekend of workshops, May 4-6th.
Island of Isis Retreat with Ranya Renee, sponsored by Conchi & Nataj in Loveland, OH. Weekend of workshops, May 17-19th.
The Known World Music & Dance Symposium, starring Laurel Victoria Gray
Sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) & OSU’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Society (MARSS)
June 22-24, 2012
Cincinnati Belly Dance Convention, sponsored by Maali Shaker in Cincinnati, OH. Weekend of workshops by local and national instructors. August 19-20th.
Join me for Parts 2 & 3 of this blog topic, where we discuss what the “raq stars” of belly dance do for continuing ed and how to better yourself on a budget. Now… get out there, and learn some NEW stuff!!