Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics
In just a few, I'll be celebrating the new year with family and friends. I'll admit that I'm thinking about the changes I need to make for the new year. Yes, I'll admit too that about this time, is when I think about the changes and not before. My to do list includes going back to the basics.

When I was in high school, I exceeded in math. The trigonometry teacher didn't know what to do with all the left over points, because the highest she could report was a hundred for my grade. It wasn't my fault I did all the bonus work and then some, but I clearly remember her telling me, "I don't know what to do with your grade".

When I took the college entrance exams, I failed miserably in basic math, although when I took it in high school, I made good grades. As a result, I had to take basic math in college. Embarrassed, I didn't get the credit for taking college basic math. What went wrong?

Thinking about this, makes me think about my journey as a dancer. As you may know, I'm not a professional, but I have been belly dancing for quite some time, I perform on occasion, and I teach belly dance as a workout. I'm content with my accomplishments. However, I've come to a realization that well, I think it's time to go back to the basics.

I catch myself trying to move forward too fast. It's somewhat like how my dog eats her food in less than a minute with a bewildered look in her face when she knows she rapidly gobbled it down. I catch myself learning very difficult combinations and feeling lost at times when I need to come up with something very simple.

There was a thought that was in my head just a few days ago. I asked myself if I had to pick four moves, just four, and come up with a good performance, could I do it? With all the elements that are involved with dance, including musicality, could I actually accomplish this task? Yeah, talk about a major brain fart.

Of course, that one thought led to another, and by the time I knew it, my nose was in a belly dance book I purchased. As if the answer was going to pop out of that one book.

Ultimately, I'm accepting of going back to square one. It will benefit me and I will get much out of doing this. I'm going to ask more questions, I'm going to get more insight and I'm going discuss with others. After all, a great dancer never stops learning.

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