This year I've taken a much less shy approach to trying new experiences. Growing up I'd always sit in awe when I saw someone doing a sport or performance onstage, but I never thought I'd be the one to take part in the act. Money and time were scarce. Still, I enjoyed my short moments of glory; in youth I loved chorus, the spelling bee, and award ceremonies.
In college, I find myself more adventurous. I love watching dance and performances involving the body. So last week I took this intrigue and explored it myself onstage! By belly dancing.
I had taken beginner's ballet last year, and actually loved the rigidity of it. So much practice and strict form. Because its precise method, I found ballet very therapeutic. Belly dance is definitely more flirtatious and whimsical. As performance night approached, I spent all of my extra time practicing by yellow light near my study desk. I wanted to perfect it and feel confident onstage. I was proud when I found my friends loving the performance and saying they were inspired by my sass and personality with dance. Little did they know it was my first time performing!
Dance is a wonderful form of exercise. It teaches me patience, to be comfortable in my own skin, and the profound effect practice can have on confidence.