Getting healthy

January 26, 2011

Well, classes are back in full swing now. The burlesque crew is hard at work preparing for our Valentine show on February 5th, and my Level 3 bellydancers are readying themselves for a February 26th performance. The beginners are making great progress, as are the hula hoopers, and the Take It All Off boot camp that Beve and I are co-teaching is one heck of a workout – it sure kicked my butt last week!

Speaking of butt-kicking, I’m on a healthy eating and exercise plan after the excesses of December. I have a couple of pounds to lose and need to tighten and tone generally. I do spend quite a bit of time exercising because of my teaching schedule, but my body gets used to that quickly and I don’t tend to get a great workout from it (except from the exercise based classes like Take It All Off and Bellydance Strength & Technique). I’m taking an extra Flamenco class this semester and a climbing class on Sundays (hello, upper body. I haven’t paid as much attention to you as I should have!), and am doing some extra strength training work at home. I’d like to start running again after awhile, but I like to get into the swing of classes again before tackling too many new things.

New Year’s Resolutions

January 5, 2011

I’m a big fan of making new year’s resolutions. Even if I don’t keep them, I find it helpful to evaluate the things I’d like to work on in life. I’ve made some personal resolutions (such as remembering to floss my teeth!) but I’ve also made some dance related ones this year. Here they are:

1. Videotape myself dancing and watch with a critical eye – I think it would really help me to improve my skills and figure out what I need to work on. This is a little nerve wracking though – I hate watching myself on video!

2. Practice improv regularly – I used to do this a lot and I’ve fallen off it a bit lately. Knowing how to improv is really important especially when gigging – sometimes the stage just isn’t big enough to do what you’ve planned!

3. Keep my office area tidy – being a pack rat and artist-type, I tend to pile things up. I do need to keep a lot of supplies around, but I want to be able to have a clean (even attractive!) workspace.

4. Improve my promotional skills – I don’t really like doing the promotional stuff, but it’s necessary in order to have a successful business. This includes getting some nice business cards printed, increasing my brochure distribution, updating this site regularly, and looking into print advertising.

5. Take a few ballet classes – I’ve wanted to do this for awhile. I think it would help my technique.

Five is enough for now, I think! Happy 2011 everyone.