Dancers require a great deal of physical strength in order to perform at a high level. It requires a great deal of flexibility and endurance to be able to perform. The amount of practice that is required is crazy. Professional dancers dance all day and then perform at night. Can you be on a treadmill all day and then perform at night too? It’s crazy to think about it.
Do Dancers get Respect?
That really depends on who you ask. One dancer interviewed indicated that she gets messages from men requesting photos of herself and attention that is unwanted. “People often mistake your dancing as being erotic when really all it is you are doing is moving your body to the music. It is the physical expression of music vibration. But because the movement of the body may be considered arousing by some, somehow the artists must be wanting attention.”
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
Dancers are just moving their body and enjoying the music and having a good time. Just because one gets turned on doesn’t mean that somehow there is any type of connection between the dancer and the audience. Yes the audience is part of the performance but that doesn’t mean you can say disrespectful things to a dancer or even think that the intent is to get attention. It’s the untrained eye that doesn’t realize the strength, flexibility, grace, musicality and timing that is involved in dancing. But now that you know this, you’re forgiven for your past transgressions because you didn’t realize.
I teach Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and I also can't live without conscious dance practices like 5 rhythms and movement medicine. My dance journey has been a bit of an adventure, from getting kicked out of ballet school for breakdancing when I was young to performing burlesque and erotic striptease!
Who’s your favorite dancer?
Kazuo Ohno is one of the creators of Japanese Butoh Dance. He was very spiritual about his dance and I feel so connected with him, I always think of him as a beautiful flower.
What’s your dream?
To own my own vegan cafe, too run a ritual dance theatre company and for humans to live in harmony with all life on planet earth.
What’s your favorite song?
I giorni by Ludovico Einaudi
What’s one wish you hope comes true?
That humans come together in love to save the planet and it's creatures from extinction.
What is your opinion on wellness?
Everyone is different, so find what makes you feel good and is also kind to the planet and do that! Looking after the planet and your body is the same thing essentially, the earth is our mother after all! So every choice we make that is kind to our body is also being kind to Mother Earth.
I am a dancer. I dance at home with my puppy, Amber. It has happened more than once. The first time I wasn’t paying attention because I was doing a video dancing. Amber wanted to dance too. I do have it on video and I think it is pretty funny.
Today I was dancing in my room and just getting into it and not paying attention to my puppy, Amber. Previously she was just laying there. As soon as I started doing some fast hip shimmy’s, she went insane. She started jumping up and then I realized she could feel my vibration.
So dogs feel energy and people feel your energy too (more on that later). It was just amazing to discover this and I just had to share my new discovery.
Also remember that people can feel your energy too. So it’s best to just try to wish the best for every person you see. But if you have low energy, it’s difficult to do that because you are not feeling the best. You are most likely in survival mode.
Anyway dear ones if you have low energy and you want to feel better, the easiest quickest way is just to focus on gratitude. It really works but it’s a habit like anything else.
Diet is also very important but people don’t know what to eat and what not to eat. It’s very confusing. But many people are just stuck on their diet treadmill and can’t see any other possibilities. But you can change your diet. Just make sure you are hydrated. And remember there are many people that would love to help you. You just have to reach out to them.
OK dear one’s, that’s it for now. Have a blessed day and know that you are so loved. More than you realize. XOXO
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy Amber. You can learn more about Valerie here.
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This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all. We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions. That’s when the difficulty comes in. I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?
This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority. Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing. Now maybe you like to get on social media. So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority. After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away. I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.
I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day. If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day. So that’s where that blue f comes into play. This means don’t f your day away.
Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority. Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time. Is that the end of the world? HELL NO. Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.” You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions. But you have to fight for your dreams and passions. (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”). Yeah that was me singing there. But you have to be fierce with it. You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me. Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.
Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party
This is my quick story with this. So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy. Well last year, I wasn’t. Life can get in the way. And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat. But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance. I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast. So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes. It took 6 minutes. I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga. And it did help me to get flexible. I was able to do the splits, believe it or not. But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.
2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying this.
Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.
And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things. But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change. The next step is to decide what else you would like to change.
Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy. You may contact her at email@example.com.
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When I first decided that I wanted to dance at my retirement party, my main motivation was because it was a dream of mine. I wanted to do it because I wanted to see exactly what my capabilities were at age 50. I felt that since I was a yoga instructor and a health coach that I should have the ability to perform and with the proper instruction, anything is possible.
So the dance training began and I found it to be very difficult. I had an injury at the same time I started training so I had to be very careful not to hurt myself. But I knew that I loved dancing and I just wanted to put on this epic performance at my party. I had an interest in belly dancing for years and I had done some training starting in 2008. I took a few classes with a local dance instructor and watched some videos but I hadn’t found a dance instructor in my area that I really was compatible with.
Then in 2015, I had surgery and the Dr. gave me the usual recommendation which was not to exercise for 6 weeks. I really despise that recommendation but of course I followed the Dr’s orders. They told me walking was fine. Yoga was still not an option but the one thing I was able to do was belly dancing. And it just felt amazing on my spine, neck, shoulders and hips. Thus a belly dancer was born.
I soon realized that yoga and belly dancing were very much intertwined with one another.
I kept up the belly dancing and I even taught a workshop at Angeline’s dance studio in 2016. I had previously been a Zumba and U-Jam Fitness Instructor and I felt comfortable dancing in front of people and I knew I wanted to perform at my retirement party in front of my loved ones, but I felt belly dancing alone would just feel completely inappropriate and I knew if I wanted it to turn out good, then I needed professional training and choreography.
I picked the song which was Transcendence by Lindsey Stirling and it had a classical feel to it. Although I used to belly dance at home to that song, I knew that ballet would go nicely with it as well.
At first I wanted to do a partner dance. But it’s difficult to find a partner and I decided to just do private instruction.
So it was going to be a belly dance/ballet fusion dance.
So ballet is very challenging. It’s pilates on steroids as I like to call it. And I was still working at the time and my work was not helping the situation at all. Because all of the sitting was counter productive. But I kept up with the training and the video is the final result.
When I watch the video, I feel happy with certain parts and other parts, I wish were better. But overall, I feel grateful that I had the ability and opportunity to dance and perform especially at the age of 50.
Sometimes when the fear strikes me when I think about releasing a video, I just think well if someone wants to criticize me that’s fine. They can go ahead and do a performance and then we can discuss my performance afterwards.
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor. She recently retired from a Career in Law Enforcement after 26 years. Email her at:firstname.lastname@example.org