Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ArtLook4U: "Dramatic Christmas Party" look

ArtLook4U: "Dramatic Christmas Party" look:   Love this look! I kinda of wish she had step by step instructions but I think I can figure it out by what she posted.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Returning from Illness

Today I am coming back to my workout schedule after being sick for a week. During this time I did not workout and had trouble breathing and sleeping. When coming back from an illness it is good to keep in mind that you will not be where you were before you got sick. Stamina and strength levels will be lower than when you last worked out. The longer you are ill, the greater the difference.

For that reason, you want to allow the first week back to be an easier week than you would have done prior to getting sick. Injury and another illness can be the consequences of rushing into a heavy workout. For this purpose I am reducing the intensity of my workouts and trying to break them out through out the day to allow for rest between sessions. Slowly over the next month I will increase the intensity and duration of the sessions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Videos, Choreography, and Perfecting the Art

I have been scouring the internet for new videos to drool over. I don't have the money right now to buy any, but I'm still looking. Today I asked myself why. I have a good number of videos and dvds that I have yet to fully learn from. Choreography that I have yet to learn all the way through. Most choreography that I did know, I don't remember now. I also remembered that Rachel Brice stated once that she first learned by doing the Suhaila Salimpour videos and then taping herself til she looked like Suhaila. That got me thinking.

I have the Suhaila Salimpour videos. They are on VHS they are so old. I have to say though that I never learned the choreography. Part of the reason is that she does the choreography facing you. So if you mirror what you see you are stepping left when she is stepping right. I decided today that I am smart enough to overcome that and that I will learn the choreography. I am gong to start with the beginner.

I plan to do this one section at a time. I can't tell you how many sections there are but she breaks down 4 combinations and then puts them together for the first section. Today I did the breakdown twice through to putting them together and then the together with music and no instruct three more times. It was about 25 minutes with my VCR rewinding between.

How I looked doing it I can't tell you. I am hoping to get the funds up to get a video camera before month's end so that I can see my progress. Once I am have learn this choreography I plan to start alternating between ones I learned but have forgotten and ones I have yet to learn. With taping and then watching myself I should be able to know when there is no energy in my hands or my face gets a weird expression. That way I don't just know the steps but I am polished as well.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Changing my fitness plan

Fitness plans need to be flexible to change. If a plan doesn't fit the person doing it, they will not keep it up. With that in mind I looked at my reasons for not working out as much this week as I planned. I realized that my plan was too hard for me to stick to.

I took the same principle that BodyRock.tv uses and used just basic exercise.

Timer: 6 sets with 10 seconds off and 50 seconds on
Reps: Maximum
1. Squats
2. Left Lunges
3. Right Lunges
4. Pushups
5. Situps
6. Swimmers

I am going to change the Swimmers to slow swimmers on the ball. The swimmers were too easy. I am looking for the perfect level of challenge.

Timer 12 sets with 5 seconds off and 25 seconds on
1. Speed Skaters
2. Jumping Jacks
3. Alternating side kicks
4. Alternating side jabs
5. Side Jumps
6. Alternating front kicks

When I get used to the moves for the strength I plan to replace them with plyometerics. For the cardio, I plan to increase the duration to increase the intensity.

Today I did both the strength and cardio. It took me 21 minutes including warmup and cool down.
squats 20
left lunges 13
right lunges 12
pushups 3
modified pushups 7
situps 8
swimmers 50

Monday, March 14, 2011

What more energy would mean to me.

I've been asked to think about what more energy would mean to me. What would I do with it? How would it effect those around me?

I think the number one thing that more energy would do for me is actually DOING more. Not just watching YouTube videos or surfing the internet for ideas, but actually using those ideas. Actually making the costumes and coming up with the dances. Actually making the household items. Actually cooking the healthy meals at home.

Right now I am so stuck on not having the energy to workout, or cook, or clean that things just pile up. As they pile up, depression and despair settle in to stay. So I think the heaviest weight I have to remove to start my journey is just that, depression and despair. Without those I will be able to start to make the choices that will lead to a better life and a better dancer.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dance Magic 2010

One week ago was my studio's huge theater production. It was my troupe's first year in the show and my second year. I was only in one number so much of my time back stage was helping others through their quick costume changes. Some of the girls are in multiple troupes that have multiple numbers.
Today I am going to talk about backstage etiquette. Most new dancers don't know what to do and what not to do during a show. This can lead to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It can also lead to hurt feelings and losing friendships. Most is basic common sense, but when you are filled with pre-stage jitters common sense can go out the window.

Rule #1: Use as little of a space as possible. If you can leave it at home, do. If you can change at home, do. The less things everyone brings the less crowed the backstage will be. If you are in only one number or only have one costume, don't expect that there will always be space for you to change.

Rule #2: Ask the people who will be around you if they need your help during rehearsals. If they say no, just stay out of their way. During the show you can break their concentration by asking. This also lets them know that you support their dancing as well as your own. Also, don't be surprised if they say no during rehearsal and then ask your help during the show. Half the troupe seated next to us was in another troupe and it seemed all their zippers got stuck!

Rule #3: Keep track of the line up yourself. Depending on others to do so can backfire in many ways. While most productions have stage managers, they might be putting out a fire while you need to be getting to your spot. Other dancers in your number might be in the restroom or a different dressing room.

Rule #4: Be ultra polite. Nerves will be on edge and that makes everything more grating. Saying please and thank you will help.

Rule #5: Be quiet. Most backstage areas are not soundproofed so the performers can keep track of the show. This also means that the audience can hear loud noises from the dressing rooms.

Depending on the show there will be other rules. Some of the more common are; where to use sprays, where to smoke, watching the show during performances, etc. Most dance companies and/or stage managers will write these up and hand them out. If you are not given anything following the above rules should get you through just fine.

The picture is of my troupe at our show. We did an afro-industrial number inspired by Shakra. That was only my pod, I'm the one in front. There were three pods.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011 Workout

Today I did the Feb. 28th workout from Bodyrock.tv. Because I am not in good shape yet I did only 15 reps for each exercise (or 8 per side for alternating). For this rep count, the workout took me 10:35:09. My max heart rate was 186 so it is safe to say that it kicked my butt even at a lower rep count. Overall workout with warmup and cooldown was 27:56 and burned 256 calories.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Starting Point

Today I start a journey to become a better dancer. That may sound like a petty goal to some, but it is a motivation that will help me along the steps that I have to do to become better. I know that to become a better dancer I have to remove other obstacles in my way. So that you understand the journey, I will tell you about the beginning.

I am a bellydancer. I would rank my current level as beginner-intermediate. The things that are standing in my way of becoming better are; my weight, lack of practice space at home, and confidence.

My weight is an issue because I am 100lbs. over weight. As a result, I have less endurance than I would need to make it through a full set. Also, moves don't ever look sharp. I know that I don't want to ever become too skinny. That would lead to my shimmies being nonexistent. I want only useful junk in my trunk! lol

Lack of practice space at home will limit anyone wanting to make true progress with their dance. Daily studio time is not always available and practicing skills and routines daily is what makes them look flawless and effortless. My lack is just due to the clutter that is in my house.

My confidence is truly just plain not there. Now, that is not to say that I can't fake it. Faking it will only get you so far though. That internal self-doubt will show through to the trained eye. If the stress on the performer is really bad, it would not even take that.

So those are going to be my four main topics of writing about; dance, weight loss, cleaning, confidence. I will try to do two blogs a day. One with that days topic. One with that day's progress report.