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    Yes do set your BD bag near the door, then you will decide it isn't going to to a class by itself, it needs you to carry it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post
    Mosiac, thank you! Im literally telling myself over and over the things in your response.

    I really appreciate the outfit suggestions. You know ive got SO many decent practice outfits that would make me feel good about myself, i just got so silly nervous that i needed to hear some practicality (like, what to wear to class and what to bring).

    I will set out some yoga pants and matching tank, i already have some cute non-jingly hip scarves.You know ive been putting together a bellydance class bag, i just need to set it near the door,lol.

    I am hoping to gain friends, even one friend. I plan on putting as much positivity out as i can.
    I am painfully shy and went through all of the thoughts and fears you expressed in your earlier post. The thought of putting myself out there in a new situation, on my own was just terrifying.

    My teacher was fantastic and introduced everyone before the class started which helped to break the ice. Then, once things got started I was too busy following to have time to think about myself!

    Wearing something you are comfortable in is very important. It helps to give you that extra bit of confidence to wear your best smile and dive in. As for diversity, most BD groups I have seen are very diverse. At one stage we had in my class a 10 yr old girl up to a 60 year old and all body shapes represented.

    I wish you all the best, I have made some lovely friends and I know you will too

    Now I am going through something similar as I contemplate taking a second class with a new teacher in a new area...I haven't had the courage to even ring the teacher yet!

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    Hi Taslin, fellow shy person here. Acknowledge your fears but don't let them stop you from doing what you want to do.

    I've been belly dancing for 4 years now, but still every time I have to perform at a new place for a different crowd, or attend a new class, or a workshop with someone I've never taken workshops from before, or a private class with anybody, I get very nervous. It's not knowing what awaits me that makes me insecure.

    But, if I allowed this nervousness to keep me from doing those things, I would not have grown as a dancer. It's my determination to keep learning more and keep getting better that gives me the courage to try out those new things. And, let me tell you, I have never regretted doing any of it.

    You'll be fine! Just do it!

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    I can relate to this! Though, I just took the plunge and added a 2nd teacher and am SO glad I did. She's very technique oriented as I'm used to, and is a great compliment to the style of my first teacher.

    If I might share a similar anecdote that just happened today: I started a BD conditioning class at a gym across town today. I called ahead to ask if it was more of a technique class or a fitness class, to which the receptionist didn't hesitate to reply it was the latter. So off I went in search of a fun workout.

    I got into the class, and the instructor was all decked out in gothic attire, and for a health club "fitness" class she claimed that this was "all technique, honey". Now, I am no BD pro, but I've been taking for almost 6 years from some very technique oriented dancers (are you familiar w/Sadie and Kaya?...SO lucky to have them here), and today's instructor could not stay away from me, correcting my snake arms and hip circles (she was doing some strange hybrid half figure 8, and calling it a hip circle), her snake arms were rising clear above hear head (which we were always taught to keep all movement below shoulders and angle elbows to the back), and her other hip was all over the place, as were her knees. Again, different people have different styles, but I KNOW at least 2 of my previous instructors would have been all over me to change if they saw me doing what she was teaching the class. Her instruction was very fast-paced, and she left out the basics going right into combo moves. She ended the class (mind you, a first for a bunch of the girls!) with a rather tribal looking choreography and calling it Egyptian cabaret.

    Now, I don't mean to digress too much, but it took all my might to NOT adopt exactly what she was doing technique-wise while she was standing right in front of me, but to STILL smile and be quiet and respectful to her as an instructor. I did not go and do my own moves (I'm aware this can be threatening and distracting for some instructors), but I have it so ingrained in my head to do certain basic moves in a technical way (isolate hips, don't involve knees, don't involve torso, etc.)...so, my own nerves about starting another class were confirmed in fear that I was being pointed out for having a different technique (and corrected for it, to my slight embarrassment). But, the moral of the story was that I survived, and ended up having a decent time getting a workout...realizing that this was my choice to go and I was having fun. And I learned that not all instructors are technical...ha!
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    Thank you all so much for sharing. Hearing other's experiences has a calming effect.

    Astro_girl that is like a first class nightmare come true! and you did survive...and hopefully now you even laugh. I was actually chuckling as i read that, i know it must have felt awful but in type it sounds like a situation that is soo bad you just have to laugh over it later. much later. lol.

    I know Sadie is controversial but i am taking a workshop with her in Columbus, Oho in May hopefully. She is very technique oriented as you say and because of her technical skills i hope to be able to attend.

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    I DiD IT! Totally loved my first class with this instructor.

    i will also say that it really became glaringly obvious what u can NOT get through self teaching from dvd's like i have been as of late. She explains the names, artists and background of each song and is very very good at making sure we are aware of what style at all times, and takes class feedback on preferences of style. Dvd's just cant give ass diverse of an education as they are usually 1 topic/style, and they focus on technique.

    I also bought an instructional cd explaining the music. it was great.
    The class flew by, i cant wait to go back!

    thanks for the push ladies, i had my bag by the door and no excuses :o)
    Last edited by Taslin; 04-26-2011 at 11:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post
    i will also say that it really became glaringly obvious what u can NOT get through self teaching from dvd's like i have been as of late. She explains the names, artists and background of each song and is very very good at making sure we are aware of what style at all times, and takes class feedback on preferences of style. Dvd's just cant give ass diverse of an education as they are usually 1 topic/style, and they focus on technique.
    Glad to hear you finally took the plunge and that it worked out for you. It sounds to me like you are lucky to have found a wonderful teacher.

    I just want to add that although it's true one can't get an education from DVD's that is as well-rounded as the education a teacher like yours can give, there are a LOT of teachers out there who teach precisely the way you describe DVDs... a focus on moves, with very little background information and even very little feedback.

    Thankfully, you didn't get one of those teachers! Enjoy your class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post
    I also bought an instructional cd explaining the music. it was great.
    Which cd is it? I'm curious to know as I'm always wanting to learn more than my teachers have time to tell us about.

    SO glad you had a very positive first experience...now you're hooked!?!?
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    Astro i am for sure hooked.

    The CD and companion DVD are "shake em up bellydance drum solos" with her friend Carmine Gouda and performances by Raja and sarah skinner. I got the CD-so i can learn artists, styles and etc. info is listed w/ each song.
    It Came with a "rythm response card" that teaches the doum, tek, ka (pictures of hand placement on the drum included) and has rythms such as masqum, baladi, saidi and ayub? Karachi written out.<Greek to me btw,lol. I mentioned i was interested in getting more knowledgable of the music so this one seemed a fit to purchase. if i sound ignorant on the topic its because i am, i totally look forward to learning more about the music.

    Im pretty pleased with what i gained in one class :o)
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    Wow Taslin, congratulations on finding an amazing class and finally getting yourself to go!!! Is it Sadie you're studying with? I haven't had a chance to study with her, but from fellow dancers who did I hear she is a good teacher and pretty amazing technique-wise!

    As a fellow shy-person as well I can totally relate, as I went to class because my teacher-to-be at that time (my history teacher in high school, lol) basically killed any and all excuses I had for not going.

    Happy I did it, looking back over 8 years of dancing now . It changed my life completely.

    Good luck and have fun on your bellydance-journey!! It sounds like you've found the perfect fit and are eager to learn. Also, have a great time at your first hafla's, please report back!

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