Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 40
  1. #1
    Member Sherezade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Benoni, South Africa
    Posts
    86
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default How to overcome the... "hippo" feeling?

    First of all, I hope this is the correct place to start this thread. I started BD classes in May and though I'm enjoying it, sometimes when I can't do something alright, I get this... well, I call it hippo feeling. Though my teacher tells me I'm improving, I get the feeling that a hippoppotamus can dance better than me. I don't know if it's just my imagination, if it's part of the process of learning or if it's really me who wasn't made for it, but sometimes I leave the classroom feeling completely frustrated. After 4 months I would expect to have improved more, so maybe this is really not my thing?? I don't know, I don't want to give up but what if I'm just wasting my time and money? Has anyone here ever felt like this? Please, I'd really love to read opinions and experiences. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Member Pleasant dancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Hampshire, UK
    Posts
    192
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Be kind to yourself, give yourself time to learn. This is not an easy dance and sometimes progress can seem to be very slow. Just remember what you were like when you started. Remember that move that you didn't think you would ever get but can now do (even if not very well).

    Four months is not long at all ........

  3. #3
    Member Sherezade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Benoni, South Africa
    Posts
    86
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thank you for your reply. Maybe I'm just pushing myself too hard, but sometimes I really leave the classroom feeling completely frustrated.

  4. #4
    Member LilithNoor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Worcestershire UK
    Posts
    268
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I often get the hippo feeling!

    I find a little dose of Fantasia can help restore me though...

    disney fantasia dance of the hours 3 hippopotamus - YouTube

    It helps me remember that even the clumsiest of creatures can be graceful, and being a beautiful dancer is something that can be learned. And c'mon, dancing hippos, how can that not be awesome?

  5. #5
    Member Sherezade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Benoni, South Africa
    Posts
    86
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks, Lilith! Cute video! Yes, even hippos can be graceful, I guess it's just my own fears playing against me. I had always heard that bellydance improves self-steem (and it probably does) but with me it hasn't been working, though... Maybe it's just me. Thanks for the video, really sweet.

  6. #6
    Senior Member walladah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Greece
    Posts
    727
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default It is inertia... well, i call it that way...

    It happens in all cases we start to learn something new, that we did not work on before, that we have no previous experience about.

    Concerning dance, inertia is not only about the body abilities, but also our mind abilities as well. And guess what? it is common to all people who just start bellydance.

    a) Inertia means that once you have started something new, your mind and body reacts and resists the new situation. Especially, our mind knows the best way to persuade us to stop "i am not good enough, i am awful". In case you do not accept this "inner advice", you are fine. Just continue doing what you do.

    b) Yes, it has happened to me as well, when i started taking formal lesson in bellydance, despite i was dancing since my childhood our traditional version of it. I admit that the first 3 months of lessons i was going home thinking "i cannot believe it, i am dancing as elegant as a cucumber!". But i knew i am lazy, so i said, ok, i will give myself a chance of 6 months or one year to see what happens.

    c) What to do to overcome it? Do not pay that much attention to it! Have fun! Learn what you can and practice as much as you feel comfortable with the new thing (do not practice more than 1 hour per day at the beginning, esp. if you are not sure about the movements, to avoid injuries).

    d) Is this only for beginners? No, my friend! It will appear every time you learn something new in bellydance! A new movement, a new style, a change of teacher, a new choreography, even a new song might make you mind say "i am clumsy". Yes, it might be harsher in more advanced levels, because it might take you more than 3 months to master a complicated movement or style.

    e) Why does it have to be like this? well, for a very interesting reason: once you get to learn something new, all oldies seem easier and you will see this to be more obvious after the first 3 months. Why? Inertia will always try to make a compromise with you, every time you want to learn more. I mean, once you are learning f.ex. a simple hip drop, you might "feel like a hippo" (although you might not dance like that at all). Once you have worked enough on hip drops, and you start working f.ex. in side-to-side hip-beat, you will feel like a hippo with this movement but your mind will say "wait a minute, hip drops are better, you know them now, stick with them now, do not bother with this silly hip-beat" and your body will follow. You will be amazed how you can master a movement you have been studying so far once you start learning a new movement.

    f) Yes, the trick to this mind-body trick is to keep practicing and keep learning new things (at some pace, of course). At some point, the inertia start also working to the other direction: you are used to learn new things and practicing and you cannot stop unless your tastes have changed and you do not want any more bellydance in your life. You know, even in physics, inertia works for both immobile and moving objects... For moving objects, it exists, once the object/body has reached some level of movement (velocity, etc) but not at the beginning.

  7. #7
    Member Sherezade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Benoni, South Africa
    Posts
    86
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    That is very good advice and a nice explanation, walladah. Yes, perhaps my mind is very tricky. Good to know I'm not alone. I've been trying to fight the "I can't do it" feeling and that is why I haven't given up yet. What I find more difficult is to combine movements together. We always learn and practice new movements in every lesson, but separately. At the end, our teacher asks us to dance, each of us alone in a circle of all students. I find it SO hard to go from a movement to another, it always feels like something in between is missing and that is when I get the "hippo feeling". She says I'm improving and that I'm not even aware of it, but the clumsy feeling speaks louder, I'm afraid.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    45
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    walladah, i love ur explanation too... i feel like a retard for shimmy (if you happened to read my thread) and now, chest rotation as well (though e retard feeling is not as bad as shimmy).

    i do understand people are different... but we are of the same class, and their shimmy & chest rotation are so much better, making me feel like...

  9. #9
    V.I.P. Yame's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,285
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    How often do you practice at home? The more you practice, the better you will get. If you just go to class once a week and don't practice at home, then you can't really expect to see much improvement.

    Just be sure to practice. And if you already do that, then be patient with yourself. It'll come.

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    45
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    i think i practice chest rotation more than shimmy... it's easier to practice it while sitted... heheh.. but even though i do practice shimmy, it still feel wrong some how... my instructor was saying i'm not relaxing my thigh muscles enough which i forgot to ask her what she meant, and how to relax...
    Last edited by ic3st0rmer; 08-21-2011 at 01:33 PM.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •