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    Default My Very First Performance!

    I DID IT! I DID IT!
    All the dancers in the show unanimously decided I had the worst case of stage fright ever, but I did it!
    I messed up...A LOT, but...I DID IT!
    I have a long way to go, but I've come far in a year. I will cherish this experience forever! <3

    Here's the video from the show:


    First Belly Dance Performance - Raq'n Across the USA Show - YouTube


    Hope you all enjoy!

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    Wow! That's a wonderful first solo!
    Great hips and costume!
    You should be very proud and you don't have any reason to be quite so nervous the next time
    Thank you for sharing, I did enjoy it.
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    How cool!

    The purpose of the first solo is to get you used to the idea of being on stage by yourself and preferably not falling down. I'd say you did WAAAAAY better/more than that! Great costume, love the color, great shimmies and hipwork, you were with the music, etc, etc. Very good job indeed!

    Now for the constructive criticism: When you discard your veil, discard it somewhere where you won't dance close to it; well upstage or to one side, or even at the very front if you avoid that area. A discarded veil is VERY dangerous. Your audience instinctively knows this - if you dance too close to your discarded veil, they will stop watching your dance and watch your veil instead.

    You are obviously very proud of your performance - and I'm glad to see that because you should be!! You had a lot of poise and grace, and looked great. Wish I'd looked that good for my first - or even my tenth! Don't forget to breathe DEEP and SLOW before you go on! Congratulations!

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    Thank you, Gisela!!! <3

    Thank you, Zorba! And I know exactly what you mean with the veil. Even I couldn't help but worry when I first saw the video...even though I already knew I never tripped! Lol. I wasn't proud at first. In fact, I was pretty mortified. But my audience was so receptive and supportive as are my teachers, I was encouraged to post the video. And to find at least one good thing I liked about my performance. So even though I know I still have a lot to learn (I have less than a year of training ), I'm proud that I got up there in spite of my fears

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marissa-Julia View Post
    I have less than a year of training
    That wasn't evident. You looked new to the stage, but not new to dancing. Congratulations to both you & your teacher. Your teacher for being very good at training students, and most importantly, YOU for putting in a lot of hard work. This is exactly what I mean when I tell my students that you can tell when someone works hard outside of class.

    So well done, you've a lot to be proud of.



    Also, if I may, I'd like to use your video as a motivational example of what hard work looks like on a beginner student.

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    Oh my! Thank you! <3 My teachers are amazing! And I have really fallen in love with belly dance! I'm glad it shows

    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    Also, if I may, I'd like to use your video as a motivational example of what hard work looks like on a beginner student.
    I'd be absolutely honored! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marissa-Julia View Post
    Thank you, Gisela!!! <3

    Thank you, Zorba! And I know exactly what you mean with the veil. Even I couldn't help but worry when I first saw the video...even though I already knew I never tripped! Lol. I wasn't proud at first. In fact, I was pretty mortified. But my audience was so receptive and supportive as are my teachers, I was encouraged to post the video. And to find at least one good thing I liked about my performance. So even though I know I still have a lot to learn (I have less than a year of training ), I'm proud that I got up there in spite of my fears
    Nothing at all to be mortified about - and there's PLENTY to be proud about with that video/performance!

    Another tidbit one of my teachers told me after a particularly *BAD* performance on my part: If you're not screwing up on stage, you're not onstage enough! It happens to EVERYONE. It isn't what happens, its how you handle it when something goes wrong. But again - you didn't have anything "go wrong" with this performance - I'm just sayin' for when the time comes that something *does* go wrong!

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    So proud of + happy for you, Riss!

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    Thank you, Zorba! I now look forward to my first performance going wrong...means I'm really dancing

    AyaKara! Thank you!!! <3

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    From head to toe you looked like a dancer~ the hair, the costume, the pose. Lovely dancing and it looked like you were having fun. The audience had a positive response. Great job!

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