Dancing with m’self

My “try something new” goal for January was: DANCE!

I’m a creature of habit. I’ve been religiously attending classes at the Sydney Dance Company for several years now. I’ve gravitated towards the same classes: lyrical. Jazz. Contemporary. Ballet. So, this year, I decided to do something new! I found a voucher for unlimited dance classes at a studio in one of my favourite suburbs, so I was in.

I know it doesn’t sound as “revolutionary” — so I’m going to another studio, big deal. But really… I realised that I was too much in my comfort zone at the SDC. I had been going to the same teachers (who I love, don’t get me wrong!) but I wanted to try something new.

So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying a whole heap of classes and it has been super fun! Not only has it jump-started my fitness after the holiday season, there are a few classes which are sooo different compared to what I’m used to which I’ve realised I really like, that I’m thinking of continuing after my voucher runs out:

Contemporary improv
I’ve always been taking classes where we’d be following choreography… but I’ve always wanted to be able to dance to music, just “feeling” the music and moving my body the way I wanted to. This was really good at helping me become more comfortable with myself. (Note: this is not my teacher, this is the founder of the style of contemporary improv we do, talking about it.)

African dance
Pardon the grainy video quality! I nicked this video from the dance teacher’s Youtube and it’s a couple of years old. It’s really tiring, as you can see — a lot of jumping and big movements. I like it because it’s sooo different from what I’ve done before! And I love the drum beats.

Also, I’ve been attempting more difficult classes. I really, really want to get a lot better at dancing this year, and I realised that I had to push myself and challenge myself a lot more. I can tell that I’ve improved from doing my ‘regular’ classes, but I can improve so much faster if I just push myself more. So push myself I will!

I’m also trying to write more this month… it’s already mid-February, whaddayaknow?

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