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:
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.)
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?