Sunday, November 6, 2011

Coughing my brains out

Days 307-310 of practice, sorta.

Well, my year of dance kind of fell apart with this sickness. I flat out did not practice on Thursday and Friday. I was so sick, and in such a bad mood from being sick, that it just didn't happen. But you know what, I'm okay with that. I've been doing this for over 300 days and I only missed one before, also when I was sick. So I think I've proven that I can practice every day. I'm going to continue onward, having acknowledged the fact that sometimes I am physically and/or mentally incapable of doing anything that truly resembles dancing. From now on, sick days will be for non-physical dance journey enrichment -- maybe I'll spend the day watching videos on YouTube, or sorting through new music, or reading a belly dance magazine or on-line articles.

Anyway, the weekend was full of dance. I went to the Plaza de Anaya Intensive, featuring Elizabeth Strong and Silvia Salamanca. I couldn't fully participate, due to low energy and coughing fits, but even sitting on the sidelines and taking notes when I got too tired was fun and inspiring. Plus the show pretty much knocked my socks off! Other fun parts of the weekend were carpooling with Jolie and getting to know her better, spending the weekend with my great friend Jen, and being paired up with awesome fellow Tucsonan Gina and my beading belly dance friend SaraBeth for an exercise in upper Egyptian group dancing :) All that and I got a badass femme fatale hairclip from local vendor extraordinaire Kyla, as well as DVDs from both instructors so I can pick up more of their style when my health improves.

Now I'm left with a horrendous cough but a strong desire to dance (especially since my husband found more awesome music tonight), so I'm facing a week of going to my dance classes but dancing at partial capacity -- Jolie has already given me permission to skip the torturous crunches, push-ups and hip bridges during her warm-ups, probably because she's had to listen to me cough all weekend :)


  1. Sorry it took me a week to post, my cold has turned into walking pneumonia. Ugh!

    Anyway, it was fun dancing with you, too. Are you talking Amanda Rose's Folkloric workshop in Dec.?

    I'm keeping an eye on whatever is happening on Jan. 14th & 15th at the Plaza so maybe I'll see you there.

  2. Oh no! It seems like a lot of people have been getting pneumonia from this :( Hope you're better soon.

    I'm torn on Amanda Rose's workshop. The Intensive opened my eyes to how FUN folkloric can be, and I absolutely adore Amanda Rose as a person and a teacher, but I am also really, really tired of driving to Phoenix :(

  3. I'm torn, too. I can't decide if I should sign up for it or wait and see what is going to be happening in January.

    I'm also thinking about taking Meena's Lebanese class on Saturday. I'm also thinking about taking an East Indian Dance class at the college, too.

    So many decisions! I can't decide. I think I need a cookie.

  4. I think I need a cookie, too, but I always think that...

    I'm going to take Jolie's makeup workshop here in Tucson so that will probably be my only December workshop.

  5. Sounds like a good plan. Are you going to do the Jan. workshop?

  6. Which one... the Amy Sigil ones down here? Maybe. Depends on $$$.

  7. No, the Plaza is having some sort of "Save The Date" workshops on Jan. 14th & 15th.

    I looked at the Amy Sigil workshops but I think they may be too tribally for me.

    And of course, there is that whole "dance budget" thing. Once the house remodeling starts I don't think I'm going to have much of a budget for 2012.

  8. Oh, I don't know... it will depend on what they are. But yeah, I'm going to have to seriously curtail my dance expenses next year, too... need to be more choosy about workshops and costuming.


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