There's no way around it -- being a good dancer requires a lot of dedication. It means going to class every week, and practicing at home, and showing up to troupe rehearsals. It's hard to believe that once upon a time, I thought it was enough to take a single 1 hour class a week and occasionally practice a bit at home.
Today I had two hours of Tucson Tribal Belly Dance Collective practice. About half of the troupe was absent, but we made due without them and worked on our set as well as some general practice. It seems like the group is getting more comfortable with each other, which is good. It's important for us to be able to offer gentle corrections and to also not be shy about coming up with new ideas and sharing them with the group. Sometimes we get a little too caught up in new ideas, but it's all good.
I also ran the Fire & Gold choreo, which means I successfully made time for it every day this week! Dedication is the word of the day.