To be an entertainer

Many people have told me that I make the dance look so easy, effortless, fun.

It is fun for me, no question about it, and that always comes through my dance, I know that. And the fun part is dancing with my partners, my sister dancing friends, sharing the love of moving and creating.

Easy? Well, no. It’s not easy. It is hard, sometimes very hard. But that drive to refine is part of my process, my journey. It is very rewarding when I conquer what I’m working on. When I get good at it, it does become easier, when it is in my body, in my muscle memory, when I’ve trained myself to flow and have practiced it a million times. Well then, maybe easier…and maybe not, but I still love it and can share it with you.

That is the role of performer, to share effortlessly, to showcase, or highlight, what is is they do, if they are a master at it. The entertainer has a whole other skill to develop once they learn the action. They need to be able to present it, effortlessly. To be comfortable in their skin.To be an entertainer takes another set of skills, a driving desire from within to want to share, to have a gift for sharing, like a teacher wants to teach, or a wordsmith want to write. It is what they are fantastic at, not just good.

Fantastic takes practice, determination, skill, love,  passion, and the innate ability to pull it off! Woo hoo…to be a champion of their own authenticity. A performer works with creative enthusiasm and empowerment. Empowering oneself as well as the audience.Enthusiasm spreads. Pass it on.

How long does it take to get there? Everyone has different paces and skill sets and time constraints, among a zillion other issues. But don’t give yourself excuses, that won’t work. The most important part of the whole process is to be truthful to yourself, to really know what you want, to know what you are doing, and why. Without peer pressure, meaning you are not performing just because your friend wants you to. Honest evaluation, revealing critiques, hard work, passion. Knowing your limits too. You want to be brilliant, to shine, to glow, to revel in your abilities and knowledge of what you love. Do you want it? How long it takes doesn’t really matter; it is still about the process, the journey, the being in the moment. That is where the power comes from. And the wisdom that you derive from that goes into what you can then put out to the world. Gorgeousness.

So easy, no. Time commitment, yes. Passion, curiosity, desire, ability, soul-craving, heart-opening need…check. Fun, hell yea!

10 Responses to To be an entertainer

  1. When we danced for three hours in a deluge, we understood commitment…to the dance, to the tribe, to ourselves, to our audience. As we stepped and pivoted on and off our squooshy rain soaked oriental rugs, we felt the yumminess of the earth and our sisterhood, and so did our audience. And this was our reward for showing up in our own lives.

  2. I love the thoughtfulness and thought provoking content you present here. The whole performance aspect of this dance or any dance is a subject close to my heart. I was invited and encouraged to get out there performing in public places sometimes in front of huge audiences within a couple of months of taking weekly classes. It was an uncomfortable experience on the whole and sometimes I just felt downright embarressed.!!! I certainly did not feel in my power and gladly quit doing this pretty quickly and focused more on learning instead….thankfully. Its over 9 years since I first started dancing (and I stll have so much to learn), I know and even though I have undertaken dance and teacher trainings with Paulette and come some way since then, I still feel a strong sense of humility and passion to continue learning and growing as a dancer who can be independent and part of a community, troupe/tribe locally and internationally.Since working with Paulette, this is exactly what I have felt and it is so empowering.For me, it rings true to get to this space that you just must put the hours in whatever they need be for each individual to integrate the movement into the body so one can move with ease, passion and power. (for me it takes a lot of time and commitment).Another local belly dance teacher posted a comment on a facepage I set up advertising my dance workshops and classes advising me that this kind of commitment was un-necessary or even a waste of time as all that is required to perform to the public is a group of willing women, nice outfits and good music and the public just love it!!! Well, I for one don’t buy that and I am pretty confident that the general public on the whole are fairly discerning about what they truly enjoy and find inspiring and though some dancers say that they they don’t care what the public think or blindly believe they are loved or even feel the need to be loved .(receive attention in order to feel good about self or important etc.)……I am feeling that it is much more preferable to step out there in your power which goes beyond the outfit and music….to be inspired, inspiring, connected, creative, at ease…gorgeous, yes!!! 9 years after stepping onto the platform, I am only now really beginning to feel its a place I can really only just begin to explore…..and on a final note, it is the teachers out there with operate with integrity who facilitate making this possible, teachers like Paulette…and thats why I just keep coming back for more. Yeah!!!!xxSun Fyrexx

  3. What a fun discussion! I have had friends who just come alive onstage; of course they have been dancing (in many gendres, taking classes, etc.) most of their lives. For me, starting to dance as an adult, this was not so natural; other than participating in recitals/student nights I did not become a performer until DECADES of study. I find many of my students like to perform so I have become the master presenter of Haflas, with family and friends as the audience.
    To perform in public is another story. I have lovely relatives that tell me of some performances they have seen by bellydance groups (I assume Tribal) at festivals. This is my reality check! The GP (general public) has a whole other set of expectations than perhaps your local supportive dance community.

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