Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Forgetful Student Syndrome

The Beginners Forgetful Syndrome

One of the most popular concerns among students who first take dance classes is the fact most of them feel that the minute they step out of the class they completely forget the lesson they just went over. But this is a common part of the learning process. It takes a while for the brain and the body to absorb the movements. It normal to feel as if you can't remember everything by the time you get home. But not to worry, because you are learning the movements you need to just give it some time.

Even professional dancers experience this sometimes. If your body is learning a completly different new way of movement, it's normal to feel temporary forgetful. Think of it as your own mind & bodies way of telling you "Hey, what is this thing your making me do? It's freaking me out and I'm not going to obey" and in response to that notion your body tries to make you forget. But again don't worry, your brain has a backup drive where the information is always been stored-- it's all about retrieving the information.

Here are a few pointers to help you remember the movements and improve your dance skills...

*Focus on the way your body feels in class, pay attention to the muscles and relax.
*Go over the movements again and again in your mind as you head home. If you can take notes in class
*When its time to practice on your own, go over which ever movements you do remember.
*Even if you could only remember one movement, it's ok. Go over it many, many times to master it.
*Make practice a regular part of your every day.
*Try to make practice feel less like practice and more like part of your everyday movements. For example shimmy while washing the dishes. Practice hip circles while talking on the phone... etc.
*Get used to listening to Middle Eastern music, maybe buy the same music your teacher uses in class so your mind can remember the movements easier.
*Last but not least, have fun. Encourage others to wiggle with you for fun and laughs, come on your bellydancing not doing a math equation!