AHHHHHH!!!! Talk about my ultimate dream hobby!! Combining my favorite pastime of bellydancing with my new found love of hula hooping? YES PLEASE!
So I have been watching videos of this dancer in complete awe (as well as other dancers, both belly dancing and hula hooping), wondering if I could ever in a million years be that good. I want to be. The thing is, I'm not really the most coordinated person, and I don't have much rhythm. I can dance, mostly because I practice, but I don't have much of a natural knack for it. Sometimes I think, "If only I had started when I was young!". I so regret never having the confidence to do anything like this when I was a child or teenager. If I had then maybe I'd be amazing at it now instead of wishing I were.
But it's never to late to learn something new right? Ok, so this is what I figure. I'm not naturally good at dancing, but so much of it has to do with dedication and practice. I don't have much time to dedicate to practice these days (back before I had kids I would just bellydance around my living room every day and practice my choreographies for hours), but one day I will. I am only 30 now, so I figure that if I give myself a few years to get past having babies and raising small children, then once things calm down in that area of my life a bit I will be able to pursue my dreams a bit. Of course I will keep doing what I'm doing now, praciticing when I can. There is no reason not to! But be warned, once the doors open up, I'm going all out! I would love to take dance lessons in a variety of styles to improve my coordination, balance, and rhythm. I'm game for anything - ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, latin - anything that's fun and has music. Even if I don't love it the way I love bellydance and hooping, it would still be good for me. Awhile back I tried my hand at hula dancing, and didn't like it, mostly because the teacher wasn't that great. But I would try hula dance again, and maybe even other cultural dance like Tahitian, African, and Indian. I actually took a few short workshops before on African, Indian, and Irish dance, and they were all a lot of fun (especially the African), so I would be game to try them all again.
So yeah, sometimes I get a little down that I didn't start dancing sooner in life or because I'm not that great, but then I remind myself that there is still time.
Better keep practicing then!