Participating in Charlotte and Aziza’s 12-month programme has completely transformed my bellydance.
As an advanced student of bellydance (but certainly not a professional!) I was wondering what the next steps in my dance journey would be. I’d got a good grounding in technique, had performed in student shows and community events, and was, by all accounts, a reasonably competent student dancer. However, I wanted to challenge myself to be the best that I could be, and to work towards developing the flow, confidence and presence that make bellydance beautiful to watch.
I was initially surprised when Charlotte recommended the programme to me, because I’d assumed that it was designed for people who are professional or aiming to go down that route (I’m actually a financial journalist by day, and bellydance was never going to be a career). However, I’m glad I put any misgivings to one side, because this has been an incredible experience. I’ve choreographed my first solo with extensive feedback from Charlotte and Aziza, committed to a programme of cross-training that has involved adult ballet classes and body combat at my local gym (and this is coming from someone who normally hates the gym), and have even stepped out to perform on my own at haflas and charity events.
I was a bit intimidated at first by the thought of training alongside pro dancers, but my fellow Undeniables have been nothing but supportive and encouraging, and have been very kind in sharing advice with a rookie like me.
Getting one-on-one feedback from teachers such as Aziza and Charlotte is a bit of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so glad I decided to go for it.
The programme has definitely built my confidence beyond dance. It’s developed my self belief and ability to trust my own decisions – both of which are very, very important things for a journalist. I’d say The Undeniables has actually helped me to do my job better, and with more conviction.
It’s also been a great training in time management, as I’ve spent the last year carving out pockets of time here and there to do drills, get down to the gym and work on choreography while having a busy full-time job.
I’d really recommend this programme to anyone who has a day job/primary career but wants to have an artistic life outside of that.
It IS totally possible to have both!