Do you ever wonder what makes you happy? Not just the little things, but what makes you happy in life? The lock-down in the Netherlands has been extended in the past couple of weeks and it’s been on my mind. What are things that I miss the most?
Writing blogs and making costumes is something that I didn’t dedicate much time to in the last couple of months. I enjoy the process of making things but I currently lack the focus of sitting down and concentrating on making something. I decided to give you a general update every now and then on this blog even if it’s not about making costumes. Instead I’ve been focusing more on healthy habits. Walking the dog and enjoying nature, making sure that I don’t sit behind a screen all day and fitting in at least thirty minutes of cardio every day. I am often hopping or randomly dancing around the living room after eleven o’ clock much to the amusement of my husband.
Dance wise I’ve kept in touch with my dance friends through video conferencing. We invited a percussionist for a percussion workshop at the start of October when it was still allowed to teach music classes. It was so much fun! Drumming definitely has a bit of a trance like thing going on where I can get lost in playing the same rhythm over and over again.
A lot of energy went into keeping my belly dance classes going. With changes in the lock-down, we found creative solutions to keep going. I am now teaching an online dance class on Mondays and if we’re allowed to have live group classes again, a limited amount of students can attend the live class on Wednesdays. Teaching my classes is a moment I look forward to every week.
I have finally started experimenting with a green screen for dancing and I made a little try out video to see what type of effects I can use. Creating videos is time consuming but also fun, challenging and with a result that I can share with the world. I miss live performances and this is one way to keep my love for performing alive. The upside of using the green screen is that I can also take recent pictures of the costumes that I made so I can update this blog when I feel like it.
At home the birthday season has started, as all our birthdays are in November and December, plus we have Sinterklaas, Christmas and New Years Eve. Celebrating the birthdays of our children turns out to be a challenge. Between both of us working, our oldest daughter had a fever last week so we decided to self quarantine for at least ten days and I hope nobody gets a fever or falls ill in the next couple of weeks. There will be cake, decorations and presents 🙂 I might post about this years cake as I am planning a unicorn cake.
I am grateful for my family, for our health and for my husband and I to still have a job in these trying times. My heart is heavy for all the people working in cultural sector, for museums, dance schools, theaters who are having a really hard time. I am supporting artists online as much as I can.
Stay healthy, stay safe and see you soon!
I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , subscribe to my Youtube channel, follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram.