Professional Atlanta belly dancer, Karmelita, discusses the benefits of taking a break from belly dance in order to recharge your shimmy batteries!
During the month of October, I performed primarily at Six Flags Over Georgia's Fright Fest, doing the Freak Show with my honey, the Ringmaster. There were less than 4 nights total that I spent in a Middle Eastern restaurant as the majority of my time and energy were spent on the bed of nails, staple guns, and eating fire for the delight of thousands! Tonight is my first night back to the “old grind” at Taverna Plaka, a popular and friendly Greek restaurant in Mid Town, and I'm actually looking forward to it! After facing some burnout and exhaustion, taking a break to do Fright Fest was one of the best decisions I've made in a while. If you are a full time gigging dancer, taking a short break can be a big benefit for you, too!
Repairing Your Body and Your Mind
Behind the glitz and glamour, we dancers stress and work hard to entertain. As convenient as it would be, we don't exactly “wake up like this”...unless we were too lazy to take a shower after a gig! Dancing full time is hard on the body and if you do it long enough without appropriate rest, you can and WILL injure yourself!
Taking a mini staycation is good for the brain, too! Get lost in a book or a good puzzle, do something else with that machine besides counting “5-6-7-8” and worrying about whether traffic will make you 15 minutes late to your gig!
Life Events, Laundry, and Love
Let's face it. Dance is your life. It's my life, too! But don't forget you are sharing that life with other people. Think of all the parties and dates you've had to miss because you have to work every Friday and Saturday! Taking a short break will be good for your social life and personal life. Catch up on your favorite TV show with your partner and get some much needed chores done around the house without stressing about work.
**Do as I say, not as I do. I think I did like ONE load of laundry the whole time! LOL
Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
It's true for the most part! While I'm sad that I won't be able to do Fright Fest for a whole year, my passion is reinvigorated for dance! My brain is swimming with fun ideas for costumes and numbers, I'm looking forward to seeing my venue owners and regulars again, and I can't wait to see my fellow dancers and what they have come up with on their own since I saw them last!
So there you have it. If you start feeling that burnout and exhaustion creeping up on you, save up some cash and take at least a week off. Seriously! You will feel a million times better and come back with a vengeance!