Today I Danced

Musings on life as a bellydancer



First Attempt In Learning

That’s where I am right now.  And I’m ok with that.

If you’ve been following along you know I’m working my way through the 8 Elements program.  This process is no joke – I often say that it feels like I’m getting my Masters Degree in bellydance.  Going to Phase 1 was a big step for me because it represented really investing in myself as a dancer.  Going to Phase 2 was a big step because it pushed me to the edges of my abilities and made me reach for more.  Going to Phase 3 was a big step because it made me face my fears.  And now, in order to finish Phase 3 and earn the Practitioner certification I’m getting the chance to accept failure as a necessary part of a growth process.

I’m GETTING the chance – for real, it feels like a gift.

I got the results today for my Practical exam – a test I worked on for 3 months.  Daily practice for 3 months with a huge emphasis on what I considered to be the hard part of the test.  Well, I passed the hard part and failed the other half.  Yep – the focus and determination I had to nail the thing that was the biggest challenge for me 100% paid off (yay!) but the other half of the test suffered from that focus (boo!) and needs to be redone.

I am inspired by this taste of failure.  I am thankful for it.  I am ready for the experience to push me to the next level.  And when I pass (WHEN, not if), it will feel so, so good.

Now, off to practice. Robyn Regehr Jersey


  1. First off, I am very proud of you. What you did took courage, strength and passion. You also came away with so much knowledge compared to what you knew on the first day of class. What you are doing now is simply extending your education and learning. Retake the test when you feel ready. As long as you persevere, you will be always be a winner.

  2. That practical is no joke, amazing job on passing the harder 1/2!!!
    Now go get the other half. You. Can. Do. Et. <3!

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