Mirrors are intimating to new students, but the importance of practice feedback from belly dancing movements is critical and many of us will mount mirrors in our living quarters as a necessity to aid practice and rehearsal sessions.
In the beginning we use mirrors which we can find in the bathroom, bedroom, or with luck in the living room. Along with the lack of mirrors is space to move our arms and do traveling floor patterns.
Beginning Mirror Attempts:
1. Small mirrors on the walls do help with facial expressions.
2. Medium-sized mirrors help with smaller shoulder and chest movements.
3. Portable full-length mirrors help with seeing the entire body but little help for arm movements.
One mirror which I found most helpful was the removal of a dresser mirror leaned at an angle against a stable wall. This mirror allowed complete head to toe and arm widths to be seen. Traveling movements were difficult to see.
Types of Mirrors:
Mirror surfaces are available in glass, acrylics, and polyester and priced from free to very expensive. The various applications are useful for both temporary and permanent installation.
Caution: Renters need to check with their landlords for permanent applications and homeowners need to think carefully of the advantages and disadvantages of glue adhesives. Some can destroy walls when mirrors are removed.
1. Mounted onto walls
2. Installed in portable frames,
3. Portable construction and moved about on rollers,
4. Foldable varieties
1. Mirror retailers specializing in home gyms, fitness, or dance applications.
2. Retailers selling their display stock when going out of business
3. Home owners selling or giving away large mirrors because they do not know how to dispose of them safely
4. Swap meets, flea markets, garage and yard sales
Home Practice Space:
The second most important item for students is their practice space. And this can be at a premium in a home or an apartment.
1. Moving furniture against a wall to open up floor space is common. Some students will purchase 12 x 12 square mirrors which can be mounted on the wall. These mirrors provide the reflection you need and will also add to the room décor when not in use.
2. You may consider adding a small dance studio to your house or converting a bedroom, attic, closet, office space, or basement into a studio space
3. Convert a section of the garage as your private dancing arena.
Students who are able to solve mirror and space problems will improve and benefit their practice and rehearsal sessions. Practicing with these corrections will be more pleasurable and beneficial.