Last Sunday, I did my first public solo belly dance performance at Anaheed's Dancer's Swap Meet. I've danced at public events as part of a group and have done a couple solo performances in front of classmates and friends. But this was my first solo at a public event. I am shy by nature, so dancing in front of a hall full of strangers was a bit nerve-wracking (and scrambling to get to the stage & get ready because I didn't get my 5-minute warning didn't help). It definitely wasn't a perfect performance, but I felt like it was at least decent. People told me it looked good. I was fortunate enough to have lots of friends in the audience, despite the awful storm that day.
I'm glad I did it. It's good to get out of my comfort zone. Plus, it gives me an excuse to buy & wear pretty costumes (or at least make my own--full costumes are expensive)! I know performing in public will get better & easier with more experience, so I plan to sign up for some more events this year.
Here's a photo my husband took during my performance. If anyone else took photos, please send me copies!