We had a show Sunday at the Akron Oddmall. At the show I somehow cut open my left heel. A seriously deep, bloody cut. How?? I don’t know. I was dancing in a sword piece with two other dancers and I felt something going on with my heel. I brushed it off because what could I do?? There was a sword on my head and I was in the middle of a routine. And everyone knows I only leave the stage when my top falls off (happened once), or when I’m going to pass out (happened once).
So I must list things I did not leave the stage for so I don’t seem weak. I did not leave the stage: when I broke my toe mid-routine, when I stepped on glass and it was trapped in my foot, when I had food poisoning (miserable), and now when I cut my heel open.
Anyway, I didn’t know about my bloody heel until the next routine when another dancer, Nikki, was standing behind me and said, “Oh, Jez. Your foot.” I looked at it. Bloody mess. But again what could I do. I finished the show with bloodiness added to our visual appeal and went home to treat my foot. It wasn’t so bad. You don’t feel much mid-show. My broken toe was worse pain. That was mid-show too and again, what could I do??
Belly dancing is hard on feet. But it’s awesome. Totally worth dancing through the pain of an occasional injury. I’m no football player. I only got a concussion from a show once. But that’s another story.