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Belly dancing!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I made a list of things I want to do (fitness-wise)…belly dancing, roller derby (already have my name picked out – Peaches n Creamed! hehe), and long distance running (I miss running so much).

Last year, I started taking a belly dancing class with Zaina Ali (who is awesome wrapped in awesome). I went for a few months and then summer and the aforementioned lack of funds got in the way. I’d really like to make a point of putting aside the money for classes again along with the gym.

The classes were amazing and I felt so alive and happy. The other women in the class were so friendly and open and I never felt anything but completely comfortable. It’s time to shake the dust from my wraps and get back into classes.

If you’re looking for something different to do that will honestly just make you FEEL beautiful, shimmy your way into a belly dancing class. I found two different ones online and emailed the instructors for both. Zaina was so engaging and friendly, even via email. As soon as I walked into the class, I felt comfortable and happy. If you aren’t comfortable, give another instructor a go – just like with any teacher, they all have their own styles and flair.
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    There are dozens of belly dancing videos on YouTube. Many of them have basic moves, instruction, etc. While it may not be as good as a class, it could keep you shaking those hips until you're back in funds.

    Just tried belly dancing for the first time today. Was thrilled at how approachable it is. You can start with such simple, easy moves that still make you feel good.
    3654 days ago
  • HILARY829
    It took me awhile to get the nerves up to go because I didn't want to be in a room filled with a bunch of thin women that made me feel out of place. I had nothing to fear - there was a wide range of body styles and ages. I felt comfortable from the get go!

    And you're right, Carrkm, it really does make you think about your body in a much different way. I felt so feminine and pretty...and so much more empowered! It was the best hour of my week, week after week!

    Usmawife - do it! Find a class near you! I have thought about trying pole dancing, but if I had to choose another dance class, it would definitely be stepdancing. :)
    3734 days ago
    I started dancing in August - LOVE IT!!! :-) It is so fun and makes you think about your body in a whole different way.
    3734 days ago
    I have always wanted to do that and do pole dancing.
    3734 days ago
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