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Tried Belly Dancing for the First Time

Saturday, June 02, 2012

7 years ago, when I was at my thinnest point of my adult life, I signed up for a belly dancing course. I had signed up for it after months of being single and not feeling good about myself. I met my husband right before I was supposed to start the course. In my giggly, young, new-relationship stage, I didn't want to be apart from him. Plus, I'm not very graceful. As silly as it sounds now, I was also afraid I was too thin. I actually was thinner than I had intended, but my metabolism was high back then.

I have always loved singing and dancing. Growing up in a house with all sisters, there was lots of girly stuff like that happening everyday, though none of us were great at it. I was very outgoing until I hit pre-puberty, then being self-conscious kicked in.

I have tried going to Zumba classes at my gym. I enjoy the hip hop routines the most, but enjoy the Middle Eastern dance routines a lot, too. I'm at the biggest point of my adult life right now, so going to class with these thin, graceful, young girls is pretty intimidating.

I got some beginner belly dancing and Bollywood dance DVDs towards the beginning of the year. This was the first time that I had tried the belly dancing one. I have yet to try the Bollywood one. I started my new job this week, so I really haven't exercised at all, and was in the mood to try something new. I'm not sure how much of a workout that I really got from it, as I have quite a way to go in learning this. I sweated a lot, so hopefully that's a good sign.

Eventually, I'd like to take a belly dancing course. But more than that, I'd like to feel comfortable and confident enough to take a course, if that makes sense.
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