SparkPeople Sparkling Belly Dancers Team Messageboard Everyone is welcome to shimmy: whether you are a performer or wishing you were brave enough to take your first step. We are here to discuss our gorgeous healthy dance journey. SparkPeople Sparkling Belly Dancers Team Messageboard Inspiring Women with Soul Wow, what a nourishing feast of wisdom from Lisa Nichols today about opening to abundance even when everything seems bleak. What a treat that replays are up for 48 hours so there is plenty of time to check it out: <link> </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 22:20:32 EST Essence of Bellydance - Atlanta 2018 Just signed up! Anyone going? Sept 20-23 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:15:02 EST Skin care I have very dry, sensitive skin that's prone to red, itchy patches and doesn't typically respond well -- or at all -- to remedies for dermatitis or eczema. This makes me feel really self conscious (especially when I think about performing, as it often seriously limits what, if any, makeup I can wear). I feel like I've tried everything with no success, including countless doctor visits. <BR> <BR> What are your best tips for not letting minor blemishes get to you, or for keeping skin happy and... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:08:50 EST Body Positive Rebellion Interested in a little guidance in feeling more positive about your body right now? Amber is sharing her journey to radical self-acceptance in the Body Positive Rebellion. No charge, starts December 31st! <link> </link> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:07:05 EST Since I'm bashful... ...and uncoordinated. What are some DVDs I can rent so I don't have to try to start dancing in front of the only computer in the house (I don't want to feel silly in front of my folks) Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:25:46 EST Moving through stress How to beat the holiday stress <link><BR>alancing-act-for-dancers/ </link> Fri, 1 Dec 2017 14:44:22 EST 10 Day Challenge Free ten day challenge to help you practice your art! <link><BR>e/ </link> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 16:15:10 EST Self-Acceptance Summit The Self-Acceptance Summit: How to overcome self-judgment, and live a life of bravery, compassion and authenticity <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ance-summit/free-access </link> <BR> <BR> This free online 10-day summit will have 31 leading experts in the field of self-acceptance and self-compassion. Starts tomorrow on Sounds True. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:28:07 EST Hello fellow belly dancers Just joined and wanted to say hello! I have been dancing for seven years and belong to a wonderful group here in Trenton Ontario. We meet once a week and I try to get in a couple practice hours through the week. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:36:00 EST How did you take care of yourself today? listening to music Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:33:38 EST Hello! Hi there, all... So I am actually really bad at this whole 'introductions' thing (one of those 'perpetual lurker' types) but since I actually want to be meeting people, and having some growth n stuff, I thought I might want to break my own pattern, lol. <BR> <BR> Im Ariel (or Jiniri, depending on if Im performing or not, lol) I have been bellydancing for just shy of 6 years at this point, and while I mostly do fusion, I also dance in tribal format with my group, and have been working in AmCa... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:42:45 EST hello again, again 4th Time to spark people, I think. <BR> Just getting started again. Hope to come over and chat with you all on a regular basis. <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:24:45 EST What to do while you cannot dance You love to dance. But suddenly, your life changed. Due to an accident, an illness, a surgery, or a financial situation, you simply cannot do it. So how do you continue your dance journey? Here are some ideas. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:02:57 EST Belly dance challenge Belly dance challenge for this week: shake your tail feathers! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Who is going to shimmy with me? Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:53:02 EST Hello and thoughts. I was hoping for weekly dance challenges to help me grow, and to meet women committed to supporting each other as sisters. I look forward to getting to know the group. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:32:54 EST Belly Dance Geek The golden hour: How Daylight Savings can help you finally build your practice habit <BR> <link><BR>n-hour/ </link> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:27:52 EST Vintage footage Aida Nour <link><BR>amp;list=RDooyhBfk1WNA#t=1 </link> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:38:15 EST Meditation Summit The Science of Meditation Summit is about the transformative effect of meditation on the areas of our lived experience that shape our happiness, well-being and ability to be of service to others. The five-day online program will begin on 19 October and will feature over 20 renowned thought leaders, leading researchers, and wisdom holders offering their insights and proven practices--all at no cost. <link><BR>ef=2594631ba2 </link> <BR> <em>135</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:26:16 EST Olympic women Fifty photos that show the raw power of this year's Team USA <link><BR>show-the-raw-power-of-olympic-women-te<BR>am-usa-ftw_us_57979c7ee4b0d3568f84a7b0? </link> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:54:54 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm new to this team, but returning to belly dance after about five years. I took classes while I was in college, but moved after graduation and fell out of practice. But I got a new job last year and was thrilled to discover some belly dance classes in my new town. <BR> <BR> I've been having a lot of fun rediscovering this lovely style of dance, and it only made sense to see if Spark had some interest groups for belly dance... so here I am! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:43:39 EST As-sal&#257;mu &#703;alaykum, Shalom, Hopa! Hi wonderful dancers: <BR> <BR> I spoke with the team leader to make sure it was okay to join, I've taken belly dance classes here and there for years, but never gone very far - oftentimes because I was the only large person in the room. <BR> <BR> Well hell. Now I've just turned 50 and I don't let stuff like that bother me anymore. I've been on a "working toward better health" path since February, and naturally incorporate what I know of shimmies and stomach rolls into my daily activities. ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:41:25 EST Hello fellow dancers! Hi! My name is Dina, I'm a 20 year old college student from Puerto Rico, I'm belly dance student and my style is Egyptian <em>30</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not really new to SparkPeople, I've been here for a while but I haven't really used it for sometime, but a lot has happened ever since then so I was looking to rearrange my groups to fit my newer interests and that's how I found this group! <em>247</em> Tue, 24 May 2016 11:06:18 EST Costuming question So I saw this video (<BR>FU) and I kinda like the costuming. I've been trying to figure out they did the headpiece thing that is holding the veils up... <BR> <BR> Anyone got any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 1 May 2016 12:40:35 EST Clothing & Accessories 1. Where can I find full figure hip scarfs? <BR> 2. What shoes or socks do you wear when performing outside? Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:12:18 EST Choreography <link>;pa<BR>ct=132994-130581785-8297323745-a55bd18<BR>d75ce87cae03bdcb06aa43a7db69bb6a0 </link> <BR> <BR> How do I start to write choreography? <BR> <BR> There are probably as many approaches to writing choregraphy as there are choreographers! It comes so easily to some and to others it is a total mystery. I am an improvisational dancer at heart but because I teach, I regularly have to write choreography for my classes. Here are a few techniques and star... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:02:29 EST Hi, I'm new! Just wanted to say hello! I'm part of an ITS troupe, and I'm also learning Egyptian. Looking forward to getting to know you! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:03:16 EST Hello Again Greetings y'all. <BR> <BR> I've been a spark member sine 2009. Since I joined I've left and come back a few times. <BR> <BR> When I began this journey I was homeschooling 3 boys. Now here we are 7 years later and I have one in the Air Force, one is now a Marine and the 'baby' is a freshman in High School. <BR> <BR> I am an instructor who teaches at least 3 nights a week. From my Belly Tot class (pre-shool to Kinder), Hip Belly Princesses (through 5th) and my adult mixed level. I also ha... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 07:20:20 EST Shimmy Mob Hello...have you'll heard of the annual Shimmy Mob its Belly Dancing for domestic violence and its taking place May 14th world wide. Im signed up in my local area of VA.. Here is the site if you want to join or create a team near you. <BR> <BR> This will motivate me to get back to shimming and to support a good cause. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:34:40 EST looking for new food ideas I get in a rut or just want something different. Looking for easy ideas. <BR> <BR> For example, I made a salad today with greens, beets, blueberries, and walnuts. But instead of salad dressing, I put sauerkraut on it. Tangy and nutritious! Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:05:23 EST Shedding the Weight <link><BR>e </link> <BR> <BR> Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit is an all-new 21-day meditation experience from Oprah and Deepak. <BR> <BR> Do you want to feel lighter in body and spirit? Begin an inspirational meditation journey that will shift the way you look and feel. This transformative experience led by Oprah and Deepak, will give you more energy, creativity and light that can last a lifetime. You will discover what nourishes your entire... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:00:10 EST Asking for help Hello All, <BR> <BR> I have been learning and Belly Dancing now for 2 years. I am making this post today to ask if ANYONE would be willing to help me out. I am on disability and I do not have a car right now. I can not afford to take classes nor could I even get there. I use videos to learn moves and I have learned a lot. My problem is I am not sure if I am doing the moves 100% correct. <BR> <BR> I was wanting to know if anyone would contact me though email and would maybe help coach me s... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:02:27 EST I'm new here! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to SparkPeople, and am excited to have found a group of Belly Dancers! <BR> I'm Mina. <BR> My dance name is Yasmin Diab, and I've been studying Arab Dance for 13 years, mostly Egyptian Style. <BR> <BR> I'm recently married, and recovering from some health issues that have prevented me from doing anything too active for the last few years. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm on the mend, I'm excited to be dancing again! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing ins... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:47:06 EST Zills Is any one doing Nadira Jamal's Lace Zill class? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:50:41 EST Restartin g...again I apparently have problems with keeping up on stuff. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm back on. Had to reset everything again. <BR> <BR> I got a new student last month and she joined because she wanted to increase her flexibility and be healthier. She inspired me to get back in touch with my own body. I also felt a little hypocritical about helping her without helping myself. So back on again. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:35:21 EST New.. oldie :) <BR> <BR> Hey ladies! <BR> <BR> I've been a member here for awhile (on spark too), but this is my first time that I am posting. I've been interested in belly dance ever since I found out my mother danced. I've taken handfuls of classes here and there, but not they were more fitness related than dancing (even though they will billed as dancing). I've also done as many videos as I can. <BR> <BR> Last night, I joined up again for another 5 week class. My instructor is AMAZING, the ladies ar... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:03:08 EST Balance Improve balance <link><BR>e/ </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 14:51:46 EST Dancing without pain Khalida was becoming discouraged by chronic pain, and feared it would soon force her to stop dancing. On her journey to pain-free, stronger movement, she tried many approaches, and eventually, through many small successes, made a huge leap to become totally pain-free. How did she do it? Hard work and dedication is how. But, I'll just let you read her story here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-i-got-pain-free-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>khalidadance.b... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:52:12 EST Check in with the team Are you dancing today? How are your goals going? Want to let us know what you could use support with? Anything make you smile? Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:03:32 EST Anatomy for dance This 3D tutorial about the muscles on the front of the abdomen is so much easier to understand than books if you are a visual learner: <link> </link> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:17:33 EST Online classes Does anyone study with their favorite teachers online? <BR> <BR> FatChance BellyDance <link><BR>lasses/ </link> <BR> <BR> Datura <link> </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:43:37 EST Dream class What is your dream of the best dance class ever? <BR> <BR> How close have you come to finding it? <BR> <BR> What would it take to get there? Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:27:47 EST When the Student is Ready So after being in this city for two years and not being able to find a teacher that require at least two buses and a train to get to, I find out that Draconis is teaching classes within walking distance of my house. I have no idea why I couldn't find him. Turns out my boyfriend even knows him through friends but didn't realize he was a dancer. lol. Just goes to show my title is true. I'm so excited to start taking classes with him next Tuesday! I just had to share. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 20:32:12 EST Practice at home? I've currently been taking belly dance classes 1-2 hours a week for about 6 months. Prior to this, I had no specific dance experience. (I was a dance aerobics instructor for about a year previously but I came to that through aerobics rather than dance.) <BR> <BR> Lately I've been getting more excited about belly dance and would like to begin practicing at home. Does anyone have advice on how to structure home practice or any resources for newbies? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your advice :) Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:41:05 EST What are you working on? I am working on a choo choo shimmy that is lighter in the feet, less stomping. Sat, 23 May 2015 15:33:46 EST World Belly Dance Day! Celebrate World Belly Dance Day with shimmies! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Our mission is to unite the initiative of dancers around the world to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance as a holiday on the second Saturday in May every year. We got inspired by the idea of holding an event that would serve as a reminder that belly dance is an ART form, a cultural event, a sport, and a social and family entertainment. It is also a wonderful chance to help those in need. Sat, 9 May 2015 17:44:32 EST Fitness Tracking Question <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I just had a quick question, after doing some of Leila's Belly Dancing for Beginner's dvd today, I can't figure out how to track it as fitness. I ended up just doing the posture sequence, the arms, and halfway through the hips. <BR> <BR> I see that SP has a Belly Dancing fitness option, but since I was just working on forms and basics, would this still apply? <BR> <BR> Just trying to track as accurately as I can! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 8 May 2015 14:59:01 EST New Member Intro Hello everyone! My name is Celeste and I just turned 30. I have been wanting to try belly dancing for a long time now, but I admit, being a larger woman, I couldn't find the confidence to attempt. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was able to watch a performance done by a local troupe who had a plus sized lead dancer and she was amazing! <BR> <BR> I'm not quite to the point where I am comfortable about the idea of going and taking classes, however, I did finally buy a recommended beginners dvd. It wa... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:39:21 EST Performance jitters OK - our big performance is Saturday. We are doing an hour show on a big stage. Our troupe is smaller than in the past, so we have to sort of double up on the numbers. I am in 5 - basically every other one - and I have a solo. NERVOUS! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:01:55 EST Improvisation Great TED talk on improvisation <link> </link> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:44:32 EST dancing and cardio for those of you that do dancing, is dancing enough cardio for you? do you do other forms of cardio? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to balance my workouts and sometimes with walking and dancing, it almost seems like too much cardio. So lately I've just been doing strength training, stretching and dancing <BR> <BR> ideas ladies? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:20:58 EST slow dance drillz How do you count slow dance drillz as far as exercise? Sometimes my dance drillz or slow, more like a slow workshop, not straight dancing. <BR> <BR> should it be referred to as calisthenics or pilates/ or still dancing? it seems like its saying i'm burning more calories than I am for these dance drillz. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:36:41 EST Meditation for busy people This definitely counts as pampering, if you are participating in that team goal. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to join Osho's free 21-day Meditation for Busy People program, beginning on lucky Friday the 13th: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>egistrationpage.aspx?bookid=235&uaf=51<BR>83906 </link> <BR> <BR> All blessings to you! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:33:26 EST February chat Ready to try something new? <BR> <BR> Did you do anything you're proud of? <BR> <BR> Did January give you what you hoped? <BR> <BR> Did you find your resolve? <BR> <BR> Any surprises? <BR> <BR> Need support? <BR> <BR> Anything goes! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:43:19 EST Dancing through limitations First, some gorgeous inspiration from poet Victoria Day: <BR> <BR> Dancing as Liberation <BR> <BR> There are countries where it is a punishable crime to dance. <BR> <BR> Women must cover their heads, <BR> never raise their voice in song and <BR> never ever display such immoral conduct as dancing. <BR> <BR> Those who forbid the dance forbid life. <BR> <BR> If they tied me in ropes <BR> Held a gun to my head <BR> And forbid me to dance <BR> I would dance in my head. <BR> <BR> If I woke up... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:49:08 EST Hello Lovelies! Just wanted to say hello. <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to bellydance. I've been transfixed by it for a while and have finally decided to take the time and teach myself. (If I had the money for classes I would do it). So, any suggestions for a star-eyed dancer? Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:43:00 EST Just to make you smile Maybe the happiest jobs in tennis <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> <em>338</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:55:55 EST Gratitude - post your blessings here! Today I am grateful for music, especially when it can help lift me out of a funk and get going. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:28:57 EST January chat Happy new year, lovelies! <BR> <BR> Anything goes! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:33:51 EST January goals No need to keep these dance related! <BR> <BR> Need support or a place to check in? Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:33:05 EST Dance dance resolution! Care to review your year in dance here? <BR> <BR> Any dance goals on your list for the new year? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:09:29 EST Any holiday favorites? Movies? <BR> <BR> Songs? <BR> <BR> Traditions? <BR> <BR> Foods? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:19:51 EST Stretching Bedtime yoga can be great for winding down after a late gig <link> </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:27:09 EST An interesting read Here's a great story about male belly dancers in Istanbul <link><BR>inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-danc<BR>ers-180953539/?no-ist </link> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:57:32 EST December goals Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:24:31 EST December chat The perfect spot to connect about anything, no need to be dance or fitness related! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:22:53 EST Beginning dance What beginners should practice outside of belly dance class: <BR> <BR> You’re new to belly dance and totally hooked! The jingly coins, the pretty silk, the fun haflas! One hour of class just isn’t enough and you want to learn it ALL. <BR> <BR> What’s a baby belly dancer to do? <link> </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:24:42 EST Need help finding your way around? Here's how to post on the message boards! <BR> <BR> When you look at the team page the team wall is at the very top in blue, and below that are the team message boards in orange. <BR> <BR> The boards include general discussion, introductions, dance moves, and resources. There are dozens of topics under each one, but the most recently active are visible on the main page you start on <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You can click on a topic like STAGE NAME under... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:12:43 EST Stage name Do you use a different name for performance? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:37:59 EST November goals Dance goals? Fitness goals? Something you would like support with? <BR> <BR> I'm loving the dance challenge, and am doing 30 to 60 minutes a day instead of ten. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:11:42 EST November chat Starting the month in Yosemite! What are you up to? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:08:37 EST Hello, Shimmy Sisters! Hello, hello! My name is Jessi and I'm a beginning belly dancer. I love ATS and have taken some other classes, but would like to stick to ATS because that's what I like the best. :-) <BR> <BR> I put some of my dancing goals on my SparkPage (and other goals, too), but I'll add more specific ones here: <BR> --Work on arm undulations <BR> --Master the belly roll (eek!) <BR> --Continue practicing and host regular practice sessions for ATS sisters in my area. <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:45:03 EST Hello again Hey there. IDK if i ever introduced myself on here. I've been away from SP for... I don't even know. A long time. <BR> I have watched my weight creep up over the past few years. I am officially at my highest high. <BR> :( <BR> I really need people who I can chat with and relate to who don't judge me. <BR> I'm a yoga, hoop and belly dance teacher. My life goal is to motivate people (especially women) to live the life they want now at this size, in this body. <BR> But that doesn't mean that... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:19:09 EST October chat Goals, triumphs, challenges, questions, comments, ideas: no need to be dance related! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:17:07 EST Share your bliss! Something wonderful happening in your life? Tiny miraculous moment surprise you during a rough patch? Finally get that new hip scarf you've been dreaming of? Share it here! <BR> <BR> I am still humming with pleasure about my first taste of grapefruit Thursday night in over a decade. Goodbye restrictive medications! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:48:16 EST What color is your hip scarf? Who is jingling when they shimmy? <BR> <BR> My favorite coin scarf is purple. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:10:40 EST Did you dance today? Half an hour of Slim Down with Neena and Veena! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:53:38 EST September chat Goals, plans, shimmies for September? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:49:48 EST August goals What is your goal for August? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited about dancing for at least ten minutes a day! <BR> <BR> I have a lot of personal goals I am focused on: <BR> <BR> Daily: Write 3 longhand pages in my journal, do 10 push ups and 10 bent-kneed pushups, meditate at least once, walk the dog for at least 30 minutes, write out at least one blessing to be grateful for, ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes, read something wonderful, excellent self-care, and gentle stretching. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:08:42 EST 10 minute challenge! Let's start the second half of 2014 with a challenge: <BR> <BR> Post here if you'd like to commit to 90 days of 10 minutes of dance (or more) each day. <BR> <BR> Feel free to join here, give daily updates, post links to your ten-minute dance video, or cheer everyone on! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:27:23 EST How much have you belly danced? With a DVD? In a class? At a drum circle? Still just dreaming? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:42:00 EST Daily chat - anything goes! (No need to keep this thread related to shimmies, unless you want to.) Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:40:32 EST Music Nourhan Sharif's Arabic Rhythms <link> </link> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:04:42 EST Pampering One of our team goals is a few minutes of pampering each day, and that can mean a lot of different things! <BR> <BR> If you were able to treat yourself to a little loving kindness today, what did that look like? <BR> <BR> I'm setting aside some time tonight for the foam roller! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:00:41 EST How did you move it today? Exercise bike, walking the dog, push ups, and ab work for me today. <BR> <BR> Shimmies, anyone? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:33:21 EST Spark America Bonus Points How many Team Bonus Points did you get for the Sparkling Belly Dancers today? <BR> <BR> Click on the pendant next to our team in STEP 3 of your start page here <link><BR>w-sa.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I earned 2 points today! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:48:37 EST Costuming How to make yarn tassels for a belt <link><BR>ml </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:43:38 EST Props Slinky step with a sword <link> </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:24:20 EST Tell the team where you are! I'm so blessed to live and dance in beautiful San Diego. Wed, 28 May 2014 18:26:39 EST Who is your dance mama? Or who made you fall in love with dance? <BR> <BR> My inspiration to try dance was my first teacher, Sabrina Fox: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And her inspiration was Rachel Brice: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have a dance mama? A dance grandmama? Mon, 12 May 2014 14:33:10 EST Belly dance drill for the day Shimmies with arms and a port de bras drill with the lovely Jolie Roberson <link> </link> Tue, 6 May 2014 14:30:32 EST Makeup Gig makeup versus stage makeup <link> </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 14:55:22 EST Spark team changes Now that huddling and visible links to team member blogs have been removed from team pages, what are you doing to continue to nurture the connections you have made on Spark? Thu, 1 May 2014 13:46:29 EST Share your latest dance triumph! Though I usually teach beginning American Tribal Style belly dance, last night I had the special thrill of teaching intermediate dancers. We were able to play finger cymbals, dance with good technique, change leads, study Level 3 moves, and improvise together. What a refreshing change from having to explain each detail! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:03:03 EST Do you have a favorite dance drill? I spend a lot of time explaining and drilling shimmies, taxeem, and arm undulations, but I think my favorite drills are elbow lifts and forced arch. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:07:52 EST Which frustrating move have you mastered? I was surprised to learn how many of my students are baffled by a basic hip bump last week, when they are so comfortable with shimmies. <BR> <BR> That 3/4 shimmy used to make me weep with frustration when I was a beginner, and now I'm so comfortable with it, I can teach it to anyone. <BR> <BR> Which move used to make you crazy? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:49:02 EST Who is your favorite belly dancer? Mira Betz! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:57:26 EST So much fun! <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=56 </link> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:03 EST Just saying hello I have danced for years on and off. I lost my confidence somewhere along the line and pretty much stopped altogether but am aching to get back and get healthy doing it. I have never danced for my husband which is one of my goals. Hoping to find lots of support and info here and to find the accountability and tools on the site to make my goals a reality. Be well Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:58:10 EST FatChance BellyDance drills Combo drill with Anita <link> </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:23:51 EST Finger cymbals A great tip on hand tension for proper zill strikes <link> </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:45:27 EST What inspires you? <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=44 </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:41:51 EST Welcome new team leader! Thanks so much to beautiful AMANDANCES for helping to lead the Sparkling Belly Dancers team! All of your contributions on the team discussions are so appreciated. <BR> <BR> Every post and question and request makes up the support we are each looking for on our journey of health and happiness. <BR> <BR> Please let us know what else you need to help create the sense of community you want the most! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:52:31 EST Fueling up for dance Especially important for marathon dance days! <link><BR>our-dance/ </link> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:49:02 EST Free online dance videos Recent discussions made me realize this deserves its very own topic! <BR> <BR> Here's a FatChance BellyDance combo drill with Anita: <link><BR>KIA23C0 </link> <BR> <BR> Please post your favorites! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:33:03 EST Can't Find What I'm Looking For... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I don't see the kind of videos I'm looking for although I might try some of the ones suggested. For several months, I've been dancing to the Persian Cardio, Varzesh. Link right here: <BR><BR>RI <BR> <BR> It's kind of like a combo of zumba, bellydancing and hustle. Its simple and keeps the heart rate up. I like the Persian music by Arash. I'm not sure if the cymbals, veil dancing etc. is my thing. Any sugges... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:04:33 EST Distorted self image Brilliant and inspiring video to challenge the way we see ourselves <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=17 </link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:14:21 EST Best dance advice What's the best advice you've received as a dancer? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:09 EST Spark Team bonus points Did you know that you can earn team bonus points for the Sparkling Belly Dancers team? <BR> <BR> Each day you can complete bonus spins for your favorite SparkTeams. You get 1 bonus spin for every 5 SparkPoints you earn per day, with a maximum of 5 spins a day. Just click the flags next to your favorite teams on the Team Bonus Points section in Step 3 on your Start page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-sa.asp </link> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:40:35 EST Anyone new to the team? What would you like to see here? <BR> <BR> What does the ideal kind of support look like to you on your healthy journey? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:07:47 EST Anyone new to Spark? Been belly dancing for a while, but new to Spark? <BR> <BR> How are your resolutions going for the year so far? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:49:48 EST Anyone new to belly dance? Still hoping to work up the courage to take your first class? <BR> <BR> Still dreaming of trying out a DVD from the library before you do? <BR> <BR> Check in here and tell us what you love about being new to belly dance. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:41:49 EST Volunteer work experience? Have any of you done volunteer work that was fun, lighthearted, silly, uplifting, happy? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about it! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:15:03 EST Belly Dance Resolutions for 2014 Now is the perfect time to start practicing anything you're aiming toward in the new year! <BR> <BR> Have you been inspired by any challenges lately? Seems as if there's a lot of planking going around. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on switching from all the core work, dance, walking and cycling I do to more upper body strength training. 2014 is my year to work my way into doing pull ups! Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:33:04 EST I am a character in a book! One of our troupe members just published a book based on our 'adventures' teaching and performing in Jamaica. The book, Ameera Unveiled by Kathleen Varn, is about becoming a member of a tribe of women bonded by a love of dance. The Southern Writers group recommended the book as a must read. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:52:49 EST Sword I need suggestions: Anyone have a favorite sword dance/dancer or move? I have to throw together a sword dance rather quickly. THANKS! Wed, 15 May 2013 23:35:58 EST Melina Yesterday I had the exteme pleasure of taking a class with Melina. OMG MELINA! (insert happy dance here) If you are not familiar with her take the time to look on youtube. She's a second generation dancer and CIRCUS performer. Her studio is lovely, her attitude is amazing, and her teaching style left me giddy. <BR> <BR> I was on an excursion to Boston with my teacher Amity (also an absolute gem) and a couple of other Belly dancers. We took a class, we ate, we shopped, and then we saw ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:25:30 EST Belly Dance from A to Z Anyone up for a bit of fun? Let's see just how many belly dance related words we can come up with, in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> Assuit Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:16:31 EST Cairo Caravan Is anyone going from the group? I'm going to volunteer 3 hours for each of the days. So my perfomance and registration fee was waived. 5 floors of vendors and 5 stages of belly dancing. Super excited! <em>9</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:42:35 EST Select a 10 minute song - and dance... GOAL: Dance for 10 minutes each day through the end of the month. <BR> <BR> PROCESS: <BR> 1 - Select a song or short routine - approx 10 minutes. <BR> 2 - Each day, warm up for a good 5 minutes.. <BR> 3 - Dance for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Feeling fit? - do 15 min, or 20 min... Just be sure to dance to the same music each time. <BR> <BR> RESULT: You will KNOW this music inside and out. Each nuance and accent will be etched into your dance being. <BR> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:16:06 EST New Member Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste. I am 27 years old. I have always loved watching Belly Dancing though have been afraid to try it myself due to my size. I was at a Community College for an event, when I saw a group performing, and I was in awe over the instructors movements. She was a larger lady like myself and it was inspirational! <BR> <BR> I am considering trying it out at how maybe with some beginner videos. Are they any good ones that you guys recommend? <BR> <BR> I look fo... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:06:21 EST December newbie Hi! I'm Amy, single and I'm 41. I started belly dancing about 2 years ago, but I stopped for almost a year. I went back when I realized how much I missed it. So I've been taking classes again for 6 weeks ago. I'm so happy that I went back! I'm not the best dancer, but I have soooo much fun! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:24:14 EST Rakkasah East Hi all. I have been MIA for a very long time, but am trying to get back. I will reintroduce myself later. Anyways. I live in NJ and wondered if anyone was going to Rakkasah this week? Unfortunately, I can afford any workshops, but I will be there on Saturday to support my beautiful teacher as she will be performing, and also for some major shopping! <BR> Anyways, if you have never heard of Rakkasah, you can google it. It is totally worth the trip to Somerset, NJ. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:20:23 EST Music for veil work Does anyone know of any really nice peices for veil work? I have been dancing for a few years and feel like I want to choregraph my own dance. I love working with veil, but struggle with choosing music. I am looking for something around 3 minutes long, slower tempo, with some changes. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:15:37 EST ATS Flash Mob 13 Oct 2012 <link><BR>504883 09096/ </link> <BR> <BR> One Dance <BR> One Song <BR> One World United <BR> <BR> The first ever in history! <BR> <BR> Join us in sharing the joy of ATS® uniting us all around the globe! <BR> <BR> *Pick a place <BR> *Have someone record your Flash <BR> *Post it on YouTube Titled :ATS® Flash Mob WORLD WIDE (your city/state/country) <BR> *Post a link to our public Facebook group <link> </link> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:20:54 EST Daily Belly Dance Quickie Get some inspiration every day via email! <link> </link> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:17:21 EST New Co-Leade r....and Hello Again. To the Beautiful Belly Dancers that I know and love and miss :) I hope you have all been well and reaching your goals! Since the last time I have been an active member....and I am so sorry that one of your team leaders has been inactive...aka ME...I have gotten married, had a Beautiful little girl....Piper Rose....and I am now almost 19 weeks pregnant again. Life has been wonderful, but busy. I gained weight with Piper and lost some of that, just in time to get knocked up again :) So I will b... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:18:07 EST How to be a bellydance student Brilliant blog from <link><BR>-a-bellydance-student-what-your-teache<BR>r-might-not-tell-you/ </link> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 01:25:48 EST Just Sayin' Howdy! Hello my fellow belly dancers! <BR> I'm new to SP but have been an avid belly dancer for many years. I love it and think it's one of the best things in my life. There have been times when I've had to put in aside for a while but ... I always come back. It's just something I can't live without. Belly dance is the thing that's helped me "claim" who I am as a performer and as a woman. So why would I give that up? *wink!* <BR> Unfortunately being overweight has held me back from perfoming (which... Sun, 6 May 2012 19:33:40 EST Reintroducing myself My name is Julie. I was on SP about four years ago, and decided I would check it out again. Somehow, I remembered my old screenname (arbonnejulie) and password, and I thought I would go back and reintroduce myself to all of my Spark Teams and such. <BR> <BR> I'm 28 now, married, and have an 18 month old. I'm trying to get rid of the baby weight. I've already lost 45 pounds on my own, but I still have about 75 pounds before I get back to my pre-engagement weight of 140 pounds. <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:45:57 EST 2nd Day in and I need some MOTIVATION Hello everyone today is my 2nd day Here. Its a great website im hoping to get some tips on how to get my ass up and exercise! I feel tired all the time and maybe help stopping my craving for both sweets and salt! I'm currently 175 and would love to reach 150! Hope everyone is doing well =) Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:57:28 EST Introduce Myself Hi, glad I found this forum. My name is Melody and have been belly dancing in an amateur belly dance troupe for 8 years. Really enjoy the dance and the friendhships that are formed in the belly dance world. Took my first belly dance lesson after I turned 40 and have been hooked ever since. <em>185</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:58:46 EST Shimmy Mob 2012 In case y'all hadn't heard about I wanted to share the following information :) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This INTERNATIONAL event is in it's 2nd year and not only raises awareness of Middle Eastern Dance, but the money raised goes to your local women and children's programs/shelters!!! <BR> <BR> We are participating in Dallas/Fort Worth. <BR> <BR> Check it out!!! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:53:47 EST Just learning :) Hi all! I've been a nut about belly dancing for a few years and will finally (hopefully this Saturday) be taking a 4 week intro class at a local gym! I'm excited to be a part of this team and any suggestions for videos or whatnot would be very welcome. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:03:18 EST Shimmy Mob I'm doing this! Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:10:20 EST Upcoming Workshops? Anybody going to the upcoming 3rd Coast Tribal or any other exciting workshops? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:37:58 EST bd practise and fitness how do you guys balance your bd practise and choreography rehearsal with your other fitness workouts? <BR> <BR> does too much arms hinder your grace? <BR> <BR> I would love to know, thanx. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:34:17 EST sadies' bd dvds okay, i've come back into belly dancing for 1.5 years now. so while i'm not a total beginner, i'm sort of in "refreshing" mode. I need to get refreshed in it. <BR> <BR> I have seriously been thinking about trying some of sadies' dvds. <BR> <BR> which of sadies dvds would you guys recommend trying 1st? Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:50:45 EST mastering drum solos lately i've been REALLY REALLY wanting to dance to shik shak shok but i totally suck at drum solos, at least when i'm doing improv. my former dance instructor told me i just don't understand them and that i need to break the music apart so i can understand it better. <BR> <BR> does any body know of any good dvds thats a wealth of info for drum sols? <BR> <BR> i would deeply appreciate it. thanx. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:35:47 EST Oh hai! Hi all :) I'm Kristen and I'm just starting to belly dance. For right now videos will be my main form of instruction until I can get into classes. <BR> The first time I saw belly dancing was at a Women's history month event and let me tell you it was so beautiful and fun. These women danced for themselves. I really want to learn tribal or american tribal style as well. <BR> A little bit about me, I'm 28 and coming off of a rough relationship so I'm taking a year for myself. This year means ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:33:19 EST 10 min belly dance challenge who would like to do a 10 min belly dance challenge <BR> for the rest of the month or more, to do 10 min of belly dance a day. <BR> <BR> today i did 30 but its addictive, hehe <BR> <BR> I did 3 dance solos from heart beat of belly dance (12 min) and teh rest was improv <BR> <BR> how bout it ladies? Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:55:36 EST Turkish dance dvds i have recently become interested in Ruby's Totally Turkish. anybody like her? try the dvd. it looks like soooooooo much fine. its either hers or sarah skinners. <BR> <BR> ideas ladies? Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:31:14 EST You know you are a belly dancer when... My husband and I went to the funeral of a client's father. As we were walking in, he pulled me to the side and said, "Dammit woman - you have on glitter!" <BR> <BR> I changed the air filter right by the area where I dress for shows and gigs. It was FULL of glitter. Glad the hubbie didn't see! Mon, 19 Sep 2011 07:48:36 EST knee & leg pain after dancing Lately i've noticed my arches hurt while dancing or after dancing. and just in general my feet hurt after dancing for a while. any ideas here? <BR> <BR> also, the other day i was practising some hip/leg pivot/walks and I forgot to take off my socks and the way i landed on my next foot, really hurts the outside side of my knee and leg. <BR> <BR> any ideas 4 this pain? <BR> <BR> I feel sort of goofy 4 this mistake. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 02:34:18 EST MiO Water? I have trouble getting my daily water as unfortunately I have never been a big water drinker. Anybody tried the MiO water? Likes/Dislikes? Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:40:04 EST self study <BR> hey ladies, <BR> <BR> i am trying to be more diligent in getting a self-study @ home for myself to expand my "art". I have taken classes before so its not like i don't somewhat know what i'm doing or anything. <BR> <BR> any ideas on how to balance everything out between other exercises and then dancing. any ideas on how to create a good balance between the two and how to espand my skills? <BR> <BR> right now i'm still working on and glossing my performances for the drum solos from h... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:40:44 EST Hi All Hi guys and gals, <BR> <BR> Just found this forum. I am always looking for different ways to mix up getting physical activity to keep from getting in a rut and quiting. I recently had a chance to go to a belly dancing class and loved it! She only had the one intro class.....there was only 5 or 6 of us who showed up so she is not decided yet whether will do anymore or not. So I got a DVD....not the easiest DVD to follow so will look at some different. Hopefully I can glen some info fr... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:42:33 EST Just starting on Sparkpeople Hello! My name is Keely and I'm 26 years old. I have struggled for years trying to find a healthy, consistent system for losing weight and keeping it off. I have been belly dancing for several years. I am a member of an intermediate belly dance troupe and plan to audition for my teacher's pro troupe next year. I love to dance and I love the way my body feels when I'm dancing. I would love to be a more athletic dancer and be more slender and toned. I look forward to meeting and supporting... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:55:45 EST to buy or diy When it comes to costuming how many of you buy costumes and how many make your own. <BR> <BR> Im not preforming yet but my goal is to start preforming and i was thinking of taking up sewing Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:46:21 EST heart of belly dance - finally getting it I've been doing the heart beat of belly dance with Jenna (the dvd) for months, now, and I finally am getting the 3erd drum solo! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Granted - her instruction in the 3erd drum solo sucked soooooooo bad. it was allmost like she was stingy and didn't want you to learn it. <BR> <BR> well, I finally got the choreography. Now, I sort of suck at it, I most definitely need more practise and finessing to do, but god willing I'll get there. <BR> <BR> you have nooo... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:16:08 EST Wiggles of the West - anyone going? I'm going and wondered if I would see any of the you there. This is the last year for it, Mon, 4 Jul 2011 11:25:27 EST Hello I am New I am Linda and I have been Belly Dancing for a long time. I took a 10 year break and i was very surprised when i came back how hard it was to get my groove back. I am getting it back after 2 years and having a blast. Now if only my old costumes would fit ... That is why I'm here to see if I can get them to fit again. A lot can happening 10 years <em>211</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:39:53 EST ahava melantha Heloo all, <BR> <BR> my bd name is ahava melantha, the beloved flower. I no longer perform in public or dance with a troup but I have been dancing since I was 15. I took a 6 year vacation, so I've been dancing for 6 years now. <BR> <BR> right now I'm working on the heart beat of bd, and when I get to it, I have some suzanna del vecchio videos. very outdated looking, but great techniques.. <BR> <BR> anyways, would love to hear from my sisters in bd. <BR> <BR> thanx. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:58:37 EST Hi :) Hi there! I am not new to SP nor to the group, however, it's been a loooong time since I've been around! So much in my life has changed... for the better! Still battling the weight, but I managed to straighten most everything else out and now it's time to focus on that :) <BR> <BR> A little bit about me... I am a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and a director. I teach Belly dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and musical theater to children all the way to adults. I work at a Montessori school ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 19:21:50 EST Help - hurt my knee Hi guys - I"m DYING that I hurt my knee and I'm really needing to be careful when I exercise or dance - I'm trying to keep my spirits up <em>24</em> I'm trying to workout in teh pool (low/no impact) and do some strengthening exercises....I guess maybe I'm just needing some advice or words of encouragement??? I go nuts if I can't dance!! LOL <em>46</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:08:22 EST class attire Ive taken belly dance classes before and wore just a tank top yoga pants and then decided to get the hip scarf. <BR> <BR> how many of you dress out to the fullest in class and how many of you wear just work out clothing? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be taking classes at a gym and also at a studio and i dont know how comfortable i would feel going to the gym in anything more than a hip scarf so i could put in on when class starts ad take it off before i leave. <BR> <BR> Also how many of you pref... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:39:16 EST Home study challenge A number of my friends are doing a home study challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge is once a week use one of those dance DVDs that are collecting dust and tell us about it. <BR> <BR> The reward - support from the team, we hear about the DVDs, and a dance party in 2 months. <BR> <BR> Anyone here up for the challenge? Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:52:36 EST Any good tricks? It is April Fools day - any good ones? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 21:24:46 EST I finally did my first public solo It was last Sunday at Anaheed's Belly Dancer's Swap Meet. I posted a photo my husband took. I was nervous, but I'm glad I did it. On to the next performance! (probably in June) More details on my Spark Page. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:42:35 EST Introducing Myself Hi! <BR> I was glad to find a bellydancer team here...I have been dancing for 7 years now. I have been on a hiatus since getting pregnant and having my daughter. I was on physical restriction for a while before my pregnancy and my favorite teacher moved away. I have been dancing sporadically for the last two years, and am looking for some motivation and support. I love dancing- I started with Egyptian, participated in a troupe for several years, then moved towards fusion. I still have many fr... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:42:31 EST Belly dance/ sword and work out I subscribe to Daily Belly Dance Quickies and Saturday's topic is strength training. I think this is an awesome move to add to my list. Anyone else going to try it? <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:41:31 EST whoever was looking for Nandini's DVD? On FB she said they produced one but she thought the production quality was abysmal. If you're on there you can look her up if you still want it. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:59:10 EST Daily Belly Dance Quickies Ok y'all - I subscribe to a daily email called belly dance quickies - I will admit I haven't been very good at doing them daily but hopefully if I have some sisters to do it with we could make it a daily thing - watch the quickie - do the quickie and then post about the quickie - <BR> <BR> what do y'all think - <BR> <BR> for more info check it out here <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You can friend them on fb too <BR> <link><BR>nce-Q... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:17:51 EST My zil link of the week My link of the week this week is all about zils :) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> this is a great page for those of us who need our musical notation happy zilling Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:53:21 EST For fun... Stole this from one of my other teams... Which Season is Your Soul Connected to??? <BR> <BR><BR>ursoulconnectedtoquiz/ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:25:39 EST I need y'alls help!! Ok ladies I am calling all my shimmy sisters from near or far I NEED your help. <BR> <BR> I entered a contest called "Spot the Belly dancer" and I am laggin' behind in the votes so this is what y'all need to do... <BR> <BR> <BR> Click the link below and "like" their page <BR> <link><BR>ivacom/124850577544282 </link> <BR> <BR> Once you've like them you will be able to "like" my picture :) which is here <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:14:56 EST Nandini's Bollywood Choreography dvd? Nandini -- did they ever make that instructional dvd of your group bollywood piece? I'd like to buy that. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:01:05 EST Oh buckets I clicked the wrong button and can't figure out how to delete this =( Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:59:38 EST This or that My city sparkteam has an ongoing topic calle this or that. In order to play just answer the previous question and pose your own. There are no wrong answers because it's just a way to get to know each other. I'll start with <BR> <BR> Tribal or cabaret? <BR> __________________ <BR> My answer (to the last one in my city spark team) was books to books or nooks? Sun, 20 Feb 2011 09:41:10 EST A few questions for all your Sparklies.. Currently I'm living in Italy and I have been blessed enough to find a class unfortunately it's more like a cardio class with wanna-be belly dancing. There are no break downs for technique or refinement. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest some good videos for this? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm looking for a good place that has plus size belly dancing outfits, any ideas? <BR> <BR> Lastly, I find my hips hurt, more like the joint more often then not. Do you think this is due to technique or will it go awa... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 03:48:28 EST Music & beats - Ideas I'm struggling to hear the beat and keep it - any ideas? Really struggling with zils and may need to change classes if I can't get it <BR> <BR> Maybe a good dvd? Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:50:03 EST sword.. head wrap, wax, score??? I am having the hardest time with my sword and getting it to not slip! The one I borrowed was scored and I did well with it. I was hoping to just wrap my head.. did so successfully earlier today, but I can't get any kind of wrap to stay on now. I have a funny shaped head so this is an issue with hats things anyway. <BR> Anyone have any good tricks other than defacing my sword? I have heard of wax being used.. how would I use that? Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:16:47 EST Hi Everyone Hi. I'm 48 years old and remember being sent to a belly dance class at the local YWCA when I was in junior high because I was a troublemaker. I really enjoyed it, and now that I am with SparkPeople, I think belly dance would be a great way for me to lose my belly - if you know what I mean. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:02:12 EST Shameless plug.. Tonight my blog is about what made me want to get into belly dancing. <BR> <BR> So, um, read it if you'd like. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:57:37 EST advice to improve shimmy! Hi there. I've been taking belly dance once a week since Sept. I'm lucky enough to be taking classes from Hannah Nour (B.D Superstars) She is awesome and very encouraging. <BR> I am wondering though if any of you can give me any advice to improve my shimmy endurance. I'm not talking shoulders here, but hips. When I do my shimmies, my thighs seem to lock up after about a minute. <BR> Are there any tips or exercises or stretches or whatever to help me keep my thighs relaxed? <BR> I realize t... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:20:08 EST Need a sword I have the money to buy a sword... and suggestions as to which one or where to order? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:35:43 EST Cardio Bellydance Class Hello everyone! Hips & shimmies on this lovely Friday! Just wanted to share that my local YMCA allowed me to start a Cardio Bellydance class. Today was the first day and I only had 1 person come and she is going to be my assistant! However, I know a few other women from other classes are interested and the Y is going to be sure to promote the class and get some more people in! We did the class so I could try out the routine I prepared and we talked about adding a few things too! It was ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 14:18:32 EST Step, Hip, Step, Hip, Shimmy Hi, My names Missy. <BR> <BR> I've been taking classes in cabaret and tribal fusion for about four years. <BR> I just moved to Sicily and haven't been able to find a troupe of studio... oh how I miss it. <BR> <BR> Anywho, I'm here. Hi! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 07:53:01 EST Good dance song and lucious man candy! (TARKAN!!!) So... pretty much my fave music to dance to. Most of his music is Turkish, but this is from his English album (which I highly recommend.) <BR> ENJOY!!! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you girls like to dance to? Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:54:57 EST BELLYDANCING AT LA FITNESS HI. I noticed that my gym LA Fitness has bellydance. Has anyone been? I am wondering if its just drills or what to expect? Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:04:13 EST Embarrassment feeling. I feel more embarrassed when I perform now than I did when I didn't mind my over weight. I was performing with my troupe (which are mostly composed of skinny girls) last week, and all I could think of was people staring at my fat jiggling every time I shimmied. Is that a normal concern after you knowledge your overweight and decide to change or it's just a confidence problem I am having? Has anyone gone through the same problem? <BR> <BR> Shimmies!! <BR> Sil Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:59:09 EST Whole Lotta Shimmying Going On! Hi. Just wanted to tell everyone about our Christmas season. Our group is called Sisters of the Southern Moon and we are located in South Central VA. This holiday season has had us shimmying, hip dropping and chest sliding through just about every nursing home in our little city! We performed at 3 nursing homes and the city auditorium in the past 2 weeks! We did a cute little number to Rocking Around The Christmas Tree and the "middle eastern" version of Deck The Halls (Brothers of the B... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:46:01 EST Hello fellow dancers! Hi my name is Katie and I have been Belly-dancing for a year now. I danced Ballet, Tap and Jazz for 14 years so that has helped with mastering the new moves. I love it! each day I find myself shimming and listening to the music, I look forward to hearing from you all and picking up a few new things! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:03:54 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Wendy. I just finished my very first Shimmy on FitTV and I loved it!!! My only concern is that I look strange and not sure if I'm doing it correctly. Any suggestions would be wonderful!! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:53:04 EST easy belly drills & choreography I was wandering if anyone knows of a dvd with easy belly dancing drills and choreography dances for someone coming back into belly dance. some of Jillinas stuff is too complicated for someone just coming back into it. <BR> <BR> would love the help. thanx. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:37:01 EST :) Hi :) HI ! Are you in anyway affiliated with Dancers of the Harem ? That chaise lounge chair looks mighty familiar -- if not, then that was my deja-vu, my mistake. I danced with Dancers of the Harem in Marietta GA for over five years during my college days. I miss bellydancing. Im up in NY now and haven't found classes/studios yet. Any ideas? Karen Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:30:11 EST For those of you in need of costumes As hard as it is for me to part with them I have costumes I could sale. I have a copper/coin bra and belt, a turqoise bra/belt (beaded) and skirt, a pink beaded bra and skirt, and a red beaded bra and belt. If anyone is need of... let me know and we can work something out! :( Sun, 7 Nov 2010 00:30:11 EST dancing skirts okay, I saw these skirts on this one dancer from youtube, her name is Cassandra fox. her dance is so beautiful, even though shes not totally famous. but her skirts are so gorgeous. they're very full skirts and theres this stuff on the sides of them, so they make your hip movements look extra nice. <BR> <BR> heres a link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> any ideas please? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:47:16 EST Jillina's Entrance Choreography okay, I finally tried this dvd. I didn't get past the warm up and practising the basic moves, like hip drop, figures 8s, etc. It was almost like the same drills from bd class! anywayse. wow. i can't wait to do the choreography. although - I think that will be a while for now. I wanna practise those drills 3 or 4 more times before going to the choreography. <BR> <BR> has anyone else tried some of her stuff? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:41:41 EST Belly dancing Newbie, sort of.. Hi I'm Anita. I used to take belly dance classes back in '06-'07, but had to stop because school schedules got in the way. I was depressed when I went back in '08 to rejoin my instructor that she had moved and teaches with her troupe in Roselle. I have to say its really hard to find someone else to dance with. Roselle is too far for me to go. I still have all my music and every once in a while get down and crazy while everyone is away. There is nothing more feminine and liberating than belly ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 01:22:58 EST Hello...I want that figure. I always thought the sexiest figure on a woman was a belly dancers and secretly I always wanted one. But it's a secret no more. I've noticed it varies for each woman but it always is so natural and looks great on anybody type. I don't feel comfortable enough with my body to start classes right now so I decided to lose a little more weight before I do. But I would like to learn a few things and start using them so that's why I'm here. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learning. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 08:50:19 EST Belly Dance Music Do any of you have ideas on fun music for competition? Something fun and different? We are tired of the same ole stuff! <em>335</em> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:41:38 EST beginner belly dance tips Where should you start what are the most important basic? It's really hard to tell if your doing it right with extra weight in the way let me know thanks. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:22:34 EST Chicago/Loop Bellydance Classes/Network Hi all: <BR> I posted this on the other bellyance group here on Spark but since I found this group today I thought I would ask: <BR> I recently moved to downtown Chicago and I havent been dancing in weeks!!! I am really wanting to get back into it. My classes back in the suburbs were awesome but I cant seem to find any classes in Chicago. The ones that I do find are too far and I am wondering if I might be missing some that arent coming up in a google search. <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> Thanks in... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:31:19 EST cardio shimmy I just wanted to let everyone know who is interested in one of Rania's dvds, I just watched cardio shimmy and it was horrible. it was like dance aerobics, but done in a way to hurt your back. the moves she did do that was belly dancing was really bad - i mean a basic shimmy that makes your breasts and shoulders shake - hmm, no. <BR> <BR> well anyways, just wanted to share. thanx. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:45:25 EST jillian dvds who likes jillians' dvds? I should be getting one through netflix later this week? anyone here like her stuff? what are y'alls favorite belly dance dvds? Suzanna del vecchio? sadie? jenna? Tue, 28 Sep 2010 01:45:46 EST clothes I have lost 80# thus far and would love to learn belly dancing now! where does one find the proper attire? <BR> I have a 36H chest!Not having much luck thus far, and in rural OK, shopping local or even statewide is not an option! Tue, 7 Sep 2010 00:59:05 EST favorite dvd whats your favorite belly dancing dvd, practise or routine? <BR> <BR> right now my favorite is the heartbeat of bellydance = 3 different dance routines in 1 dvd. all drum solos. its really great Sat, 21 Aug 2010 23:32:33 EST Zill Recomendations? Hey, I'm looking for new (to me) Zill/Rhythm instrustional CD's or DVD's. Anyone have any that they really like? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Hugs and Shimmies! <em>41</em> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:19:19 EST Hi Hi my name is Cat and I have been taking bellydance lessons for 5 1/2 years in central Ohio at Habeeba's. I am new to Spark and hope to find the motivation to lose some weight. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:27:13 EST The art and benefits of * Belly Dancing* Belly dancing is my most favorite hobbies, when invited to a party however small or big I bring life to the party with my artistic belly dancing as well as persian dancing. The last party I went to was my friends birthday and not only I had a great time but also gained six students who can't wait to learn the moves. <BR> Belly dancing is great for our mental health as well as our physical health because you move every muscle in your body and sweat crazy therefor you lose lots of calories :) Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:01:48 EST A Waste of My Time Just to introduce my self I thought I'd let you all know why I'm here. For years I procrastinated on making any real changes in my life. I've wasted so much time, effort, and emotions on my weight and other goals and never actually did anything about it. Well I'm sick of it!!!! I'm sick of thinking instead of doing. I'm sick of making excuses for myself instead of changing my circumstances. I'm sick of the word later, tomorrow, cant, and fat instead I want to hear the word RIGHT NOW, I can, I... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 14:59:09 EST Ideas for squeezing in drill/practice time Do you grocery shop? Walk behind your cart doing 3/4 shimmies on your toes! :-) Tue, 6 Jul 2010 11:59:25 EST How Often to you practice belly dancing I just want to get an idea of how often everyone trains in belly dance. I really want to hear for the best to the beginners. Til next time Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:10:45 EST New to the Spark Hi! I'm new at Sparkpeople and I absolutely love belly dancing. In fact, its pretty much the only exercise I really do enjoy! After taking one lesson a year and a half ago I was hooked. Looking forward to meeting people that have similiar interests and weight loss goals. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:54:07 EST (Sort of) New to SP Hi folks! This is my first time posting here, although I've used SP on and off since January. Great site! <BR> <BR> I'm a 30-something with about 20 pounds to lose. My main challenge is that I have two young sons who are picky, and they (along with my husband) don't need to lose any weight at all. This creates all sorts of havoc in our grocery shopping and cooking habits, as I'd like to use low-fat options but my sons especially need all the calories and fat they can get. Same with my dear h... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 22:55:15 EST I love Belly Dance! I love to belly dance. I've taken a couple of classes and it's one of the greatest ways of getting into shape. My favorite type is tribal fusion. I like the impromptu mixed with choreography. :-) Sat, 15 May 2010 23:36:31 EST Bellydancing in Indianapolis I LOVE belly dancing! I just can't find a place in Indianapolis, IN to dance. Does anybody have any suggestions? I have a lot of dvds but I want to dance in a group. Thanks :-) Sat, 15 May 2010 23:32:30 EST getting back does anyone have any suggestions on a good dvd to get back to it? I used to dance, but I can't go to any classes right now. any ideas? Fri, 7 May 2010 15:54:43 EST Great Article! Found this on WebMD. My Doc tried to explain the importance of Breakfast to control depression & anxiety. But he did not give a very good description due to being busy. So, here goes.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, you can actually lose weight by eating breakfast because the food in your stomach boosts your metabolism. <BR> <BR> It's true, your body needs to get its metabolism revved up, and the only way to do it is with a nutritious meal. Kick start that engine with a healthy break... Wed, 5 May 2010 20:51:54 EST What do you think of this video? I am looking for a bellydance workout video as well as instruction. I still have not bought one yet. I am thinking of getting this one, it looks great. What do you think? <link><BR>feature=fvw </link> Sun, 2 May 2010 15:09:21 EST My teacher is moving :( . Suggestions? I'm bummed. My teacher, Amara, is moving to Austin (from L.A.) in a few weeks b/c her husband got a job there. Only 4 more classes left. I'm going to sign up for a couple private lessons before she leaves, though I'm not sure what to focus on for those. I've only been taking classes from her for a little over a year & feel like there's so much more I can learn from her. At least she'll be back occasionally. <BR> <BR> If you're in the Austin area, I highly recommend checking out her clas... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:43:28 EST walking it in gained 60 when I quit smoking <BR> dancing for 32 years+ <BR> 1 week using spark and hopeful Sat, 24 Apr 2010 19:10:46 EST Hey, Hey! Belly Dancers!!! <em>344</em> We got a generic Wonder Woman Empticon but not a Belly dancing one? As the group "3 Days grace" Says, "Lets' start a riot." Go to Spark guys page & let him know we want a Belly dancing Emoticon! We are a big part of Spark! Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:28:48 EST Can you do a 20 minute shimmy? Hey Gang, <BR> <BR> During the month of April, I'm trying to work up to a 20 minute shimmy. My goal is stamina and strength. I want these shimmies to show! Is anyone else interested in joining me in working towards this goal? <BR> <BR> If you are already there, can you share with us some golden advice? <BR> <BR> Shimmy On My Friends, <BR> <BR> ~ Davina ~ Dawn Devine Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:44:40 EST Hi Hello everyone. My name is Leticia and I just joined Sparkpeople a couple of days ago. I've been belly dancing for over a year and I love playing with fire. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 23:17:27 EST Happy Spring!!!! Hi, I hope everyone who is having godd Weather is taking advantage of it & getting out & getting some fun hikes, biking, roller blading, or just walking/Jogging in. The sunlight helps depression & increases your energy levels. Just be careful in areas of lots of sunlight. <BR> <BR> Happy Spring! What are some of your gals? You go 1st, then i'll reply. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 20:16:36 EST Finally going back to class After over a year I finally get to go back to class. <BR> <BR> And there is the added bonus of a Zumba class at the same studio. So I get my bellydance instruction on and an extra workout. I'm so excited, I can't wait til Monday. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:12:27 EST I'm back! I used to be a member of this team as Jenypher8, I decided to get back into it and just deleted that profile and started over. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:28:54 EST Beledi Beach Bash w/Sadie this weekend! Went to the 'Meet and Greet' tonight to begin the convention -- had a great time, hung out with the rest of the Hip Expressions crew and participants from all over, drank Kimberly's 'beer margaritas', Sadie hung out with us -- she seems like a DOLL! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be fun and exhausting: yoga at 9am, Sadie's workshop, lunch, shopping with the vendors, another workshop, then a few hours break before dinner and the show and after party. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'll have at least a few g... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 23:46:13 EST What are Songs are you dancing to these days? Hello Ladies.. <BR> <BR> I'm stuck in a musical rut - does anyone have some suggestions for music? <BR> <BR> ~ Davina Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:53:52 EST Looking for Inspiration I want to do a sword number but stuck for music ideas. Anyone got any suggestions for music. Thank you. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:53:43 EST Sword Number Hey there fellow bellydancers. <BR> I want to do a sword number. Looking for some ideas for music. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:31:53 EST Sword question - Help! I am buying a sword - but which one? This is my first so I want something that will last. My research indicates the Cas Hanwei Iberian is the uber best: <link><BR>m/ </link> or <link><BR>re/SwordsTuaregScimitar.html </link> but it's $140!!! <BR> <BR> I found this one that appears to be pretty much the same, but it's dull on one side and considerably less: <link><BR>re/SwordsTurkis... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:23:08 EST Finally started a class!!!! Whooo Hooo!!!! I finally had my first bellydancing class!!! It was fun, but, boy, could I ever feel my abs, shoulders, and legs!!! <BR> <BR> LOVIN' IT!!!! <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> (still wish they would have created a bd'g emoticon!) Sat, 13 Mar 2010 12:37:36 EST Awesome Workshop with Faten Salama & Randa Kamal It was totally blown away!!! <BR> <BR> What an opportunity to see Randa perform. She was totally amazing. I liked seeing how much of the folkloric dance is present in Oriental dance! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:47:46 EST An specific challenge for me as a belly dancer SO, I went to my fourth beginner class this morning, and Omaris (Hip Expressions instructor) suggested that I stay for the level 2 class immediately following. She said some of it would be tough, but she thought I could keep up. <BR> <BR> We were drilling twists in place with a hip drop (my first time doing that in combo), and she pointed out that 'there is something extra' in my motion, but she couldn't tell quite what it was. As soon as she pointed it out, I knew IMMEDIATELY what it was:... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:44:26 EST I found a studio that is close enough to go to! YEAH!!! I am SOOOOO excited I found a studio in Southlake Texas!! It's like MAYBE 20 minutes from my house if there is traffic. I am soooooo excited *doing the happy shimmy* <BR> <BR> Today I'm heading to southlake barnes and nobels @ 4pm to meet some fellow sparkers so I figured I would leave a bit early and stop by and see if they are open. I even remembered to put them in my favorites on my phone so I can find them. <BR> <BR> Although due to homeschooling and my other stuff going on... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 13:03:07 EST Beledi Beach Bash w/Sadie I found out through my new dance studio about the Beledi Beach Bash, a weekend event with Sadie teaching and performing, is going on the weekend on March 19th! I just went to my first studio class, and had to think about if I should go or not, since I'll only have six or eight classes under my belt by them. But I figure I won't get another chance to observe and learn from an instructor like Sadie any time soon, so I signed up for the full Saturday and Sunday workshops. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:18:20 EST First Studio Class I finally got out of my living room and into a dance studio! Friday night was my first class, just a basics and intro, we kept moving the whole time though. I had my HRM on, but forgot about it -- I racked up 450 calories burned in just over an hour! Hold crap! And this was a beginner basics class. <BR> <BR> I loved having the mirrors, it helps so much to see what I'm doing. I signed up for classes, I think I'm about to get officially hooked... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:13:50 EST Hip Expressions Belly Dance Cruise HI. I just wanted to tell y'all about my recent cruise experience in more detail! Hip Expressions is a group out of St. Petersburg, Fl and they put together a belly dance cruise Feb. 8-13. My group had 13 dancers go from Danville, VA and surrounding areas. Another group had 9 out of Ohio. There was another group, I think from Minnesota, too. Altogether 87 dancers and family members cruised out of Tampa FL. On both days at sea we had dance lessons and then on the last night of the cruis... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 18:56:42 EST Hello everyone! My name is Caressa. I started belly dancing in 2003 but took a couple years off. Now I am back in classes and hope to shake a few pounds off in the process! I can't wait to get to know you all better through your posts and SparkPages. Fri, 19 Feb 2010 16:05:28 EST Anyone own a Body Bugg? I ordered a Body Bugg the other day. Does anyone else have one? What do you love or hate about it? I purchased a Garmin Forerunner and I really did not like it. It was very complicated to use and did not have all the features I wanted. So I sent it back the other day. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:44:35 EST Hi from Chicago's West Suburbs! Happy Tuesday everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Raksanna and I've been dancing, teaching and performing for nearly two decades. My specialty is Egyptian style. <BR> <BR> Last January, I weighed in at 208. In Sept, I started the HCG program and lost 40 pounds. I'm now in my second round and have a goal of another 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today is day 8 and I'm down to 165.2. It's a beautiful day! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be on Spark People and share in the community's success! <BR> <BR> Raks... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:26:45 EST Liquid Fusion with Anasma? I just watched the trailer for Anasma's new Liquid Fusion dvd, Wave Explosion. Ordinarily I would say this isn't really my thing, but this dvd looks SOO cool! I want to learn breakdance! :) <BR> <BR> Does anybody have her first dvd? Liquid Fusion? I think I might have to have this. Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:35:40 EST Semihas & (half) hagalas My teacher was going over what she called Semihas and what I've learned as hagala (or half-hagala). We discussed whether those were different names for the same move or maybe slightly different moves & weren't sure. Anybody know? <BR> <BR> The way she taught it was to move one hip in a vertical circle (back?) up & over, ending with the hip going down as you step forward (not sure I'm describing this well). Emphasis was sort of on the down. Repeat with other hip (walking move) <BR> <BR... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 17:19:27 EST No love for Egyptian? :( I'm thinking of starting a team for Egyptian dancers. Or rather, dancers who actually perform Egyptian style :) It seems we get no love these days, when everybody's into Tribal or Suhaila style or the new American styles. <BR> <BR> Anybody want an Egyptian dance, or actual Middle Eastern dance team? I was thinking if we did Middle Eastern, we could also talk about Bedouin, Kaliji, and Turkish/Lebanese too. <BR> <BR> Any interest? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:49:36 EST Online Bellydance Dictionary Blessed new year! <BR> <BR> 2010 has barely begun, and already the SOUL studio has launched a comprehensive online Bellydance Dictionary! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ex.htm </link> <BR> <BR> This amazing resource is for veteran and beginner bellydancers alike. It currently features 150+ movements with alternate movement names and detailed instructions on how to execute each. Throughout this year, my hope is to add EVEN MORE movements along with informative ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:07:14 EST Team Huddle, everyone needed!! *Evil Grins* <em>18</em> Okay, so we have invaded Sparkguys Page to get a Belly dancing Emoticon. Alright, we did not succeed(but ya cant say it wasn't fun, Lol!) <BR> <BR> It's time for another Belly dancing invasion. To whom you may ask?? <BR> <BR> Our other leaders...Nandini/Patti & IlanaP. I dont know about you but I want them back. Go to their Pages & tell them we miss them. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:08:51 EST Happy New Year! Just a few hours from 2010. What is everyone up to, or what did yo do for New Years eve? (If you are away & getting this late). <BR> <BR> I am all dressed up with no place to go. K, so we were invited to a Friends Bands Concert. However, coming Home in this frigid Weather after Midnight just was not so appealing this Year. <BR> <BR> With a Sparkly <em>212</em> wishing you all Happy New Year!!! <em>236</em> <em>181</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:55:28 EST Happy Holidays :) Hello Team. I know i've not been around alot lately. Life has been a bit crazy. I wanted to take this time to say Happy Holidays & that i've missed ya'll. <BR> <BR> Do, a little Quiz. <BR> <BR> 1. What have you all been up to? <BR> <BR> 2. What Holiday if any do you Celebrate this time of Year? <BR> <BR> 3. Are you continuing a healthy lifestyle this Season? <BR> <BR> 4. If "Yes" to #3 what has helped to keep you motivated? <BR> <BR> 5. Any New Years resolutions? <BR> <BR> Just checki... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:59:19 EST What do you do? So I had a bit of a crisis moment today. <BR> I was getting ready for a performance this afternoon. I went to put on the bedlah for my troupe costume and it *barely* fit. I was in tears and my makeup was already done and I war running a bit behind. It's not like I haven't already been feeling horrible about myself; I've gained a lot of the weight back since I got off track after getting laid off and then moving and getting a new job. I gained back enough weight that the costume that fit fine ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 00:56:01 EST Wisconsin Bellydance Howdy, all! I'm just curious if there are any other Wisconsin (or even Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan) dancers in this group. I'd love to become friends and perhaps we'll bump into each other at local(ish) events. :o) Thu, 3 Dec 2009 21:48:02 EST Greetings from Nayana in Wisconsin Heartfelt shimmies and movement greetings! <BR> <BR> I'm Nayana and I am a tribal fusion based bellydance instructor and performer in central Wisconsin. I'm new to SparkPeople and am excited to have found a bellydance group. <BR> <BR> I appreciate any tips peeps can provide on using SparkPeople and/or connecting with other bellydancers on this site. Feel free to send me a "friend" invite and perhaps advise how I even check/accept...again, I'm pretty new on this site. <BR> <BR> Joy in dan... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:14:09 EST When to take a workshop? There's a workshop by a dancer who I think is really cool just shortly after my birthday, and I'm thinking of suggesting it as a gift idea. <BR> <BR> The dancer is Rosanna McGuire: <link><BR>_ZMBS8 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm just trying to figure out if I'm at the point where I'd really benefit from it, as this is probably not my only opportunity to take a workshop with this dancer (We saw her perform in October and she was here for workshops for that). I st... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:51:08 EST Rachel Brice "Bellydance: Arms & Posture" DVD I'm curious if anyone has used this video? I have it and use it all the time, but I'm not sure if I should count it as an exercise and track it. It's very slow and controlled, lots of repetition, and plenty of stretching. It's not cardio, I would classify it as stength, I guess. Anyone have some input?? Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:22:48 EST Fan dance ideas I am looking for online videos of belly dance routines with fans - not the veil fans, rather the standard peacock fans - to get ideas for a duet. I seem to be striking out. Recommendations? Mon, 9 Nov 2009 22:45:43 EST ChicagoRaks workshop with Fahtiem was AWESOME Eight hours of instruction with the one and only Fahtiem who studied with Bobby. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 11:17:54 EST uhh... sorry ladies, this is random, but i just noticed this emoticon: <BR> <em>412</em> <BR> what IS it? b/c it looks like a finger cymbal! Wed, 4 Nov 2009 16:00:27 EST 'fess up! (slightly OT makeup ?) So how long do you use your makeup product for? I know mascara should really be chucked after a few months, but do you follow all the "guidelines" on replacing blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, and more? (Trying to decide whether to clean out my collection and splurge on some new stuff!) Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:01:01 EST Its been a long time! Its been a while since I've been on here!!! In july I stepped off of my deck and landed with all of my 235 pound glory on my ankle. All of the dr's I've seen said I should have broken or torn something. but no. I've been suffering and not getting any better. Yes, X-ray's and MRI... there is "nothing" wrong other than severe strain and severe bone bruising. <BR> I've not been able to dance, and I stopped sewing for a few months. I'm back to sewing and right now working on stock for my E... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:27:09 EST I hurt my back, and had to cancel a performance :( I will feel so left out as I watch everyone else shimmy away when I cannot even do a hip slide or complete a maya :( I hurt a disc in my lower back, and am worried that I won't dance well again. Has anyone out there overcome a back injury? and did a chiropractor help? Sat, 24 Oct 2009 22:39:00 EST Costume care question I recently ordered a plethora of new costume/performance pieces - my very first set of "real" costumes! The other pieces I have can generally be washed on delicate in the washer, but I suspect some of these new costume pieces will recommend dry cleaning. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever tried the at-home dry cleaning kits? Do they work? I know they don't replace professional dry cleaning, but I wonder if they are a good way to maintain clothes that are rarely worn. If you've tried these kits, what ... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:41:30 EST Calorie Burn Question? I know this is a bellydance team and I have not giving up bellydance but I am trying bollywood out. I was wondering if anyone knew where to find out how many calories would be burned from bollywood? Mon, 12 Oct 2009 21:33:48 EST Northern California dancers Is anyone here in the Sacramento/Roseville area? Wed, 7 Oct 2009 19:07:52 EST Motivational ideas', Quotes', Poems',id eas',etc. <em>198</em> Okay, so we've slacked on the Challenges' lately. Maybe, some of us are busy with other Challenges on other Teams. Maybe, we are all just busy. <BR> <BR> However, who couldn't use a place to come & get some new Motivational ideas', quotes, Poems or just support. Here is a good place to start. This is not a high pressured challenge. Just a Motivational one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:58:31 EST Anyone try anything new this Weekend? Hi, everyone! I know i've not been around much. I went to the gym Tonight. Did 50 minutes of Cardio, swimming & sprinting on the Treadmill which i've never done because I despise the treadmill. However, I saw it on the Biggest loser. <BR> <BR> 20 minutes of strengthening. 20 minutes is pretty good considering I tried something different & went over to the "Big Boys" side of the Gym. I tried a few new machines that i've been too intimidated to try while People around. I tried the manual sit ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:42:05 EST Are you tired of being self-taught? I consider a "self-taught" dancer to identify with one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Working almost exclusively with DVDs or online classes <BR> 2. No access to a weekly live regular class <BR> 3. Taking private lessons or classes on a monthly, quarterly, or otherwise periodic but regular basis. <BR> 4. Took regular classes in the past but now you're just practicing what you know or working with dvds. <BR> 5. Getting the majority of your instruction through seminars and workshops <B... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:54:49 EST Shimmy Time My belly dance meet up group gets together regularly over lunch to discuss upcoming events and other belly dance topics. It is a very motivating event and makes me want to get off the couch and shimmy! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 20:09:13 EST Need ideas for a gift basket... ...for a dancer in my group who is going for abdominal surgery. We're getting together a basket for her, combination of things that are will keep her amused (or be amusing for the rest of us LOL), be useful while she recovers, things for pampering, etc. Any advice? Thanks! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 21:23:58 EST Suggestions for where to buy DVDs (Canada) Does anyone know of any retail chains in Canada (or specific stores in Ottawa) that tend to stock a half decent selection of belly dance DVDs? E.g. somewhere that stocks the WDNY titles. <BR> <BR> So far as I can tell based on looking at the websites for Chapters, FutureShop, BestBuy, etc. they have a limited selection available to order on their websites and I'd be lucky to find one or two fitness oriented dance DVDs on the shelves in a store. <BR> <BR> I know I can order from Amazon, but ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:25:43 EST I didn't leave in tears! I have been dancing for about 4 years now. I'm not a very skilled dancer because I always take a hiatus durring the summer and have to re-learn eveything in the fall.I have 2 teachers and I have learned alot from them but they are both very critical of my movements, they really aren't hateful but the majority of the time I leave class crying. <BR> This weekend I went to a seminar that was taught by a lady that had just came back for Cairo and studied under several famous insructors. I really... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 21:51:17 EST I need a sword So where exactly do I find a sword to dance with that has good balance? Any tips you have will also be appreciated. Thanks in advance! :) <BR> <BR> To be more specific, I would like to know what exact sword do you recommend and from which seller. I purchased a sword online but it does not balance at all (that's what I get for being so price-conscious). I don't want to buy another unusable one. Sun, 13 Sep 2009 18:56:47 EST exercises I found this link for belly dancing exercises. <link><BR>hallenge/video/<BR>ml?playerId=5807897001&titleId=1250626382 </link> I was watching the clips and it's for dancers who already know how to dance. LOL this kinda helped me a little...I have no idea what I'm doing yet :D Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:19:59 EST yay,,classes start again tonight!! I have so not been accountable to myself, for workouts. But now I have to be accountable to my teacher and classmates, so that should kick me into gear! <BR> Now if only the baby would sleep thru the night, sigh... <em>102</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:31:51 EST Vegas anyone? Hey Everyone! <BR> The Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive is next week!!!! Is anyone going????? My entire troupe is going... actually, there's a huge Utah contingent going because we told everyone we knew how awesome it was going to be! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 14:53:14 EST Combinography Anyone have this DVD by Cheeky Girl productions? I am itching to get it, but since I have so many others I want to make sure it is a good buy. I have been DYING for something to help me with building combinations and choreogaphy and improvisation. This one seems to be it. <BR> <link><BR>og/combinography.html </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:23:53 EST Foods for the Metabolism, feel free to add to the Here's a list of specific foods that raise your metabolism and help burn body fat. <BR> <BR> Cayenne Pepper - <BR> <BR> Oxford Polytechnic Institute proved that cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism approximately 20%. It not only stimulates the body's metabolic rate, but also cleans fat out of the arteries. Cayenne pepper also adds great zip to foods such as spaghetti sauce and soups. <BR> <BR> Salsa - <BR> <BR> Salsa was proven at the Oxford Institute to stimulate the metabolism a... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 15:40:18 EST Gotta shoulder?? I got some really bad news this Morning. My Uncle past away this a.m. suddenly. He was my Dad's Younger Brother. I had to Work until almost 7 P.M. I made a Patient cry. UGH!!! Not my intention. <BR> <BR> I scheduled a Vacation more than a Month ago this Week because it was Steve's Birthday & our Anniversary was a Week ago & he Married us, 9 Years ago. <BR> <BR> Just asking for a little support from my Sisters'. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 20:49:41 EST Honesty This is my latest Blog... <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote from Spark's article on depression & a Dare ;) <BR> <BR> When you got nothing, <BR> you got nothing to lose. <BR> You’re invisible now, you <BR> got no secrets to conceal. <BR> How does it feel <BR> To be on your own <BR> With no direction home <BR> Like a complete unknown <BR> Like a rolling stone? <BR> <BR> Bob Dylan <BR> Like a Rolling Stone <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I read Sparkpeoples' article on depression, which is often looked a... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 22:48:02 EST Lets keep track of our fitness minutes Something simple, to keep us moving. They say that people who track & share their fitness minutes do better. Sun, 28 Jun 2009 20:35:38 EST Once a week check in Hi, I wanted to start this one so there was a place to check in and keep the support going! <BR> <BR> This week, I practised bellydance, ballet and I lost 1.6 pounds! I am now down to the 20 pound lost mark. Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:30:17 EST My Mom is sick... So, you can imagine how I felt when the Emergency Department at the Hospital called & asked me to come down. My Mom was there. Apparently, she had fainted & her breathing stopped & no pulse. My Ste Dad <BR> <BR> I got down there. A Co-worker came with me, but they would not let her in. <BR> <BR> She was hallucinating, when I got there. She did not know where she was. She wanted to know how I got there. <BR> <BR> I kept glancing at the Blood pressure & pulse Monitor. I noticed her Pulse ... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:15:31 EST how do you practice?? When I have a performance coming up I work my tail off and choreograph or prepare if I'm improvising..but when I just want to practice I'm kind of at a loss. I do videos sometimes, and others, I will work on technique, or just dancing to songs I like. I would like to know what others do because I need to come up with a structure that is a little of both free dancing and technique work, instead of mostly one or the other with no balance. Thanks! :-) Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:37:58 EST I'm Baaaaack! (and baby photos) Heyyy ladies, I'm back on Spark! I'm ready to work on the last of the baby weight, and ready to dance again-- although classes will have to wait. <BR> <BR> I'm breastfeeding, and back at work, so that kinda puts a damper on evening activities for now. <BR> <BR> But one of my June goals is to dance at home! With baby, if he'll tolerate it... <BR> <BR> And, a few photos of Patrick on my page! I'll have to post one of his newborn pics too, with a glowing mom holding him :) Mon, 1 Jun 2009 16:52:31 EST One flaw in Women One Flaw In Women <BR> <BR> Women have strengths that amaze men. <BR> <BR> They bear hardships and they carry burdens, <BR> <BR> but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> <BR> They cry when they are happy <BR> <BR> and laugh when they are nervous. <BR> <BR> They fight for what they believe in. <BR> <BR> They stand up to injustice. <BR> <BR> They don't take "no" for an answer <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2009 17:16:43 EST 4 random thoughts... follow after me... Borrowed this from another Team. eems like fun. <BR> <BR> I'll post 1st.. Tue, 26 May 2009 21:12:36 EST What is this World coming to?? <em>28</em> I am soo angry! My Nephew's Teacher actually beat him up with a broom Today. He is 6 years old. The Police were called. I dont know if his good for nothing Mother will press charges. It makes me physically ill to think of this. Fri, 22 May 2009 16:32:46 EST Jumping back in... Well, I am posting here to announce that I'm back, trying again. I'm back on WW (though not very well at this point). I'm trying to take baby steps for now and work on improving one thing at a time. So, part of my improvement is to work on that accountability thing and actually post my intention to...continue posting! Mon, 18 May 2009 15:50:40 EST Gonna be away for the Weekend... Hi, Team. I know i've been a bad leader lately. I promise to be a better leader when I get back. Like much of the World we are having financial hardships. My Car's transmission went out & all we have is my Husbands work van. It is 25 years old. <BR> <BR> We are going to Rock on the Range. My Mom & her Husband bought us tickets. Then Steve lucked out & won a Pair. We sold them to pay bills & put food on the table. So, Tomorrow & Sunday I get to get away from all the stress & pressure & go to ... Fri, 15 May 2009 20:40:47 EST Photo chalenge... Have you noticed the new Team Photos' that can be posted for the Team to see? It is by the Announcements & says new. Post a great Photo of you Belly dancing for us all to see. I think this is a great new feature. What do ya say? Mon, 11 May 2009 21:00:54 EST Happy Mothers day! Hi, everyone. Just wanted to say Happy Mothers day to all you awesome Mamas' & future Mamas. <em>214</em> Let others do for you Tomorrow. As Mothers' we typically are the givers. I think we are learning along our journey that we need to take care of ourselves to be able to take care of others'. I hope your special dai is wonderful! Sat, 9 May 2009 19:49:40 EST Costumes on a budget... I'm moving on up to Intermediate next week and realized that here I am with my Goodwill and Freecycle costumes trying to look like, well, a real bellydancer. 4/5 of our beginner class has the really nice cabaret style costumes (you know, the $300+ ones...) and I am in my $6 thrift store top and slacks which I re-purposed for bellydance. Personally I thought I looked good, but my costumes could stand some upgrading. <BR> <BR> Now I actually do not like the cabaret look for myself, I prefer (n... Fri, 8 May 2009 11:57:40 EST passing the buck... So, we got a call from my not-quite-10 y/o niece the other day. She wanted to ask me about "borrowing some clothes." At first I was like "What?" She is nowhere near my size...then she said "BELLYDANCE clothes!" <BR> <BR> It seems that she got herself a neena and veena video and loved it, and now she is signed up for a class! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited for her. She is a little on the heavy side so her parents were encouraging her to adopt some sort of active hobby, and she picked bellydance! ... Wed, 6 May 2009 10:40:34 EST new and needing a teacher Hi there I am new to the group, and needing to find a teaching in the Southwest Virginia area. I took a couple classing in my old hometown, but really wanting to go farther into the dance. Any one have ideas???? Tue, 5 May 2009 11:28:56 EST Shimmy DVD I'm looking for a shimmy DVD that focuses on instruction and drilling; something that I could use on the weekend. I was thinking among these three: <BR> <BR> Drills! Drills! Drills! Michelle Joyce <BR> Every Shimmy in the Book Bozenka <BR> 21 Shimmies and 1001 Variations Leyla Jouvana <BR> <BR> Or can anyone think of another? Tue, 5 May 2009 09:35:46 EST UGH!!! Honestly, I thought it was something I said but I have not been able to post on the Message Boards since Yesterday Morning. Yet, I could Blog & get into my Page & leave comments on other Peoples Pages after a couple of tries. Someone just posted on my Blog to clean out my 'Cookies' on the computer. Well, I did not find Tools at first. I found a Tool symbol but that was not it. <BR> <BR> So, I finally found it & it worked & I did not break the Computer. Hmm, go figure! <BR> <BR> I hope your ... Sun, 3 May 2009 19:11:18 EST Help with shimmy... Any suggestions on how to Shimmy more gracefully? ...I guess what I mean is going slow I do wonderful, but then when I speed up I don't know how to keep the legs moving at a even pace, then before I know it everything is moving and not in a good way. I am practicing between classes so any suggestions would help!! <em>41</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 10:06:02 EST Those dang zills much much harder than they look! You professional dancers make it look deceivingly easy. We started using them in last weeks class and I was a complete mess. After practicing at home all week (and driving my husband, kids, and the cat crazy) I finally got the rhythm down at a decent speed. Problem is that it all falls apart when I add in the hips. I can't even do a hip bump and keep the rhythm going. <BR> <BR> I know, keep practicing right? Are there any other tips you can give me to he... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:37:03 EST Rakkasah Spring Caravan 2009 Any dancers on the east coast heading to the Spring Caravan this year? I'm hoping to go but it depends on whether or not I go to Upstate NY for my Birthday. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:07:21 EST Help plz? My dear team members, <BR> <BR> I need help....I am graduating this year come May 29. I am excited...very excited but there is one thing bring me down from my little happy cloud about that....I can not find a vet tech school nor a college close to me....the closes so far is one that is nearly an hours drive. If anyone knows of a college that is in the Fortworth,Tx area that offers the vet tech program plz sparkmail me or send a reply on here...plz...i am trying my best here on my own looking... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:33:19 EST Hi all Hi...I just started belly dancing on tv first about a year ago (Shimmy), and I have started with classes at a local studio. I really love it and hope to master some of the moves (tummy rolls and shimmimg without being too tired) Glad to have found this team! Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:00:55 EST Music? Looking for a new song to dance to, it needs to be short, but not a drum solo. Any suggestions? I've burnt El Fen out! Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:22:38 EST Finish this... This Week I accomplished.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This Week I could've done better with.... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:31:55 EST Trailer for "Love Potion:B llydance Workout Dvd" They finally released the trailer for the new bellydance workout dvd by Neon, Blanca, and Sarah Skinner, "Love Potion!" It looks like it is going to be a great dvd and a want to have for all bellydancer's. what ya'll think? <BR> <BR><BR>8o Sat, 18 Apr 2009 15:37:51 EST Classes in El Cajon, CA? I'm looking for belly dance classes near me. Anyone here who takes classes near El Cajon, CA? Thu, 16 Apr 2009 18:04:57 EST Reunion recovery.... K, so i went to Kentucky for Easter & Grandma's 92 birthday. She lives in a small trailor in the "holler" in the Mountains. She has to climb a steep hill to get tp her trailor. This amazing Woman gets up & down that hill better than me. No walker, or wheelchair. She feels she is the luckiest Person in the World. Shes never been rich. But she values her Family & Religion. <BR> <BR> So, I missed work Yesterday. My Aunt is a chain smoker who stays up all night. I stayed at her House. I have ast... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:50:46 EST New Bellydance HipHop Liquid Fusion DVD I watched this last night. Very interesting DVD Set. <BR> Was like having a workshop in my house. The warmup was great, about 25 min, then the drills. She breaks down body areas and spends a little time on each. Not much though. I didn't think there was enough drilling for each thing taught. She has some language difficulty (she's french) but honestly its kinda cute, and I had no issues understanding what she was trying to get across. Both dvd's are full of information, and the choreo... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 11:18:47 EST Belly dance classes in Columbus? I'm looking for both me and a friend of mine. <BR> <BR> She lives in Columbus and I visit her often. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:00:12 EST I found this motivational. <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanna share a Blog that I got a blessing to share. This inspired me.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Someone else posted this. I thought it was some good advice. Some advice I need to take myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day, and while you walk, smile. <BR> It is the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God (or to your higher power or meditate) about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if ... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 20:07:36 EST Any good stretch/fl lexibility DVDs? Hey girls, <BR> <BR> I have been out of the dancing scene for almost 8 months now due to moving every few months for work and I am trying to get back into it. I have lost some flexibility(I wasn't so great to start with) and I am looking for a workout DVD to help me with good stretching and increasing flexibility. Any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Stacy Sat, 4 Apr 2009 09:23:21 EST