SparkPeople Sparkling Belly Dancers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=15 Welcome to the Shimmy Zone! Dancing newbies, seasoned performers, cabaret, tribal, video, live instruction - dancing for our lives and getting healthy with a brilliant sparkle! SparkPeople Sparkling Belly Dancers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=15 Which frustrating move have you mastered? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x57485427 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x57331470 Mira Betz! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:57:26 EST So much fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x57209804 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=56 </link> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:03 EST Just saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x57081921 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x57017230 Combo drill with Anita <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7bKIA23C0 </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:23:51 EST Finger cymbals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x56937557 A great tip on hand tension for proper zill strikes <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pEY6WKcXdQ </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:45:27 EST What inspires you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x56862606 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=44 </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:41:51 EST Welcome new team leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x56835903 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x56786095 Especially important for marathon dance days! <link>shes-got-hips.com/fueling-up-for-a-y<BR>our-dance/ </link> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:49:02 EST Free online dance videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x56698234 Recent discussions made me realize this deserves its very own topic! <BR> <BR> Here's a FatChance BellyDance combo drill with Anita: <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7b<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x56600676 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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6I92UySP<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x56552227 Brilliant and inspiring video to challenge the way we see ourselves <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=17 </link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:14:21 EST Best dance advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x56498604 What's the best advice you've received as a dancer? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:09 EST Spark Team bonus points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x56472622 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>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-no<BR>w-sa.asp </link> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:40:35 EST Anyone new to the team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x56456948 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 SparkPeo ple.com? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x56442037 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x56428688 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x56115008 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x56061723 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x54911816 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x53362640 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x52967005 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x52642239 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x51608418 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x51607488 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x51392208 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x51152533 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x50339692 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x50163492 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x49996490 <link>https://www.facebook.com/events/4505<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>https://www.facebook.com/ATSFMWW </link> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:20:54 EST Daily Belly Dance Quickie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x49961887 Get some inspiration every day via email! <link>shes-got-hips.com/Quickies.html </link> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:17:21 EST New Co-Leade r....and Hello Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x49961279 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x49522305 Brilliant blog from <link>thebellyweb.com/2012/08/14/how-to-be<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x47943296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x47743095 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x47327832 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x46751673 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x46397323 In case y'all hadn't heard about I wanted to share the following information :) <BR> <BR> <link>shimmymob.com </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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x46360645 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x45954612 I'm doing this! Anyone else? <BR> <BR> http://www.shimmymob.com/SignUp.html Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:10:20 EST Upcoming Workshops? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x45737616 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x45504948 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x45205407 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x45202467 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x45124216 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x45115520 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x44680615 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x44158238 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x44156646 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x44148840 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x44074863 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x43960034 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x43914261 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x43129836 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x43124150 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x42794392 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x42619461 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x42375953 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x42317768 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x41858075 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x41216868 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x41162911 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40948360 It is April Fools day - any good ones? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 21:24:46 EST I finally did my first public solo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40861712 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x40702401 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x40529928 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNYRnauZc0g </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:41:31 EST whoever was looking for Nandini's DVD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40261977 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x40211013 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>shes-got-hips.com </link> <BR> <BR> You can friend them on fb too <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/pages/Daily-Bellyda<BR>nce-Q... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:17:51 EST My zil link of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40203483 My link of the week this week is all about zils :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.shira.net/zills-44.htm </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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40146447 Stole this from one of my other teams... Which Season is Your Soul Connected to??? <BR> <BR> http://www.blogthings.com/whatseasonisyo<BR>ursoulconnectedtoquiz/ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:25:39 EST I need y'alls help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40139636 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>www.facebook.com/pages/BellyDancingD<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>www.facebook.com/photo.php?f... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:14:56 EST Nandini's Bollywood Choreography dvd? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40069373 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x40056324 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x40041582 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.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x39903794 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x39790595 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??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x39522652 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x39274638 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.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x39238305 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x39134098 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x39125267 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x38965294 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x38954912 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!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x38728685 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ston7gXJk </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you girls like to dance to? Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:54:57 EST BELLYDANCING AT LA FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x38697792 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x38606029 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x38582469 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x38574297 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x38557272 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x38111936 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x37949149 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37778857 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37619551 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efz6TTiUmlI </link> <BR> <BR> any ideas please? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:47:16 EST Jillina's Entrance Choreography http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37619464 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.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37602249 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x37585534 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37555141 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37548660 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37475821 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x37028786 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x36966250 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x36529378 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x36197665 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x36148884 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x36047202 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* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x35646061 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x35426959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x35235132 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x34983849 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x34714120 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x34527663 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x34167803 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x34167727 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x33983756 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33941396 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33855786 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8MYUtRUwkE&<BR>feature=fvw </link> Sun, 2 May 2010 15:09:21 EST My teacher is moving :( . Suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33701307 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x33672915 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x33668798 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x33338206 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33255824 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33198965 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x33099231 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x32912885 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> www.bluegrassbellydance.com Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:28:54 EST Beledi Beach Bash w/Sadie this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32826374 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32791242 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32763996 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x32761625 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x32737531 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>http://bellydancesword.swordwares.co<BR>m/ </link> or <link>http://www.atlantabellydance.com/sto<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>http://www.atlantabellydance.com/sto<BR>re/SwordsTurkis... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:23:08 EST Finally started a class!!!! Whooo Hooo!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32663734 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32524347 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32486055 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32484411 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32303512 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32303466 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x32088709 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x32086192 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x31288883 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x31025953 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x30859090 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x30798532 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? :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x30789825 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x30721569 Blessed new year! <BR> <BR> 2010 has barely begun, and already the SOUL studio has launched a comprehensive online Bellydance Dictionary! <BR> <BR> <link>www.thesoulstudio.net/dictionary/ind<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* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x30674289 <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x30642250 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x30438668 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x30165205 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x30125575 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x30105696 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29911320 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>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H1ze<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29804388 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29641077 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29625828 Eight hours of instruction with the one and only Fahtiem who studied with Bobby. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 11:17:54 EST uhh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29526662 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 ?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29472249 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29355389 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 :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29288214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29216568 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x29033446 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28927508 Is anyone here in the Sacramento/Roseville area? Wed, 7 Oct 2009 19:07:52 EST Motivational ideas', Quotes', Poems',id eas',etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x28835947 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28835692 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28627406 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28541352 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28506504 ...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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28479656 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28412352 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28382419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28333585 I found this link for belly dancing exercises. <link>health.discovery.com/national-body-c<BR>hallenge/video/body-in-motion-video.ht<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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28317445 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x28082049 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x27627758 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>www.cheekygirlsproductions.com/catal<BR>og/combinography.html </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:23:53 EST Foods for the Metabolism, feel free to add to the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x27567309 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x27319725 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x27075400 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x26637512 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x26452574 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x26420107 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x26216479 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25984098 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25911780 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25835648 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25743995 <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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25634347 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25571687 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25460039 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25410127 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25380857 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25319517 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25291315 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25287426 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25241979 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25153273 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x25101021 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24989217 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24915617 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x24914409 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24893397 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24846736 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x24823429 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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgMkkCDR7<BR>8o Sat, 18 Apr 2009 15:37:51 EST Classes in El Cajon, CA? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24776176 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24720236 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24512926 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24475582 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24460885 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24420903 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 Confessions Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x24411536 Okay, Team! You know how we all beat ourselves up when we make a bad choice or get a bit lazy? Well, we are going to counteract those bad choices. <BR> <BR> For every bad deed we do we will confess & commit to doing something healthy for a Day, a Week, a Month. For example, last Weekend I had a very lazy day. So, i've been doing 100 jumping jacks everyday for a Week. You can make up your own healthy chore or you can ask us to assign you something. <BR> <BR> Lets' all join in. <em>244</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 21:00:05 EST Advice please..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24289096 I'm new to belly dancing and I did my first workout this mornig and loved it!!!! There wasn't a lot of instruction though so I think i would do a lot better if I could find a dvd workout that was geared towards a total and complete, havent' got a clue, beginner. Something that will totally show, explain, demonstrate everything. Any suggestions?? Thanks! Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:43:20 EST hi from Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x24269995 Hello! I'm new to your team! I jsut recently checked out a few belly dancing (beginners) dvd's from my local library just to see what it was all about and I fell in love with this dance!!!! I know NOTHING about the art of belly dancing but I'm soooo looking forward to learning more!!! Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:22:14 EST Walk On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24221770 I just received this in email today... and had to share with all my sparkteams... Keeps things in perspective! <BR> <BR> <link>vodpod.com/watch/1165857-walk-on-esp<BR>n-video </link> <BR> <BR> Keep reaching for YOUR goals! <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 29 Mar 2009 01:21:40 EST Dvd Suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x24191803 I have some money to buy a new bellydance dvd but I am not sure of what to get because there is a lot of good one's out there. I was wondering if I could get some suggestions plz? Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:35:20 EST Bellydancing and periods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24163526 I was just wondering if any of you ladies experienced irregular/stubborn/painful periods after starting bellydancing? Or has bellydancing changed your periods at all, for better or worse? <BR> I got my period after fast bellydancing a few days ago and I had bad cramps. I almost never have cramps anymore, because of how much I exercise. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any opinions on this?? :) Thu, 26 Mar 2009 20:42:40 EST New (borrowed) Belly dance Dvds' Opinions please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x24130293 I have, Jillina-Shape up n' hip out! (made the mistake of going straight from rhythm hips to Turbo hips.) Youch! <BR> <BR> Goddess workout with Dolphina (not tried yet). <BR> <BR> Bellydance Body Beginners with Suhaila. (Not tried). <BR> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions?? Anyone tried these? I borrowed them from the Library.But they seem to be available alot. Opinions' please. Or if you can suggest some. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:16:49 EST Asharahs DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x24055602 Asharah's Modern Tribal Belly Dance DVD will kick your butt! If you wanna try something new or just work out, this is it! <BR> Not for beginners. Mon, 23 Mar 2009 14:39:04 EST GRRRRRRR RRRRR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23947024 Okay... I'm trying to rise above it, but I just had to cancel my hair appointment, because my husband has been held over at work. This has NOT been my week and this is just the topping on the unfrosted dry miserable cake. <BR> <BR> And now I have to change my goals, because I did end up complaining!!! <BR> <BR> Son of a *&%$# what is a girl to do??? Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:26:53 EST Currents? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=125x15x23891062 I wasn't sure wether to put this in the video discussion but I thought we could share what dvd we are using currently and some that were looking forward to this year. <BR> <BR> These are the one's I currently use the most: <BR> Luscious: The Bellydance Workout by Neon, Blanca, & Sarah Skinner <BR> Bellydance Core Fitness by Ayshe <BR> Belly Dancing: Energy by Amira Mor <BR> Belly Dance Basics and Beyonds by Jenna <BR> Bellydance Rhythm Workout by Neon <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to <BR>... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 19:12:46 EST My new Dance instructor r..Lol!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23862145 Alyssa, is teaching me Miley Cyrus's Hoe down throw down dance. Lol! It is fun. I just got Rania's Personal trainor Bellydance fitness from the Library. (Free is good right??) Am I wrong or did some of you say that you trained with Rania?? I did not do it Today, however Tomorrow I will. I've lifted some weights & danced with the Daughter. How is everyone?? Mon, 16 Mar 2009 21:19:52 EST beginning belly dancing-move names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23836293 Do moves in belly dancing have different names for the same things? I started a beginning belly dancing class yesterday (and absolutely loved it!) but she never used the words "shimmy" or "camel" and I'm pretty sure we were "shimmying". I am very confused (and not very coordinated). Any advice on how to make the transitions easier and how to get the arms and hips moving against each other would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:25:42 EST Upcoming workshops anywhere? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23765756 I am always on the lookout for workshops in the following geographies that I visit. If you know of any ANYWHERE, please share. <BR> <BR> I am always on the lookout for workshops in: <BR> <BR> Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Washington, DC <BR> <BR> My teacher just had Amani from Atlanta in and she was FABULOUS. <BR> <BR> It reminded me how important it is to get instruction from a variety of teachers and get out and meet fellow bellydancers. <BR> <BR> I am constantly amaze... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:14:02 EST Embarrassed in class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23706722 I was in class last night and got so embarrassed when I started sweating. I'm talking sweat dripping off my head and onto the floor. Ugggggg I wanted to leave class!!!! I had to run to the bathroom and get paper towels. My heart rate wasn't even elevated!! We were just doing basic moves that I've done a hundred times. <BR> <BR> I've been doing lots of high intensity interval training as well as training for a 10k so I don't understand why something so low in intensity was making me swea... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:41:12 EST HELP-I'm looking for 'local' troupe/class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23672377 Hey there ladies I was hoping that out of the 766 OTHER members of this team I could find at least 1 other individual that lived within 30 minutes of me. <BR> <BR> I can find no classes or ANYONE local interested in belly dancing and that really is sad because according my husband "it's so darn HOT" ;^) <BR> <BR> I live about 2 miles west of the Texas Motor Speedway off of 114 (which is west of 25W) in Texas (DFW area) PLEASE HELP!!! If you live in the area please post a note and let me ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:28:40 EST Advice on combining classes with practice at home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23652635 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just started belly dancing (I had my first class tonight!) and I am really enjoying it. My class meets once a week, and I want to practice between classes obviously. I'm thinking of buying a DVD to follow along with. I don't have any full length mirrors at home, though, which I think would be helpful. <BR> <BR> Is there any advice for someone just starting out? What worked for you when you were first starting to learn? <BR> <BR> (PS -- Sorry if this has already... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:57:57 EST Are there any troupe leaders out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23643506 I'm wondering how many of us are troupe leaders? I am sort of new, no, inexperienced in leading a group of women dancers. I am feeling quite frustrated with the lack of commitment and progress. Does anyone else experience this as well? Mon, 9 Mar 2009 18:47:10 EST Back AGAIN -- rewind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23640515 I'm starting to feel like a Cylon -- all this has happened before, and it will happen again ... LOL <BR> <BR> So Yesterday started one more of those "start your life over" phases for me. I'm taking a reduction in hours at work, performing more, focusing more on teaching, getting involved in some new activities, and trying (one more time) to lose this last 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I know I'm one of the WORST when it comes to "I'm starting over again!" but the way I figure it, it's not like I'm ... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:58:32 EST Happy, Smiley: ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23585702 Sorry. Wrong post. Sat, 7 Mar 2009 21:31:56 EST Some new moves to try? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23493783 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been practicing bellydancing for about 3 weeks now, and I think I'm FINALLY beginning to understand the moves I can remember- shimmy, hip circles, shoulder shimmys, hip bumps, hip snaps. <BR> I'm wondering now, is there any other moves I should learn? (Well, obviously lol) but I mean, can someone please give me a link or tell me some new moves I may have overlooked? I need some new, fresh ideas <BR> so I can start practicing right away. :) <BR> Thank you!! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 20:55:46 EST Repeat after me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x23383456 This Monday, give me 25 Jumping Jacks! Lets add to the curriculum everyday. Feel free to Post a challenge everyday... more than once even...we all need a Challenge. Lets encourage our Sisters..... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:44:01 EST WooooooH ooooooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23322578 Go read my blog. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 19:08:18 EST woo hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23308386 Going to see the belly dance super stars tonight Fri, 27 Feb 2009 10:49:50 EST Finally.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23259142 I have not felt as well as I did this a.m. in a LLLLLLOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG time. I finally got the new trial medication for my Adhd. I felt awesome. Like the old me. Only day 1 so not expecting miracles. As the day progressed I did experience some agitation. Doc. said that was normal. There is HOPE!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> K, so my Co-workers & I are doing that "Smoothie for breakfast, Smoothie for lunch diet." We started Today. They made me my first shake in the blender. So, they leave me ... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:16:46 EST Thanks, Mom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23229348 So, economically I suck these days. My Mom bought us Rock on the Range Tickets.Yes! Yes! Yes! Feelin' bad because I could've used the Money for Bills'. Anyone else wanna have fun during this depression?? Me, too! Me, too! Me, TOO! Lol! I am lookin forward to it. No $8.00 Beers for us & we will go Home instead of getting a Hotel. <BR> <BR> I feel blessed. Love ya 'll! <BR> <BR> Have fun! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:31:51 EST Missing the dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23157082 My local teacher quit teaching. My main teacher quit teaching except once a month, she quit hosting Haflas too. I have all the beautiful costumes and nothing to wear them for! I miss the dance soooo much! Sun, 22 Feb 2009 21:09:03 EST Umm, ugh!!! Test results' say.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23073639 K, I know I am too honest. I feel I can share this with you. My nerves have been terrible for a bit now & i've struggled with some depression. <BR> <BR> My Boss (Doctor P.) has told me that I have ADD (Attention deficiency disorder). UH! THE NERVE!!! I know some of you are not surprised. K, I was still a bit p'd off about this until he told me depression & anxiety can go hand & hand with ADD. <BR> <BR> So,I go to Dr. S. I almost quit my Job due to the anxiety. I did a test. I Aced the tes... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:04:00 EST pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x23021516 I am pregnant and dancing.just into second trimester :) Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:34:00 EST I'm Back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22965477 Hello everyone...well I am back from New Mexico...and will try to catch up on all my e-mails in the coming days...I have a lot...ugh...lol. Any who, missed you guys and will post pics soon! Mon, 16 Feb 2009 16:50:46 EST Sorry, Hips question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22963537 okay...so I didn't know where to post this so I just added a post. anyways...I'm having the most trouble with hip drops and lifts. I don't know if I'm too stiff, or if I need to work on the isolations more. My teacher said a lot of times it looks like I'm doing a slide in either case, especially when we did the lateral figure 8's. I have what I guess you'd call a bad knee, but it doesn't hurt too much when I dance. I'm thinking maybe I'm putting too much pressure on it because I'm not doing t... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:46:39 EST Taking a Poll... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22912362 Okay, I am taking a Poll. We are facing tough economical times right now.So we are al trying to save some Money right?? I have not had a raise in 3 Years & my job duties have increased. ('salright! *Sniffles*). So, we go to see a Movie Today. Early so we could save Money. No Popcorn or drinks. <BR> <BR> So, my question is...since I watched half the Movie, "Friday the 13th." Half of it through my hands. I should get half the $4.50 I paid back right?? <BR> <BR> Oh, that Movie was frightenin... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 21:14:57 EST Most challenging bellydance move?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22912050 I'm just curious about this one: Which bellydance moves do each of you find the most challenging?? I'm new to the dance completely, so to me I find shimmies to be the hardest of all, that and undulations. I can't figure out how to make the upper body undulations. LOL <BR> <BR> What about the rest of you?? :) Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:58:04 EST And this Week's Spotlight, er, Sparklight goes to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22860058 Nandini/Patti! She was Sparklighted. Let's applaud our sparkly (even a bit feisty <em>40</em> redhead). She has been a true motivated energetic (did I mention feisty??) leader. She lives life to the fullest & always has great advice to give. She is all of our Sisters' ( she has to put up with me her bratty little adopted Sis). <BR> <BR> On a serious note. There is no one more deserving. We love you, Patti! Now that you are in the Sparklight, you can motivate more Sisters'. Biggest <em>247... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:28:03 EST Valentines day plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22825879 I am not sure about me yet. We were gonna go to a Concert but we dont associate ourselves with that group anymore. The singer is a womanizing JERK!!! K, sorry! <BR> <BR> Whatever it is it has to be cheap. Maybe, just a babysitter & some Candles. So what are your plans? Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:13:12 EST Awesome Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22816334 Trader Joe's Freeze dried banana sliced unsweetened. <BR> <BR> Ingredient: Bananas <BR> <BR> No sugar,only natural sugar...just bananas! Wed, 11 Feb 2009 14:43:15 EST Think good thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22781873 Well, after months of wondering, I just discovered that my very dear friend's daughter has been stealing from me. I am in complete and total shock. I know kids steal... but you know, shoplifting from the store is different from stealing from someone you know. She first took $50 from my youngest son, then I have a Peanuts nativity set where Snoopy is the sheepherder to three little birds (Woodstock and friends), then various other things. Well, when watching her dogs this weekend, somethin... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:04:07 EST Just bragging a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22746544 Craig went and met some friends for coffee last night and he picked up one of the local alternative newspapers. Every issue has a bellyography of a local dancer and this week's issue had my teacher, Mecha! <BR> So...I'm bragging and I'm sharing the link in case anyone wants to read it. <link>www.slugmag.com/article.php?id=1593 </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 15:53:55 EST Zil DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22723198 What's a good zil DVD to purchase? My instructor goes a little too fast for me, and everyone in class is right hand dominant but me. I was thinking of "Killer Ziller" since they have a drill where there's a close up of her hands, but I am open to other suggestions. Sun, 8 Feb 2009 23:23:08 EST I'm BAAACCCKKK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22712168 Sorry, to be so LOUD but that ROCK CONCERT WAS SO LOUD! Sorry! I am screaming again. I will give all the details Tonight or Tomorrow. My head is still spinning. <BR> <BR> Did you know that you cannot take a Camera in the Rock & Roll hall of fame?? Well, we'd have to make up for that wouldn't we?? Did you know there is no touching at The R & Roll hall of fame?? <em>18</em> I did not know why that outfit was moving on Johnny Cash exhibit when Steve came to join me. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 17:20:23 EST 3 Things you must know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22611154 Post 3 things everyone must know about you..... <BR> (I stole this from another group and thought it would be fun) Thu, 5 Feb 2009 10:20:16 EST Hello from Europe ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x22603963 Hi there ! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty new on SP (joined a few days ago) and completely new to belly dancing. I decided to start belly dancing after reading this on Amiras's website : "Through bellydance, women can see themselves from the inside out and not the other way around, thus more easily appreciate their bodies and feel beautiful. Inner beauty develops from having a non-judgmental attitude, confidence, self-respect and self-love." <BR> I'm in a place where I need to connect to my body, lear... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 02:58:18 EST Going to Cleveland... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22596056 Umm, any Belly dancers' there to bail me out, er, keep me outta trouble?? Well, since Lana is gonna be on Vacation Patti is on call. We are gonna go see Steve's favorite Band. Black light burn's. He is lucky they are cheap & we are not that far or we would not be going. <BR> <BR> Now, Lana & I are leaving Patti in charge. *Bites finger nails*. I know, I know! I am the mature one. <em>43</em> But we have faith that Patti will stay outta trouble. ( <em>29</em> ). I will be back late Sunday e... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 20:09:27 EST A good tip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22527723 Tip of the Day...I read that eating crunchy foods such as Pretzels can help anxiety & depression. Raw Carrots are better. They help release serotonin naturally. They say the crunch sends a happy signal to the brain. I not being a big veggie Person thought raw Carrots, ick! But I tried them & I like them & they really do help! <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 21:03:39 EST Looking to get back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22517016 So, I've been off track for awhile... not bad... but just not consistent. My goal for this month is to keep track of everything to stay focused. I figger if I give a written documentation of this, a few of you might just call me on it when I screw up... I'm guessing a few of you might really like it too!!! I've been such a whiny baby... granted, I've had some sort of bug or another for the last month, but I'm feeling better, so there it is... out there for all to see!!! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:20:33 EST Wanted to share this quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22433366 "Life is difficult, <BR> Full of obstacles <BR> And challenges <BR> But when you fall down, <BR> Stand up, rub off the dirt <BR> And ask ,"Who the hell pushed me?!" <BR> <BR> K, so I stole this from someone. <em>18</em> But I wanted to share it with you. Do you have a quote that has inspired you recently? Fri, 30 Jan 2009 21:51:23 EST omg, I've been so MIA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22378551 Wow I can't even remember the last time I posted here! I've been totally baby-obsessed and hanging out on BabyFit.com. <BR> <BR> I also haven't been bellydancing much, since I changed jobs and getting to class is kind of a pain now-- on top of which there was the holiday break, tons of snowy weather, and the fatigue of the last month of pregnancy... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm due in 9 days & hoping some hip shaking will encourage this baby to come out! And then I promise to post some photos ... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:05:09 EST Learning to improvise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22378393 So I'm trying to improve my improv skills so I don't feel so stupid when I'm dancing to music I don't know and to live music. I asked for input about how to improve my improv skills on my local list and I got some terrific suggestions, but I'm wondering what suggestions you all have? Here are some of the suggestions I've received (because I know I'm not the only one who is weak in this area): <BR> Try to plan just two moves ahead: "I'm going to turn and wind up in that corner, then stay there... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:01:11 EST Anybody game??? Starting 2/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x22366758 Okay, so I was reading some of the Daily Spark Blogs looking for a quick, easy six sparkpoints, and I ran across this. Several of us seem to be having a bit of motivational difficulty about now, and this little challenge seemed to be a way to re-ignite ourselves. (And yeah, you'll be seeing it in redheadville, too.) <BR> <BR> First up - it's kind of set a bit before election time, but it can be useful anytime - just pick another cause. I thought we might run either the full month of Febr... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:02:28 EST Got snow?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22362246 A show of hands here...whose got snow? <em>213</em> UGH!!! Sure I got a snow day but COME ON!!! Lol! I just dont like snow up to my ears or @**! It brings in Patients coughing all over me. Ick!! And a complaining Tweenager about the taste of cough medicine. Lol! Who also beat her Mother in Boxing (Wii). I tell ya kids these days! When I was her age I had to walk 4 miles in the Snow without socks or a coat. (Not really but if my Dad got to say that to me well <em>18</em> ). <BR> <BR> So, ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:43:02 EST Finish this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22328595 1. I am so motivated &/or discouraged that I.... <BR> <BR> 2. Next Month my goal is.... <BR> <BR> 3. (Fiil in the Blank) made me laugh so hard.... <BR> <BR> 4. Right now i'd like to be.... <BR> <BR> 5. The last execise I did was... <BR> <BR> 6. I'd like to retire.... <BR> <BR> 7. My dream job is.... <BR> <BR> 8. I cant stand it when.... <BR> <BR> 9. I like The Sparkling belly dancers because.... <BR> <BR> 10. Tell a secret.... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 21:03:03 EST Greetings from Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x22265347 Hello everyone! My name is Kesha! I am not new to spark people only this team. I took my very first belly dancing class yesterday and I loved it! I enjoy dancing, singing, writing music. I'm on a journey not just for weight lose but for health and fun! Looking for cool people to get to know! Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:36:18 EST calorie burn chart??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22190064 I found a chart awhile ago that said how many calories you need to burn in order to lose a certian amount of weight (and it specified that too. And I guess I didn't save it. If anyone knows what I am talking about could you forward that too me. Thanx. =) Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:38:09 EST Hello from Louisiana! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x22156937 Hi Everyone! I'm Leigh, also known as Safira. I'm a professional dancer and the owner of All Points Belly Dance in Mandeville, LA which is just north of New Orleans in the 'burbs. <BR> <BR> I started bellydancing years ago for weight loss and got hooked. Now I get to spread the belly love in my classes. How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> I lost 67 lbs when I started my weight loss journey, but I've gained 30 lbs back thanks to switching my birth control medication, the stress of the last ye... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 19:02:41 EST Wii Fit as Dance Conditioning Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x22139438 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Santa Claus bought us a Wii gaming console for Christmas, and a few weeks later I was finally able to find a Wii Fit at a local store. <BR> <BR> (If you've tried to find one online, I'd instead suggest just calling your local game stores, Best Buy, etc. first thing in the morning and seeing if they have any in-stock.) <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anybody else is using that at home too? <BR> <BR> I've been using it every day for the last 16 days, and I really l... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:23:24 EST First Class in 10 Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21940584 Last night, I took my first belly dance class in about 10 years. In late 1999 and early 2000, I took classes with Jasmin Jahal in Chicago. When I moved out to LA in 2002, I took a class through a community college, but the instructor's style just didn't work for me at all. <BR> <BR> Last night, I started a class at the local Rec Center with Zahra Zuhair. It was fantastic! The hour went by so fast, and I felt really good, but I knew I'd be sore today. <BR> <BR> I so wish I'd done this e... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 14:31:16 EST suggestions please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21921573 Need to gather a list of things I can do to keep in shape the belly dancer way without being on my feet. Foot surgery is having me out of commission for awhile. I go in the 26th so help me make a list beforehand please! <BR> <BR> I know these <BR> snake arms <BR> chest circles verical <BR> chest circles horizontally <BR> Zill rythyms <BR> <BR> What else? Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:25:07 EST Hey, Patti... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21832557 it's your Birthday. We are gonna <em>236</em> like it's your Birthday. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 20:32:54 EST Patti, is out of town 'til Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21672798 I will try to be on as much as I can. I have to attend my Aunt's Funeral Tonight. I hope you all have a great Weekend. Sp mail me if you need anything at all. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 15:53:50 EST Hey all, remember me? =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21671582 I'm back! I've been half on and half off the site for a while, and I am finally sticking to it and working out again. I want to spend my 30's dancing and feeling and looking great, not making excuses and feeling like I'm missing out (which has been the case for the past 3 or 4 YEARS.) <BR> <BR> My husband made me a DVD of a bunch of home videos of "my" stuff for the holidays and two of my old performances were on there. I looked fantastic. If I did it once I CAN do it again now that I have m... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 15:19:39 EST Which DVD to get? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21663493 Hi! I am a beginner dancer, although I've been taking classes once a week since August. I really want to get a DVD on drum solos, but I just can't decide which one. I was thinking either The HeartBeat of Bellydance with Jenna or Bellydance Rhythms Workout with Neon. I already have one Jenna DVD and I haven't worked all the way through it yet (hee hee). But I love the way Neon moves! Which one do you think would offer the most instruction? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:46:39 EST Hey from Canada!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x21547883 Hi! <BR> <BR> I am 25 years old and a single mom of three boys, 2, 3 & 5. I was involved with belly dance for a few years and quit in March of 08'. I would love to get back into it, but I need to lose the weight first!! Does anyone have any recommendations for good at-home belly dance videos? I have a few, but I find a lot of them really advanced!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> M Tue, 6 Jan 2009 16:36:59 EST Wacky Wild Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x21546873 Well since we are now in winter, I thought I would start up a winter challenge.... <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add your own challenge here...I will start it off with...Think of something fun for next week!! <BR> <BR> This week 1/6 to 1/11 <BR> try a new dvd/new exersize/or new dance move. <BR> <BR> 1/6 15min ab video that I found here on SP. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 16:09:29 EST Why am I surprise ???????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21396228 Hi, everyone! Okay, why am I surprised that a Rockstar is a JERK!!!! I REALLY thought he was my Friend. His intentions were definately different. As soon as I got to his house he asked my Husband if he could "borrow" me. He made me a Drink & I imediatelty felt a bit fuzzy. He took me into a group & started talking inapropriately & put his hand around my waist for a second. Later on in the evening I made a joke & he said something that hurt my feelings & walked away. I approached him & asked i... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 18:55:37 EST Get any Bellydance DVDs for Christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21352666 I rounded out my collection nicely with some of the most recent IAMED releases and a few from World Dance New York and Peko. <BR> <BR> What I didn't get (and still want) is Aubre's core fitness dvd. Just trying to do some of the strengthening exercises on Michelle Joyce's drills dvd made me realize I seriously need to do more ab work! <BR> <BR> I got Rachel George's solo performance dvd, which I haven't watched yet but I'm getting ready to in a little bit. <BR> <BR> Bellydance with Zills... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 15:18:58 EST 90 hours in 90 days -- Let's do it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x21352366 So who's up for Michelle Joyce's "90 hours in 90 days" challenge? You have to take (not teach) a dance class (any kind) for one hour a day for 90 consecutive days. <BR> <BR> Now is as good a time as any to start, doncha think? :) Thu, 1 Jan 2009 15:10:28 EST Motivational Challenge with a Higher Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x21228758 <BR> <link>www.pfpchallenge.com/default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I picked this one up on another board. Maybe with an altruistic slant, some of us (like me) who have been lagging in the motivational department can find a little reason to push onward. <BR> <BR> It looks like the challenge is sponsored by General Mills to benefit Feed America. The general premise revolves around making a pledge to lose x pounds by April-May, 2009. With each pound lost, $.10 becomes a pound of food for ... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 14:32:46 EST How I really feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21225976 I am in tears right now. I HATE my job. I really do! I am stuck though. I get an above average M.A. salary. But I have to do everything. I break my back for them & I am not even appreciated. I have more duties than everybody. I have to go back to work tomorrow & am so depressed. I have stupid old men grope me like I am not a person. I am on nerve pills & antidepressants due to my job. I am sorry. I try not to post when I am down. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 12:14:53 EST New Year's eve. plans?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21197166 So, what are your plans for New Year's eve. I have exciting plans. We are going to the lead Singer of Xfactor1's house. <em>40</em> Okay, excited & nervous. Nervous because he has hung out with Celebs. & I am just...me. I talked back & fourth a little with the Singer & his Wife on Myspace. There will be at least 100 People there & a Fireworks display at the end. <BR> <BR> I dont know what to wear! I am sure between now & then I will find something either at Kohls for 60-70% off, or at the... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 21:14:05 EST Happy Holidays!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x21151158 I hope everyone is doing well. I know most of you are probably very busy right now. I've been taking time to breathe. I am looking forward to Christmas & New Years. I am recommiting myself to eating better before the New Year & back to exercising more. Happy Holidays everyone, & Happy New Year! Tue, 23 Dec 2008 21:32:25 EST Making a Chain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x21046046 Let's try a different idea. We haven't done the challenge thing in a reaaaallllllyyyy long time. <BR> <BR> The concept: when you read the message, you have to do the challenge listed - right then. And because you're so good, you get to list the next move. Let's see how long we can make it go. <BR> <BR> I'm up - I've done 50 chests lifts. Next - do 50 pelvic lifts. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:33:59 EST Survived my first Christmas Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20963944 Well, this weekend was my first Christmas test. I went to the faculty Christmas Party and lived to tell the tale. I was sure I would be eating everything in sight and not getting my water in but I did pretty good. I drank my entire water goal before the party and limited my food intake to reasonable... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:56:49 EST Happy Birthday Jane!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20872646 I hope you have a beautiful day....love you sis!! Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:25:04 EST Reflections.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20854295 1 Year ago. Tomorrow. 12/11/97 I was turning 31. That was my deadline for ,"The perfect Body." <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> A year before that I was a Couch potato. So, I decided that if the Biggest losers' can do it...I can do it in a Year. HA! Silly Girl, you did not figure in setbacks, Plateaus, Life. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be 32. Is my body "perfect?" Well, no. But more so than getting that perfect body I have learned alot of lifes lessons. <BR> <BR> I have learned to be PATIENT. (That ... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 19:54:35 EST Anyone Going to Tribal Fusion Fair???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20717920 So I will be there on Friday and spending the whole weekend...The Om Sisters are performing on Sat at 2pm...and I am taking workshops from Zoe, Fred, and Kammi....so who all is going?? Fri, 5 Dec 2008 13:24:52 EST Addicted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20714695 Ok, I have to say it. I'm addicted to belly dancing... totally addicted. It's like every fast song i listen to I think about what movements I could do... GAH. I watch belly dancing video's on you-tube.. bah! It's like invaded my brain... After my first dance at the showcase we did last week, all I want to do is perform again! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the verbal nonsense, just thought I'd vent <em>100</em> Fri, 5 Dec 2008 11:21:58 EST And my Christmas present should be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20660490 So my boyfriend and I have decided to buy each other one $10 gift for Christmas, and but other stuff for the house. This way it's like we are both getting something good, but neither of us feel pressure in trying to buy things we may "want" while ignoring things we "need". Like book shelves, and other stuff like that. <BR> But here is my question to you lovely ladies, is there a good instructional belly dancing video that I can get him to buy for me, anywhere close to that price range? (I kno... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 11:17:33 EST Anybody in the Texas area doing NTMEDA Hafla? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20652767 Just thought I'd check in and see if any of our dancers are going to be joining us at the NTMEDA hafla on Saturday??? The Dream Harem will be throwing some attitude in our new number (that we just finished learning last night - and we're still working on costumes!) Wed, 3 Dec 2008 00:03:38 EST woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x20613396 I started belly dancing about 2 years ago and fell in love. It was a big help in my trek towards better self-esteem. It has also been a great stress relief in the rough year I just finished. <BR> <BR> My favorite instructor here is also a big inspiration to me. She turned her life around with belly dancing. She lost 100 pounds, gained wonderful flexibility despite a curved spine, and found her self-love. <BR> <BR> Lately I haven't been able to take any classes from her. I'm hoping to pick i... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 18:40:33 EST jaaz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x20520535 my name is jaaz. i am excited to be part of the team. I have taken many classes throughout my years and enjoy the dance. One of my teachers is ZHelene. She is well known for her finger symbols and teaches different places within the usa.. I have done a couple of shows within a group. NEways look forward to the team. <BR> jaaz Wed, 26 Nov 2008 21:20:29 EST Belly Dancer On Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x20516332 Hello everyone! I am new to Spark and to this group. This is my first official post. Ive been belly dancing for 6 years and I currently teach and perform in Alaska. I am hoping to get back to my pre-Alaska weight and lose 30 pounds by May:) I am a mom to 4 kids with one on the way through adoption from China. I teach Special Education and we are all doing a Biggest loser cometition at the school so hopefully that will be even more motivating for me. Looking forward to losing with all o... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:42:01 EST Whoo Hoo! Our troupe was mentioned in Zaghareet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20513021 I picked up a copy of the latest Zaghareet Magazine because it had my teacher, Raksanna on the cover. <BR> <BR> And, whaddya know? <BR> <BR> Our student troupe, Alef Bey, was pictured along with pics from the Chicago Raks workshop with Momo Kadous! <BR> <BR> Whoo hoo! I feel almost famous! :) Wed, 26 Nov 2008 13:38:03 EST Any "Black Friday" Shoppers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20468700 A.K.A. Day after Thanksgiving Sale. Dont know if I am going to or not. We had plans to get up early to get 2 things. However, my wonderful Hubby found them for Cheaper Today. <BR> <BR> When my Daughter was Younger I faithfully dragged my Mom outta Bed & went out there with all the other People. But, I gotta tell ya. It has gotten rough out there. People are moody, Kids crying. (Kitten's biting. Oh, wait. That is happening now, Lol)! <BR> <BR> They show every Year a clip of a Store Clerk sta... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:09:36 EST Another newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x20462490 Hello all! I joined this group today, and I belly danced for the first time this morning. It's harder than it looks, lol. I have been trying to find an exercise that was fun and would get me moving in the mornings. I didn't have time this morning to finish it all, but I am looking forward to tomorrow morning. I have been recording a show called Shimmy. I wanted to try it out before I bought any DVDs. If anyone has any suggestions on good ones for newbs, please let me know. <BR> I am 28, and ... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:27:08 EST So Excited and Motivated and WHEE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20358448 So I did this workshop a couple of weeks ago with Karim Nagi (who was a little weird, but a GREAT instructor) and I met our local Egyptian superstar Nashwa, and she's agreed to give me private lessons! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> She's about 3 hours away, but hubby has agreed to drive me, and I'm THRILLED about finally being able to really focus on Egyptian style AS the Egyptians do it ! Now if I could just get Sibel Baris or Sema Yildiz to move here so I can learn Turkish.... <BR> <BR> <BR> PLUS ... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:00:16 EST Holiday Hafla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20233386 Last night was my Holiday Hafla and it was great! One problem, my teacher gives me and Danny so much responsibility we don't get to enjoy the show really. He tends bar and I run the boutique. We kinda like it because it makes us feel important but we hate not getting to watch the show and I'm afraid to say something to my teacher because I think she would take it the wrong way. We get in the show for free for making the food but we pay for the food ourself and the food is so expensive it cost... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:02:08 EST Costume Making/Design Questions and Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20232828 Hi, I'm "SquirrelMom". I don't have a dance name yet, I'm working on that! But, I did own and run my own theatre costume/design business for about 5 years. I have done seamstress work for a wide range of ages, body shapes, and occasions. I'd love to try to help answer any questions that folks have concerning altering a costume; designing a costume or any general sewing information questions, too. I'm also a beading/jewelry crafter. I'm new to Belly Dance and to Belly Dance costuming - but if... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 16:30:58 EST Hello Gang - Good to Be Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x20126170 Hello There! I just joined the team. My name is Dawn Devine aka Davina and I've been belly dancing since the mid 80's, teaching since the early 90's and costuming forever. Although I'm a retired professional dancer, I still coach and do private lessons. BUT - I'm best-known for my costuming - and especially for my series of DIY costuming how-to books. "Costuming from the Hip" and "Embellished Bras" are just two of my titles. I'm here on Spark working towards getting back into shape and I... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:09:22 EST How is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20097526 I myself am still struggling to get back to Routine. My Birthday is 1 Month from Tomorrow so I think I will use that Date & have the best 4 Weeks. <BR> I will be 23 (my real age reversed, Lol). <BR> <BR> We have a new edition to our Family. A little rotten Kitten. She has ADHD & she is going to think, "Stop it" is her name. She is so tiny & cute. <BR> <BR> We dont have Internet at Work so I am unable to log on from Work anymore. <BR> <BR> We are going to see Nine Inch Nails next Monday. <B... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 19:23:45 EST belly dance - esque music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x20044209 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> Ok I'm not looking for music to make a choreography to, just belly dance -esque music to listen to while working out. I have this one song my shakira that's awesome (I don;t know what it's called) and I love listening to it while i do some intense cardio. <BR> <BR> So any ideas of some music that's upbeat enough for cardio but sounds belly dance-esque? <BR> <BR> Thanks again!! Sat, 8 Nov 2008 21:02:45 EST 3/4 shimmy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x19852360 How do you do this? I've now been shown two ways. <BR> <BR> Way #1 hip up, then down, then out, then up on opposite side and continue. NOT travelling. <BR> <BR> Way #2 One side up, down up, then step and do opposite hip. Basically a travelling move. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2008 01:09:23 EST Halloween Trick or Treater Challenger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=117x15x19815687 The Rules: Each time a trick-or-treater comes to the door dressed in a particular costume, do the corresponding exercise after you close the door. Remember, you have to finish before the doorbell rings again, so MOVE IT! If a large group shows up, limit your exercises to just 2 to 3 at a time. Passing out is NOT an option. <BR> <BR> Ghost: 10 jumping jacks <BR> <BR> Witch: Run in place for 30 seconds <BR> <BR> Fairy/Butterfly/Anything with Wings: Dance freeform for 2 minutes or 'til the... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:54:34 EST New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15x19815297 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's so nice to find this group. I took classes for about a year, 2 years ago. I stopped because of money, a bit o' drama and the horror I felt when I started dancing in front of a mirror. Everyone in the class always said I did well, I just didn't agree. I felt good dancing, I just didnt want to see it. I haven't lost my love for the dance, and I am feeling more confident about my body. My Christmas present to myself is going to be a few months worth of dance classes... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:41:53 EST Attention instructors in the LA area!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x19807579 A psychotherapist in the LA area is putting together a group therapy session for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is hormonal disorder closely connected with Insulin Resistance and can include symptoms such as weight gain/difficulty losing weight, facial/body hair, and acne, as well as less-visable symptoms like infertility, depression, and so on. As you can imagine, self-esteem can often be an issue, too. <BR> <BR> I suggested to the therapist that she might want to b... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 06:43:22 EST Shrinking out of my costumes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15x19803035 I am down to 131 and you'd think I'd be happy but I'm kinda scared, I can't afford to buy new costumes!You can only alter a costume so much! Its kinda funny and sad at the same time! As for my lost Shimmy, My teacher says I have to dance at the show! Its not that I don't want to, I'm really dissapointed that I can't but if I'm just not feeling the music I don't know what to do! She said I could dance to some Christmas music so I'm going to listen to it and see what happens, maybe it will help... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 22:34:47 EST