I too was happy to see there was a group for belly dancing, I started about 2 years ago, just love it. I'm still learning , I have a hard time remembering the routines but I love it and the music. It's like reuniting with an old friend. Looking to meet others with the same interest.
I want to leave a legacy...how will they remember me...
current weight: 152.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,198) Posts: 5 1/24/14 10:56 A
I was very surprised to find other Belly Dancers on here...YAY. I started with Lebanese belly dance classes at the age of 30. In the last 11 years I've taken 3 years Lebanese, 1 year ATS, 2 years Egyptian, 1 year Cabaret, 2 years Gypsy, and 2 years that were just "belly dance" classes-though more like a stretch & strengthen class than really dancing. Around here there aren't "leveled" classes, and only one teacher who offers certification...which I can't afford her classes. I went to Art of The Belly last year for the first time, and decided I wanted to be on that stage! So, now I'm using Datura + DVDs + Youtube+ classes when I can find/afford them. So glad to have found this group to help keep me motivated. I didn't get enough practice time in last year (had to take a 2nd job), so I didn't apply for a performance spot, but I am taking a LOT of workshops, so I need to get in Shape! Glad to have found you all and hopefully we can all keep each other inspired to stay on track.
I've taken classes on and off (as time and $$ allow) for several years. I'd like to think I'm serious about bellydancing, but if I were serious, I suppose I'd be working harder and practicing more. I'm currently in an "off" phase, but look forward to getting back into the dance soon. I am always a bellydance fan, whether or not I'm actively dancing myself. I prefer more traditional forms of bellydance, but also love modern/tribal performances that are deeply connected to the music.
current weight: 186.8
Fitness Minutes: (14,723) Posts: 246 5/29/13 3:01 P
I took my first belly dancing class at a local gym 6 or 7 years ago and fell in love with it. I've taken a few classes since then and one workshop. I don't really have a "style" yet. I do whatever is on the videos I watch and whatever they teach in the classes I've gone to. And whatever comes to mind when I'm listening to music at home. I want to get better and learn more. The more I dance, the better I feel about myself.
current weight: 278.6
Fitness Minutes: (57,407) Posts: 1,964 5/29/13 1:49 P
To re-energize our team, let's re-introduce ourselves and talk about the kind of dancing we like to do, shall we?
I'm Amanda, and my "style" is modern Egyptian. I studied with Suhaila Salimpour for about 6 years before I decided to focus on Egyptian style. I've done a little ATS and I think it's great fun, but what speaks to my heart most is that languid style of Egyptian, as done by Tito and Aida Nour. In a former life I was a ballet dancer, but ever since I discovered belly dance in 1995, I haven't looked back, other than for a Nutcracker here and there. :)
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