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Fitness Minutes: (87,075) Posts: 8,030 2/9/14 2:13 P
“If you just set people in motion they’ll heal themselves.” ~ Gabrielle Roth
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Posts: 3 2/9/14 12:41 A
Hello! I'm fairly new to SparkPeople, signing up at the very end of December. I've been bellydancing since Feb. of 2006. It's what I decided to do for my 'mommy time' after my son turned 2 and I'm a stay at home mom. Right now I belong to two different troupes. One leans more toward traditional Egyptian and the other is more cabaret/ general Middle Eastern having us learning dances from different regions and using props. So much fun, always learning. Glad to be here!
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Fitness Minutes: (87,075) Posts: 8,030 1/11/14 3:02 P
New year's blessings to all of our newbies!
“If you just set people in motion they’ll heal themselves.” ~ Gabrielle Roth
April Minutes: 1,507
Fitness Minutes: (7,246) Posts: 725 6/19/13 7:25 P
Hello, I am fairly now to belly dancing. I have a Neena and Veena belly dance for beginners tape that I got several years ago and havent use as much as I should. I have been away from sp for a while and just started back last month. I have mostly been doing Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone since I have been back on sp. I have worked my way up to the 3 mile walks and feel like I am ready to give the belly dancing another try. I look forward to getting to know you all and being an active member of the team.
Never, Never, Never Quit!
Co-Leader of the "Walk At Home Team" Anyone walking at home with Leslie Sansone or other walking fitness program come and join us.
Hi, I am new to the team but have been off and on spark for a while.
I was learning belly dance and used to dance with friends at SCA events in Washington state years ago. I took some classes at the gym a few years of belly dance fitness, and am currently starting over with a Belly Dance to slim down DVD that I have used off and on over the years.
Really hoping to get into the swing of things again soon as even though it is quite a work out, it leaves me feeling so energized and a little more self confident each time.
Looking forward to chatting with and meeting others with similar interest and goals.
current weight: 247.2
Posts: 584 4/28/13 9:41 P
Hi I am new to this team , I signed up a couple weeks ago though and I think this is my first post ! I hope to be more involved with this site and learn a few things ! I am newly active on spark though I made an account a while back , there are belly dance classes in a couple of towns over from mine but I thought I would learn about it and try out a few moves before signing up :) Sounds great !
"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 4,479 2/12/13 5:11 P
I am new to this team - not new to SparkPeople.
Belly Dancing practically every day has been helping me in my quest for health.
Had been introduced to Belly Dancing not through neighbors, friends, schools or a studio, but via online classes.
As far as managing my health problems, belly dancing knocks it out of the park!
I did lose a lot of weight that could not budge before, through bellydancing and stepping up my diet. Where vinyasa yoga had dropped the ball, belly dancing picked it right up.
Just my 2 cents ...
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky
Find a way.
(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)
Fitness Minutes: (1,629) Posts: 26 2/5/13 12:46 P
Hi everyone! I decided to see if there were any bellydance teams today and decided to join this one. I have been with SP since January 6 and have been bellydancing as my main exercise. Looking forward to hearing about what you're doing and getting to know more bellydancers!
CJ - "The difference between who I am and who I want to be is separated only by my actions and words." - source unknown
current weight: 224.0
Fitness Minutes: (141) Posts: 159 10/14/12 2:52 P
Hello everyone! New here and just popping in to say hello!
"Life's so uncertain, eat dessert first."
current weight: 462.0
Posts: 2,614 9/24/12 9:55 A
Ok the welcome message was way funny. But I cant find my cammel. arg! Gonna give sp another try as last time I was here I did great but spent to much time on line. I love belly dancing. I am truely amazed at how it assists me in loving me and my body. I do need to learn to become more comfie though with some areas. I hope to one day soon feel great in my bra at the gym or in my class shimmying away.
current weight: 199.8
Posts: 38 8/23/12 7:52 A
Just came across this group and I was quite happy about it! I've been dancing for a few years now and have 2 classes a week. I'm more of a cabaret style, but haven't developed an actual "style" yet. One of the reasons I'm on this site in general is to be a better dancer, to be stronger and have better endurance.
current weight: 225.2
Fitness Minutes: (185) Posts: 79 5/3/12 6:34 P
Hello all, I`ve been on sparkpeople for less than a month. I`ve been navigating myself through the site. I am not sure how the groups work. Many have not been posted on, in months. Can you direct me to a place that will let me know the structure of the teams, what to expect and what my responsibilities are when I am a team member ? Thank you !
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
current weight: 198.1
Posts: 15 4/30/12 5:36 P
I'm Val and I'm a 20 year old in-between majors student. I've recently found this group in the hopes of kicking my butt into getting off the couch and shimmy the hips some. It's tough to find something that I can participate in locally. In my entire area there's only one Belly Dance Studio and, alas, it took me some time in archival search to find it and the only info. I could spring from that was an e-mail address!! So it's nice to find a group on here to share and hear from :)
current weight: 320.3
Posts: 10 4/15/12 6:50 P
Due to where I live, I have to dance at home with videos myself. Thank goodness for World Dance New York.
current weight: 248.0
Posts: 1,631 3/27/12 9:31 P
Fitness Minutes: (2,367) Posts: 3 3/27/12 5:18 A
I am opart of a UK based bell dancing group known as Hipsinc (student not teacher), which run a variety of classes, including triba;, egyptian and street/belly dance fusion!!!.. and have just joined this wonderful group!!
Happy dancing to you all
Posts: 1,079 11/16/11 4:41 P
Hi I just joined the group! I've gone back to belly dancing at home because I cannot find a local class. I have 1 DVD and have subscribed to a few videos on You Tube. I'm hoping a class will open up after the new year.
Edited by: IRISHDANCEMOM62 at: 11/16/2011 (16:44)
Enjoy Life! This is not a dress rehearsal!
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 1,631 11/3/11 6:10 P
Welcome to all!
Posts: 137 11/1/11 9:22 P
I have been taking classes for the past 7 months and I am totally in love with this exercise. I am now up to 3 classes a week. Between sparks and the dance classes I have lost over 25 pounds so far. I am lucky that in our community we have someone who knows both ATS and Suhaila Salimpour method. Wish I had know about this ten years ago as I get bored with the gym easily.
"When fear stares us in the face, our only real option is to pick up our sword and slay a dragon. Any other action leaves us feeling smaller than we really are."
Fitness Minutes: (1,323) Posts: 235 9/8/11 2:22 P
I am new to bellydancing too but it's one of those things you gotta try it...then you'll see....I really like it. Just wanted to say to all I enjoy reading all of your experiences and it's encouraging...thanks for sharing. One step forward....or is that one hip forward...lol.
Nancy from the Volunteer state (TN).
Be Not Afraid of Going Slowly; Be Only Afraid of Standing Still.
current weight: 162.0
Fitness Minutes: (63,195) Posts: 3,411 8/5/11 9:04 A
Hello! I've just started a belly dancing class and I got a cute black hip scarf with silver coins and beads....but I feel like I'm going to want to buy a lot more hip scarves! They're so pretty and fun! The black one is plain-ish and versatile though.
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Fitness Minutes: (70) Posts: 6 4/19/11 1:14 P
WOW! This is soooo awesome to find a group about bellydancing! When I was younger, and thinner and in better shape, I bellydanced a lot. I started taking lessons again last year - even though I am over 300 lbs. Not only is it a great workout, but it's way funner than the gym! And, being my size, there are so many things to make me feel bad about myself - media, very thin women, society's ideal, just not finding clothes my size to fit that are pretty - and bellydancing puts my body back into perspective. It was made to move! It makes me feel sensual! It makes me want to move more and do whatever it takes to be able to move even more! Bellydancing makes me aware of my body and the flow and grace of it. Definately something important in weight loss toolbox!
current weight: 367.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,907) Posts: 53 3/31/11 2:21 A
My name is Cher I've been into Belly Dancing after I took a class at an SCA event last summer. I feel in love. It took a while to find a class ( I live in a rural area). The class is 30 miles away from my home, so until recently I wasn't able to fit it in. I just got a part time job in just down the street from where the classes are. I decided to splurge and am taking classes twice a week.
I'm very over weight (350lbs). Right now I feel like a dancing hippo with three left feet lol. I'm loving it though. The gals in the class are great. I danced when I was younger mostly ballet I stopped after a knee injury. Through the class I almost cried because I was so not in the groove (a matter for my shrink and I to work on).
I'm glad I found this group, Cher
current weight: 341.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,346) Posts: 14 3/1/11 11:05 A
Hello! My name is Donna and I am so happy to see a group dedicated to the art of belly dance! I have been dancing since 2006. I came from zero dance background, but I fell in love with belly dance after taking an adult CE course in ATS Tribal style. I found I wanted to delve even deeper into belly dance and I found a school that teaches the Suhaila format, which completely transformed me as a dancer, since the technique can be applied to any stylization. I am part of the studio's troupe now and we dance so many different styles - from cabaret, to tribal, to even some West African and we fuse many other dance styles, so it's kind of hard to define, which we love : ) I'm looking forward to joining this community and working with everyone to develop a healthy lifestyle so we are dancing well into our advanced years!
current weight: 141.3
Posts: 1,172 2/16/11 11:04 P
I love BD and am starting my first formal training on March 1st. I had dabbled in DVD's to learn some of the basic moves but I know myself and I know I will do much better in a classroom environment with immediate feedback. I'm so excited! I can't wait! My instructor has studied under Suhaila Salimpour (and a few others) and dances/teaches both ATS and Egyptian. Happy to find this team!
Pounds lost: 8.0
Posts: 289 1/31/11 10:33 A
Hello ladies! My name is also Sarah, and I love Belly dancing! :)
I've done a ton of DVD dancing and taken two formal classes over the past several years . One in San Diego and another in chicago. I haven't been able to find a place to pick up classes again that has structure and when I get good enough to join in a troupe. That is my ultimate goal, but I am just at a loss of how to make that happen.
Pounds lost: 3.3
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 1/18/11 11:13 P
I am new to sparks. I started b-dancing with Shimmy on Fittv and I am really upset Shimmy is no longer here in the USA! :-(
I am hoping to join Universal Athletics club near here for the boxing and indoor pool, and get some dvds for b-dancing here at home.
I can't say enough about the improved posture, the inches off my midsection due to the stronger abs! Not to mention the extra energy and better self-esteem!
I look forward to talking with all of you, soon I hope! :-)
Posts: 339 1/15/11 3:12 P
Hi All, I took BD class for 3 years, in the early 80's disco was our practice music. At that time we had a women in her 60's in our class who had arthritis in her back and hands. Her MD was amazed at how the dancing helped her. Well guess what? Here I am now I don't have it in my hands,but in my back. I have serious back problems and have not been able to dance or exercise. I had an epidural injection in my back yesterday, after my last one 2 years ago I was exercising up till now. Itchy to get moving again and love belly dancing. Any other seniors dancing?
REMEMBER: I have had this before. I know what it tastes like, AND ITS KILLING Me ! IS IT REAL HUNGER OR HEAD & HEART HUNGER?
Pounds lost: 12.2
Posts: 61 1/7/11 7:21 P
HI...MY NAME IS SARAH..IM NEW TO THIS GROUP I STARTED BELLYDANCING ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO AND GOT ADDICTED TO IT....EVERYTIME I DANCE NOW ITS PRETTY MUCH BELLY DANCING..AND PPL ARE JEALOUS =)
current weight: 179.0
Fitness Minutes: (535) Posts: 47 12/29/10 10:47 P
Hi everyone! I am new to SP, but old to BD. I've been belly dancing for about 5 years. My local community college offers classes (get in shape AND get a credit? AWESOME!). I've been taking those for about 3 years. I am now in the intermediate class and we are getting ready to learn veil dances. My teacher is named Ramona. She refuses to be in any photos or videos (due to her job depending on a stern, professional appearance) but she studied extensively with Eva Cernik, who you can youtube, and should. She is FANTASTIC! I am looking forward to belly dancing "for real" again and losing the weight I gained in the recent year I took off from dancing.
Pounds lost: 23.0
Posts: 1 12/14/10 3:18 P
What is the link to the youtube exercise video? I'd love to check it out. Thanks!
Posts: 25 11/17/10 6:01 P
Hi I did my first belly dancing work out today using youtube. It was AWSOME! 30 minutes. Right at the beginning I could feel a lot of tention in my hips, my hips like top pop a lot, and hurt sometimes. About 10 minutes into it, I really didn't notice the tention anymore, so i'm thinking maybe this will be really good for me :)
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 66 10/25/10 5:04 P
Hello everyone! I too am new to belly dance, I guess. I have been exercising with DVD's for a few years now, but my exercising comes & goes. I am trying to get back into it. Belly dance is my favorite workout/dance! I struggle with arthritis in both knees & a week leg (do to a hip replacement at 38, now 44). So I am trying to get back into exercise & get stronger & beyond knee pain to get back into belly dance! Dream of doing it with a troop, but we'll see. I have got several DVD's from collagevideo.com or cheekygirlsproductions.com Good luck to you all & hope we can be of some help & support for each other! Love belly dance & the women who do it, so glad I found this SparkTeam!
current weight: 156.2
Posts: 1,021 10/14/10 4:13 P
hey guys :)
I JUST signed up today for my first belly dancing class. its Egyptian belly dancing :) I can't wait to start I am nervous/excited :)
Pounds lost: 71.0
Posts: 2,071 10/9/10 11:41 P
Hi! Glad t find a couple belly dance SparkTeams! I do American Gypsy style and LOVE it!
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. ~Author Unknown
" I THINK I CAN, I think I can, i think......... I KNEW I COULD, I KNEW I COULD!"
Whether you think you can or you think you can't you're right. Henry Ford
Food is not love........
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Posts: 19 8/29/10 7:41 P
I'm new to the site, I got started and never really did anything with it. Lately I've been really enjoying Shimmy on fittv, and have been given a few dvds from family members. Belly dancing is so beautiful, and I don't dread it like I do running ;)
Thank you for creating this group and it's wonderful to see so many other people interested as well.
Have a great day! Valerie :)
Pounds lost: 5.4
Posts: 81 8/4/10 6:03 P
Hello everyone! My name is Crystal-Joy and I am 100% NEW to Belly dancing! It just sort of hit me recently that I really wanted to learn belly dancing. I started watching Youtube videos and ordered myself the Luscious Belly Dancing for Beginners DVD. I can't wait for it to get here!
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Posts: 63 6/29/10 7:25 P
Hi Guys - I'm also new to belly dance and I have to say, out of all the kinds of exercise I've tried, belly dancing makes me feel the most beautiful and special. I'd love to learn more - I only have a few (9) episodes of "Shimmy" recorded from FitTV. I set a goal to practice with 1-2 episodes every day until I've gone through them 2x, and I'm actually looking forward to it! Any suggestions for beginner DVDs to try?
"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
current weight: 190.4
Posts: 15 6/27/10 2:59 P
Hi Everyone! My real name is Paige, and I just started back with SP recently, hoping to get a little organization and discipline into my life. I've been taking belly dance classes on and off for the last three years, but just a month ago finally got the courage to move up to the intermediate class. I'm really loving it and looking forward to getting involved with this group.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 2 5/26/10 1:07 P
Ello all, new to forums in general and figure this would be the best place to start. I started dancing last month and finally motivated to lose weight thanks to my teacher. I love the fact that she keeps pushing even big girls can dance as good as the small ones, and is really getting me to love myself and push even harder to get myself healthy. So as classes and the weight loss go on, I may pick your brains for additional help..
current weight: 264.0
Posts: 41 5/24/10 4:05 P
Hi! Just started dancing at a four-week class. It was a blast! I joined the class for a nice workout that could start easy and be layered into something really butt-kicking! ;-)
"Do or do not. There is no try." -- Master Yoda
current weight: 271.0
Posts: 20 4/17/10 11:23 P
I was briefly on SP a while back, but didn't stick with it for long at all. I'm now back, and already doing much better, and it's only been three days!
Anyway, I love belly dancing, and hope to expand my knowledge of not only it, but dance in general. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all here!
Jamie, a.k.a. Ophelia
Fitness Minutes: (978) Posts: 26 4/12/10 7:26 P
Hello! I just re-joined SP a few weeks ago! I love belly dancing! I have been dancing since 2002, although not continuously. However, now that my youngest daughter is 4, I feel I can go back into it more seriously...as a matter of fact, I got to go! Just signed up for lessons (beginners, to "polish" up on basics) and have my first lesson tonight!
Shimmy, shimmy! :)
Posts: 280 3/18/10 7:01 P
Hello! I've been on Sparkpeople for about 2 weeks (just finished FastBreak) and I've been looking forward to trying belly-dancing. I've been learning the basics on 'Shimmy' and can't wait to do more!
All the choices are yours - you only have to make them! I'm choosing 'today' over 'someday'!
Be as you wish to seem. - Socrates
Pounds lost: 31.0
Posts: 4 2/11/10 1:21 A
Hey all! I've been an on-again, off-again sparkpeople member depending on my motivation, but just found the belly dancers here! w00t, w00t! I've been dancing for 12 years (omg, I can't be old enough to have done that - lol) off and on and after being diagnosed with PTSD and a neck injury have decided to get back into belly dance hardcore in order to get my act together! Looking forward to making some progress - finally! LOL
current weight: 209.0
Posts: 91 2/7/10 5:55 P
Hello all, I'm new to the group and have been using the sparkpeople website since October with encouraging results. I've been bellydancing for about 1 1/2 yrs (a little more) and found it is the only "workout" plan that I've been able to stick with for more than 6 months. I really like the Rachel Brice drills DVD and have some other "Bollyrobics" and bellydance videos that are more of an aerobic workout. I gave my mom the Intro Goddess workout, and I gave my sister the Kathy Smith bellydancing workout video. Both are good workouts with alot of instruction for beginners. Okay, I'm getting wordy, I'll sign off for now. Sending shimmies all around!
Pounds lost: 17.0
Posts: 39 2/5/10 1:52 P
Hi ! I'm a newbie to this Sparkteam (and sparkpeople.com in general.. ) .. but not a newbie at bellydancing !!
been dancing for almost 6 years now ... learning new things each week !! I have a wonderful teacher and I think I'll stay a "baby bellydancer" all my life ... I love to learn new choreographies and things like that! hope to blend in ... you guys seem really nice
(sorry if my english is a little "messy" .. I usually speak french.. ahahah !! )
Pounds lost: 22.0
Fitness Minutes: (157,596) Posts: 18,462 1/22/10 10:15 A
I found a cheap DVD on Barnes & Noble (.com) called Belly Dance For Wimps! It is easy to follow and uses drills. I also like the Goddess workouts alot!
Melissa in VA (EST) A Firecracker Once Again!!
BLC 24 Sunset Stingrays
Sunset Is My Favorite Color! Go Stingrays!
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Posts: 119 1/20/10 11:41 A
LOL, I am not so much of a newbie to this group or even belly dance, but after a long hiatus from SP and heck exercize of any kind, I am ready to get back into the groove.
I've been officially diagnosed with CFS/FMS and thought yoga / belly dance / hooping would be a fun non-agressive way to tone up.
Can anyone suggest any beginners DVDs? I am particularly interested in drills as that is how I learned best when I took lessons well over a decade ago.
-- )o( Indigo (Aimee)
Some people never have anything except ideas. Go do it. - Fortune Cookie
current weight: 240.0
Posts: 4,432 12/10/09 6:12 A
Angel, I'm so sorry you lost your husband. You're so young to have already had to go through this. Nat, some of the sexiest dancers I've ever seen have been larger women. In fact, my husband picked out one of the largest women in my class and asked me if I would be able to dance like her when I grow up! (never mind that I've already got 20 years on this gorgeous creature!) I wish I had realized this when I was younger and so much bigger, I could have been enjoying this for years! So, keep dancing, and enjoy yourself! Linda
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