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INCH_BY_INCH That is excellent and a comfy location to boot emoticon

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Purchased a beginners belly dance DVD to workout at home.

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I take belly dance classes at the gym and use videos

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7/12/13 12:47 P

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I never considered e-bay I always made all my own, but bras are the biggest pain to make. Thanks for the tip. I'l check it out.

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I am new as well to the group, but check out ebay for dancing accessories and belts, they have tons. I was able to find authentic dancing apparel and real coin belts as well, and a sheer split skirt that was custom--but really cheap (from China).

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I'm new to your group, but I was reading past posts in this thread and I find them all encouraging. I am just starting to learn and have some basic dvd's. I do not have any fancy-smancy dangely coin encrusted clothing yet, I am envious and want to get me some.



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11/19/10 8:58 A

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new goals,
one new dance before christmas, at least 4 mins long.Be able to do it without using ventolin or stopping.
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10/31/10 12:39 P

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Before I joined a belly dance class I used to think, "I'm too fat to do that," all the time but then I was talking with my landlady and she does belly dance. Without thinking any more on the matter I contacted her teacher and signed up right away! I was nervous n my way to my first class but once I was there I just let go and had fun! I was also surprised to see women of all shapes and sizes so I didn't feel as out of place as I thought I would. I have come to love belly dance now!

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10/30/10 12:47 P

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Back from holidays, good reports from Dr, so back to the real world including ..Back To Dancing. yay

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9/29/10 9:15 A

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Good on you! Isn't it a terrific feeling just to try something new and know we can only get better.
I am just getting back into my dancing after some sickness that made it impossible and I am looking forward to doing a whole dance nonstop. This is my main exercise these days.
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I did it! I did one of the episodes of Shimmy that I DVR'd after I saw it suggested my this team. It was hard (ok I could NOT do it) to combine shimmy and the hip circles/figure 8s but I kept moving and trying and now I'm tired! I most likely looked really silly but who cares? I sure am glad I can try at home before a public class though!

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9/22/10 5:42 P

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Good for you and good on your husband for supporting you so well. I love moving to the music as I want and I even practice belly undulations sitting at the dinner table. I went to my mum's birthday party and while we were dancing I had to show my nephew some moves, soon we had a circle of about 13 people going for it.
I have performed in public , on stage and at the local nursing home and aged hostels. My friend and I worked out some adapted moves so the chair bound residents could try some things out. We had a ball!!!! emoticon bye for now I have to pack for weekend away with my daughters
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Thank you all SO much! I have been telling myself that I will join a class after I loose some weight (as a reward) and my Hubby thought it was a great idea ;) but thanks to this challenge I have searched and requested several books/kits/dvd's from our library so I can check them out and decide what will work best for me before I spend the money to buy my own copy.
I'll still use the live classes as an incentive, but I'm NOT too fat to practice at home!!

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8/26/10 9:37 A

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well, it is terrific to read all the posts I have missed while I was ill. Now I'm back and taking charge of myself. I am going to start dancing again [haven't been able to stand and breathe at the same time let alone dance] I have a target date and in 17 weeks I want to be 10kgs lighter, So there's a lot of dancing on my horizon.
Hope everyone is going well..... Jiggle.. jiggle emoticon

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What a great challenge! I am a total newbie to belly dance but I will admit the thought of performing in public with my belly hanging out scares me to death! That is something I will definitely have to work on. Right now dancing at home will have to do. :)



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Last night we went to a wedding, a lady came to me and asked me are you pregnant, That's really upset me, I'm welling to do any challenge anything to lose the wight

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So this is late coming but it needed to be posted somewhere that it would be better understood... I did it! I performed in public and LOVED IT! I am so happy I got over my "I'm too fat" I even danced with my belly showing too :D Now to get myself comfortable dancing with new people too since we'll be moving soon and I'll have to leave my class behind

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Go Grandmama, indeed! You can do this! emoticon

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yHi, As you have some basic dvds have you ever thought of geting a friend, or 2, to have your own group especially until you feel really comfortable doing all the extra stuff. My friend and I did when our teacher had to move for employment. BTW I am 65 and she is 26 belly dance is a great leveler.
As to the costumes, if you don't like bare tummies [I would if I could] I got an old leotard, cut the sleeves short, sewed beads and coins around the neckline. Then added a skirt from Target that was sheer and silky, and a belt- which my daughter gave me for Mother's day a couple of years ago.That was my first. I do have some really beautiful material waiting to be made up when some of my weight is gone. I need incentive to stay on my extremely strict food plan, [for medical reasons]
Oh just remembered my DGD is having a costume party --and I am wearing my Scarlet Costume. 'Go Grandmama' she says
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I do feel I'm too fat, but that's why I am adding belly dancing to my regime...as soon as my DVD arrives. I'm excited about it and can't wait.

Happy Days come from a limitless well I can drink from whenever I choose - Petra Van Baar

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And the mercy that He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed. - Michael Combs

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Oh and going with what I posted before... I am pushing myself to get past my "I'm too fat" and I am performing in June... our promotional picture is my new profile pic :D
Wish me luck!

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Reading all you ladies respond has inspired me to do a bellydance dvd i own. I've heard of women losing weight doing belly dance but, I have always been too embarassed to go to a class. I know it's about accepting myself and just enjoying the process. Why not belly dance?

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I know this is a pretty old thread but I felt I had to post...
I just went to an SCA event this past weekend and took some classes with some amazing dancers, there were about a dozen or so dancers (plus me) and only 2 of them were anything below a size 12. It was great for me because like someone else mentioned before my "I'm too fat" isnt to dance or take the class its to perform. Well all these women but myself and one of the skinny girls were performing at the event! It was great for me to see them and because of this weekend I am finally willing to let people other then my classmates see me dance :D

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You start a very useful topic!
I am 100% agree with you.
We can do it and we must!
I love to dance and belly dancing is something more then just a dance. It is a way of living and we can and need that living. emoticon

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My "I'm too fat" was not "I'm too fat to dance" but "I'm too fat to perform." I got back into dance two years ago when I found out that right downstairs from the workout class I was taking was a Tribal Dance troupe. So I signed up for classes there too. And now I dance with two troupes, that one and one close to home with classes on weekends.

The student troupe had their first performance not long after I joined (it was a brand new student troupe). A lot of the other dancers begged me to dance with them but I declined. At that hafla I saw other big dancers and realized that I could indeed dance in public. I have danced with both student troupes many times since then and I like to think that I have inspired other larger women to take classes too.

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AmandaRaqs wrote:
"One of the things that just breaks my heart is when people tell me, "I'd love to learn bellydance but I'm just too fat. When I lose weight I'll go to class."

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't wait. Bellydance can and will help you in your weight loss goals. Don't wait to enjoy what can be a fun and fulfilling hobby. Just do it!"

I agree wholeheartedly. I am one of the ones that used to say that, then I said "why wait? no time like the present" and started going to class. I have never regretted it. Neither have my students. I brought the dance to a town that was devoid of it, and now there are dancers everywhere (not all mine lol). The dance changed my life, and it's enriched the lives of so many I know.

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Good cause I would love to learn! I tried to find classes arond me... but no such luck! emoticon SO hopefully I can find some DVDs or go find Shimmy on the FitTv station on TV. It looks sexy and I would like to get most or some of the moves down and show my hubby. =^_^=

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This is a great challenge. I will purchase me a copy and start working on it.

do not forsake me nor the truth, but remember me; if I do not meet you again in this life, may God grant that we may meet in heaven



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What i did if i overate was exercise a little more. I don't do too much otherwise it would strain the body and the muscles. I did pretty good after that. I lost weight even if it was only 1 lb. I get on my stepper for 40 mins or an hour and that's all i do after i do the daily exercise. I gained mine back, but not as much. Size 8 was my goal. I'm pretty much there right now. However I'm going to lose just a little more to get rid of my 'fat rolls' emoticon . I've got to put my bellydancing on hold. Right now I can do only a few moves.

'5 2" and wild and bit crazy but I'm a'right :)


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Im guilty of leaving my classes because I gained to much weight. I am in the process of taking it off and really want to go back to my classes. I have to stop thinking that I am not at my best because Im not a size 8.. Truth of the matter is I was really pretty good and even performed ... Anyone else feel the same way

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I would love to start doing bellydance after my knee surgery. I can't right now because I'm in pain from it (right knee cap, leftside). I had to find another doctor because they were literally pulling my leg and trying to collect extra money from me before my insurence paid it.

'5 2" and wild and bit crazy but I'm a'right :)


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I am new at belly dancing and it is really nice to hear that I can dance even though I am big. I am really excited about learning.

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I know bellydancing actually helped me feel sexy rather than depressed. I'm not 100% happy with my body and there are a few things I'd change. Still I am what I am and I worked hard to lose fat. Just because your big doesn't mean you can't be a bellydancer. I'm just not one of the girls that would do that.

'5 2" and wild and bit crazy but I'm a'right :)


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Hi all... new here. Just wanted to say I've been practicing belly dance for about 5 years, and most of the best dancers I've seen were big girls. I've always had a body issues when it came to the costumes, but the dance itself always makes me feel comfortable. :)

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That is what is so great about belly dance: it's not about size but the dance, the movement. I, too, have the "i'm too fat" complex. My teacher always encourages me and lets me know how good of a dancer she thinks I am. I really try to focus on the dance and what it does for me and how it makes me feel!!!!

I hope all the belly dancers out there struggling with their weight will just fall in love dance! Belly dance....

Take care & shimmies~
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Hi everyone, I'm fairly new to SparkPeople and found this group a few days ago. I figured this would be as good of a place as any to introduce myself.

I first wanted to try bellydance a few years ago; I was afraid because I'd been overweight my whole life and didn't want to risk getting turned down because I wasn't thin enough. As it turned out, my instructor was even more heavy-set than I was! She has a great reputation within the dance community, and she is never referred to as being fat -- it's always "curvy" and "voluptuous".

I took lessons from her on and off for a few years (aka -- when time and money permitted) but had to stop taking lessons with her when I moved away this past September. In October, I went to see her perform at the Rakassah festival and get a recommendation on a good teacher in my area, and there were quite a few heavy dancers who were all amazing!

The instructor that she recommended is the one I'm taking lessons with now. I still had that "but what if the instructor thinks I'm fat" fear, but not as much anymore. When I finally met my current instructor, she and I got along really well and she couldn't stop praising my dancing. The other students are also very friendly and come in all shapes and sizes in all of her classes. :)

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When you're in trouble, go into your dance..."~Chicage, Razzle Dazzle



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I am so glad I didn't wait. I've been dancing for the last year and a half or so and it has kept me a lot more physically active on a consistant basis. It's been great for me to have class twice a week. emoticon Closest emoticon to a belly dancer.

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I remember feeling like that! Course I still think I'm too fat to dance LOL!! But I've also gained the confidence to wear my costumes that show my stomach. :)

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Wow that is exactly how I always felt. I am too fat to learn bellydance. I'm too fat to wear those beautiful clothes. So I never tried it, and I dress in tshirts and jeans. I feel like there is another whole part of myself that is waiting to get out, but I'm not waiting any longer. I'll learn to bellydance while I'm improving my body. I am trying to find an instructor where I live, but in the meantime, I've ordered the Shimmy DVDs and am anxiously awaiting them in the mail!

I suppose I should have introduced myself before I posted this, but hello everyone. =)

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Hello Ladies!! I LOVE to belly dance. It is one of the greatest joys in my life!! I am bumming now because I don't really have the cash to take my class anymore. I could work it out, but then there is the issue with my husband who wants to know why I am spending the cash we could use for other things. So I am REALLY bumming right now. I also just recently finished paying for a outfit, which I feel too fat to wear right now, but now I really feel like I have no where to wear it too, or no reason to work to be smaller to fit in it. :(

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Great job! I don't have agoraphobia, but I can be extremely shy at times (usually if I'm not in my own environment). Keep dancing and having fun...and hopefully you'll feel like a goddess not just when you're dancing, but with every step you take!:D

*bounce!*


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Hello all. I used to think I was too fat to belly dance. Not to mention I have a mild case (if their is such a thing) of Augoraphobia (sp). Not only did I have to conquer the "too fat" issue, I now have to go to the classes by myself, because I advanced to the next level but my friends didn't. I said all that to say this... I may have a panic attack on my way to the rec center, but I'm going! I KNOW once I get there, I'll be in my own little world! I am a goddess when I'm dancing. It's the best feeling in the world!

 
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LOL here's a cyber push out the door *push*
My class starts up again Thursday and I can't wait! *bounce*

*bounce!*


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This is the week for me... I'm planning to go back to class on Thursday, to try try again. As soon as I made up my mind to go, I thought of a hundred reasons NOT to go. I may need someone to push me out the door come Thursday!

Go Summer Sizzlers!

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If you can stand, you can dance;) don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Last night I was at a party and I was doing a few moves to relax me and one gal commented that she couldn't ever move her hips so smoothly. The fact is, she could, but it takes practice and training. Most of us aren't able to make the moves work as well as we see them the first few times. For some of us it takes drilling the moves for years before they start getting easy. I'm still trying to talk my bf into taking a tango class with me. He keeps telling me he has no rhythm. Well, I really, really sucked with the whole rhythm thing til last spring, after taking belly dance classes for three years, things finally started to click. I keep telling him that it might take a lot more practice before it clicks for him. Of course, at the moment I'm simply too busy to take a tango class. *sigh*

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Thanks for this post. I think I am too fat to bellydance. But....with this post, I have to try now. I have a bellydancing for beginners DVD. Let me try it.
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Oh yes, I read about the issue you had with the instructor. I can't blame you, but you definitely shouldn't it prevent you from dancing. If that is the case pick a date and time and dance at home until you are ready to give classes another try.

Better yet take the classes and modify the moves so that you are working within your abilities. I am sure that there are many people who couldn't do advanced stretches regardless of weight. Pull the instructor aside before or after a class and ask her what you could do instead of the moves that she is asking you to. A good instructor provides alternatives, but maybe she needs to be reminded that she should be doing so.

Ashley.

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Haha, Ashley! I think I must be your sister! I've been poo-pooing about going back to a belly dance class, but I've had the handy excuse that there isn't enough money until after Christmas. But in reality, its $12 a class, and if I really wanted to go, I could scrape it up. The fact is I'm scared! The last time I went I was just so humiliated by the fact that I was infact too fat to keep up with the class! But your post has inspired me to look at the next couple of weeks as prep-time to build up some strength and endurance before I go back to the class!

Go Summer Sizzlers!

~Maureen~


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Thank you, I hope so too. I will definitely check out your blog. So far, she has been a master of excuses, but I just need to keep pushing. For me, bellydance was a major boost in self-esteem and for the first time in my life I feel allied with my body. I used to feel like it was my enemy, but I have learned what it can do for me and I have a new appreciation for it. I want to share that with her because I know that she could benefit from it like I did. I was having a discussion with my instructor about Rachel Brice, stick thin Rachel Brice. We both agreed that she is a wonderful dancer, but that she has developed her own style to suit her body. She wouldn't look nearly as good dancing in another bd style because she doesn't have anything to shake! Well at least that is my opinion.

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I hope you can convince her. If you think it would help, there are a few things in some of my blog entries you can print off or e-mail to her:) I hate seeing perfectly wonderful chicks depriving themselves of the sheer joy of living because they're not supermodel thin. Real women have hips and belly dancing is for those of us generously endowed in the hip region as much as for everyone else!

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I am definitely trying! I have been trying to recruit my sister. She has wanted to take bellydance classes for a very long time but can't get past thinking she is to fat to do so (and she is smaller than I am). I recently invited her to watch me perform at my student night. I hope that her seeing me put myself out there will make her brave enough to take some classes. I even introduced her to my belly dance instructor to help the recruitment process along. Hopefully my efforts will eventually pay off.

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Ashley, that's a wonderful story! I'm glad to hear that you've started living your life instead of letting it pass you by because you aren't thinner. Great job! Hope you're passing on what you've been learning to all those envious friends out there who haven't discovered the joy that comes from overcoming the fear and realizing that they too can be belly dancers, regardless of their size:D

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I love this thread, because last January I came to the same conclusion. I had been sitting around for years waiting until I was thinner to try new things. When I finally realized that I never would be any thinner if I didn't get out there and start doing the same activities that thinner people do. So I signed up for a bellydance class, and I was so scared. So much so, that I forced myself to go to a couple fitness classes at a local rec centre in preparation for my first class. I figured if I could keep up with a step class I could do a bellydance class. That is also how I learned that step classes are so horribly boring. I don't understand why people subject themselves to hopping around just to build up a sweat. Anyhow, I fell in love with bellydance during my very first class, and here I am almost a year later. Fifteen pounds lighter I might add, and feeling so much better about myself because of bellydance. I even had the nerve to perform without a belly covering a week ago. There is no turning back now. I have learned more about myself and my body in the last year than I could have ever imagined I would. I am looking forward to the progress that year two will bring.

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Okay, handsewing decorative fabric onto a pre-made bra I can handle! This is a great idea! Now why didn't I think of that before? Thanks!

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Nah...you can do it...my sewing skills aren't all that good. For the base, I got some fusible webbing and fused some denim to the decorative outer fabric. The bra was a little more difficult since I took off the sides and made them out of more denim and the outer fabric.
Since you'll need the support, you won't want to take off the sides of the bra. While wearing the bra, have someone carefully pin your decorative fabric to the bra. This will ensure that it will be stretchy enough. Then...it's all about handsewing. If you can do any sort of cross stitch or embroidery, you can make your own bra and belt. It's really as easy as sewing on a button....only it takes more time:D

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I'm a very crafty sort of person, but one thing I have never been able to master is the sewing machine! I've never had much luck buying specialty plus-size items online either, I think there is just too much variation from one large lady to the next. In my case, my butt, while large, is in proportion, but I need a lot of bust-support. I guess when it comes around to it I'll have to search out a local seamstress!

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Thanks!
I made the costume. I figure it's a lot easier to make a costume from scratch than trying to make one work that's already made. Since I have a huge butt and I'm not so well endowed in the chest region, it makes it even more difficult to find a costume that would work. Besides, I can't afford $300+ for a costume!
I'm working on next year's costume. It's a lot of fun and it's a lot easier to make one than you might think. There are some great beaded/sequined appliques out there and some awesome beaded fringe as well! I'm not using appliques, but some of my troupe mates have used them and they work extremely well. I found a lovely woman on E-Bay that makes some amazing beaded fringe that I'm going to use for the new costume. I was able to get 2 yards of gold/silver fringe for $40. If it holds up well, I'll definitely buy from her instead of making my own!

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Thats probably a good idea!
By the way, I love your profile picture! Where did you come up with a plus-size belly dance costume?

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I think I'd try to get a hold of the possibly more experienced dancer. Tell her what you told us and maybe she'd be interested in teaching you privately or creating a beginner's class that is really for beginners:D If you have a couple friends who'd be willing to try it, let her know that as well!


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I live in a small town in rural Vermont... there really is NO other place that is less than two hours away! Miss Twenty-Something teaches the beginner class, I notice another woman teaches the advanced class, so maybe there is a more experienced teacher there? However, given my inability to keep up with the "beginners", I wouldn't dare try the advanced class! Not that the moves were to difficult, as I've been belly dancing for several years, but they seemed to concentrate on deep muscle development and did very little actual dancing. For example... doing snake arms until your arms feel like lead and want to fall off!

I'm probably starting to sound like a whiner! I have made up my mind to go back to the class, but it will probably have to wait until after Christmas because of finances. I'll just have to modify until I am strong enough to keep up. In the mean time, I dusted off my DVD's this weekend for a tune up.

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One of my dearest friends and troupemates is taking a pole dancing class. She has one of the most beautiful bodies I've ever seen and she's very active...but she is a bit more than a hundred pounds (I doubt by much...twenty five or thirty pounds tops). The other chicks and instructor are all waifs that are roughly a hundred pounds or less. But...she has stuck with it for a year now and she has learned a lot and she has challenged herself. It's been a bit tough on her self esteem though. I'd love to take the class with her, and I would if I could afford it and keep up with the rest of the class, all of my fat notwithstanding...because pole dancing would be fun!
So...if it's possible, check the towns near you and see if you can find a better fit. Google belly dance and your area and you might just find a new place has opened up that teaches belly dance...I hate to say it, but there are very few twenty somethings that I'd consider qualified to teach a really good class that would be worth your time and money. It would depend on how long they've been dancing.

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Wow, I went back and read this older thread, and I just found it REALLY inspiring... and maybe a little frusterating. I last took a belly dance class months ago in the ONLY studio here in town that teaches belly dance. They teach tribal belly dance, which is a little different from what I know - but here is what I found... the teacher was a tiny twenty-something with NO curves... the other students in the class.. with the exception of ME were all fit. They all came into the class talking about all the OTHER exercise they'd done that day... running, yoga, boxing, etc. I was able to ignore them... but then they opened the class with a series of advanced yoga postures to "warm up". I tried valiently to keep up, but just the yoga portion of the class had my muscles shaking. I definately left that class feeling "too fat" to belly dance, and I have not been back for a class since. I keep telling myself I'll go back when I've built up a fitness level so that I'm not humiliated during the warm up!

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This is a crazy simple thing, but I just started it last week and I'm proud of the change in my mindset for it. I've been getting XL in all my t-shirts lately. And last week I started buying L t-shirts again. I'm still not really happy with they way the fit, but they do fit. No more hiding!!!!

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I want to scuba dive! That's one of the reasons why I took swimming lessons last year! I want to swim with manatees and dolphins!
Fat doesn't kill...it's the letting life pass you by while you sit on the couch that does a person in. The sad thing is, society (i.e. the media) is so bent on condemning fat people that we are scared to even get out of the house let alone go to a place like a gymn, pool, or dance studio and start doing things that are good for us....so we sit in our houses thinking of all the things we would do if we were smaller instead of taking real steps towards doing those things. I believe a fat person can climb Mt. Everest IF they do the training and get the necessary equipment to do it. I know fat people can swim great lengths. A chick swam a mile to Antarctica. She was between 160 and 180 lbs, if I remember correctly.
I would love to see the media telling everyone that it's okay to be the size they are as long as they are living life...being physically active and eating right instead of saying you must be a certain weight to live a good life...because that simply isn't the case. I would love to see more plus sized dancers, mountain climbers, scuba divers, lion trainers, etc. because that means there are more people enjoying life and living passionately instead of sitting at home wishing they could do the things they dream about.
And...for those interested (and who can afford it), here's a website for plus sized scuba divers!!!!
http://www.bigadventures.net/index.php
I'll step off my soap box now;)


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Anytime I start to think that I am too fat to do something I think of my mother-in-law. She is 5 foot nothing and almost as wide (she will even say so). She SCUBA dives. That's right, she wiggles that body into a tight fitting wetsuit and straps on a extra heavy weight belt just so that she can get below the water. There are time that the group she is with has to take an alterntive route because she can't fit through the cavern holes that they can. She still has fun though. She still gets excited talking about the fish and the coral and any sunk ships/buildings/buses.

If she can have fun showing off every roll on her body, who am I to keep a little fat keep me from doing what I love?!?

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I used to say this, but I don't anymore. (Unless it's something that I'm holding off on as a reward.) But I'm going to really get back to the belly dancing!

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Fall sessions just started up last week. I am doing 3 1-hour classes a week now, instead of 2. Last night was 2 in a row, and I have to admit I got tired halfway through the second hour.

Anybody have tips for keeping your energy up through 2+ hours of dancing? This would be useful for workshops, too.

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I went to my class last night. It had about 10 people in it, the teacher is great. I knew her from her store( she owns 2nd hand clothing store and sells BD items too!)
so... it was a good active class. She is going to give us a CD or dvd next time to take home to practice!
Made me feel really good to be doing this again. emoticon

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OK thank you!! it starts Sept 12. The only tiny bummer is my 6 yr old has a Brownie meeting that starts at 6:30/my class goes from 5:50 -6:30.
We can both compromise a tad I suppose there is not any other solution. (tell the Brownie leader she will be late certain days this sep and Oct isnt too bad is it! all for a wonderful cause!) emoticon
P.S. I think this is by far the best "challenge" on any of the teams here has going!!! mwahh haha to us!

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Usually the only younger people who will show up will be drug there by their mom, who doesn't want to take class alone. LOL. :) You're going to have a blast -- you'll probably learn basic hip articulations and some traveling steps, maybe a spin or two! :) Just relax and enjoy the class. Don't worry about making the movement as big or as precise as the teacher -- she's been practicing longer than you have ! Allow yourself to be a beginner, and try to feel what the movement feels like INSIDE you, rather than worry about how it looks. How it feels is more important.

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HI Amanda!! I am excited!! The class is for ages 12 and up... do you have any idea how this might go? i hope lots of people sign up but it will still be awesome in any case!

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YAY! My goal is to get everybody into classes ... mwah ha ha!!!!

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I am excited I signed up for a belly dance class!! It starts later this month and is at my rec center.
I can't wait!!! It is beginner, which I feel I still am, so will be low key but a great start to getting back into it
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Well...if you're like me, then five pounds in three weeks would be impossible!!!
You have ZERO control over the numbers on the scale. What you do have control over is what you choose to eat and how much physical activity you do in a day. If you eat right and you're exercising and you don't lose weight, that's not failure...because you are giving your body what it needs!


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Wow... this is the reason why it took me forever to even look for a class. When I finally lost enough weight where I thought I would be comfortable, I kicked myself. This is the one place where any woman, any size can dance. Of course, now my weight has climbed and I'm not thrilled about performing (September 6) in public. And Miles Copeland and his bevy of "perfect" dancers have not helped our image. Years ago, a friend went to Egypt to study dance. She was told, "Ummm are you kidding me... you are too thin. No one would ever want to watch a skinny thing like you dance." Funny, because next to Rachel Brice, she is huge. So the stigma arises again. Don't get me wrong... honestly, I love my curves... my thinner curves. They make me feel feminine. I just am going to have to get a little more focused with my exercise for the next couple weeks to make a dent in some of this weight loss. I'm not going nuts here, because I know 2 pounds is best... but I am going to just try and stay focused to the lighter side of my calorie consumption to make it a little more obtainable. It would be nice to get at least five pounds off before then. Five pounds three weeks... is that too much to ask??? emoticon

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Awww gosh Amanda...I just love you!
You're right on the spot though....basically all I want is to feel strong and healthy. I divide my way of thinking into two...there's the unhealthy thoughts that I inherited from my anorexic/bulimic mom...thinking that I'll be happy and healthy if I can get down to 97 lbs. and the healthy way of thinking I've learned from people in a plus sized/size acceptance group on Yahoo I joined a couple years ago...and I just can't help but pass on the stuff I've learned from them:D
Real women have hips and the men who love women appreciate all of our curves. Besides, it's nice to have something to shimmy!

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Laurie, ANOTHER excellent post!!

I think one of the really hard things about weight loss is determining when enough's enough, you know? You can't rely on some chart to tell you that you're thin enough, and a lot of people can't trust what they see in the mirror.

My original goal was 40 pounds, and to some people that's nothing. I'm short and have a small frame, so even a 10-pound gain makes me FEEL bad. Lethargic, sluggish. BUT, I still think I LOOK hot, although I was NOT pleased with the photos I posted on my page.

For me, getting back to what (for me) is a normal weight is less a vanity thing than a "I want to feel like I used to!" thing. Of course, now I realize a lot of that was just me being out of shape and NOT being overweight. I've been working out and strength training, and I'm getting a LOT stronger and more fit, heart-wise. I don't get tired like I used to, and I can dance all night without feeling fatigued! Sure, some of that is because I'm lighter, but I think most of it is because I'm actually PUSHING myself physically. My WEIGHT was preventing me from being able to do pushups and squats -- that was my strength!

One thing I want as a bellydancer is a curvy body. I find that attractive. I DON'T want a 6-pack -- I've never found that attractive. I want strong abs, enough to be able to do the pilates and yoga workouts I have, and enough to help with floorwork, but I don't want to look like an athlete. I want to look like a soft and sexy bellydancer, ya know?

Don't even get me started on the STAR dancers who are so skinny. Yuck. That's one thing my husband thinks is so awesome about Suhaila -- she has a belly!!! He's always going on about her sexy belly now. Let's face it, post-pregnancy and frankly, after 30 -- we ain't gonna look like 17-year-olds. And who would really want to??

Laurie, you've given me a lot to think about in these posts. I think sometimes I rat on so much about the "weight loss" aspect of getting fit that it seems like weight loss is our only goal. Strength and self-love should be our primary goals.

And you're right -- self-confidence and self-love feels much better than worrying about every last pound!

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I'm really lucky. My troupe has a wide variety of shapes...from straight and willowy to curvaceous. A few times over the past few months my teacher has been complaining you can't see her six pack...ever since Ava Fleming was here in June. That of course got some of the smaller girls complaining about how fat THEY are...and a few of us big girls are left thinking...if you're thinking you're fat, how do you feel about us????!
But then I step back and think a bit more. Is being thin really worth the stress? When you're that thin (we're talking size 7 and smaller), you worry about every little ounce...as if it shows. You worry more about keeping up with then Joneses...as if weight loss is some sort of competition. I think back to when my mom weighed 80lbs and was practically delirious because she was bingeing, purging and using at least a box of laxatives a day...and how she said that's the happiest she's ever been with her body (and I was changing her diapers at the time). No...being thin isn't worth it. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels is a myth. Nothing feels as good as loving yourself, self confidence, and expressing your self love through your actions... whether that's eating right, dancing or other physical activities, or helping someone else out:)

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Exactly!! If you can stand on two legs and you can lift your hip then you can bellydance!!

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My instructor is tinybut she still has a cute little belly, most of the people in the class are larger and she actually says it helps alot to be bigger than she is. It helps you shake better! :) I have lost some weight, but I am bigger than I was when I decided I wanted to do it years ago. I wish I had started then. I would be in the preforming class and I would be thinner!! I am not gonna give up or quit because I am too fat. I can still move and that isn't too fat!!!

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Laurie, that's a GREAT post!!!

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shareen el Safy
Mona Said
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Aida Nour

Some of my favorite professional dancers would be considered fat by the media. To that I say, "Whatever!"

I tell my students, "Look at your body TODAY. It may be bigger or smaller tomorrow, but what's important is knowing and loving it TODAY."

If you want to lose weight, I wish you good fortune. If you want to achieve cardiovascular fitness, I wish you the best. Bellydance NOW will help with either goal.

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I agree...there is absolutely no reason to wait...just start now.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

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Thank you, Amanda! For a minute I thought it was going to be a I'm too fat rant...but I should've known better;)
I'm a firm believer that people should embrace life regardless of their size. Fat people NEED to start doing all those things they long to do and quit saying, "I'll do it when I'm thinner" because that day may never come...and it's no fun sitting on the sidelines!
There's this AMAZING bellydancer here who weighs 280+ lbs. This woman takes nearly every workshop and she is in two troupes. She is one of my inspirations. She lives her life fully and she is happy with who she is...and that comes through loud and clear when she is dancing.
Fat doesn't equal unhappiness any more than thin equals happiness. You can be happy, healthy, successful and enjoy life. With all the media hype out there stating that obesity will kill you off, the fact is it isn't obesity so much as a sedentary lifestyle and bad food choices that will do you in.
A woman swam a mile to Antarctica. Think she weighed 100 lbs? Nope. Try 180 lbs.
Live your life passionately; dance all day and laugh a lot and everything else will fall in place.

*bounce!*


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One of the things that just breaks my heart is when people tell me, "I'd love to learn bellydance but I'm just too fat. When I lose weight I'll go to class."

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't wait. Bellydance can and will help you in your weight loss goals. Don't wait to enjoy what can be a fun and fulfilling hobby. Just do it!

So my challenge to all of you is to get out there and sign up for a class! Just do it! Don't worry about what anyone will think. Don't worry about your weight. Have confidence and ENJOY that class!!

If there are no classes in your area, then grab a DVD and START TODAY! Please don't wait.

A year from now you will be a year older.

If you start bellydancing TODAY, then a year from now you will STILL be a year older, but you'll probably be thinner, and you'll have a year of bellydance practice under your belt!

Don't wait -- I challenge you!

On our way to Mordor.

Blogging our walking fitness journey here:
thereandbackagainforfitness.blogspot.com/


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