I've had strong support in my VERY Baptist family for my belly dancing, even though they just found out about it yesterday. :} My husband isn't eager for his parents to find out, though, since they're even more conservative than most. The problem is how much of belly dancing is stereotyped as a seductive dance rather than fun and good exercise. There's nothing Biblical against dancing, but I'd say Baptists (and other conservatives) are against dancing due to more traditional issues that have nothing to do with the Bible.
That aside, I joked to my husband when I started this that my struggle to get the moves right is because I was raised Baptist. ;) I'm all awkward twitches and stiff movements because my body isn't used to moving fluidly in a dancing motion. Being white doesn't help, either. ;)
When the deacon at my mom's Baptist church found out that I bellydance, her immediate reaction was, "That's good exercise."
Bellydancing is no less moral than any other kind of dancing. Aren't there verses about dancing in the Bible? I don't think I've read a biblical prohibition against dancing, even in Leviticus. So I personally think you are in the clear. :)
There was a series of articles in Habibi years ago that was something like "When God Bellydanced" and it talked about the role of dance in Jewish culture. You might look those up.
For beginner DVDs, I think the Neena and Veena Discover Bellydance series are really pretty good. Also any of the beginner dvds from World Dance New York are inexpensive and are a lot of fun. Instant Bellydancer is cute. Or I can also recommend dvds from Cheeky Girls Productions. (Michelle Joyce)
I have another question. How do I get over feeling silly? I was always told by my parents, and my church, that "good Baptist girls don't dance." So now, even though I really don't believe that and I really enjoy bellydance, I can't seem to get over feeling watched, even when I'm just dancing in my room with the door shut and the blinds drawn. How do I get rid of that?
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If you live near a Ross Dress for Less, check out their DVD collection. There are a variety of World Dance New York titles there for under $6 which is a great way to get started. :-) Heartbeat of Bellydance with Jenna and Roqy is one of my favorites, I just love the shimmy drills! :-)
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I really need to practice more. I really need to exercise more. Heck, I really need to do a LOT of things more, but I really want to get my dancing off the ground again!
So, what can anyone recommend to a beginner? Any and all styles; if they'll teach it, I'll learn it! I don't have a whole lot of space, so it needs to be soemthing that doesn't require a lot of room. I'm also treating myself as brand-new, since it's been so long, and I need something that really breaks down each move and drills it to pieces.
I keep intending to be on here more... I haven't checked in in months.
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