SparkPeople Belly Dancing Team Messageboard Belly dancing is a great way to get fit and express yourself creatively. Oriental, Cabaret, Tribal, Fusion -- everyone is welcome! SparkPeople Belly Dancing Team Messageboard Hello 2019! So how are we all doing? How has 2019 treated you for these last two weeks? Are you on a good streak? Let's keep it up! Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:36:01 EST What has been your journey? Tell us about your journey, through dance, through fitness, through life -- anything! <BR> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:46:40 EST Newbie Morning, I've just started ATS Belly Dancing. Looking forward to learning lots more. I'm with a lovely group in Lampeter, Wales. Loving it so far. <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 02:11:33 EST test this is a test for embedding video. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:32:04 EST Newbie Hi guys, <BR> I'm Brenda but go by Star. I'm new to the group just joined. I'm 34 and a mom of 3 teens 1 girl and 2 boys, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and maybe making a few friends. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:27:19 EST Newbie Hi all, I'm new here! <BR> I'm Mina (Yasmin Diab is my dance name) <BR> I've been studying Arab dance for 13 years. I primarily perform Egyptian style and folkloric, although I've been dabbling in fusion a little bit. <BR> <BR> I live in Las Vegas, and participated in last year's Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive's Dance competition (So You Think You Can Bellydance) and made it to the top 12. <BR> <BR> I just started on SparkPeople today. I've had some health issues over the past few years... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:21:25 EST What are you studying right now? Right now I'm still recovering from knee surgery. So ..... I'm just starting out with the DVD Belly Dance Basics with Leila Farid (awesome) <BR> <BR> I plan on relearning some basics things with other dvds when my knees get better. I'm having to relearn everything over again. <BR> <BR> What are you guys studying? Via online classes, dvds or local classes? Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:51:27 EST Long time no see Hi there all! It been a LONG time. <BR> <BR> Life got really busy and I just didn't make the time to get on spark people like I should have. I am taking this week to find my way around spark people (a lot has changed since I've been here last) <BR> <BR> Recently there has been a TON of life happenings that has caused me to re-evaluate my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> My husband's brother passed away a couple of years ago leaving a son and daughter (different mothers) This past Sep... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:34:23 EST Bye bye, gym!! I started bellydancing right before the holidays and am loving that I'm getting back into dancing without the gym! My abdominals and obliques are finding themselves. Yay! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:30:38 EST Hi =) I'm Judy Hello everyone, I'm Judy. I'm completely new to this group and to belly dance. I've always wanted to learn to belly dance and to have the body of one because they are so beautiful! So I hope this is the group for me, because I want to lose weight and completely transform my body into that of a belly dancer. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be posting a lot, what I eat, what I practice, etc. So get ready to see a lot of me and give me some good feedback! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:50:56 EST Shoes? Wood and wood laminate flooring cover my dance areas at home. I've had a lot of surgeries on my feet, so I have to limit the amount of time I'm barefoot. Until I can afford a small area rug, I'm wondering if there are shoes that will keep my feet padded a bit. <BR> <BR> If you've had some experience with shoes, tell me what you've discovered! <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:55:35 EST Exercise/dance routine to Dark Horse May be considered NSFW? Ha! Kinda sexy dancing to Katy Perry's Dark Horse. It's also hard as hell if you are doing it right. Just a fun exercisy thing I'm enjoying and wanted to share. Not really bellydancing but there are some rolls we could "correct" and make it feel more like a proper form. :D <BR> <BR><BR>JkM <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 12:45:15 EST New Lady Here! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this team, but not to SparkPeople and not entirely new to belly dance. I joined my first belly dance class three and a half years ago after my son was born as a way to lose some baby weight. I joined a couple more classes after that but got sick and my doctor wrote me off everything for a few weeks. I thought it would only be a few weeks before I started getting back into things but it turned out that being sick was an understatement. I had ketoacidosis ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:51:13 EST Back to Spark Hi, I'm just coming back again after a hiatus from Spark. I love Belly dancing. I took a class years ago through the local community college but due to low admission the class was canceled and our teacher returned back to Morocco. Needless to say many years, a marriage, and a child later I am a lot heavier (100 lbs overweight) and I'm recently getting back into belly dancing, albeit from the convenience of my home. I figured if I do something I like I would be more likely to stick to it. I re... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:03:40 EST Newbie to belly dance Hi All, <BR> I think it's time for me to say hello instead of just lurking around in the background. My name is Nadja and I'm a total newbie to belly dance. I learn from DVDs at the moment and take it very slowly. I realised all the muscles I need for belly dancing are pretty much under used right now (I have a desk job and a long commute) and want to give my body the chance to get used to the moves first. How much could I use belly dancing (in a modified way of course) as prenatal exercise (... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:04:20 EST Hi All! WOW glad that I logged into SP today and found you. Bad about logging into SP but now have motivation to do so now. 2 years ago in June at age if 58 went to my 1st Belly Dance class as a suggestion from one of my TOPS members. We were looking for different types of exercises to try. Well I've been hooked ever since. I'm not very good but enjoy the people, have met some awesome friends and have soooo much fun burning calories. I've danced with a sword, basket, scarves, veil and now learn... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:04:24 EST Sword 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 23:38:23 EST Bellydance beginners I have actually been doing bellydance on and off since January of 2010; more off than on since I haven't gotten that far! Does anyone have any recommendations for videos for a beginner? I used to do the Shimmy videos that were on Fit TV but they are so frustrating, which is why I am on and off. Once in a while I will pop them in and try again, to no avail. I would like something where it is longer than 15 minutes too. There is little instruction and the dances were not consistent on there so ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:48:33 EST 2013 Motivation So, I have done it- to get myself moving I have signed up for the Yaa Halla, Y'all 2013 Workshop this August! Nothing to motivate like the pure fear of not being able to keep up in a workshop class! <BR> <BR> What is everyone else doing to help motivate yourself this year? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 05:11:38 EST whats everyone doing? whats everyone doing? whats everyone up to? studying? Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:44:57 EST Belly Dance Fitness versus Pure Belly Dance My favorite belly dance class was moved to a time and day I simply can't make, it was a pure belly dance class. I'm wondering what the difference is between a "Belly Dance Fitness" class and a traditional Belly Dance class. There are a couple BD fitness classes I can make/afford but since I don't particularly like the videos I'm seeing online labeled as BD Fitness, I'm not sure they're worth going to. <BR> <BR> I really want a class atmosphere to belly dance in as it keeps me more accountabl... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:12:01 EST Inspiration We have read about and/or experienced weight loss plateaus. I've now reached a plateau in my belly dance live - what gives you inspiration? Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:17:42 EST Team Goals - Can we have a dancing goal? I was looking at the team goals and I am hoping we can add a belly dancing goal in there. I think it would inspire us all to keep on dancing :) Sun, 22 Jul 2012 04:32:05 EST What is your Belly Dance Name? My dance name is Ankhesenamun. What is yours? <BR> <BR> To learn more about my name and choosing a name please read my blog <BR> <BR> What is in a Name? <BR> <link>My dance name is Ankhesenamun. What is yours? To learn more about my name and choosing a name please read my blog What is in a Name? individual.asp?blog_id=4904057 </link> Wed, 30 May 2012 16:11:21 EST Club Bellydance Hi all. My teacher has asked me to perform at a Club Bellydance event in may and although I'm really excited its also a bit scary. I've put on a bit of weight which i carry completely on my stomach (typical) would like to loose some of this before having to stand anywhere near any of the Stunning BDDS's. I have the diet under control just need some more exercises to help me along. Any suggestions would be appreciated <em>41</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:08:56 EST relearning hip slides I quit dancing after getting married (9 years ago almost). I started dancing improv at home every once in a while around 6 years ago and around 3 years ago started doing belly dance dvds but didn't get really serious about it until last year. I just recently started doing classes. <BR> <BR> i can't do hip slides any more. I have to relearn them over again. any ideas. I think I'm going side to side . . . . but the hips go up. ideas please? Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:49:42 EST *waves hello* Hi ya'll! I'm just starting to learn bellydancing and will finally begin classes this Saturday...I hope! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:10:28 EST Belly Dance DVD trade? I am curious... does anyone have a good beginner's belly dance DVD they don't need anymore? I'll pay for shipping or we can trade for a yoga/pilates DVD i dont use anymore... <BR> Let me know, Thanks. <BR> <BR> ~Ayla Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:58:18 EST Dancing for weight loss in 2012! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Emery, live in NC, and just completed my first formal belly dancing class. It was a blast, and we have our first hafla tomorrow, where I'm performing with the group! I went in to the class thinking that belly dancing was relatively easy...but I was quickly proven wrong. It's the most fun I've ever had sweating! <BR> <BR> I'd really like to continue the classes, and my instructor offers both and intermediate, traditional class and a tribal class. I'd love to take both if... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:13:51 EST stretching after dance do any of you guys stretch after dancing? if so which ones? do you guys do any specific stretches to keep you more limber in your joints? <BR> <BR> thanx. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:47:06 EST Shimmy Mob I'm excited about dancing in this! Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:13:00 EST sadie's dvds 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 22:50:40 EST Egoeccentricity Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Kay, 19 years of age, an engineering student, who loves to belly dance, socialise, paint, and have a good time! <BR> :) <BR> but i am a huge slacker and i have low self dicipline....this is what frustrates me most.... i just dont get things done on time because i forget the goal all along....since i am in an emotional eater....if I have a bad grade in some course i tend to overeat afterawhile or when its the finals week at the end of my semester...i grow so fa... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 22:09:09 EST totally turkish 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 12:30:53 EST Hey guys! Looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> I'm based in Kalamazoo, Michigan and am the artistic director of Boheme Tribal Belly Dance. I've been studying Middle Eastern Dance for over 17 years and have been teaching for 15. I enjoy studying and performing all forms of belly dance, but Tribal is my focus. <BR> <BR> I teach belly dance upwards of ten hours per week, but because I've been dancing for so long, it has ceased to really be a workout for me. I've been a yoga fan since m... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:13:53 EST leg and knee pain after dancing 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 02:34:35 EST self study @ home 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 heartbe... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:39:01 EST Introduction Hello, I have have been belly dancing for 14 years. The past couple of years recovering form auto induced accident injuries and related surgeries. I am trying to make a come back and have added 50 pounds to my frame over the down time. I danced last weekend for the first time in 3 - 4 years in public and the feedback was gratifying for the appreciation and praise received. Ahh it felt good to belly dance again. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:52:19 EST New to Belly Dancing Well so far I dont think I can afford official classes for belly dancing. But I do want to learn! Does anyone know any good at home videos for belly dancing??? Fri, 1 Jul 2011 21:28:41 EST *New* Belly Dance Quickies Hello ladies...picking up where the original thread left off, linking you to Belly Dance Quickies from Mahin's She's Got Hips Webiste. <BR> <BR> Here's Monday's BD Quickie for you on The Violin and Its Arabic Relatives <BR> <link><BR>der?llr=rvbrm5cab&v=001xESrKcN5fLTEWUf<BR>mGt4vxWPg3LDibBpErwqvyYRLKgRg_A5laMK3L<BR>HWFFuPVfekg0x7TU6nYjK5lHaqnx9Wd2s77W4-<BR>a-BkdCvpRvTIQofjikNoL7QYXPY0xassrY8Jfy<BR>WMXkORvuEqKIRg47svY_WoIebXQnohlqT7Y3zv<BR>JnHjNUIiDxKN... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:44:52 EST ahava melantha 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 03:59:01 EST Total Newbie! Hey there! I'm a complete newbie to this site and to Belly Dance! I decided to try out Belly Dance when some girls from my school decided to start a club. So I've basically just dipped my toes in the water. I'm hoping to actually take some classes this summer, and I really can't wait! Wed, 18 May 2011 14:52:32 EST Exercises To Help Improve Your Belly Dancing What kind of gym exercises do you feel help with your belly dancing? :) Thu, 7 Apr 2011 05:29:49 EST Selling my Stuff If anyone is interested, I have some plus size skirts, veils and coin belts available. I haven't been dancing much lately. They would fit a size 16-22 easily and probably bigger. Excuse my shameless "sale" <em>24</em> . If you are interested and want specifics or pictures send me an email and I'll get back to you. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:52:41 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to Spark People and have been dancing for over 7years. I am trying to get back to daughter is now 16 months's time! I am looking forward to getting to know the folks on this team. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:46:53 EST Daily Belly Dance Quickies 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> </link> <BR> <BR> You can friend them on fb too <BR> <link><BR>n... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:17:51 EST Sword I finally get to order a sword... any suggestions or site recommendations would be super! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:37:19 EST Belly Dance Resolutions I'm glad the holidays are over and I can focus on my life again. <BR> My new goal is to belly dance each and every day of 2011 and take a photo each day as well. The biggest challenge right now is I have no indoor place to dance and it's pretty cold outside. But I'm determined. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:03:49 EST easy belly drills & choreography 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 19:36:12 EST dancing skirts 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> </link> <BR> <BR> any ideas please? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:46:49 EST Jillina's Entrance Choreography 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 22:41:51 EST returning under a new name I quit sparkpeople when i was Brenna_A and now I'm back as Muslimah_AK. I started learning when I was 15 and took a vacation when I was 19. now I'm back at 26, but just dancing at home with my kids. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:00:32 EST Hello :o) Hi I recently joined a belly dance class which starts on 10/11/10 and I'm hoping to get back in shape my goal is to lose 5 lbs by the end of October but I'm also doing a boot camp 2 times a week. <em>198</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:37:27 EST Hello Hi my name is Cat and I have been taking belly dance lessons for 5 1/2 years. I take lessons in central Ohio at Habeeba's. It is alot of fun and I enjoy the workout. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:19:58 EST Belly Dance 'Chat Room' Hi there <BR> <BR> Every one needs a place where they can hang out and chat; dontcha think? <BR> <BR> Belly dance Superstars are coming to SB college in So. CA this October 2nd and I'm hoping to go see 'em! Woohooo!! <BR> <BR> Gonna go hit the hay. Nite dancers zzzzzzzzzzz Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:32:09 EST New Here and Wanting to Learn Hi Everyone, Day 1 here and always wanted to learn Belly Dancing but never found the opportunity. Never thought about a DVD, thanks for the tips gang! <BR> On the search now, any good suggestions? <BR> Hugs Spring! :) <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 18:41:59 EST New to Belly Dance Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I'm not all that new to SP (about a month), but I AM new to belly dance. I have two coworkers who belly dance, one of which is an instructor and the other who has been her student for five years. I just went to a performance about two months ago and I couldn't stop grinning. All I could think was: "I want to do that!" <BR> <BR> So I'm starting classes in September. I was thinking about getting some dvd's to start practicing some basic movements before then (shimmies are ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:45:25 EST anyone in the Norfolk VA area? So it looks like we'll be moving to Norfolk soon and I need to find a new class so I am looking for suggestions. Thanks for any and all help Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:07:36 EST New to this spark team-finally found home! I LOVE bellydance! Have been taking courses for 3 years now.....2x a much fun! If you haven't done should...for yourself! Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:54:10 EST Belly Dance and strength training I've been trying to get back into belly dancing, but I'm having an issue. I just started a squat and and push up program, so I thought I'd do belly dance on rest days. <BR> <BR> Well my quads have been sore from squats, and my arms have been sore from push ups. <BR> <BR> Do you think that doing belly dance during my rest days would effect my rest days? Hips lifts really works my quads so I'm kind of concerned. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 21:09:30 EST What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate?? Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:22:18 EST Health Tips Let's write our health tips here to help live a healthy lifestyle. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:33:25 EST yum or yuck oranges Mon, 14 Jun 2010 07:10:36 EST I am new and i wanna learn 2 belly dance <em>252</em> Hi, I'm dianna and I just started on Spark a couple days ago. I am not a belly dancer but really want 2 learn. if anyone has any info they'd like 2 share with me that would b wonderful. thanks bye Sun, 6 Jun 2010 17:39:02 EST (Sort of) New to SP 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 Hello! Hi everyone! I am very new to belly dance. I just finished a beginner's eight week course, and I now taking a beginner's ten week course. I love it so much. It is challenging, but it's so much fin too! I just order my first pair of tribal pants. Can't wait til they are delivered. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and take classes with Maria Hamer on Tuesday Nights. She is part of the Zafira Dance Troupe. They just opened their new studio in Southside. If you live in Pittsburgh, come check it out. <l... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:46:02 EST Returning from 7 year vacation My name is Brenna, used to dance for 4 years, and now I want to get back into it. I used to be pretty good, if I do say so myself. I'd love to regain my dancers stamina, but I'm finding my body isn't the pre-mama body it used to be. I'm gonna have to redo my whole style - post kids. Fri, 7 May 2010 15:47:32 EST getting back into it Hi, <BR> <BR> my name is Brenna. I used to take lessons, and peform belly dance from 15 to 19. then I got married with kids. didn't COMPLETELY quit, but I want to get back into it. <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me advice on a good belly dancing dvd, NOT Neena and Veena? <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreciate it. Fri, 7 May 2010 15:45:39 EST Any Belly Dancers in New England There is gonna be an SCA event in Manchester NH Jan 29 and 30th that is open to the public. I guess there are going to be a ton of merchants (some with belly dance stuff!) classes, a fencing tournament, a fashion show and a bunch of other really cool sounding stuff. This is the link to it <BR> <BR> I just figured I would pass this along if anyone else is interested Thu, 21 Jan 2010 10:21:52 EST hello hey everybody <BR> i'm taniaselena my name is tania i'm portugees but i live in belgium <BR> i like dancing <BR> belly dancing that's beautyfull i can a little of belly dance. <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:39:44 EST any dancers in denver/aurora co area? i would love a practice particular tribal fusion which i am just starting to learn after a few classes and videos i found a teacher that has a class that fits my schedule. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 18:20:58 EST Hello from northern Minnesota... Hi everyone. I just joined and I'm excited about working my way around this awesome web site! I'm female, I'll be 53 by the end of January, and I recently lost 29 pounds using WW and (sadly) without exercising. Imagine what I COULD have done! I have 69 more to go, but since I've been very sedentary the past few years, I need to find something REALLY fun to trick me into moving, so I've decided to give belly dancing a try! I think it will be fun. <BR> <BR> I've been married to the same wonder... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:57:06 EST Online Bellydance Dictionary Blessed new year! <BR> <BR> 2010 has barely begun, and already the SOUL studio has launched a comprehensive online Bellydance Dictionary! <BR> <BR> <link><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 15:11:00 EST Intrested in getting started I am very intrested in starting belly dancing as soon as I am released from the doctor to exercise. It always intrested me and sounds like a good way for me to adjust to my new look, as I am currently undergoing reconstruction for breast cancer. I need to lose 35-40 pounds and I love to dance anyway so why not. Is this a cardio workout? I really know very little it other than it looks fun. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:45:22 EST Do you make skinny girls jealous and other tales I thought I would start a thread to see what funny stories come out of our classes. The things that make you laugh so hard your sides hurt, or just smile and give you one more reason to be thankful that you are shimmying your way through life. <BR> <BR> To get this started I will share mine to get us off to a good start. I took my first belly dance class through our recreation center here this fall. It met once a week for 12 weeks. Belly dancing is something I have wanted to try for many yea... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:13:20 EST GOALS FOR 2010!! Hi to all you sexy shakers!! I love new years! I love fresh starts, I love making goals! I just love everything about it!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would start a thread where we could all share our goals for this year. I'm new to this team so I also thought it be a great way to connect with other members on here. <BR> <BR> My fitness goals for 2010: <BR> -Get back to a size 6-8 <BR> -sign up for a marathon. <BR> -stay active on spark people. <BR> <BR> Well those are my goals, what are yours?... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 17:41:47 EST Saying Hi Hi...I am Laura and I have been belly dancing for about a year now. I love it. I makes me feel sexy and I love the women I dance with. Wed, 4 Nov 2009 17:32:02 EST Nice to meet you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined SP a month ago and I just found this team. <BR> <BR> I'm 25 years old. I love dancing, especially belly dancing. Once I start, it's hard to stop. I'm sure you all are familiar with that :) <BR> <BR> I love everything about it, it makes you feel so good, so feminine, so divine... Whenever I am down or feeling low, I turn on the music and let it take me over. For me this isn't a sport or a workout. It's a huge part of my life and as important as breathing, eat... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 07:41:29 EST Needing a sword Where can I buy a nice balanced sword to dance with? While we're at it, do you have any tips? Thanks in advance! :) Sun, 13 Sep 2009 18:50:39 EST Food ideas Ok, I need food ideas. <BR> <BR> They need to be basic, nothing fancy, and kid friendly. I'm really a plain eatter, I don't like cooked veggies (I will eat most of the raw) and don't like a lot of stuff on my food. I'm REALLY REALLY picky. <BR> <BR> I just know I can't go on eatting boxed mac and cheese, and microwave meals, and packaged food. I want to eat at home more (we eat out ALOT!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, looking for basic healthy meal ideas, there are usually only two of us at a meal,... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:17:43 EST Back Been gone a while, but getting back in the groove of things, will be doing at least one Shimmy workout a day (from Fit-tv) <BR> <BR> I look forward to being more active in this group! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:09:11 EST Shimmy on in and Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about yourself and then make yourself at home on the current discussion thread! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:54:36 EST Belly Dancing Fall 2009 Discussion Dance Floor! The crispness in the air at night is invigorating. I am once again reminded to move my shimmy-er and get back into the whirl of things! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:50:28 EST New to the site but love to dance Hello my name is Christie and I am new to the group. I enjoy belly dancing although I'm not a pro at it. I think it's one of the best ways to lose weight but feel good about yourself as well. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am on day 4 of my new diet and plan on belly dancing at least 3 times a week to help lose the weight. I've learned about it from my ex's friend and sister who sort of taught me how to belly dance. So for the last 8 years I've had a desire to do the moves and look good... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:37:47 EST Show how you feel each day with emoticons <em>250</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:53:53 EST Hello Hi! My name is AudryCamille and I LOVE belly dancing! Well, most types of dancing I love, but I feel an extra something with belly dancing and ballroom. I'm working my way down from my current size that way I'll feel comfortable, come next Halloween, while wearing a belly dancing costume/outfit and actually performing. I love that your core is always involved and working to perform the movements. <BR> <BR> On another note, does anyone know of any troupes in the Nashville/Murfreesboro TN are... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:14:19 EST Making bras? I agreed to make a bra for a breast cancer fundraiser thing in an online community that I am part of. I was thinking about making a belly dance costume type bra so that it is actually usable whenever someone buys it. <BR> <BR> I have not had the money to buy a costume before though, so I'm looking for advice on tips for fit/comfort/usability type things that I should know before I start. I was thinking about reverse engineering a bra that I have for regular use for a pattern for this, do... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:31:22 EST Goddess Sized Costumes? Does anyone know a good website to buy Goddess sized costumes from &/or were to buy good bodysuits? Tue, 9 Jun 2009 05:45:21 EST Returning to the Dance Hi there, <BR> <BR> I took belly dancing lessons when I was in high school, but haven't done a lot with it since (and it's been a while). I have a couple of belly dancing fitness DVDs, and I'm ready to get back on it. Looking forward to meeting you all and getting fit and sexy while having tons of fun. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Sat, 30 May 2009 18:46:01 EST Hello to all! Hello, my name is Kate, from Northern California. I am very into belly dance, I just haven't been able to take classes, so I am a MAJOR beginner! The love is definitely there though--I just love the feeling I get while dancing! Anyway, I hope to get to know you all! <BR> Kate Tue, 26 May 2009 19:28:33 EST That thead thang! Hey! <BR> <BR> I don't post here very often. <BR> <BR> I pretty much use the Belly Dancing to firm and tone the bod... I'm not a performer! <BR> <BR> I'd love to take a class, but thus far I've only been able to use DVDs to learn the moves. <BR> <BR> So... I'd like some help from you expert movers and shakers! <BR> <BR> First... what's that head thing called... the one where your head goes from side to side, which just seems to come natural to girlz from the hood when you're speakin to ... Tue, 26 May 2009 11:43:01 EST New to belly dance & struggling hi just wanted to introduce myself. i am new to belly dance (but the love and desire to learn has been there for ever). <BR> i just started classes a few months ago and i am hooked. <BR> <BR> i got jenna's basics of belly dance and have been following it a bit in addition to my class. <BR> <BR> my teacher wants me to learn her way, but i am having a heckuva time with the hip lifts (standing in place) and i am feeling really down on myself where i am dreading class a bit because i know sh... Sun, 17 May 2009 11:18:37 EST Joining the Team!!! Hello all! <BR> I just joined this team. I am a belly dancer. I started dancing about 8 years ago. I teach a couple of classes a week in MA, "Awakening the Divine Feminine through Belly Dance". My dance name is Sumora and I am the Coordinator of the SoMA chapter of the Northeast Belly Dance Association. <BR> I think belly dance is many things, but in terms of weight loss, it is great exercise. <BR> I look forward to being part of the team! <BR> Shimmies, <BR> SusanMorgaine/Sumora Tue, 12 May 2009 11:15:50 EST Belly Dancing Challenge 2009 Hello all, <BR> And a merry May to you! <BR> <BR> I am starting a challenge thread for us. Beginning this month I will put up a challenge and then add to it until August. I'll re-think at that point since the weather starts to change here. <BR> <BR> <BR> So the challenge for May is to DRINK YOUR WATER!!! <BR> ***Get at least 6 glasses/cups per day.*** <BR> <BR> You can find the goal at the bottom of the Team page and sign in once and it will track for you and the team!!! Woo-Hoo! <B... Mon, 4 May 2009 10:37:05 EST I am really new! I have never done any belly dancing except as a child when I was playing. It has always fascinated me and I want to learn. I have several friends who do it as a form of exercise, so, I am checking out some DVDs from the library and I am going to teach myself to belly dance. I am sure the journey will be hilarious but very rewarding and empowering in the long run. I look forward to getting to know you and to learning whatever knowledge you wish to impart! <BR> <BR> love and laughter, <BR> Zoe Thu, 2 Apr 2009 02:45:16 EST Shake n BAke Hello, I'm new to belly dancing but not new to fit tv! I really like to see that the network was adding a little spice to the workout shows. My favs are Gilead, Sharon, AllStar, and Shimmy... Don't know how I feel about Nomaste-that's a little more challenging. What I like about Shimmy is that it really strengthens my core (back and tummy) while all at the same time leaving me way more flexible. I find that this workout makes walking and working out easier. I have to admit there are some... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:47:17 EST new person here I would like to join this group. Looks like you all have so much fun. What are some good DVDs. I live in the Myrtle Beach area, are there any programs around thee? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 21:39:09 EST So many belly dancing teams I am SO excited to find some belly dancing teams here. I LOVE belly dancing, I am awful but I do have fun. up down up, up down up, up down up...;) lol <BR> <BR> Belly dancing is SOOOO extremeeeemly sexy (at the hubby thinks so) <BR> <BR> I live in the DFW area in Texas and would LOVE to find a real live belly dancing class, for now I'll have to settle for DVD's and a locked bed room door hehehe <BR> <BR> ~Jenn~ Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:06:42 EST Under Garments I am getting ready to perform a skirt dance (Spanish Fushion). I normally wear yoga pants under the skirt, but I have found that the pants create static cling and the skirt does not flow quite as nicely as it should. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can wear under the skirt that won't cause this type of problem? <BR> <BR> Hesper Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:28:18 EST Bellydance DVDs I tried out both of my bellydance DVDs I'd gotten from NetFlix...they were more like aerobics with a bellydance flair added to them. They were hosted by Neena and Veena. Twin bellydancers. <BR> I was hoping for something that was more focused on the dance side of it. Such as showing, SLOWLY! technical moes and how to string them together. But they were enjoyable as they were and will do them again! Like I said I tried both, back to back. So it was a great workout and by the end of the... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 01:50:50 EST I'd like to introduce myself and... my two left feet! is there any hope for a self conscious, slightly clumsy gal in the world of belly dance? <BR> <BR> I've always been intrigued by belly dance and I now have 2 DVDs, just haven't tried them out. I'm hoping to have the house to myself this weekend so if I embarrass myself, there'll be no witnesses! <BR> <BR> My name is Rachel, I'm 32 and excited to try this for a lot of different reasons..for a new form of cardio, to build self confidence and perhaps gain some coordinatio... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:49:15 EST Hi! =) I joined SparkPeople about a month ago, but I didn't find this team until today! <BR> <BR> I LOVE belly dancing! It's so much fun! I've been dancing for over a year now, and I can't get enough of it. I'll be really happy when my friends and I finally coordinate our schedules and get a club going on campus! ^^ Fri, 20 Feb 2009 19:40:18 EST Forward and back shimmy?? I've been practicing bellydancing for a week now, and trying to learn all I can from outside sources (mostly internet resources) and I read somewhere about a different kind of shimmy, forward and back shimmy? You thrust your hips forward and back in small, vibrating motions? I don't know a lot about this and I want to. Does anyone know what this is and how to do it? If so, can you please explain it to me? I'm always looking for new challenges to keep me dancing. :) <BR> <BR> Thank you!! Fri, 13 Feb 2009 21:11:56 EST Questions about bellydancing?? Hi girls!! I haven't been on this team in awhile, I've stopped dancing but decided to take it back up today. :) Yea!! My elliptical isn't working and doesn't offer any source of muscle control or skill, and besides, I miss dancing. I was just wondering a few things about bellydancing: <BR> How many calories does it burn an hour, do you think?? I've looked it up on online calculators, and the most it says is about 300 calories an hour. :( <BR> Also, what has been all of your experiences with... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:38:26 EST Help!!!! Hi girls! <BR> I have a major problem! <BR> I never dance belly dance in front of someone except my husband and my group, and very few girl friend. I am still begginer <em>39</em> <BR> But my husband best men and his wife will come to visit us and see our new flat this weekend and they let us know that they want to see my belly dancing <em>198</em> <BR> I am sooooooo embarace and shame I don't know what to do. I cant do that in front of them. I started classes because of me and my husband... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:06:08 EST what are watermellon balls? <em>40</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:32:17 EST What is your favorite dancer to watch? I thought that I might try to get us talking more. <BR> <BR> My favorite is Lucy. She is always so fun and beautiful but never overly sexual. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:06:47 EST New, Wanting to learn Hi, i am new to bellydancing. I have never been much of a dancer, but the tv show Shimmy has sparked an interest. I love how it breaks down every movement, and i can always feel like i get a good workout. I just wish it came on more often and i could find the dvd's for cheaper. I would love any tips anyone has to offer. Also, if you know any links to different bellydancing "sessions" i would be very thankful. I dont have the opportunity to join a class because i am a stay-at-home-mom wi... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:29:57 EST Greetings from MD Hello to you. I'm new to BD, I'm starting on my 4th class tomorrow. I'm so excited and just love the workout. I live in Maryland and enjoy taking the classes. I'm trying to keep my workouts diverse so that I don't get bored. Happy New Year! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:08:57 EST "Dancing All the Way"-Dec '08 My little Dancing Bellies. <BR> <BR> "Dancing Bellies, <BR> Dancing Bellies, <BR> Dancing all the way........." <BR> <BR> Oh, what fun we will have--- dancing the goodies, and the pounds away!!!! <BR> <BR> May you have holiday blessings, joy and peace, <BR> BB Sun, 30 Nov 2008 21:20:26 EST hello my name is jaaz. i have always loved the dance. i have learned from several different people. One of my favorite teachers is Zhelene. She is well known in usa for her finger symbols. she is the best. i have danced with groups but never individually. love learning the lastest moves. looking forward to participating in this group. <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:28:35 EST So...... ...Hello My name is Debbie and I am new to this SP thing so I am here checkin all this stuff out. It's so friggin awesome to see other belly dance lovers out there. I have been dancing for quite some time. But due to a tramatic situation I had to stop for a bit.......Now I am ready to get back up and do it again. Happy Belly Dancing Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:20:36 EST Greetings from Mid Missouri As I was scouting around giving birthday greetings, I noticed this group. YAY! I would LOVE to learn how to belly dance. I've even taken a couple of classes when I visited Vegas for work. I can do it, I've learned a few moves, but my issue is figuring in the exercise. I have managed to work in walking 2 miles when we go out to the barn. (while the boys (hubby & son) are busy messing with the horses) Yet finding the time and space to learn belly dancing is difficult to say the least. We... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 21:19:02 EST I'm so excited I found this team!!! Hi everyone!! Hi everybody!! <BR> I'm am SO glad I found this sparkteam, I was beginning to wonder whether there were any dancers here at sparkpeople at all. :) <BR> My name is April, I'm 20 years old and I'm a complete beginner to bellydance. My sister is very good at dancing, she's a pro, but I'm just learning the beginning steps as it is. I run a lot, but it's not always convienent, and bellydancing makes me feel SO good about myself. It is SO much fun!!! :) <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd drop in and in... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:11:54 EST Novenber, it's so cold my shimmy is on autopilot!! Challenge yourself to keep moving--oh, we of colder climes!! <BR> <BR> There are plenty of opportunities--if nothing else put on the music and GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful month! <BR> Bonnie Sat, 1 Nov 2008 11:43:33 EST Fairbanks bellydance class? I was wondering if anyone took bellydance classes in Fairbanks? I really want to start dancing again but I haven't been up in Alaska very often and I really really don't know anyone. I guess I'm just nervous to start up again but this time all alone. <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 23:10:48 EST newly budding belly dancer Hi! My name is Laura from london ont. Canada. I'm 27, an it professional and VERY amateur belly dancer. I just joined this team and looking through the forums it looks like there is a TON of information on belly dancing. <BR> <BR> I look forward to picking everyone's brain when i have a question! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:26:52 EST Hi from Salt Lake City! Hi team! <BR> <BR> I used to be really into belly dance, and then fell out of the practice when I moved. I'm trying to get back involved with a troupe or even with classes, but it's difficult with my schedule. But I'm *really* going to make an effort this November. (It's a goal.) <BR> <BR> I'm not committed to tribal or caberet--I'm more committed to fun. :) I love dancing to live music. <BR> <BR> That's about it I guess... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:33:00 EST QUESTION hello everyone l am very crazy about belly dancing l would like to take classes if anyone knows a tel.# or address near to Van Nuys california o Los Angeles please send me a e-mail at thank you. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 13:06:03 EST hello from Missouri Hi my name is Pam I am the mother of 2 sons Kyle and Kayle they are 24 and 25 I am recently divorced and am trying to get back out there but need to get back into shape, I live in a small town west of Springfield Mo. I have been wanting to learn how to bellydance for some time now I just ordered a dvd from amazon "belly dance workout" by Michelle Joyce, its for perfect hips, abs, butt, and thighs all the places I need help... I recieved it today and then couldnt believe I found a belly dancin... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 16:21:56 EST Just introducing myself Hi everyone, I'm new to SP and belly dancing. I have been trying it with FIT TV, so far so good. I enjoy it even though I cant even come close to all the moves YET! This is the one exercise I don't hafta force myself into doing. Its fun! I've always loved dancing of any kind and only had admired belly dancing sure I was too old, too fat, etc. WEll, now I have decided I can do it and I will do it. Can't wait to learn more. Mon, 6 Oct 2008 12:59:37 EST New from Northeast Ohio Hi, my name is Vanessa and I'm from Parma. I've been with SP since July 22nd and saw this team and decide to join. My daughter told me about SP and I've been hooked ever since. I haven't done Belly Dancing for over 20 years. I really want to get this weight off, but I'm afraid that I will quit like I have in the past with other diet programs that I have been on. I'm glad I've found these wonderful teams for support. <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2008 02:00:06 EST Raq on October challenge If this sounds familiar, it is, if you also belong to +Bellydancers+!!!! <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> I'm challenging you to keep up the good work, and continue to find new and creative ways to exercise. New dance steps, new routine, dust off a DVD, yada, yada, yada. <BR> <BR> It's amazing what that extra 10 minutes can lead up to. I know I usually can't stop at just 10!!! <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Shimmy on, <BR> BB <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 13:38:16 EST Hi, I'm New Not only am I new to SP, but also to belly dancing. I've had a interest in belly dancing for quite sometime. I would LOVE to take a class, but with my schedule it doesn't seem to work out. Does anyone recommend any videos? Mon, 29 Sep 2008 15:44:27 EST Workshop Tips? Hi all, <BR> <BR> So I am working toward an Aziza workshop this upcoming March. Does anyone have any tips for preparing your self for this? I am kind of freaking out because I tend to not pickup combinations very fast (that is the understatement of the century!) <BR> <BR> I took a workshop about 2 years ago with Nourhan Sharif and it was an AWFUL experience- she was way too advanced for me (at least half the other students were in the same boat- made me feel just a bit better) Needless to... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:54:33 EST Move it or Lose it Challenge 9/08 Hello, my little bellies!!!! <BR> <BR> It's that time of year-the kids go back to school-the season changes--time to think about keeping up the momentum to get into winter and the HOLIDAYS with good habits and motivation. <BR> <BR> September's challenge is to find something new or an exercise you haven't done or thought about for a while and try the Magic 300!!! That's 10 minutes a day extra of some heart thumping, rump pounding cardio to give you that boost--first thing in the morning--la... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 12:16:50 EST Dancing bellies team discussion!!!! Good morning, <BR> I am your new leader (you will obey[subliminal message]!!!!) <BR> <BR> I have been a dancer for 30+ years--the shape has changed but the passion is still alive!!! <BR> <BR> So see you shimmying around, <BR> Bonnie Thu, 4 Sep 2008 12:43:45 EST Ouch! Hi all, <BR> Have any of you experienced for lack of better phraseology, tight hips? My hips have been extremely sore and I don't really have a good range of movement right now because of it? Anything I can do? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Wed, 3 Sep 2008 02:03:59 EST your body/your outfit I was browsing through and came across something DARTHLAURIE posted. Now mind you I'm the costuming kind of gal and came up with the thought... I know this is suppose to be about loosing weight, but the one thread that really got me thinking was talking about HOW to feel good (no matter what your size). Take out the idea of troupes, groups and classes. <BR> <BR> If you were to design an outfit that MAKES you feel like the goddess you are and WANT to keep dancing, what would it be? and H... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:14:35 EST tribal grrrrls? hey! my name is anastasia and i study with amy sigil of unmata in sacramento! i am trained in tribal fusion bellydance, Unmata's ATS vocab, belly-hiphop fusion, belly-fire fusion, and traditional egyptian cabaret. <BR> <BR> pleased to meet you all and a pleasure to be amongst all of you beauties! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:31:45 EST New to SP I am new. I don't know how to incorporate bellydancing in my life yet. Probably do it 3x a week and go to the gym 3x a week. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be too active, because I am on the Master Cleanse in order to clean my digestive system and detox before becoming Raw Vegan. Since being on the MC makes you lose weight anyways, I need a gentle exercise. Maybe bellydancing will do. Fri, 8 Aug 2008 19:45:59 EST Misspelled words So sorry for the misspelled words. I meant to write that I am glad to joined the group and least get fit while learning the art. Thanks Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:06:52 EST I just joined the group Hello to everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined this group. I look forward to learning the art annd at te same time getting fit. Have a great day my new friends. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:04:46 EST Hi every one! <BR> I'm new here and just wanted to share this video w you guys,<BR>&feature=related <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:56:03 EST hip drop and hip bump? What is the difference between a hip bump and doing a hipdrop with both hips? It looks the same? Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:36:18 EST New to this I am new to this team and have tried a couple of belly dance classes on tv and thought it was great fun!! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:36:32 EST Greetings I'm new to the team. Just wanted to say HEY! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 08:50:14 EST New here Hi all, I'm Crystal, 32 from MI. I have loved watching Belly dance for a while, I get to watch it when I go to my local ren Fest. But recently I found Shimmy on Fit TV and I love doing it! Once I loose some weight I may sign up for an actual class, but for now I'm enjoying doing it at home. I look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 20:14:15 EST New member Hello. My name is Stephannie. 23 yrs old and not too long ago I realized that dancing is a great way to get the cardio in my work out but it was awkward not knowing anyone or even what kind of music to listen to while working out that isn't the exact one on the video that I have. Pretty sweet that there are postings for that on this team, thus the reason why I wanted to say hello. Most of my info is in my Sparkpage, so feel free to check it out. <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:01:01 EST Weight Belts? Has anyone used one before? <BR> <BR> I'm trying up my cardio(well the intensity) now so I was interested in buying one but I wanted to know if anyone had used one before. Fri, 4 Jul 2008 16:53:17 EST New to the team Hello, My name is Amy. I am new to spark as of last night. So much to take in, I am hoping to get it down soon so that i am able to be more active on the boards. ttfn Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:03:03 EST New to Belly Dancing Hi all. I actually had my first belly dancing class tonight. I loved it but I feel kind of awkward and have a bit of trouble combining arms and hips. I'm hoping it gets better. I dance for 13 years, from k-12. but I haven't really danced since then...hope I get my coordination back!! :) <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:21:45 EST new to the team Hi, my name is Heidi and I love to belly dance, I've been doing the shimmy workout every day on fit t.v. I even looked into a local belly dancing class but it doesn't start till august,but I will be there for sure. I am loving my new body and the way belly dancing is starting to slim me down even more. Here's to belly dancing and to a flat tummy!! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:25:34 EST When should I reward myself? Should I only reward myself when I have hit all my goals for the day or should I just reward myself everyday no matter whether I hit my goals or not. Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:47:11 EST Hello! I am new to this team. Love to dance!! Mon, 26 May 2008 12:04:32 EST Hi I'm new to the group and just wanted to take a moment to say "Hi" and introduce myself. :) I've been belly dancing off and on for a few years now, mostly in the SCA but I've also done some ATS and I'm starting to get back into it more and more now as part of my workouts. I'm looking forward meeting all of you to spending more time dancing. :) Thu, 15 May 2008 14:17:40 EST Happy Mother's Day I wanted to wish all a Very Happy Mother's Day, and honor all of you that are Mothers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I also want to honor the Divine Feminine, that Creative Force that resides in us all ... may we all live in HER house and make each day MOTHER's Day <BR> <BR> Namaste Sun, 11 May 2008 12:06:01 EST New to team. Wanna shimmy those pounds away! Hi, I've been w/Spark since March and don't know why I didn't think to look up this group sooner. I am married to an Egyptian (8yrs now) so, the music is easy for me to obtain. I have a few DVDs and have the kids join in on the fun. <BR> Look forward to meeting everyone! <BR> Shokran, <BR> Janice Thu, 8 May 2008 09:50:14 EST hi Hi, I've been belly dancing for a few years. Mostly around camp fires in the sca. I love all forms of dance and I look forward to meeting more of you and sharing in this passion. Thu, 1 May 2008 13:39:41 EST New to SP and Belly Dancing Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm a 39 year old SAHM to a feisty 3 year old and I'm fed up of getting out of breath every time I play with her. <BR> <BR> Someone suggested I try this place and I have finally become enthusiastic about weight loss. Put that with Belly Dancing and I think it could turn out to be a fun experience to. I'm very very new to Belly dancing, I've rented dvds from Netflix and decided to buy a neena and veena dvd. So we shall see how far I get. <BR> <BR> My goal is to loose... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:45:08 EST New Member Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm VERY new to belly dancing but I've enjoyed it when I tried it in the past and I love the idea of it. So, I'm excited to be here and to learn all I can! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:41:09 EST New Member I've just recently signed up on SP and am really new to doing something about my weight and my health. I just saw this Spark Team and was excited to see it here. I haven't danced in years but used to love belly dancing. I always loved the community of women, the acceptance of our bodies, and the enjoyment of movement. I'm going to be buying an IPod shuffle to use at the gym - I like the idea of working out to belly dance music. Glad to be part of the group! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 19:08:04 EST Hi, I'm New - Shimmy Again! Hi All, <BR> I'm from England - so not sure how the time zone will work!! <BR> I'm new to spark and also quite new to belly dancing! <BR> I LOVE BELLY DANCING!!!! <BR> I looked at some previous huddles and it mentioned a programme called 'shimmy' Does anyone know which channel this is on? Ive got sky - so can look into it? <BR> Thanks in advance for any help <BR> Sam <BR> x Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:41:47 EST HEY THERE Hi there I'am Angelina 29 from Cincinnati, ohio looking to lose weight. Love belly dancing started about a year ago, but have had to take a break form it. Looking for friends to give me support and so I can support them to. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:30:21 EST hi hi my name is jessica and i've been on SP for about a week and i'd love to get into some belly dancing. looks fun and i would really love to get started in it! Sun, 6 Apr 2008 00:05:22 EST Newbie Hi , I just joined! I am an aspiring belly dancer and I need to get in shape :D <BR> <BR> I need alot of teaching and instruction but this is a new found interest :) Wed, 2 Apr 2008 14:22:27 EST new here Hi! I'm new to the team, but not SP. I'm hoping someone can give me advice on where to start with this. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:58:53 EST hi there! just joinned your team i have been in love with belly dancing ever since i first saw shakira about 8 years ago. i wish i had the nerve to actually take a class on it, but the best i've done is tried a few tapes. those twins, nina and veena or something like that make me feel like a complete moron trying to do this stuff. they lose me in the first few minutes. <BR> <BR> i'm sososos excited there is a team about this, i never even thought to look for one until i saw it on someone's page. <BR> <BR> n-e-who, i'm m... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:18:54 EST Shimmy! When everyone was talking about the program "Shimmy", I figured we wouldn't be so lucky to get it here in Canada. Luckily I was wrong! I was up bright and early this morning and was Shimmying at 6:30 a.m. I'm new to belly dance and even I could keep well as can be expected at 6:30 a.m.! Wed, 19 Mar 2008 07:46:56 EST New to this team Hi, <BR> This is the 3rd belly dance team I've joined. I hope I can get back into belly dancing, it was so much fun until I hurt my back. Now hoping to get back into it again. Thanks for the support! Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:20:11 EST Quest for a Bellydance Emoticon!!!!! Y'all here is your chance to petition for a belly dancer emoticon. <BR> <BR> Click on Community, go to Message boards, scroll down to What's UP. post your vote for a new emoticon on "ADD a new bellydance icon, please" <BR> <BR> the more votes for an emoticon the faster It'll get added! <BR> <BR> shukran (thanks) Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:51:09 EST MUSIC TO MOVEIT hey to you all out there :) <BR> i'm looking for any suggestions to fast paced earth shaking music to bellydance to...i'm not familiar with the name of many artist and would love any help... i love a fast sexy drum beat...but will try anything... :) thank you:) Mon, 10 Mar 2008 06:53:57 EST Which belly dance move has changed you the most? I was wondering if any particular belly dance movement has had the biggest impact on your body. I have found that the chest circles and lifts/drops have really improved my posture. And those undulations! I still can't do them well, but I have noticed more ab control than I have ever had. <BR> <BR> What have you noticed? Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:11:23 EST Proof that SP really works... Last night I went to belly dance class, and tied my hip scarf where I usually do (and have been tying it since I started wearing it again in October), and halfway through class, I shimmied it off! It fell to the floor in the middle of a routine! <BR> <BR> It was kind of embarrassing at first, but at the end of the routine when I explained that I had lost 18 pounds since November, the class (especially the instructor) complimented me and told me that they could tell I had been losing weight ... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:17:18 EST Shimmy It Off I'm ready to shimmy those extra 10 pounds off!! I'm glad I found this team! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:10:13 EST New to this Team hello everyone, <BR> I am a fairly new dancer. I have been taking tribal fusion dance classes here in town and I love it. Unfortunately, I have way too much belly to dance with!!! I am commited to loosing at least 50 lbs and hopefully I will be able to see my amayas when I actually am doing them <em>246</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2008 14:31:30 EST Hi, I'm new at this Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined the team because I've always had an interest in belly dancing. I've never done it before and I'm going to be moving shortly so I don't really want to find a place/team then have to leave and find a new one. So, I was wondering if any one had some pointer for a beginner, basic steps or a good website where I could get started from the comfor of my dorm room. Thanks for any imput you have. <BR> I'm glad I found this team:D Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:34:33 EST Old dancer, new to group... I've been bellydancing for almost 8 years now. I've done a few competitions and some shows. It really is just so much fun. I usually dance with live drummers, only a few times with recorded music. I think dancing with drummers is more fun because they change the music to go with you not the other way around. I haven't performed for about a year now and I really want to start getting back into it so help motivate me!! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 12:29:37 EST Costumes Just curious if you purchase your costumes? or make them. Are there and decent patterns? Not sure where to begin with a new costume (my old one is about 20 years old and too ratty) <BR> thanks, Sun, 10 Feb 2008 11:12:20 EST Belly Dancing Music Does anyone know any good belly dancing music. I am trying to find some names of artists or albums even songs. Your help is much appreciated. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 04:21:07 EST First day at Shimming Today I autotune FITTV for Shimming and I LOVE IT!! I am totally Hooked. Since this morning I have been doing the workout throughout the day. I am hooked! I can't wait for the next show! Sun, 3 Feb 2008 20:21:43 EST New Team Member ;P Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> To start off, I took bellydance lessons when I was about 11-12, but ended up having no time for them in high school. I was always still interested and bought a couple DVDs, but I just couldn't get into them like the classes. =) <BR> <BR> Well, since June I've been going to this wonderful hookah bar across the street from my apartment and soon I started joining into the Arabic dancing! It was a huge blast to my bellydance past and I asked one of the bellydance performe... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 03:04:42 EST Today's Healthy Life Style status One of the best tools out there is to post your weekly goal for the week and then tell everyone how you did that day. <BR> <BR> It's been working for me and it helps me to get the support and knowing that I'm committing to posting ups and downs, helps too! Wed, 30 Jan 2008 20:04:02 EST Welcome to my Life Welcome one and all to my life. When you join something like this you put your self out there and invite a multitude of others to be a part of your successes and failures. So welcome I hope you enjoy your stay! <em>199</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 15:05:14 EST Hello-Hello !! I'm new...and so very happy to find other dancers!!!I dance in a cabaret-style belly dance to dance !! and also yoga !! <BR> so, this should be fun !! <em>30</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:23:16 EST First Class! Last night was my first Belly Dancing class. The instructor is awesome and I had a great time. We learned quite a lot and even got to do a couple of short dances at the end of class using the moves we learned. <BR> <BR> Even before bed last night I could feel my butt muscles singing from the workout. This morning my husband rolled over in bed, which made the mattress move ever so slightly, which made my waist cry out, "oooowwweeee". It's fine now, it just needed a little stretch. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:08:47 EST exercise I am new to belly dance, and love it! But I have had a lower back injury and fractures in my upper back. That is part of why I gained weight. But I am going to try and get this figured out! I hope that one day I can build these back muscles backup and do this! any suggestions on any exercise I can do to try and make myself stronger? Mona Mon, 28 Jan 2008 13:33:01 EST hi just found this sparkteam and i would love to belly dance Sun, 27 Jan 2008 13:44:28 EST Howdy - I am kind of new Just wanted to say HI. I am kind of new to Spark Teams and Belly dance. My local Gym offers a fitness belly dance class that I take and I have some DVDs to work on at home. I am not any good at it yet - but there is hope. At the very least that is another 60 minute workout that I enjoy. <BR> Hope to get lots of inspiration and advice here. <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2008 16:01:48 EST Hey all I am new here but I found you guys since I love to belly dance. I don't really know how these things work. I am happy right now to just be a part of something, and I am glad that that something is as positive as this is. Fri, 18 Jan 2008 05:41:32 EST Hi I am New. Hi I recently ordered my First Belly Dancing Dvd for beginners it has not arrived yet. I bought it as a reward for losing some pounds. I never tried it and for some reason I just hopped on the Belly Dance train once I heard a friend of mine talk about her workout DVDs. <BR> My goal is to shape my self up and loose weight then maintaing my desired wieght, and have fun doing it. Making healthy lifestyle changes and keep them as new good habits and elimate old bad habits. <BR> Plus I may never... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 21:50:44 EST Goals for the week challenge! What do you hope to accomplish this week? <BR> Track it here. <BR> <BR> We'll offer special recognition for the dancer who is best able to set and meet her goals, as well as meeting team challenges! <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:02:18 EST Goals for the week! Check out this thread in the CHALLENGES forum! <BR> <BR> (Please don't post here. Let this thread fade out.) Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:55:16 EST How do I ... ? This is the thread for technique questions or questions about belly dance in general. Post your questions and we'll see about getting some answers for you! Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:40:58 EST Hello Hi all, I am new here, just wanted to introduce myself. I thought that this would be a cool team to be a part of! I am looking forward to great success, I have gotten so much positive encourage from this site. I know that I will be successful with my weight loss, I am DETERMINED. Hopefully I can also learn how to belly dance, to show of my new sexy body to my husband!!! Lots of luck to everyone. Love & Peace, Sassi <em>247</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:14:23 EST New to team It is great that a Belly Dance team is a part of Spark People. I have been belly dancing for about 4 years now. I love it! I would like to lose a little weight and strengthen a few areas and become more flexible (so that floor work can be a little easier). Wed, 2 Jan 2008 17:28:28 EST Hi My name is Beth. I am new to Sparkpeople. I have been taking belly dance classes on and off for four years. I have several DVD to practice at home. Sometime in the near future, I would like to join a troupe. <BR> Your team looks very active and fun. I look forward to getting to know you. Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:14:24 EST New-ish! I have been a member of this team in the past, but recently rejoined. I left because I became so busy with school and work that I rarely had time to be on the computer. However the semester is over and I am back for a little while. <BR> <BR> A little bit about my bellydance history. I started taking classes a little less than a year ago as a form of exercise. My interest grew from there. Basically I started dancing to lose weight, and now I want to lose weight for dancing. So my perspective... Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:08:46 EST Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself, and maybe get a few dvd recommendations :) <BR> <BR> I have done very little belly dancing, but I think it is something I would really like to get in to. I have a dvd called World Dance Workout with Elsa Leandros that has not only bellydance, but also salsa, samba, flamenco, and bollywood. It is enjoyable, but I really would like to get something that focuses only on bellydance... Fri, 7 Dec 2007 23:05:30 EST Goals for the week ending Dec. 1 My goal for this week is to workout at least 30 mins a day and stay within my calorie range every day. Tue, 27 Nov 2007 15:24:48 EST I'm very sorry, but I need to leave... I'm very sorry team, but I need to leave the team. There's not much I can contribute here because of too busy work at home, office and everywhere else. Still around here at Spark. You may sparkmail me anytime. <BR> <BR> Thank you very much for all the good times you shared with me not to mention the all-out support in reaching my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2007 03:52:16 EST BellyDance contests and activities Hi Ladies, I am organizing a belly dancers cruise and desperately need any and all suggestions for fun, new and refreshing ideas for activities and contests we can do onboard. Non dancers, spouses and children are also welcome so these activites can include them as well. I did think about having a spouses belly dance contest, but that's about all I've come up with so far. ANY ideas are GREATLY appreciated <BR> Marta <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2007 20:01:06 EST I'm back and VERY EXCITED about it... Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back at very excited about it... I have also enrolled at California Fitness, started last Thursday, 25th October. Been perspiring a lot.... Need your support, too. <BR> <BR> Thanks for waiting for me... <BR> <BR> <BR> Jocelyn Wed, 31 Oct 2007 05:41:01 EST question on shimmies How the heck do you keep up you shimmies while doing ami's or chest circles? Unless I'm standing in a stationary position and not doing anything else, I can't keep up the shimmy! suggestions? Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:52:12 EST Hi- I'm new to the team I started taking a Belly Dancing class a couple of weeks ago and I love it. It is good exercise and I found that dancing was something that was missing in my life....I am not going to quit my day job yet. I sit all day at work and taking belly dancing is inspiring. Have you performed in public? Enjoy. <BR> Elaine Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:08:21 EST New Show "SHIMMY" on Fit TV I was looking through the online guide and found this show called "SHIMMY" on Fit TV. I guess it's new and regular time for it is Tuesday nights at 8pm. It seems to be for someone who has the basics already. I tried it but didn't know what an "M&M" was and couldn't quite figure it out. The episode I tried worked on grapevine, graceful hands, M&M, and hip drops with a foot circle (not the "real" name). I had fun but got really confused. I think I'm still too new to this. At least with the DVD'... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:14:45 EST Newbie Hi I'm new to Spark and have been belly dancing for about 6 months. I'm loving it! Sun, 7 Oct 2007 09:34:21 EST The Improvisational Challenge 2013 This one is for you choreography addicts and you new students who haven't yet been burned out on choregraphies: <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes, twice a week, and improvise to music that you know pretty well and like. Start with a simple move that you feel comfortable with. A hip drop, maybe. Build on that. Don't think about creating combinations or patterns -- think about coming up with what hits you AT THE MOMENT. How you feel AT THE MOMENT. <BR> <BR> Try it for one week. Then try it for a sec... Thu, 4 Oct 2007 13:33:59 EST practice? I just started a couple of months ago - purchased a few dvds and I've goen to 6 classes now... i absolutely love it! my question is: how many days per week/ hours do you think I should be practicing? I wish I could dance like my instructor! wondering how long it takes to get that good... Fri, 28 Sep 2007 11:00:11 EST Grasshopper Belly Dancer Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm so thrilled to find belly dancing mates. I am truly a newbie to the art form and am attempting to get a gasp of the basics. My best friend and I started about two months ago and have just completed our second class. Our studio is supposedly one of the best in the nation (their claim, not mine): Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio, so I guess we're learning from experts. <BR> <BR> We find the dance a bit intimidating, but addictive. Who knew it was so challenging?! Bu... Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:09:42 EST My favorite dancer is HERE!!!!! Okay, I won't say her identity, but my all-time favorite professional dancer IS HERE ON SPARK!!!!!!!!! Taletha!! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Go to and see how incredibly lovely she is!!! I hear rumors that she's coming out with a video, but I haven't seen it yet. <BR> <BR> She does Goth/Tribal Fusion as well as GORGEOUS Egyptian. How many people can pull that off!! <BR> <BR> I told her about our team so I hope so visits! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited!!! I think I'm going to try a... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:36:54 EST Beating Belly Dance Burnout? So, I'm gonna post this to all the BD teams I've joined (in case you're on all of them, too!): <BR> <BR> How do you fight through burnout-- during a weekly class, a special workshop, or even just plateauing at your current dance level? Tips or tricks? <BR> <BR> Personally on evenings when I have class, I've already been up for 12+ hours by the time class starts, and it goes for 2 hours. Sometimes I lose my edge during that 2nd hour... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:01:57 EST Music! What I really need is some good belly dancing music to practice the moves I work on in class, at home. I'd love some recommendations of cds! I'd like to get both cds that I could practice drills with and also ones I could make up routines with. <em>86</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2007 16:25:07 EST Hallo! I'm so psyched that there's a belly dancing team here. Anyways, my name's Tania, I'm 25, legally disabled with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (every joint) and fibromyalgia, married, proud meowmi to 4 cats, and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). <BR> <BR> I became interested in officially learning belly dancing last December, when I became tired of being uncomfortable at family gatherings! My father's family is Armenian Lebanese, so a lot of the dancing we do is very much... Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:26:39 EST Hello Hi my name is Adrienne and I've done two belly dancing classes at one of the local high schools. I do cabaret style apparently as then there are more moves that can be used without offence to anyone in particular. Im really really loving it and am hoping to find a class or school after these classes are done. I would love to get some dvds too as then i can keep doing it at home and learn a bit more. Tue, 28 Aug 2007 16:23:08 EST Not gonna be dancing for a few days.... I'm gonna have to take a few days off to heal up from my surgery yesterday. I'm okay, everything is good. I jus had a (o)(o) lift. I'm feeling really good today, almost 50-75% better than last night, which is really good. I'm hoping to be feeling even better tomorrow! :D Thu, 23 Aug 2007 22:22:15 EST Hi Hey everyone Im new the team and I wanted to introduce myself. Im Aaminah (thats my dance name) I've been dancing for almost 2 years now. Im currently learning egyptian and ATS. I would like to make a career out of belly dancing but right now Im just trying to nail those freaking camels, lol. :) Wed, 22 Aug 2007 22:47:50 EST Product recommendation: heart rate monitor Okay gang, I bought a heart rate monitor and I've been using it during all my workouts, and I've got to tell you, this was the best money I've spent so far on fitness equipment. <BR> <BR> Spark has "estimated calorie burn" charts that tell you how many calories you burn (approximately) during different activities. Obviously these charts are a guideline (running burns more calories than walking) but that's about it -- a guideline. <BR> <BR> With the heart rate monitor, you are able to monito... Fri, 17 Aug 2007 10:41:47 EST Hi to you! Hi everyone! My name is Mary and I first tried belly dancing about 2 yrs. ago when some staff at the school where I work would meet to exercise in a classroom after school. We worked out to many different things, yoga, pilates, walk off the pounds, jazzersize, and belly dancing, which I just loved. I have recently started again with the Neena and Veena basic moves and fat burning dvd. It will be just fine until I am in better shape and can move without feeling ungainly. I really like them and... Fri, 17 Aug 2007 03:39:45 EST I need to take better care of myself to heal!!! I went to bed late again, as usual. <BR> Got up late again I was atleast 20 minutes late at the councellor, and if I got up refreshed I could of walked there, but guess what she got me to walk home it was better for my health instead of taking a taxi. <BR> I took my meds ate rushed around had my fast coffee, my water of course and a healthy sandwich, <BR> I need to be off th ecomputer by eight pm. <BR> to take better care of myself, so for now on my home is to got off the computer by that... Wed, 15 Aug 2007 13:15:03 EST Hi all :) Hi all. I just joined your team and am brand new to Belly dancing. I needed something to spice up my workouts, because the elliptical machines were getting monotonous. I bought my first video about two weeks ago and love it! It is a very basic video though and am wanting to get more vidoes that are a bit more challenging and creative with the dance. I don't think I am quite ready to find classes somewhere, but maybe some day I will get hooked enough to do that. Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:51:53 EST What style are you learning dancing? Here's something I'm curious about - what style do the members of the group primarily learn and/or dance? <BR> <BR> I started off with Suhalia-style with a local teacher, muscle-based (and KICK BUTT), primarily Middle-Eastern rhythms and a leaning toward solo dancing/cabaret. <BR> <BR> The teacher after that (before she suddenly died, rest her soul) was a 180 - Tribal Fusion. Mostly all western music with a little M.E. tossed in and cued fusion moves. <BR> <BR> Now I'm taking classes that ... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 13:13:37 EST temporary leave of absence ('till 30th September) Please accept my apologies for the sudden announcement. I'll be taking almost 1 and 1/2 months leave of absence. There are some personal reasons I need to urgently take care of requiring my utmost attention, hence this vacation from SP. <BR> <BR> I will miss you all!!! See you all in October. <BR> <BR> <BR> Always here, <BR> jldang Mon, 13 Aug 2007 12:44:19 EST wish me luck on a new Journy back to health I am doing better I go see diabetic nurse on friday and next tuesday I go see a dietition to weigh and to help me lose my weight and tell me things. <BR> I go see bith nurses every two weeks till I want, <BR> then I go see my councellor every week, <BR> this is a big step to a new beginning,for <BR> so with me luck and pray. <BR> we never had a dietation in our town for ages now we have them <BR> yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa <BR> I have help there too . <BR> Godspeed <BR> <em>224</em> <em>30</e... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 17:56:06 EST I remember when I couldn't .... I tell my students to keep a journal or a blog of their bellydance experience, and to use it as a motivating tool when they are struggling. I believe nothing is quite as motivating as gaining mastery over something that once troubled us. It seems to work with my lovely swans, so I thought I'd introduce the idea here. If you're a newbie to bellydance, be sure to start your journal today! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I remember watching Suhaila's Beginning Choreography video and thinking, "This is SO H... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 16:12:12 EST New BellyDance DVD So I tried out one of my new DVDs last night. It's Fitness Essentials' Bellyrobics. It was fun, but at the same time, it didn't work me nearly as hard as I had hoped. I got through most of the tape and only stopped once to get a drink of water. <BR> <BR> I have another one - Tribal Fusion Bellydance. I'll try it tonight. Hopefully it's more intense. I don't want to have to revert to the treadmill again right now! <BR> <BR> I really liked my Neena and Veena Bellydance workout, but the VHS ... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:40:31 EST Bellydance Fitness Fusion Challenge Okay gang, if you haven't already got these DVDs, I wholeheartedly recommend them! <BR> <BR> Suhaila's Bellydance Fitness Fusion: Buns, Pilates, Yoga, and Jazz. <BR> <BR> You can pick them up cheap on Ebay -- and they are WELL worth the investment. Jazz is a light cardio, the others are toning. Each main workout is about 30 minutes, and there are bonus workouts of about 10 minutes each on each disc. (Those bonus workouts are hard, but they're what Suhaila's students learn in her Level One w... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 09:28:33 EST New DVDs we're working on. Here's the thread to "pimp" your favorite DVD, or a new one you're working on. <BR> <BR> I'll start -- I'm creating a skirt chorography for my beginners, so tonight I'm going to work with Sarah Skinner's I Love Turkish Bellydance DVD. I bought this ages ago and still haven't watched it all the way through! Mon, 6 Aug 2007 16:37:50 EST Need help? Got questions? Ask here! If there's one thing bellydancers like to do ALMOST as much as they like dancing, it's TALKING about dancing! <BR> <BR> So if you have a question or need some help or suggestions, post here. <BR> <BR> Remember -- the only STUPID question is the one that doesn't get asked!!! Tue, 31 Jul 2007 11:27:52 EST What I learned during the "ordeal" ... Hi all! I'm SOOO sorry I haven't been here -- my husband and moster were both in the hospital at the same time, and my hubby is STILL in, for about another 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, it was a little crazy around here! <BR> <BR> But I learned quite a bit during these past two weeks and although it's not a success story in the NORMAL sense, I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> STRESS EATING <BR> <BR> This two-week ordeal was extremely stressful on me, and I found it very... Tue, 31 Jul 2007 10:50:19 EST New today Hi, My name is amy and i am new to spark <em>30</em> i hope i am posting in the right area. I started belly dancing for fun and fitness because I have many pounds to shimmy off. I love to dance so taking it up for fitness fits. i will have to find a pic of me. i look forward to chating with all of you. ttfn Sun, 29 Jul 2007 18:45:37 EST a prayer for food addiction!!!! Shepherd of my soul, I thank You for leading me out of the valley where I have been dwelling with my bondage of the flesh and the false comforts of food. Now it is You that prepares my table for me. Now it is You that I dine with. Now it is You that I receive my comfort from. And You shall never fail or forsake me. Help me today to put the valley past me and continue to strive for the mountaintops where I will be free from my food addicition. Help me to see plainly the joys and rewards that c... Thu, 19 Jul 2007 00:52:42 EST I need alot of prayers PLEASE Just got back from a specialist trip <BR> I came home to a disater my pet snoopy died today and my mom was the first one to see him <BR> when I came home she said I have bad news and we all seen him laying there, I feel so hurt like so bad my girls cried we all did one daugher cried till she almost passed out. <BR> my heart is crushed. <BR> I am glad to be home but not glad to come home to this,we still have to barrie him and do alot of prayers that was my family my best friend snoopy. <... Sat, 7 Jul 2007 00:28:00 EST Strength Training for Belly Dancing To be a stronger dancer, you might think of adding a few strength training exercises. Spark has several in the database that are useful for dancers: <BR> <BR> UPPER BODY (to develop those Veilwork muscles!) <BR> - Dumbell Lateral Raises <BR> - One Arm Dumbell Rows <BR> <BR> LOWER BODY <BR> - Calf Raises with Wall (for strength in releve position) <BR> - Forward Lunges <BR> - Wall Squats <BR> - Genie Sit (this is advanced, but a great exercise for beginning floorwork!) <BR> <BR> CORE <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jul 2007 16:55:52 EST Motivator for July: Suhaila Salimpour I changed the photo of the group to reflect what I would like to think of as one of my primary motivators, seeing someone else who has been there. <BR> <BR> This month's motivator is the amazing Suhaila Salimpour. You can read her own words, talking about her struggle to regain her pre-pregnancy weight here: <BR> <BR> "When I gave birth to Isabella I had booked a performance only 4 months after I had given birth. I had gained 70 lbs during my pregnancy and could barely do one squat (holding... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 17:37:18 EST "How Do I Shimmy?" a brief tutorial I don't know about you all, but one of the HARDEST things for me as a beginner was trying to learn how to shimmy my hips. It seems like it took me FOREVER to learn! So here are some things I learned in the process that hopefully will make things easier for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> HIP SHIMMY <BR> <BR> There are so many different ways to do this, so let's talk about one of the ways that will help you burn calories and get those muscles working. <BR> <BR> First of all, the basic movement of the ... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 17:19:50 EST Leading the team... Hello "Belly dancing" members, <BR> <BR> Please accept my sincerest apology for leaving the leadership in this team. I am quite busy and can no longer attend to this task as often as I used to be. Those responsibilities must be done by a very active and experienced dancer/leader like Amanda. Please welcome Amanda in this new task and kindly give her your all-out support, the same support you gave me or better so more than you gave me. Help her make this team ALIVE and GROWING... WE CAN ... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 10:53:57 EST Belly Dancing Workout DVDs What are your favorite bellydance workout DVDs? <BR> <BR> <BR> My favorites are: <BR> <BR> 1. Temple of Jehan Ultimate Bellydance Fitness workout (by World Dance New York) <BR> <BR> 2. Bellydance for Body Sculpting (4 DVD set: Total Body, Floorwork, Buns, Abs) (World Dance New York) <BR> <BR> 3. Bellydance Body for Beginners with Suhaila (4 DVD set: Buns, Jazz, Pilates, Yoga) (by Natural Journeys and Suhaila Salimpour) <BR> <BR> <BR> Available from: <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jul 2007 10:31:20 EST Belly dancing for fitness -- how are you doing it? Hi everybody! As your new team leader I have promised to keep this team active and talking. So let's talk about how we each use belly dancing as part of our regular fitness routine. Okay? <BR> <BR> I'm currently using a weighted belt around my middle (like scuba divers wear) to help get more resistance on my slow moves. <BR> <BR> Remember, if you use your inner core muscles to drive the hip movements (instead of your feet or legs) you'll get more of a workout in your abs. <BR> <BR> Also,... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 10:17:04 EST Adding Cardio Intensity to your Belly Dancing For the most part bellydancing is a low-impact activity, but you can certainly intensify your workout with some easy medium-impact steps. <BR> <BR> 1. Saidi Hop -- Step on your right foot while at the same time lifting the left knee in front of you so the foot is off the floor. Alternate the feet. If you add a little hop on each step, you can take the intensity up a notch. This step, when done faster, tends to rock you from side to side. <BR> <BR> 2. Saidi Hop version 2 -- This time step o... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 10:12:39 EST anxouis to leave and nervous to go, wish me luck and pray that me and my daugthers ears will solve its problem out with the specialist, <BR> I'm kinda anxious to leave and worried about my dogs, My dogs are my life, they are left with family and good ones , its just they are never left with out us, can you pray that they will be ok not too lonely and that they eat well while I am gone, <BR> I am nervous to go but happy at the same time , I will be gone for three days, I hope my one dog will be safe at my moms from traffic bec... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 21:07:30 EST JULY Challenge.... Hello team!! We have a few days to get ready for our 1st Team challenge. We are doing a 3 to 5 pound weight loss challenge for the month of July. Of course if you exceed the challenge good for you. <BR> <BR> All of us will be posting our starting weight on July 1st Sunday. <BR> <BR> How can we achieve our goals: <BR> <BR> 1)Calorie tracking is essential. Prepare your meals for the day and remember what we can eat and can not eat. <BR> <BR> Pack your snacks (rice cakes, granola bars, t... Thu, 28 Jun 2007 05:31:37 EST A VERY BAD ACCIDENT NEEDED PRAYERS BAD My moms best friend was in a very bad car accident. <BR> and had to brake the car in half to get him out, <BR> it happen on friday and we just found out. <BR> he just lost he wife last year. he is in very bad condition punction lung and broken shoulder and on life support, <BR> It dont sound great, he was coming back form the states to ontario from picking up his brand new cadillac car isnt that awful, <BR> I am feeling really bad right now. <BR> pray also for healing for his family and... Mon, 25 Jun 2007 19:36:42 EST SO WHAT IS YOUR PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND FOR ME I AM JUST STAYING HOME SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH MY FAMILY. <BR> SPIRITANGEL Sat, 23 Jun 2007 02:01:44 EST Have a nice safe weekend! I would like to say have a safe and a nice weekend. <BR> You take care of yourself, and have a great one with the lord and your family and friends <BR> spiritangel <BR> Fri, 22 Jun 2007 21:00:59 EST Heart Prints a very good one! Heart Prints <BR> <BR> Whatever our hands touch...we leave <BR> fingerprints on. <BR> On walls, on furniture, on door knobs, <BR> dishes and books. <BR> <BR> As we touch we leave our identity.. <BR> Oh please where ever I go today... <BR> help me leave heart prints. <BR> <BR> Heart prints of compassion, <BR> understanding and love. <BR> Heart prints of kindness and genuine concern. <BR> <BR> May my heart touch a lonely neighbor... <BR> or a runaway daughter... <BR> or an anxi... Thu, 21 Jun 2007 23:21:49 EST I BELIEVE I believe that the sun shines after the rain <BR> I believe if you don't get hurt you'll never gain <BR> I believe in not doing things the easy way <BR> I believe that being selfish doesn’t pay <BR> <BR> I believe in a second chance <BR> I believe in a life long romance <BR> I believe there is life after death <BR> And standing up to a life of mess <BR> <BR> I believe in love at first sight <BR> I believe that revenge isn’t right <BR> I believe that first impressions last <BR> And there is ... Thu, 21 Jun 2007 00:03:52 EST another diet prayer My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which dwells in me and guides me to all truths. <BR> In the name of Jesus I rebuke any food craves and I refuse to over-eat. <BR> I have been bought and cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb; therefore I glorify God in my body through adequate and balance nutrition. (Based on 1 Corinthians 6:15, 19) <BR> Amen. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Jun 2007 23:30:24 EST : What do you like to do to relax yourself? When you are anxious,sad or feeling upset or even tired, what do you do to relax yourself? <BR> <BR> I like to take long bathes and meditate, <BR> when I was really sick and what got me out of depression was meditating and listening to relaxation tapes and deep breathing to get the anxiety out, <BR> is there anything else that can benefit to me when I am feeling sick like that, like what helps you? <BR> Praying all the time, talking with God, seeing a theripist. talking about it more <B... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 19:44:55 EST What do you like to do to relax yourself? <BR> When you are anxious,sad or feeling upset or even tired, what do you do to relax yourself? <BR> <BR> I like to take long bathes and meditate, <BR> when I was really sick and what got me out of depression was meditating and listening to relaxation tapes and deep breathing to get the anxiety out, <BR> is there anything else that can benefit to me when I am feeling sick like that, like what helps you? <BR> Praying all the time, talking with God, seeing a theripist. talking about it mo... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 19:44:00 EST I am struggeling lately. and having a hard times. I feel like I am just struggling day bye day, I just cant keep up with myself lately , my stomache is sore lots of axiety in my stomache, I feel so restless, house work piling up not feeling to do anything. <BR> but lucky thing my girls and husband help alot. <BR> I just need to pray for me you and everyone on here for theier Journy. <BR> I dont want to give up I have beatiful kids to look after and who need me.I am always feeling tired even if Iam not tired , I feel alot of stuff, <BR> d... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 19:29:10 EST Glad to be back I was gone all weekend. I was at my moms all weekend and could get on, <BR> I was spending some time with my mom and was happy to do so now I am happy to be home lol <BR> Nothing beats our home right. <BR> I missed spark as well, having spark with drawels. <BR> I missed my team. <BR> I am home and am planning on working hard on myself to lose weight. and to get healthie today is the day. <BR> I need lots of help and I will help as well.Team work. <BR> Glad to be back to my friends on spark. <BR> spiritangel ... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 15:35:48 EST I want you all to have a great weekend. I wont be on all weekend I leaving to go to my moms for supper and I wont be back online until sunday afternoon late so if any quetions just spark mail me and I will read them when I am back. <BR> Have a great weekend and wish all is safe for the weekend. love you's all. <BR> spiriangel <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 15 Jun 2007 08:40:54 EST WAISTLINE challenge!!! (6/15~6/21) Let's keep track of our waistlines... This will surely motivate each one of us to trim those extra sheds. Soon, we will be <em>218</em> and irresistible <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> 6/15 = 31.4" <BR> <BR> Please share yours ... <em>9</em> Fri, 15 Jun 2007 00:57:14 EST A POEM FOR DIETERS WILL POWER <BR> <BR> Motoring west toward sunset... <BR> An object in the road <BR> Caught my eye and by and by <BR> It wasn't a stone or toad <BR> But a freshly tossed (someone had lost) <BR> Glazed Donut lying there. <BR> My sympathies heard the pleas <BR> Of a much, much stronger soul <BR> Who had sacrificed... Paid the price.. <BR> And tossed that pastry, whole <BR> From their moving car, will power far <BR> Beyond my understanding... <BR> Their diet intact... The strength I... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 00:54:11 EST my computer crashed I was off line for like 3 days <BR> cause by computer crashed on us. <BR> a good thing my husband knows how to fixed computers or it would cost even more then it did, I had a hard time just forking out more out my pocket lol. <BR> talk to you's tommorrow. <BR> Spiritangel <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2007 00:44:04 EST No sparkmails??? Did you experience receive sparkmail notices but nothing was posted? <BR> <BR> Please go to Thread URL:<BR>board.asp?imboard=5&imparent=6171680 <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jun 2007 18:32:46 EST I fell of the wagon badly. I fell off the wagon for a few days,' <BR> Now I feel like crap <BR> Is there a such thing of doing this , doing my goals <BR> I fell hard this time, <BR> my heart is broken at the very moment, I feel so hurt. <em>51</em> <BR> I feel like I failed and let this down. <BR> I was gone for a few days , <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I need help! <em>39</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2007 20:28:22 EST Four Weeks of Success... Today, 27th May is my fifth week at SP. I just completed my four weeks from an initial weight of 144 lbs. with today's 137 lbs. It may not be much but my waist measurement was at 34" and has stayed at 32" this week, a 40" hips measurement to 38.9". Isn't that <em>250</em> !!! I'm beginning to <em>26</em> my body again... My TRUE SUCCESS is with the lifestyle change. I hated drinking water for quite sometime, not putting in mind its significance to my body. Now, it's easy... I learn ... Sun, 27 May 2007 04:23:12 EST Slim and Tone Your BELLY... The Slim-Down Shimmy <BR> <BR> A new way to slim down your belly--in just 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> by Mindy Berry <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does the sight of your tummy in the mirror make you hold your breath and suck it in? Unfortunately, the reflex is a common one: As women age, extra pounds tend to migrate to their middle, research shows. But you can get that flat-bellied look you crave if you commit to doing regular tummy-toning workouts, like this 15-minute routine created exclus... Sat, 26 May 2007 10:09:51 EST prayer for everyone. God put us in this world for a reason. <BR> To help one another, we go through bad and good.; <BR> but he still never wanted us to give up. <BR> thats why we are all here to help pick upu eahc other when we are down and all that kind of stuff. <BR> God didnt make this world in one day, <BR> baby steps, live at each moment and praise the day, <BR> and think of all the good things instead of the bad ones,because I can garentee you that theres more good in life the bad one's. <BR> I know ... Wed, 23 May 2007 12:22:31 EST Green Tea Challenge... Here's another challenge for us to make our bellies tighten more... <BR> <BR> I drank 3 cups of gree tea today... <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 23 May 2007 01:12:42 EST motivation for weight lose Motivation for Weight Loss <BR> M-make short term goals <BR> O-out with the negative thoughts <BR> T-think of why you want it <BR> I-imagine how you will feel <BR> V-visualize the future you <BR> A-acknowledge your successes <BR> T-treat yourself with respect <BR> I-investigate new ideas and foods <BR> O-observe your healthy lifestyle <BR> N-never give up and never give in <BR> <BR> spiritangel <BR> <em>214</em> Sat, 19 May 2007 23:58:17 EST Belly Dancing challenge... If I can do a 70 minutes belly dancing in a day, so can you... Come on and join the fun... Let's track our belly dancing record in a day... <BR> <BR> I made 70 minutes, how about you??? Thu, 17 May 2007 02:05:39 EST Good Day to all! Wherever you are, whatever you do, GOOD DAY <em>223</em> s. In this ST, we will discuss how dancing can help us better in achieving good results to being physically fit and maintain the lifestyle change. I danced when I was young, but stopped when responsibilities and obligations are getting complicated. I have proven it's wrong... We all have to maintain a LIFE that makes us healthy. When we are HEALTHY, we are successful!!! <BR> <BR> HEALTH = SUCCESS <BR> <BR> Come and join the <e... Tue, 15 May 2007 03:15:29 EST New members - please register Hello new members, <BR> <BR> Belly dancing is great! I joined SP on 22 April 2007 and found that belly dancing is a GREAT waist reducer. It's true and been burning fats. I feel like taking xenical for the exercise. But, I didn't! The thing is: Because of belly dancing I am optimistic I can go back to my teenage body. Hahahahaha!!! What a dream! Join me now and let's dance... <BR> <BR> Note: Please do not create any new topic here... Do create one in another thread... <em>235</e... Mon, 14 May 2007 20:18:35 EST