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6/7/09 6:28 P

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just checking in ... i missed two weeks since was closed on memorial day and last week my family and i were on holiday. wish me luck with hip lifts tomorrow night!

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5/20/09 3:41 P

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All I can say is relax and enjoy... it really touches a person's soul. Women may leave, but eventually find their way back... at least that is what I've noticed in my area.

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5/20/09 3:14 P

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I joined the team yesterday, but sorry for the late intro. I decided to join this team because I always viewed the art of belly dancing as beautiful, gracious, and exotic. I love to dance and have been doing so for years. However, I haven't tried belly dancing. I am sure it is so much fun, just like any form of dancing. I joined a belly dancing course in town and my first class in three days, I'm so excited! My goal with this is to become seasoned with belly dancing and perform in the near future, as well as get good workouts.

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5/20/09 11:36 A

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I decided to try belly dancing because it has always been a beautiful art to me. I won't deny that the physical benefits are an added plus. Right now, I'm finding that I'm amazingly uncoordinated. The video I'm using has a tutorial, so I'm going to be working with that for the next few weeks. If anybody has suggestions for me, I would love to hear them.

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5/18/09 9:36 P

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Yay!

Reached my goal November 2009!

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

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5/18/09 9:32 P

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went to class tonight. it was only 2 of us and the teacher. we went over hip lifts and i *think* i am figuring it out. i feel so much better.

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5/17/09 2:34 P

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i can see what you mean. i have only been doing this about 2 months, but omg, i am getting worse instead of better at the hip lifts. i think i have sabotaged myself by stressing (here it is sunday and i am stressed!)
i'll work on my tummy/obliques & lifting up. see how that helps.

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5/17/09 12:45 P

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I think Rissa is right... tuck your tummy/obliques and lift up. I think its common for teachers to assume that you will do this naturally, but for many, its not. Good posture helps to make movements easier. Of course, I have no personal space as a preschool teacher, so I've asked teachers if I can place my hands on their body to "feel" the movement. Leila Haddad cracked up when I asked her, but it helps me to feel the movement. I closed my eyes and put my hands on her hips so I wasn't distracted by the other women in the workshop thinking I was nuts. My regular dance teacher was there laughing too, because I grope her all the time. For me, it helps. I can close off everything but the movement itself.

This dance will come... its really about a connection with other women. It has such a rich history and is just a gift for women, by women. Keep loving it and with practice and time, it will come.

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5/17/09 12:31 P

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this is my struggle. all the different names. this move is what she calls hip lifts is a common belly dance move and it is what is often used in traveling.

she hasn't mentioned using the obliques. she wants me to relax the hip down, knee bent, then lift up and straighten the leg.

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5/17/09 12:06 P

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Try to reframe the way you feel about the teacher...she is not singling you out because you are doing something wrong and are hopeless, she is trying to help. :-) Part of the problem is nomenclature...people call moves by different names or use the same name to mean different moves. There is no standardized lexicon of belly dance language.

While what she is doing in the video is a hip lift, I was taught to contract my obliques to snap the hip up rather than straighten the leg, which actually looks and feels a little bit different. Neither way is empirically right. As I have progressed, I have learned to use my obliques for more moves, like maya and taxeem movements, with my feet flat on the ground instead of using my foot to elevate either side. Unless I am doing something cabaret and looking for a BIG movement, then I use my foot and my obliques. LOL

Clear as mud, right?

The upside is, you will get it. Be patient.

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5/17/09 11:18 A

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hi just wanted to introduce myself. i am new to belly dance (but the love and desire to learn has been there for ever).
i just started classes a few months ago and i am hooked.

i got jenna's basics of belly dance and have been following it a bit in addition to my class.

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 she is going to single me out.

she's nice about it, but i feel like i am never going to get it and it's making me so bummed.

i found this video on youtube:
and it seems to show me a good break down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVwIblSYGLI
&feature=channel_page but i am wondering if this is right.

i practice and feel like i am doing it, but then i go on mondays and she says ... hold on ... like this. shows me and bam. i am wrong.

i am starting to feel like giving up. i like the class... she lets me bring my 6 year old for free (who isn't really taking the class, but does some dancing) and it's so close to my house.

i've never ever taken a dance class in my life and this is my first one (and i am in my 40s) and i don't come by this naturally at all. i am not particularly graceful either.

what an intro, eh?

I make natural soaps, botanical perfumes & body care for a living. I also am the pack leader to 4 dogs, 1 cat & an assortment of humans.

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