The Art Of Belly Dance

Lately I have been seriously considering getting into belly dancing. Now before some of you freak out and think that it’s all about scantily clad women showing off, I invite you to watch a couple of videos I came across if you have a little bit of time.

This first video is a belly dancer named Jalila. This is probably the best routine that I have came across from watching clips of belly dancers on youtube during the past couple of weeks. She’s great!

Next is a video blogger that I have been watching for a while. Her username is SickMouth. She talks mostly about women’s issues and I just love her discussions. She did one about belly dancing a little bit ago because she has been taking classes. I thought she had some really interesting thoughts on the issue.

I have always admired belly dancers and the dance itself as an art form. There is something very sensual and creative that I would love to try out, so I have been doing a little bit of research on the history of belly dance and how it came to be, and it’s really quite interesting.

I decided to learn a bit about it first and then I will start taking classes probably sometime next year. I’m not sure if I will get into performing, but it would at least be something fun to do as a past-time.

Has anyone had any experience with belly dancing?

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10 thoughts on “The Art Of Belly Dance

  1. I am glad to see you admire the art as well. I have been dancing for 10 years now and while it sometimes is hard to do and trying of my feminist sensibilities, it also continues to strengthen my resolve. It helps my body stay in the exact shape and weight I am happy with and exercises my body at the right pace and level for me. Most importantly, it is part of my spiritual practise and is release for my stress.
    Tere are many ways to belly dance and you can enjoy any way. Performance, private, ritual dance all have different effects of the body and mind and soul. They each have different challenges and rewards. Try them all and you will find the balance you need in your belly dance!

  2. I would wholeheartily recommend bellydancing to anyone. I love dancing, the movements come quite natural to me, but I’ve always had supple hips. I’ve seen class mates struggle with that at first. Also, I’m quite fat, and I feel mostly normal bellydancing in a way I wouldn’t feel with ballet.

    You might want to ask yourself if you want to start with classical Egyptian first. But then again, I started in Egyptian style because that was what offered where I lived. The way I’m taking fusion classes now, because it’s on offer where I now live.

  3. You should definitely learn belly dancing. It’s super fun and a great workout. Don’t be afraid of trying every move at once. It’s a learning curve but each practice is fun.

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