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The Great Debate
The question, "where did belly dance come from?", is much like asking "what came first, the chicken or the egg?". So many theories, so many answers, but nothing is concrete. Nevertheless, the question alone creates such an exciting debate.
The Gypsy Spirit
There are so many images that come to mind with the mention of the word Gypsy. Immediately, one thinks of freedom, dance, and living wild. A beautiful, earthy woman dancing for the public. These are only stereotypes.
The Hip Shimmy Burns Calories and is an Exciting Belly Dance Move
Looking for a great cardio? The hip shimmy is the answer. Done correctly, this movement raises the heart rate. In dance, the hip shimmy "wows" just about anyone.
The Incredible Maud Allan
In this presidential campaign with women's rights being an issue, I can't help but think of the past, the struggles, the scandals that impacted women. Maud Allan was a rebel in her day, a time when women could not embrace their sexuality.
The Inspirational Dancer Heather Mills
There is a point in time when we all need a little inspiration. As dancers, as women, and most important, as human beings, a little spark from somewhere inpires us to be more, to do more. It can be something we see on the news, an individual who goes above and beyond.
The Right Attitude in Class
Just like any dance class, there is a certain attitude one should have while in class. Stay focused, learn, and ask questions. Remember to respect the instructor and others who are in class.
The Sensual Belly Dancer
The art of belly dance is sensual. Some may confuse belly dance as being sexual, but it is not. There is a difference. Belly dancers have the right to express the feminine spirit through dance.
The Veil and You
Dancing with the veil is essential in belly dancing. Like other props, the veil and the dancer are one. These are just a few suggestions if this is your first time.
The Zill Challenge
Also known as finger cymbals, zills are an instrument used in belly dance. Dancers wear the instrument on their thumb and second finger, both hands, as part of a performance. It takes time and dedication to learn how to play, but one will never know unless they give it a try.
Thinking Twice because of the Economy
Dancers and others in the performing arts are taking a hit because of the economic crisis. The majority of dancers are full-time employees elsewhere, so with this crunch, dancers are making some tough decisions.
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