You Might Be a Belly Dancer
If You . . .
experiment with moves every time you
pass a mirror.
spend more time watching belly dance
videos than regular TV programs.
find yourself practicing shimmy variations
during long waits.
know the location of all MED venus
within a 100-mile radius of where you live.
compulsively buy a belly dance garment
to discover once you get home that again, it does not go with anything
anticipate getting costumes and accessories
in every color.
sacrifice the price you spend for meals
to own a magnificent belly dance costume.
realize most of your friends are belly
have thought about holding or have
already held a hafla at your house.
find it more reasonable to buy a pricey
belly dance costume than a piece of furniture.
start placing your MED cd's in alphabetical
fret over never having enough (costumes,
music, teachers, time, choreographies).
can visualize ordinary garments being
transformed into a belly dance one.
are accenting to unassuming sounds
like the windshield wiper, turning blinker, etc.
have considered including your pet(s)
in dance numbers, belly dance photos or web pages.
have contemplated quitting your day
job to take belly dance on full time.
spend more than 50% of your waking
hours thinking about belly dance.
find that once you can do a stomach
roll, you unconsciously do them during conversations.
are subscribed to several MED mailing
lists or magazines.
find you forgot how to dance the pre-belly
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would rather spend your vacation time
and money at MED workshops than on a pleasure cruise.
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Your hubby starts humming the tune
of your favorite music. (Mine was doing this the other night!!!!!)
When you actually start using the belly
name you chose.
"Compulsively buy a Belly Dance
garment to discover when you get home that again, it does not go with anything
.... And this does not particularly
I'm particularly guilty of this
involving veils! Oh darn, I
guess I'll have to put together
ANOTHER costume! ;)
You have a bumper sticker that reads
"Put the veil down and DRIVE!"
You evaluate new furniture not on how
it will look in your home, but rather by how much Belly Dance "stuff" you
can cram into it!
You find yourself playing "air Zills"
in your car!
You have enough veils to do "the dance
of the seven veils" -- TWICE!
*Who we are is expressed through
how we move*
Our core essence is experienced
through the medium of our bodies. Our bodies are vehicles by which
movement is rendered. I like to use mine as a vehicle through which
I extend myself out into the world to shine my light and offer blessing.
When I bring total awareness into my body, I feel the subtle energy that
guides the movement from within.
Where there is movement there is
life. Improvised movement is authentic, organic, natural and surrendered.
Once movement becomes contrived or structured, the immanent flow is diminished.
Relax deep into the body and yield to the essential force contained within
to experience the organic movements that begin to occur spontaneously.
Movement is a pathway to self-development.
Contrary to most Western disciplines, Eastern disciplines are more in harmony
with the role of movement in holistic awareness. Movement is encouraged
to inspire the depth of human emotions, to open the heart and extend the
mind. Whereas most Western movements are structured and forced and
overrides the body's natural rhythms and movement, causing a higher incident
Movement is also a portal to our
true nature. Paradoxically, by fully entering the material world,
one may experience the spiritual.
Through the simple act of mindful
movement can you come to understand that there is no goal outside of your
present experience toward which you are moving, than the simple act of
being fully present in this moment as you tread the path on which you walk
is itself the goal. Make the most of each moment on this stage of
life of which we are all dancers. "Each moment is our most important
Daring to Dance
*Dance is a moving representation of spirit*
is my favorite means of movement, as it helps me get out of my head and
into the knowing of my body. Dancing has enabled me to find new ways
to embrace the full experience of movement and to experience the richness
of my soul.
The beautiful art of Belly Dance brings
a new dimension to dance, with its colorful movements and impressive isolations.
Belly Dance is a sensuous act of beauty that tells a story of the rich
wealth of human experience. Each nuance of the intricate melodies
and rhythms of the music are made visible by the belly dancer, who interprets
the music through her body. I started belly dance not only because
it was a childhood dream, but so I could enrich and expand my vocabulary
of movements and make the most of manifesting the motion of music.
It is a joyful means of self exploration and healing.
It reveals what requires balancing and harmony. My journey in belly
dance has brought rich rewards of growth and self-mastery.