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"It's been nearly two years since I started dancing, though I can't help but feel that I've had a belly dancer locked up inside of me my entire life.
I used to be so... fearful. I wouldn't speak unless spoken to and would do whatever was asked of me. I was overweight and felt undesirable and unattractive. I trudged clumsily through the world cared little about my outward appearance. But, oh how I'd dance when I was alone in my room with no one to see me. As I grew older and met my husband, I grew a little bit stronger. I finally had the courage to step into my first belly dance class on my 22nd birthday. I'd been learning with a TV show and random DVDs before, but I still needed a lot of correction. So I went home that day and started to practice. As weeks went by, I was flushed pride when I could really feel my figure-8s and when my shimmy finally became automatic. My teacher regularly praised how well I was improving, and I began to really feel a connection with the dance.
As time went on, my body shape changed and I found myself going about my life with an enhanced grace and femininity. I began to feel less like of that scared little girl and more like a woman. I felt more positive and more beautiful, and the people around me began to change how they interacted with me. The better I felt, the more I committed to regular practice. And when it sadly became time to move away from my teacher, I sought out a studio where student performances were commonplace.
And I seemed to arrive just in time, because shortly after my joining the teachers began to teach the dances that were to be performed by the student groups in the spring studio show. I chose the cutesy Bollywood-fusion choreography and set to work. After learning the dance came the sign-ups for the show, and after the sign-ups came staging and regular practice with my group. I grew to love the girls I was to dance with. When we all showed up at the venue in our caftans with our coin belts jingling underneath, I felt the a sense of pride not unlike the way I felt when I started to really "have" my shimmy.
What a long way I had come, and what courage it had taken to come so far. And in spite of the sudden terror that struck me as we all lined up for our entrance and the first 8 counts of our music began to play as we counted under our breaths, I went out there and had the time of my life in front of a room packed full of 150 cheering people.
Life felt different as we left that stage, squealing as we hugged one another. We felt so empowered. Even now, as the weeks have gone by and my fake tan has washed away, I still feel that I truly can do anything that I set my mind to. I'm not that feeble little girl anymore. I feel like I -am- a belly dancer now, and that feels fantastic. I started to listen to DJ Said Mrad and other oriental music :-) it's a joy for me and i like to teach it to people around me to make them feel happy. belly dancing equal to challenge and i like it.
My dance instructor became ill and I was asked to take over the class. I have always enjoyed the movement and now can help other people enjoy themselves as well. I like to pick up new tips and tricks from the videos to be able to share and keep class fun.
Thanks so much!!! "
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