I learned about bellydance about 6 or 7 years ago. Before then, I had never danced in my life. I actually started to dance because my doctor recommended some exercise to strengthen my back. Back in colleague I had a lot of options: either sports, or the gym, but for some reason I had always had an interest for dancing. Then I had a lot of options in dancing as well: jazz, flamenco, hawaiian, salsa, etc. After checking schedules and so, I decided to take the beginners class for Bellydance. Since day one I fell in love with the dance. I loved the music, the movement, the confidence, the outfits, it was an amazing combination of elements that didn't even feel like exercise. For me, it became a hobby, something I loved doing, and a must every semester until I graduated.
I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy. Learning to separate the motions in each part of my body, learning to move to each different rhythm, learning basic dance skills like keeping my toes pointed and move my hands gracefully, it took me a while. But the more I practiced, the better I felt about myself, the more my confidence grew. I wasn't perfect, I don't think anyone ever stops learning anything, but I started loving more and more the practice and started not to worry if a movement wasn't perfect. I started to enjoy dancing even more, thats something that bellydance does, it is about the passion, about the feelings, it may not be perfect, but the feelings you pour into each choreography are what matter the most.
As time went by, I advanced on difficulty levels, until I found myself enrolling in a professional arab dance academy in Mexico. That's when I started learning about rhythms, and instruments, about professional bellydancers, about the history, and if it was possible I fell more and more in love with this dance. I spent almost 4 years there, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
This is my first post, so hopefully I will be able to share more about my experience with bellydance in the future.