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A very short story of how I fell in love with bellydance
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Bellydance is a often described as a type of Middle Eastern dance. Originally a "solo, improvised dance involving torso articulation," bellydance takes many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally.
The better I feel about myself…
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.
Silvia Lopez, Contributor: I'm from Mexico, and have a major in marketing and digital art. I practiced bellydance for about 6 years, and I loved it. (more...)