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December 17, 2006

Belly

Last night my friend Sara, aka Nadira, gave a free belly dance performance/workshop at the Crazy Wisdom bookstore. I had seen belly dancing before, at a Middle Eastern nightclub in Los Angeles, but, at the age of sixteen, I was more grossed out by the dancers' bellies than I was impressed by the moves. Today I have a lot more respect for the female body, and could appreciate the enormous control required for hip circles, chest circles, and shoulder shimmies. Nadira and her fellow dancers were quite impressive. One even danced with a sword balanced on her head -- blade down!

After the performance, they gave the audience hip scarves to tie on, and then showed us the moves: arms, shoulders, chest, hips, feet. The larger moves -- hip circles, chest circles, and figure eights -- weren't too difficult, but I couldn't for the life of me do the shimmies or make the bells ring on my hip scarf! Last night's performance/workshop was intended to drum up business for the studio where Nadira teaches, Unveiled Belly Dance, and it worked. I think I'm going to do it. After all, I spent the last year growing a belly, so now I might as well learn how to move it!

Posted by eklanche at December 17, 2006 08:33 AM

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