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openscarf wrote in bd_newbie
I've been intrigued by belly dancing for a long time. I've had several epiphanies over the last year and a half or so due to various events in my life and one of them was to take lessons. I've practiced yoga for over eight years and it seemed like another incredible way to connect with my bodies, both inner and outer. I took two tribal belly dancing lessons in town from two different teachers, simply because one went abroad, but I was hooked right away, even though I barely had an idea of what I was doing. I have no dance background, but yoga has taught me so much.

I'm barely employed so regular classes take too big a bite from my budget, even though they're not expensive. My plan is to go to one every month or so until finances grow. I bought a Rachel Brice DVD, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and do the exercises faithfully in front of a mirror and love them!  I can see some improvement which is amazing to me. Next I think I need to get her arms lessons. I found a few lessons on line and I practice very basic snake arms I think.

I find that my core strength has quadrupled! I feel "new" muscles in my back and stomach that I didn't know I had. My shoulders have benefited greatly, so much movement there that implodes knots and tension. I find my knees hurt a little after practicing the drills, from the slightly bent knees in each drill but I think that's ok?

I long for the day when I can put together a snippet of dance, I think the in person classes will help with that. I don't have any desire to perform in public, but more for myself and intimates. I'm 49 so don't really go out and dance much in clubs or anything, but this has opened a new portal in my head and body.

I just wanted to share how much I'm enjoying it.

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