Life of a Eastern (belly) Dancer

Originally, belly dancing is thought to had descended from ancient Egypt. An expressive social dance which emphasizes complex movements of the torso. It has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. It’s popularity in the West has spread and is viewed as an exotic dance because 1)Percussive movements, 2)Fluid movements – Flowing movements in which the body is in continuous motion most commonly of the hips, 3) Shimmies, shivers and vibrations – Small, fast, continuous movements of the hips or rib cage which create an impression of texture and depth of movement. Some in the West also see this a form of “working out”, because a lot of muscle groups are being worked, especially the abdominal muscles and the arms work particularly hard. For women that struggle with self-acceptance, you know that big elephant in the room? I suggest starting with mind-body connection, getting your mindset right…first. Meditating and breathing better, long deep breathes, and allow yourself to feel…period. Take a walk around the block, 2,3,5,6 times, whatever you like…just do it. And speak your truth into reality.

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