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I want to be a Belly Dancer

Updated on June 20, 2014

I want to learn Middle Eastern Dance

When I was growing up I associated "belly dancing" with Hollywood classics like Son of Ali Baba and Kismet, in other words, with pretty girls in veils swaying their hips in front of Tony Curtis. I had no idea that belly dancing was one of the oldest social dances in the world. I didn't know it was an art form.

And I didn't know that MIddle Eastern Dance could promote strength, vitality, sensuality and grace. That's exactly what I need!

Baladi isn't just a dance style, it's a culture

Baladi is the most ancient form of Egyptian solo dance.

I want to learn Raqs baladi, a social dance performed for fun and celebration.

It's an improvisational dance integrated with the rhythm of the music and baladi dancers traditionally wear an ankle length, baladi dress with a coordinating hip scarf.

No sequined bikini style for me!

Image - Halyma

Maria Sangiorgi

Maria Sangiorgi is a dance teacher (among other things) and a foremost resolution of mine is to attend her classes.

This should be easy enough, her studio is just a short bus ride away from me. Why haven't I done this before?

What kept me from embracing Middle Eastern Dance lessons was my own embarrassment. Surely I'd look silly, if not a trifle sleazy, dancing with circular, rolling, vibrating belly movements?

But watching Maria with her students has opened my eyes. This a woman's dance, an ancient celebration of movement and song that bursts out from the heart.

It's an evocation of the Goddess within.

I want to do it!

Maria Sangiorgi dances

Embodied Belly Dance

Gifts for Belly Dancers


Classic Dance

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Belly dance is good for the core and the soul!

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Belly dance is good for the core and the soul!

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      Ken Parker 6 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      I love the art of a belly dancer. Even a little extra belly it good.

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      DianaPrice LM 6 years ago

      I want to be a belly dancer, but methinks I have a bit too much belly. Even for bellydancing. LOL

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      SHorsburgh 7 years ago

      Fantastic! You should learn to tango most definitely.