I want to be a Belly Dancer
I want to learn Middle Eastern Dance
When I was growing up I associated "belly dancing" with Hollywood classics like and Son of Ali Baba , 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. Kismet
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!
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