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Misconceptions About Belly Dance
Common Misconceptions About Belly Dancing
Many people have only been exposed to belly dancing in movies and on television. This gives a very false image of what this art form is really composed of. If you are one of those people who does not understand belly dancing, you are not in the minority.
Belly Dancing is Like Stripping and Pole Dancing
Belly dancing began as a family activity. It was not done by harem girls for their Sultan. It was done by women and children in their homes to pass the time. It was, and is, a family activity. So, if you want to learn to take your clothes off for money, belly dancing is not for you.
All Belly Dancers Should Be Skinny and Young
Belly dancing is about learning to love who you are. It does not matter what size or shape your body is. What matters is that you work at doing the movements to the best of your ability. While learning to do this, most people come to realize that they are beautiful people, no matter what size or shape they are. Age does not matter either. If you love belly dancing and you are physically able to do the moves, you should dance. It is about who you are inside, not how others perceive you.
Belly Dancing is Just For Exercise.
Belly dancing is wonderful exercise. But, that is not the main point of this activity. It is about learning to love yourself and forming a sense of community and sisterhood with the other dancers.It's a piece of history, a passion, an art form. So, yes, if you want to get some exercise and love to dance, you should try belly dancing classes. But, you will find you will get so much more than exercise out of it. If you are just looking for dancing to music for exercise, try Zumba. It is loads of fun and probably much better simple exercise than belly dance.
All belly dancers wear costumes that look like what the woman wore in the “I Dream of Jeannie” television series.
This is simply not true at all. While some dancers do choose to wear costumes that do not cover the stomach area, many make different choices. The traditional belly dancing attire looks nothing like the Hollywood image that most are accustomed to seeing. And, many modern dancers show only head, hands, and feet.
If you can't roll your belly, you can't belly dance.
While rolling the belly by contracting different sets of abdominal muscles is one part of belly dancing, it is such a small part that it is not all that important if you can do it when you start. You will learn movements that will lead you to the point where you can do this move. It is like any other activity. You do not start out doing the most difficult moves. You begin by learning the basic moves and then move up to the more difficult ones.
Belly dancing is a wonderful activity for anyone to try. Once you try it, you may fall in love with it, as so many do. Hopefully, after reading this, you will have a better idea of what belly dancing is really all about.