I started belly dancing 4 years ago as a way to learn how to accept my belly. I was trying different methods to overcome my negative body-image, with my belly being my biggest concern. I decided to give belly dance a try – for the exercise and for acceptance of my body.
I quickly learned how belly dance came to be: History of Belly Dancing – Considered the oldest known dance by some experts, the roots of belly dancing were planted in the Middle East, Mediterranean, and northeastern Africa; some sources claim that the pyramid builders in ancient Egypt were belly dancers. Regardless of when it began, belly dancing was traditionally performed for other women, usually during formal events like fertility rites or pre-marriage ceremonies. African women performed in marketplaces, earning coins for their dowries. These coins were sewn into their costumes for safe-keeping. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that belly dancing began to appear worldwide at public events such as carnivals and fairs.
What I found was, not only was it fun to learn the isolations and routines, it formed a bond with other belly dance sisters. Many of us were struggling with our own types of insecurities with our bodies. By practicing together each week, I noticed a change in me – I saw the beauty in the dancer in the mirror. Every one of us were majestic belly dance goddesses.
Today I still dance; not as frequently as I used to, but I still feel the belly dancer spirit inside of me. I love dressing in the costumes and practicing to some of my favorite belly dance music. Belly dance is great for women of all sizes and ages. I highly recommend it!
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