Sep 22, 2010

Taking a Whirl at Belly Dancing

Last night was one of many new experiences happening this month. Belly dancing! A friend had a guest pass and it was a good chance to go out of the house and get some exercise.

Photo by Hkuchera
It was actually my arms that are most sore today. In order to focus on doing some of the shoulder movements correctly we had to hold our arms out to the side as if pushing on a wall. This was really difficult! I couldn't get it at all until she said to put your breasts into it. That I can do!

The teacher was very good and gave us a good overview of the basic moves. What looks like a simple swivel of hips is actually a series of specific movements of the abdomen and all the extra little arm movements on top of that seems like it would take a lot of concentration to a beginner like me. I had trouble remembering the steps, even though it's only 4 steps for most movements! I just couldn't get the flow - it should be 'Ooey Gooey' as she put it. It's harder than it looks.

Will I do it again? I'd like try more things with these friends, I had a good time with them. Belly dancing though, is not for me. I felt pretty uncoordinated and it simply isn't my style. Another type of dance might suit me better but I know any kind would require a lot of practice for me to not trip over my feet.

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  1. Hurray! Glad you came :D Maybe it's not your thing, but at least you tried it :) and FREE

  2. I've always wanted to give it a try, myself...But, I've watched enough online videos to know that I simply do not have the control over my muscles that I should. I can't isolate the imporant bits. It is -very- tricky! Good on ya for going out and giving it a try, though!