when i first started studying, the teacher i felt most comfortable talking to recommended studying with as many teachers as possible. i finally figured out why, after my last class. the new teacher told me that for shimmies it’s easier to do them if you’re slightly pigeon-toed, and damned if she isn’t right.
it’s so exciting, i love studying this dance and i love seeing improvement. i’m never going to be a goddess, but belly dance has showed me that i can be completely mortal and evoke the divine anyway.
it’s the damn shimmies that get me. but i’ve been going to classes pretty regularly for the last couple months, and it’s starting to look a little bit like dancing. you know it’s good when you start to worry about how you’re holding your fingers, rather than whether you’re moving your hip correctly.
and i bought a new shimmy scarf that makes an obscene amount of noise. it makes me happy.
I bought a copy of Habibi, the belly dance magazine, thinking that it would help me find a teacher. Not much listed in the magazine, but once I went to the websites I was blown away. Guess for a beginner it isn’t so crucial, but I want a good teacher… completely not interested in performing, just want to be in a group of women and relaxed.
Guess I should do instructor interviews. :)