Tribal Belly Dance
About three months ago, I started taking belly dancing lessons with my friend Kerry taught by my friend Kendra. The class is perfect because we’re all friends and there’s a lot of room for experimentation, lesson customization, and just general fooling around. Kerry is already a dancing diva but I came in with no prior experience other than shaking my groove thing at parties and having people tell me that I should start bellydancing.
Well, I love it. It’s empowering and something that really makes you feel like a girl. And it’s something you can share with other women and tap into the intense strength of the bond between females. It’s ancient, primal, and lovely.
Technically speaking, http://nomaditude.com describes tribal bellydance as “a “structured improvisation” form of dance, which we liken to a form of language, only with movement instead of vocalizations.” I think this is the most concise and accurate definition I’ve heared so let’s just go with that.
And let’s not forget about the clothes! Tribal gives you the opportunity to drown yourself in beautiful artisan silver, use gorgeous silk veils as an extension of your body, and paint yourself with henna, mascara, etc. If you think you’ve reached the limit to the number of tassles around your waist, add four more. Here’s a great example:
The tassles! The belts! The hair! I love it. Now, the hard part starts. Where to find these pieces without spending a million dollars. I haven’t quite figured that out yet but I’m on the hunt for choli patterns (the shirt). Skirt patterns are easy to find but they usually require 6-10 yards of fabric which can get expensive FAST.
Only a month left until Burning Man though so it’s time to get sewing!
My teacher, Kendra, dances with Hands of Kali and their website can be found at http://handsofkali.com