Just thought i’d put out this link as a resource for anyone else wondering where they can take lessons. This applies mainly to the U.S. There are some entries for Canada.
I’m sure EVERYTHING isn’t on here, so don’t hesitate to google search as well for a studio close to home.
Just some more places to find some professional costumes. Be forewarned, if you are a beginner I suggest finding pieces to build your first costume, or look for a bra and belt set. Those tend to not be horribly expensive. Then you can make your own skirt or find one separately to make a professional looking costume. The costumes you see the belly dance superstars wear are very pricey, but tons of care and love go into making these hand beaded costumes, which is why they are so expensive.
Didem gets a lot of her costumes here.
Thank you for saying this better than I ever could! Everyone needs to read this.
I saw two posts earlier in the #belly dance tag that had me fuming. One user asking if there were other “fat” belly dancers out there because she was the “only fat one in her class” as well as a post before THAT regarding to one of the local dance studios performing at Camelot Days last year,…
Belly dance isn’t about looking like a model on stage, its about the movement and how you interpret the music. A lot of dancers are fit because its a great form of exercise, but that is not what makes the dancer beautiful.
Just please don’t ever stop dancing because you become self conscious.
Edit: I’m sorry that came across as offensive, thats not what I meant to do at all.
or do you know anyone who has pictures of themselves being fat and a belly dancer?
I’m still really new at it and I’m the fattest person in my class. I just want to know I’m not the only one out there!
I love it so much, it my life, it’s everything to me. Its something I love doing and could never ever get tired of. I love expressing/letting my emotions out when I’m dancing. I love performing. I feel like nothing and no one could bring me down. It has changed me in so many ways and for the better. I don’t think anyone understands how much I love belly dancing.
I know I can relate. :)