Fall Joy in Pictures

This fall wrapped up with a series of photos that definitely capture so much of our joy. One of the best things about dancing in the park with my SCA friends includes visiting with all the non-dancer friends and family. Jameson usually arrives with his parents at the same time in our warm-up, every week. The moment we start working on our shimmies and hips, I can usually say, “Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!” then turn around and see Jameson running for us. He loves to, “PUT ON MY JINGLES!” and shake as much as possible for about 30 seconds, then run Read More

All The Teachers, All My Thankfulness

I was curious one Wednesday, so I counted. From June 4 to mid-September, it had been just more than just fourteen weeks. I originally posted about Making the Transition from full-time bellydance student to part-time instructor. Late in the evening on a Wednesday, I climbed into my car after three days in a row of teaching, exhausted and ridiculously happy. I hadn’t been that bone-tired in months, and I loved every moment of it. It got me to thinking about what it took to get here. First Introduction to Belly Dance: First Teachers There’s a passage in our Puja (our Read More

Thoughts from One Student

One of my students has been going through some fantastic, personal a-ha moments and gave me permission to share some of her writing with all of you. “Do what you love, and you’ll be great!” Well, um… Not really. I’ve discovered that my body naturally loves certain belly dance moves… I love those moves. Even as a beginner of less than three months, I’m willing to just go ahead and say this: I am good at those moves. You may admire me when I do those moves, and I will be pleased, but not surprised. And there are moves my Read More

Unusual Structure, Unexpected Benefits

One of the stranger aspects to my current teaching arrangements is that I do not yet have any dance studios from which to teach. I haven’t started renting space (and time on the schedule) at any formal dance studios. I haven’t made arrangements at community centers or rec centers. I haven’t joined any college staff or continuing education offerings. But I teach between 3-4 times per week. At first, I started teaching as a “guest lecturer” in a park where my SCA friends had been dancing for years at their weekly fighter practice. We are in a public park, next Read More

Moving Carefully, Deliberately

One of my favorite disclaimer phrases at the beginning of our warm-ups is, “Remember, I am NOT a trained medical professional. Please do not make me drive you to a trained medical professional.” I am sometimes nervous as a teacher. I work with people who have a variety of body types, body ailments, temporary injuries, lifelong chronic pain conditions, or just folks who may have done something strenuous lately and are currently in recovery. I worry because I want to have good stretches, good advice, and a healthy dose of what are my limitations. Recently, someone joined in on our Read More