Many people make New Year’s resolutions that lead them to belly dance classes, whether it’s a goal related to fitness — such as “get in shape,” “learn a new skill,” or “increase core strength,” — or something else like “become more graceful,” “get in touch with my feminine side,” or “connect to something greater.”
One of our current students decided in 2012: “I am going to start taking belly dance classes again this year.” She had learned that yet another of her older family members had been diagnosed as having diabetes and heart disease. Her doctor told her the best way to avoid this was to take regular exercise — something fun she would enjoy and could stick with.
“The prospect of becoming diabetic has always terrified me, after seeing two people I know becoming so obese that they lost all their former flexibility and had limbs amputated, leaving them very unpleasant and angry people. I decided to act.” During this time, our student was also recovering from a personal period of isolation after a decade of intense therapy dealing with childhood abuse.
Our student found classes at dance studios and community centers, read ads and asked friends for suggestions. As she noted, “I tried them all, Cabaret to Folkloric to Tribal Fusion to ATS.” She eventually found her way to House of Inanna’s ATS classes, saying, “I have found that my heart and soul is with ATS!”
For this year she says: “I want to make more opportunities for myself to dance this year, and take the 30 minutes every day for a month challenge!” Something she’s looking forward to: House of Inanna will be hosting a 20/20 Challenge in April in anticipation for National Dance Week — right around the time when New Year’s resolutions need a little boost!
Our anonymous student concludes: “I did and still do feel that belly dance has helped me greatly… I’m so happy when I dance!”
…and aren’t we all? Happy New Year, Happy Dancing!