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!
Reset Studio is having an Opening Party tomorrow from 3-7pm! Come see amazing acrobatic acts, burlesque and of course House of Inanna performing at 3:45! After the performances, there will be a DJ spinning music live and a band! Come join us – it’ll be fun. The Facebook link above has all the details!
Because of the party, our regular Saturday morning belly dance class is canceled, while the Reset team prepares for the party. This means that “Proptober” will actually gloss into Propvember (which doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily!). We’ll do our Veil class a week from tomorrow on 10/25, then Canes on the first Saturday of November.
Tomorrow is Haunted HaflAdira! There will be spooky and fun dance acts all afternoon at Adira’s Dance on the South End of Willow Glen. House of Inanna is on at 1:45. The picture was from a scary set we did a few years ago. This year… should be not so scary. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our set. 🙂
Yes, we have a busy day tomorrow and hope you can join us for some of the fun!
Love and Namaste,Petra
Get ready to have your swords (and more) at hand in a couple weeks. We’ve almost reached Proptober — we’ll be offering a sampler of belly dance props including swords, veils, and canes, used in a Tribal/Group way with dance moves that you are familiar with, plus some extra moves that especially showcase the prop!
Here’s the tentative calendar:
October 4 & 6 – The HoI Troupe favorite: swords!
October 11 & 13 – Playful and Balanced Baskets!
October 18 & 20 – Sultry and strong moves with Veils!
October 25 & 27 – Petra’s favorite, and the most traditional of props: canes!
We have extras for each of these props; however, please bring your own if you have them. Also, we’re highly likely to use one of these props in an upcoming show or three. Come try them out and see what you like, so you too can be part of that decision-making process.
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2016-07-22 edit: Reset Studio is unfortunately closing its doors, so we no longer dance there. Here’s the information on our current dance studio — we look forward to seeing you there!
We’re so excited, here at House of Inanna, to announce classes at a new studio! We’re dancing both Mondays and Saturdays at:
1580 Oakland Rd. #203
San Jose, CA 95131
Hope to see you there soon!