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    I really enjoyed this alla kushnir clip. Her reverse belly rolls are amazing. I can do one...but nowhere near that! And the freeze shimmy she does in the beginning...I cant even do one yet...its on my list...but hers is even better than Bozenka's!

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    Default Well, i started dancing at an era that...

    there was no internet at all... i have not thought of inspiration for starting, as... it was so natural in my life, everybody was dancing.

    However, i tend to get inspired by many dancers all over the world, so permit me to present a dancer i admire very much and i think that all her works (even those with more modern dance elements than bellydance) affect me: Ivana Caffaratti (from Italy!).

    One of my favourite videos is this one, a troupe choreography. Enjoy!

    La compagnia Aryaluna balla Anima Gitana - YouTube

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    Was tv channel surfing one day, and happen to catch that Shimmy TV. Looked pretty, and one day got up to try it, and immediately thought it was alot of fun. So i started searching all over youtube for more like it, and that when I found Sadie's. But I was *really* taken till I came across Didem!

    Google'd for next several days and found IAMED where I bought some dvds and haven't stopped since

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    There was a workshop belly dancing at my uni intro week, I took that workshop and was hooked. Sadly I don't remember the name of my first teacher. She became ill aft a few months and got replaced by someone else.

    I saw a belly dancer 2 years before and I wanted to learn but there were no belly dancers in my village or surrounding villages. I don't know who that original dancer was, she could have been hired from far away. I remember trying at home and not being able to figure out how to do hip drops or shimmies, I was only able to do shoulder shimmies and belly rolls.
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    I'm not really sure of their names. I saw a group of two dancers and one musician performing at an outdoor festival at USC in 1976. I was captivated and resolved on the spot to learn how to move like that. I suspect that one of the dancers was Marta Schill, author of The Compleat Belly Dance book, but I can't be sure.

    I found a class at a Long Beach Community College, and the instructor was the legendary Feiruz Aram. I went to see her perform at the Apadana nightclub and she blew my mind. In her class, which lasted a semester, we learned a choreography with zills and we had to perform it for her behind a curtain to get our grade. She told me I could be a professional dancer. I moved to Oregon right after that and began to study with the wonderful Cybele, a protege of Aida al Adawi. So right from the start there were amazing inspiring dancers for me to emulate.

    While I never became a pro dancer in clubs and restaurants (they don't exist where I live), I have pursued the dance ever since, performing frequently and studying and now teaching. I still love it and know that I know only a fraction of the vast knowledge of this dance.

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    I never had someone who inspired me to start bellydancing but rather I inspired myself to start dancing. However I did have instruction from some wonderful teachers who in turn inspired me to continue to dance and learn as much as I can.

    1. Andrea Kitta. My first teacher.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXXFFtGH8vA

    2. Audra Simmons
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZzMLeiQT9I

    3. Monique Ryan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzulHvueaO4

    4. Laura Selenzi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4yiZZaNWW0
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    1. Beginning dancer. Knows nothing.
    2. Intermediate dancer. Knows everything. Too good to dance with beginners.
    3. Hotshot dancer. Too good to dance with anyone.
    4. Advanced dancer. Dances everything. Especially with beginners
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    ~ Attributed to Dick Crum, a folk dance teacher ~

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    I was inspired by my friend I saw dance at an SCA event. She nagged me to come take lessons with her teacher until I did. I never thought I could dance in a million years. I only went so she'd quit pestering me

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    I was hesitant to post my reply, because i can anticipate what the answers to this will be :/

    Shakira was my first inspiration.

    I know that she is NOT a belly dancer, but she was my inspiration anyway. I don't have cultural influences (Im Dominican and my family is a mix of many, mainly french, spanish and african) and ME is not something its played often in here. So I was a fan of her music since I was a little kid (literaly since her first hit) and I followed her career, and suddenly she released Ojos Asi, and I was hypnotize, by the music, the part sang in arabic and then I saw her doing some moves (yes, not exactly bellydancing) and I wanted more! I loved it very much but didnt know what it was, and internet was not popular in houses back then. Aftet years she continued releasing songs and dances with similar moves and I decided to ask my mom. Mom told me it was belly dance (she is not a belly dancer so she doesnt know) and taught me some moves she learned on a tv show. The moves were so natural for me! (I was only 9) after that I decided i wanted to learn, the only problem is that I had no clue where to start. Then the brazilian tv series "O Clone" was famous and people started o be curious about belly dance (because it appears a lot in the series) and I finally found info, and started dancing (from what I saw on videos) after that ive perform in talent shows and in two dance contests. But of course I needed to go to a school and finally after many years (now im 20) I got the chance to go to an academy and couldnt be happier!

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    I was inspired by local girl - Daria. Now she left the country, working on contracts. The winner of international festivals. Love her very much bellydance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVeHfxxStb0

    I admire Rachel Brice. From dancing in her performance stops breathing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryZA68xoly8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    No one really inspired me to start - the classes were there, I thought it sounded fun, and got hooked. Though having a really good teacher inspired me to keep signing up for more.
    Same here - I was trying out a lot of forms of movement back then and this is the one that really "stuck". Among the contemporary dancers I come back to for inspiration, I find Aziza absolutely mesmerizing - aside from her incredible technique and style there's something about her joy of dancing that really inspires me.

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