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    Quote Originally Posted by motorcyclemama View Post
    I'm overweight and not much to look at
    what?? this might be one of your problems, that you think of yourself this way. who says you're not much to look at? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there's really no such thing as an unattractive person. no matter what you look like there will be people who will be unimpressed and others who will be completely entranced by you.

    And I've seen quite a few dancers who were overweight and also absolutely captivating and amazing.

    exhibit A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oAOY...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ap0...eature=related

    the larger dancer in these clips is the one that I cannot take my eyes off of; her movements are so graceful and powerful and liquid, and she is just gorgeous.

    don't let faulty negative self-perceptions hold you back from doing something you might enjoy.
    Last edited by Caelyn; 09-26-2011 at 04:45 AM.

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    In my opinion, bellydance tends to look better when your a little bit bigger
    Self confidence is a powerful thing. I love seeing big belly dancers who love who they are and don't care that they have anything extra, it's more to love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    Yes, and what's surprising is that for many of them, you would never know they were over 30. There is something in this dance that encourages a curvy body while discouraging wrinkles. It's magic
    maybe in general, but not always! I have no hips, never have, even when my belly puts on plenty of weight. I've had wrinkles since age 17 and they're only getting worse. Sometimes it really is just genetics! Funny thing is, when I'm dancing no one can tell. In my civies, people notice the grey hairs and the crows feet, but when I dance, I've been told so-&-so thought you were only 20. That's what joy does to you. It gives you a glow that surpasses our average day to day perception of beauty.

    I'm 33, been dancing since I was 12, but I understand looking around, seeing all the just-out-of-teens dancers without a care in the world and *feeling* old and past it. . For me, I end up wondering if I can compete with these folks. Truth is, I don't have to- that's not what this dance is about. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes to all the external aspects and just dance, because you need that physical release to work you through all the other self doubts and external pressures. I hope you find that expression which gives you joy and release, whether it ends up being belly dance for you or not. I think it's a good place to start!

    What you are feeling is a legitimate response to the world around you, but I encourage you look around at all the wonderful, joyful dancers who are still dancing *throughout* their lives and pick yourself back up & find your own place. Maybe you are driven to perform, maybe you never do, you just don't know what you will even want until you get there. Blessings on your journey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraliche View Post
    I started my bellydancing at 40!!!

    I really enjoy having great time with my young friends, as well as older dance sisters

    My teacher is in her 60s, and she is the most beautiful and the best dancer I have ever seen.

    Go girl!!!
    I could have written this.

    I too started at 40. I love all my dance sisters, young and old. My teacher is 61. Several of the very MOST respected teachers in Belly Dance are in their 60s or older.

    The late, great Bert Balladine once said (paraphrased): "You don't have anything to dance about if you're younger than 35".

    Don't worry about your size/weight either - some of the best dancers in the business are quite large, the literally float across the stage they're that graceful!

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