I enjoyed looking at your website. I loved what you had to say about criticism of young girls bodies and wanted to share my thoughts about that.
My daughter is 7yo and takes hip hop, jazz and starting next week belly dancing. She is very healthy and strong - hardly ever gets ill and if she does recovers in half the time of her friends. She has stamina - can cycle with me and keep up for an hour without a break. She enjoys her food and has a very healthy diet - lots of fresh homecooked meals, limited junk, mostly treats are healthy and homebaked. She loves to work in our veggie patch, cook and shop for food with us, and she has a great understanding of nutrition. She is not skinny like her younger sister who has no padding to speak of but she's no where close to overweight. Like her brother was at her age (he is now a very thin and lanky teenager) she is what I would call sturdy.
Sadly, she has been called fat by a number of other young girls at the playground - one girl was only 4yo who said this. If she ever asks for seconds of cake at a birthday party adults will make google eyes as if she must routinely overeat. Yesterday my mother commented that she eats too much and I should put her on a diet. She is a growing girl and I would never dream of putting her on a weight loss diet.
She also has lovely olive skin. I find it beautiful. I think it is also a plus in our Australian cliimate where sun exposure and skin cancer are big problems.
I worry that at her dance school (hip hop and jazz) she doesn't fit the desired profile of Blonde and stick thin. Her instructor is a brunette and doesn't have the classic ballet figure and she says she does miss out on work because she doesn't have "the look". I thought our society was more evolved than this.
Anyhoo, this has become a very long post. My point is that I am so happy that she is now taking belly dancing. It should to some degree counteract the body conscious culture at her other school. It will show her that women of all shapes and sizes and ages can be beautiful and can move beautifully. Her bulid might even be an asset compared to mine - I'm a scrawny belly dancer I'm afraid.
I loved the clip of you and your sister dancing together. Good luck with Sparkle Oasis.