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    Question Plus Size Dancers

    Hi there,

    I am new to belly dancing (less then a year). I really love it but I have a problem and I was wondering if you ladies can help me. I am a plus size lady and I find it so hard to find any support from the belly dance community. I thought that belly dance was to empower you and make you feel like a woman and to have a place that all women (no matter what size or shape) can come together and celebrate being a woman and the love of the dance. All I have been receiving is hatred and negativity. I was once in a class to learn belly dance and all I heard was rude and nasty comments, even from the teacher. I had also placed a video on you tube of me dancing and showing off the costume that I hade made and all I got were nasty comments on there to. It had gotten so bad that I had to take it down. Now I know that you tube is filled with a bunch of lame brains that have nothing better to do then sit there and leave nasty comments all day long. The ones that left me the nasty comments were mostly belly dancers. (I know because I looked them up.) I will not sit here and list what they have said because some of them were really nasty. I would just like to know if and other plus size dancers are having just as hard of a time as me. Why do skinny dancers find it ok to beat down someone who is not as small as them? (I had enough of that in high school)

    I know that I shouldn’t care about what other people think or say but it is hard when you want to share with people and they turn there backs to you when they find out that you are over weight and all you are left with are your cats and your boyfriend. It is heartbreaking to think that a community of something so beautiful can be filled with negativity, anger, and hate.

    Sorry for the long rant but I just wanted to know what other people think on the subject.

    Thank you
    Fran

    P.S If there is any big beautiful dancers out there that read this I want you know that there is some one out there that supports you. I may have hung up my coin belt but I will be there for you. (((((HUGS)))))

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyofLostTimes View Post
    Hi there,

    I am new to belly dancing (less then a year). I really love it but I have a problem and I was wondering if you ladies can help me. I am a plus size lady and I find it so hard to find any support from the belly dance community. I thought that belly dance was to empower you and make you feel like a woman and to have a place that all women (no matter what size or shape) can come together and celebrate being a woman and the love of the dance. All I have been receiving is hatred and negativity. I was once in a class to learn belly dance and all I heard was rude and nasty comments, even from the teacher. I had also placed a video on you tube of me dancing and showing off the costume that I hade made and all I got were nasty comments on there to. It had gotten so bad that I had to take it down. Now I know that you tube is filled with a bunch of lame brains that have nothing better to do then sit there and leave nasty comments all day long. The ones that left me the nasty comments were mostly belly dancers. (I know because I looked them up.) I will not sit here and list what they have said because some of them were really nasty. I would just like to know if and other plus size dancers are having just as hard of a time as me. Why do skinny dancers find it ok to beat down someone who is not as small as them? (I had enough of that in high school)

    I know that I shouldn’t care about what other people think or say but it is hard when you want to share with people and they turn there backs to you when they find out that you are over weight and all you are left with are your cats and your boyfriend. It is heartbreaking to think that a community of something so beautiful can be filled with negativity, anger, and hate.

    Sorry for the long rant but I just wanted to know what other people think on the subject.

    Thank you
    Fran

    P.S If there is any big beautiful dancers out there that read this I want you know that there is some one out there that supports you. I may have hung up my coin belt but I will be there for you. (((((HUGS)))))
    Not sure if you are for real or not....that said, I apologize if people were rude to you in dance class. That should never happen. I hope you find your way back to dancing again.

    And there are plenty of big bellydancers on here. I'm fat myself; it doesn't keep me from dancing.

    Also, I think it's usually the average-weight bellydancers who say rude things...the skinny ones often understand what it's like not to be able to control their weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Not sure if you are for real or not.....
    I am very real. I live it every time BD comes out of my mouth. Maybe I just have no luck. As far as the teacher I don't she knows that I had over heard her talking to someone about me.

    I am new to this site so I didn't know how many people are like me. I just wanted to know how many others are getting hurt doing something they love to do. I still try to dance but now its only when I am alone in my bedroom. I find it easer not to say anything to anyone about my dancing any more.

    You don't have to apologize Hun you never have done anything to me but I do appreciate the response back.

    Thanks

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    If the other students & teacher have made nasty comments tell them where to shove their class and find another instructor.

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    I am so sorry that people have been nasty and rude, there is no call for that ever! I am maybe slightly above average size, but I am going on 60, and have never had anything but huge support from fellow dancers and instructors alike. I dance with young girls of 17 and women in their 50s and one lady who is 62, plus all ages in between. One instructor is 35 and my other one is 47. Try to find another instructor, don't give up, don't dance alone. sending you a big hug and rainbows

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    There is girl from my class, who is usually my dancing partner in duet choreos, she is a little large too.

    I believe that she is an amazing dancer with lots of talent. One of the top in our class. However, she does not believe me when I tell her that. Her self-confidence is very low because she is very self conscious about her weight. That’s such a shame.

    Slightly off topic now but relevant… this girl I am talking about had a wardrobe mishap at our hafla last Friday (bra straps broke and popped off). She held onto her bra with her hand and carried on with the choreography like a real pro. I was her duet and panicked more than her! I also adjusted my hand moves to more or less match hers, and some people in the audience didn’t even notice the accident. All thanks to the way she reacted and carried herself.

    I know it sounds like such a cliché, but I really feel that ultimately the audience receives what the dancer communicates. If you feel uncomfortable dancing, that will come through. If you are one with the music and really enjoying yourself, that will be felt by your audience too.

    Don’t cut yourself short, and don’t give up on belly dance (give up on your instructor though!). It is not about shape and size, it is all in how you express the music.

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    If in the eyes of the deluded perfect some of us are too big, too slender, too old, too young, too black-skinned, too blonde to be a belly dancer..that's their loss. If we do not meet up to today's standards, we do have to prove something more and that is that we can stick at it and be a good dancer and a good entertainer and the young, cute size 8 isn't necessarily going to be that.
    BUT if your weight is hampering your ambitions, do something about it. We oldies and the girls of African origin who are told..."You can't be a belly dancer" can't do much about it except go all out to prove them wrong.
    I recently lost weight and feel better for it and hope it will tackle other health issues. Having said that if you are happy in your skin, all power to you and rest assured that most belly dancers are accepting of the wondrous variety we human beings are.
    Ah Youtube..just don't expose yourself.... the mindless morons will only take savage delight. Look at how the praise the useless little dancing bimbos because they see their bodies not their talent

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizaj View Post
    BUT if your weight is hampering your ambitions, do something about it. We oldies and the girls of African origin who are told..."You can't be a belly dancer" can't do much about it except go all out to prove them wrong.
    I recently lost weight and feel better for it and hope it will tackle other health issues. Having said that if you are happy in your skin, all power to you and rest assured that most belly dancers are accepting of the wondrous variety we human beings are.:
    Ah, lizaj....I would have been so much happier if this thread had made a full page (or more), before someone encouraged the OP to lose weight.

    She can be overweight, even obese, and still be a bellydancer. And she deserves basic human respect regardless of her weight. She never said she planned to be a professional performer...just a dancer. So her ambition is to be treated kindly, and she shouldn't have to lose weight to do that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Ah, lizaj....I would have been so much happier if this thread had made a full page (or more), before someone encouraged the OP to lose weight.

    She can be overweight, even obese, and still be a bellydancer. And she deserves basic human respect regardless of her weight. She never said she planned to be a professional performer...just a dancer. So her ambition is to be treated kindly, and she shouldn't have to lose weight to do that!

    Read on
    ......I also said if she was happy in her skin, good luck to her. I have friends who have had medical people tell them they are overweight and they are healthier than me!
    But sometimes the solution is right in front of us and all we need is the right "push"...I've just been through that myself...an event came up, measurements added to asthma and slightly high BP and I thought yup get on the stir fries and fruit.

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