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    Cool Greetings and Salutations!

    Hey everyone,
    I'm currently living in Germany and it has been a year since I moved here. Happily married and proud mommy of two fur-babies. My two Boston Terrors... Oopps I mean, Boston Terriers are a joy except when they fart.
    I have always loved to dance. I remember being a little girl and trying to shake my hips like the girl in the "Lambada" music video. I have done everything from ballroom dance to historical balls to shaking my butt at the local club. My recent dance addictions are pole dance and tribal fusion bellydance. I am all self-taught when it comes to those two dances; I just watch a bunch of on-line vids and instructional DVD's.
    I have a YouTube account with the same screen-name. All the vids there are pretty much of me pole dancing. I like to add a few bellydance moves in between pole tricks but you won't see them in the vids. If anyone else is interested in pole dancing StudioVeena.com is another great forum with very supportive dancers. (I hope you guys don't mind me adding that in.)
    Looking forward to chatting with everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoleDanceABCs View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I'm currently living in Germany and it has been a year since I moved here. Happily married and proud mommy of two fur-babies. My two Boston Terrors... Oopps I mean, Boston Terriers are a joy except when they fart.
    I have always loved to dance. I remember being a little girl and trying to shake my hips like the girl in the "Lambada" music video. I have done everything from ballroom dance to historical balls to shaking my butt at the local club. My recent dance addictions are pole dance and tribal fusion bellydance. I am all self-taught when it comes to those two dances; I just watch a bunch of on-line vids and instructional DVD's.
    I have a YouTube account with the same screen-name. All the vids there are pretty much of me pole dancing. I like to add a few bellydance moves in between pole tricks but you won't see them in the vids. If anyone else is interested in pole dancing StudioVeena.com is another great forum with very supportive dancers. (I hope you guys don't mind me adding that in.)
    Looking forward to chatting with everyone.

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    Hi and welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharis View Post


    Do the fur-babies ( er what?) pole dance? Sorry cannot resist it?
    Last edited by lizaj; 08-10-2009 at 05:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizaj View Post
    Do the fur-babies ( er what?) pole dance? Sorry cannot resist it?
    Bwahahaha! Not really but they always seem to want to play with me when I'm dancing. I'll be doing my thing and they'll pop their heads in, "Hey, what's mommie doing?" I have a few vids where they just have to walk in my path or play tug-of-war right next to the pole.

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    Whose on-line vids and instructional DVD's have you been using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiradotnet View Post
    Whose on-line vids and instructional DVD's have you been using?
    I have:
    - Rachel Brice: Arms and Posture
    - Tribal Fusion Fundamentals (with 4 lovely dancers)
    - Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Sharon Kihara: Technique & Conditioning
    - Tribal Fusions: Exotic Art of Tribal Bellydance
    - ExpertVillage vids
    - YouTube clips

    I got a bunch of DVD's off NetFlix and most of them so far have been in the Tribal Fusion realm. I am still waiting for a few others that are for Egyptian style. Waiting... waiting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoleDanceABCs View Post
    I have:
    - Rachel Brice: Arms and Posture
    - Tribal Fusion Fundamentals (with 4 lovely dancers)
    - Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Sharon Kihara: Technique & Conditioning
    - Tribal Fusions: Exotic Art of Tribal Bellydance
    - ExpertVillage vids
    - YouTube clips

    I got a bunch of DVD's off NetFlix and most of them so far have been in the Tribal Fusion realm. I am still waiting for a few others that are for Egyptian style. Waiting... waiting...

    have you gone straight to Tribal Fusion?
    I really think a good basic Egyptian or Turkish instructional DVD will be a useful basis to retain an element of belly dance . Better still a class...none nearby?
    Then have a look at FCBD or Gypsy Caravan.
    If you look at some of the discussion you'll see that Tribal dancing is not always considered part of the belly dance family.
    And I have to say pole dancing is not always a popular combination for belly dancers.
    I was actually employed by a pole dancing studio to give belly dance lessons to the students but I made it clear I didn't like the idea of any kind of fusion and that I was only there to help them get a more fluid approach to their dance. I was also impressed by the teacher who considers the activity as an athletic one with no connotaions.
    I hope this goes someway to explain the
    Welcome to this belly dance forum. I have found it an invaluable support to learning more about the dance and discussing issues.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. I would suggest you try to attend some bellydance classes. You may find that you become so addicted you give the pole dancing away

    ~Mosaic
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    Thanks for the input.

    I know that Tribal isn't considered bellydance but a fusion of bellydance and other modern dances. It just seems like the only place I can get info and help with it is here. I haven't found a strictly Tribal forum out there but if there is one then that might be a better choice or fit for me.

    I would say yes I am totally into the Tribal vibe and feeling. I feel more of a connection to that branch than let's say Turkish or Caberet style. I think it goes back to some of the things that other people posted here... about being authentic or not being from of/from that culture. Plus Tribal is something I can see myself practicing and doing. I prefer the electronic music and the costuming and the message I get/feel when I watch or dance Tribal.

    I would love to take a bellydance class or for those darn NetFlix vids to get to me. I know that getting in some basics of bellydance would greatly help me. I moved to Germany a year ago so even if there was a class near me I wouldn't know how to find it or if I'd be lucky enough to get a teacher that spoke some English. Even broken English is fine because it is the major points or concepts I want to know and understand. I'm in the Mannheim area so any thoughts on schools or teachers?

    So I say that I mix my pole dance with some bellydance "moves" not bellydance itself. Sorry if that offends some of you guys but please don't mix pole dance with strippers or sex clubs. If that is something someone wants to do that is their thing but it doesn't meant all pole dancers do that. Uhhh.... that is as bad as someone saying that if you bellydance you work at a brothel or like having money shoved down your belt while you shimmy. Pole dance is here to stay baby... it is all about empowerment and it is the best workout ever... besides bellydance.

    I think that is what I like about both dance forms... I feel pretty and powerful and yeah, sexy too. Both dances require a lot of practice and mental sharpness. It is not like a simple waltz or foxtrot. I know they can be hard too but people pick that up a bit easier than inverting on the pole or being able to really control the abs and hips and glutes.

    Be well!

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