When you hear the words, Tribal Belly Dance, the first thing that comes to most minds is sexy costumes and half naked women dancing around for men.  Well that’s not us at all.  We try to focus our attention more on the positive woman’s image rather then on sex appeal.  We don’t dance half naked as most people think.  The only part of our body that may show at times is the midriff area and we DO NOT dance for men, we dance for ourselves.  This experience is to enlighten the woman’s soul and become more spiritually centered  and empowered within herself.  We dance to forget the day and the problems we may have faced that have stressed us beyond max.  It’s a release of frustration and a centering of self with a nice little work out I may add , all combined into one.  Being a part of this tribe has completely help me on my spiritual path and finally after a long time of searching I can say, I am officially whole, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.   That’s just a little about my experience and opinion.  Join us for your own, we welcome you.

 

January brought with it 2010-a time of New Year resolutions and desires to change.  February brings a time for introspection and preparation for change and March brings with it new beginnings.  The fundamental being of new beginnings is the warmth of spirit.  New beginnings are the rising of the new dawn within you-renewal of self. With how amazing this process can be, it can also be challenging when we experience the hurt from our past. We become fragmented and experience imbalance and disconnect from our mind, body and spirit.

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Getting grounded, connected and finding balance can often be difficult and we have our demanding schedules to blame.   One way to capture that moment of oneness is by attending a Tribal Belly Dance class. There are few writings and accounts on Tribal Belly Dance.  In its most basic form, it is noted usually as American Tribal Belly Dance.  Unfortunately, there are neither pictures nor writings documenting the form because the form was from mostly nomadic tribes with is roots in Gypsy, Turkish, African and Mediterranean descents.  Anecdotal accounts place Jamila Salimpour as the mother of Tribal Belly Dance in America with the creation of her dance troupe, Bal-Anat.  Tribal Belly Dance focuses on group dance with traditional clothing to celebrate the divine feminine.  The group of women uses a series of yelps and hand gestures to communicate the next move of the dance.  The focus of Tribal form is how each individual’s energy brings essence to the group providing women not only an opportunity to connect to self but also a group.

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