Bellydance is a word I use to encompass all forms of dance designed specifically for the feminine form, stylistically generally having as a key component the isolation of certain body parts from other body parts. One could say bellydance relies on optical illusion as well as muscle control, creating shapes and forms that mimic snakes, water, fire and other things.
Bellydancing is basically a collection of the forementioned moves that create a sort of physical vocabulary; this vocabulary is of the same language as that of drums, making the dancer's body become the visual voice of the drum. Certainly, not all dancing is percussive, as not all music is percussive, and there are a whole slew of 'words' in this 'vocabulary' that speak the language of string instruments and melodies.
Relevant Education / Credentials
I started studying bellydance a little more deeply; among others, I've studied with Amaya, Isis, Roxanne, Chellcy, and all of Women of the Well. I've performed at the College of Dupage's International Festival, the Fox Valley Mall, the Woodridge Cultural Festival, various Kimari events, coffeeshoppes, and high schools, just to name a few. I danced with a gypsies in Italy, and got to spend the evening with some expert gypsy flamenco dancers in Andalucia, Spain. Most recently, I danced at Pazzo's in the NBC Tower in Downtown Chicago. Of all my pursuits, bellydance has been with me the longest and is the one I consider to be a part of the base of who I am.
Years Experience: 6