Instant Mirror Reflections of Belly Dancing Movements

Mirrors are intimating to new students, but the importance of practice feedback from belly dancing movements is critical and many of us will mount mirrors in our living quarters as a necessity to aid practice and rehearsal sessions.

In the beginning we use mirrors which we can find in the bathroom, bedroom, or with luck in the living room. Along with the lack of mirrors is space to move our arms and do traveling floor patterns.

Beginning Mirror Attempts:

1. Small mirrors on the walls do help with facial expressions.

2. Medium-sized mirrors help with smaller shoulder and chest movements.

3. Portable full-length mirrors help with seeing the entire body but little help for arm movements.

One mirror which I found most helpful was the removal of a dresser mirror leaned at an angle against a stable wall. This mirror allowed complete head to toe and arm widths to be seen. Traveling movements were difficult to see.

Types of Mirrors:

Mirror surfaces are available in glass, acrylics, and polyester and priced from free to very expensive. The various applications are useful for both temporary and permanent installation.

Caution: Renters need to check with their landlords for permanent applications and homeowners need to think carefully of the advantages and disadvantages of glue adhesives. Some can destroy walls when mirrors are removed.

Applications:

1. Mounted onto walls

2. Installed in portable frames,

3. Portable construction and moved about on rollers,

4. Foldable varieties

Suppliers Include:

1. Mirror retailers specializing in home gyms, fitness, or dance applications.

2. Retailers selling their display stock when going out of business

3. Home owners selling or giving away large mirrors because they do not know how to dispose of them safely

4. Swap meets, flea markets, garage and yard sales

Home Practice Space:

The second most important item for students is their practice space. And this can be at a premium in a home or an apartment.

1. Moving furniture against a wall to open up floor space is common. Some students will purchase 12 x 12 square mirrors which can be mounted on the wall. These mirrors provide the reflection you need and will also add to the room d├ęcor when not in use.

2. You may consider adding a small dance studio to your house or converting a bedroom, attic, closet, office space, or basement into a studio space

3. Convert a section of the garage as your private dancing arena.

Students who are able to solve mirror and space problems will improve and benefit their practice and rehearsal sessions. Practicing with these corrections will be more pleasurable and beneficial.

Take Belly Dancing Classes

Many women take belly dancing classes for many different reasons. Some of these reasons are personal and some are public. Among those who attend church there is that question of “Is it okay to take belly dancing lessons?” Religious beliefs may or may not interfere with taking lessons.

Religious Beliefs

There are different beliefs or rules with different denominations. Playing cards, social dancing, covering your hair, wearing makeup, dress codes, are a few of these restrictions. If personal and religious beliefs are in conflict with taking dance then do not participate.

If the church you attend sees dancing as a sin, then any dance art will be taboo and you will be led to believe that you are sinning against a superior being. If a church ritual says you must fast for 3 days, water only; then do not eat. It is your personal choice to follow the teachings of your chosen church or not.

There are church goers who participate in square dancing, folk dancing, line dancing, waltz and tango, and many other forms of dance. The same can be said of belly dancing; folkloric and ethnic costume styles cover the body from head to toe.

How We Think

The main theme is how you think. If you think something is evil, then it is. If it is a good thing, then it is good. Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, likewise, evil and good are in the eyes of the beholder. Belly dancing can be thought of in either direction depending on the thinking and presentation of the person who is considering studying this form of art.

History

Originally belly dancing was used as birthing exercises and for the birthing process. During idle times women danced for social reasons in the company of other women. This enjoyment continues in our modern world.

Historically women have danced in spiritual ceremonies and events; no thoughts of evil or offensive behaviors were ever performed for a spiritual being.

Other Motivations

If the dancer decides that she wants to be provocative, wear scanty costuming, and move her body to entice male strangers… this is another story. These women have other motivations which are not accepted by any church and their teachings.

Benefits

1. Belly dancing offers benefits designed for the female body. It offers healthy solutions for mental, physical, and spiritual needs.

2. It is a dance which helps people to experience happiness, good health, and the celebration of life.

3. This dance helps many women to appreciate and accept their female body.

4. They develop a better understanding of their mental and physical attributes, and in turn are respected.

5. Women have many issues working in a man’s world and there are uncomfortable and challenging conflicts which many women struggle against. This dance offers them the opportunity to understand and cope with these difficult issues.