How to respond to weight loss compliments

Responding to weight loss “compliments”

I did promise readers that I would never promote dieting advice or weight loss promotion of any kind, and I’ve stayed true to that promise. However, what I want to talk about today does involve weight loss. I’ve recently lost …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


How to make a plus size costume

The making of a plus size belly dance costume

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since starting this website, it’s that belly dancers are really interested in learning more about making belly dance costumes, especially plus size women who have a harder time finding ready-to-wear costumes that fit …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


When the weight is not your fault

I was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It’s an endocrine disorder that primarily affects reproductive hormones, but can also affect other hormones like insulin. It affects about 8-10% of women and has many side effects. For me, my …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


Belly Dance at Any Size 2014 Year in Review

Year in review and looking to 2015

It has been a great year here at Belly Dance at Any Size…Since I quit working full time at the beginning of 2014, I have been able to devote more time to this blog and other belly dance projects. It …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


Kelebek

Q & A with Kelebek

This Belly Dance at Any Size Q & A features Kelebek. Kelebek is a Fantasy Fusion Belly Dance artist based in Southern New Jersey. She combines Hip hop, Classic Cabaret, and Modern Tribal Fusion with elements of fantasy. She’s Belly Dance at …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


Holiday Shopping Guide for Belly Dancers

Holiday shopping guide for belly dancers

The holiday season is here once again and a lot of people are hitting the shops today to get great deals. I like to stay home and either not shop or shop exclusively online during the Black Friday rush. So …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


What’s wrong with cleavage? A belly dancer’s costuming conundrum

A couple of weeks ago my husband made a comment about my cleavage and how it should be more covered up when I belly dance. I asked him why partly because my feelings were hurt and partly because I wanted …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


Weeks 15 through 18 – 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge

This blog post covers days 75-90 ( July 5 – 27) of the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge. For those of you who started the Challenge on April 1, you should have finished on June 30 if you did not …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


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Weeks 10 through 14 – 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge

This blog post covers days 49-74 (June 2 – July 4) of the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge. For those of you who started the Challenge on April 1, you should have finished on June 30 if you did not …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.


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Why swimming is good for belly dancers

This post isn’t directly about belly dancing, but it is about a love of mine that is almost as dear to my heart as dancing, and by doing it, I make myself a better dancer and a healthier person. It’s …

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.