Belly Dancing for the Public

Belly dancing for the public

I was inspired by Princess Farhana’s post about children as audience members. She was totally right about how children are the best audience members. They don’t have the strictest ideas about beauty and they appreciate being entertained. Their joy is …

About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.


New Year's Resolutions by Melissa

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year! Resolutions! Changes! Clichés! Seriously though, it’s the perfect time to initiate some changes. No, I’m not resolving to lose weight. I have been going to the gym since October so that’s not my goal. Last year …

About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.


Life meets belly dance

Life meets belly dance

Originally, this was meant to be related to the 90 Day Dance challenge. When Andalee first mentioned it, I was all over it. In fact, I started early! I was just about to start teaching my first real classes through …

About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.


How to custom fit a hip scarf

How to custom fit a hip scarf

What you’ll need: 2  matching velvet hipscarves Matching thread Needle Pins Scissors Time it’ll take you: ~ 20 minutes At one point, it was easier to find hipscarves in larger sizes than it was to find them smaller sizes. Now, …

About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.