Belly dancing with chronic pain: A personal story

Belly dancing with chronic pain: A personal story

This column holds no advice, no suggestions, no tips, no tricks. This is just my own experience as a long-time amateur belly dancer who unfortunately had to take a break, and how I’ve been dealing with it. Or, sometimes, failing …

About Tracy

Tracy is not a professional dancer, but an enthusiastic amateur and devoted promoter of dance. In 2003 she tried belly dance, partly as a way to better understand Middle Eastern cultures, but partly out of a yearning to move. Tracy studies with Mona N’wal and whatever workshop teachers wander through her area as well as performing occasionally at student dance nights. She sees herself dancing until she can’t move much anymore, and even then she’ll be zaghareeting from the front row.


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The hafla how-to

Is there just “no place to dance” in your dance community? Maybe there are three or four shows a year with themes you don’t like, or styles you don’t dance, or a queue of 50 dancers for 14 show spots? …

About Tracy

Tracy is not a professional dancer, but an enthusiastic amateur and devoted promoter of dance. In 2003 she tried belly dance, partly as a way to better understand Middle Eastern cultures, but partly out of a yearning to move. Tracy studies with Mona N’wal and whatever workshop teachers wander through her area as well as performing occasionally at student dance nights. She sees herself dancing until she can’t move much anymore, and even then she’ll be zaghareeting from the front row.


How to pick your first costume

Choosing your first costume: You are the boss of your fringe

You are going to pick out a belly dance costume! That’s great! The decision on what to wear is yours. You’re the boss of your own fringe, no matter your size or age. But…how to choose? If you are going …

About Tracy

Tracy is not a professional dancer, but an enthusiastic amateur and devoted promoter of dance. In 2003 she tried belly dance, partly as a way to better understand Middle Eastern cultures, but partly out of a yearning to move. Tracy studies with Mona N’wal and whatever workshop teachers wander through her area as well as performing occasionally at student dance nights. She sees herself dancing until she can’t move much anymore, and even then she’ll be zaghareeting from the front row.


International “No Insanity Day”

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” Do you know who said that first? Some people think it was Benjamin Franklin. I’ve had a few brushes with insanity over the years. First time through I lost about …

About Tracy

Tracy is not a professional dancer, but an enthusiastic amateur and devoted promoter of dance. In 2003 she tried belly dance, partly as a way to better understand Middle Eastern cultures, but partly out of a yearning to move. Tracy studies with Mona N’wal and whatever workshop teachers wander through her area as well as performing occasionally at student dance nights. She sees herself dancing until she can’t move much anymore, and even then she’ll be zaghareeting from the front row.


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Being classy: A FAQ about your first belly dance class

Have you stumbled across this site because you’re thinking of taking a belly dance class? Maybe you have some questions. What should I wear? Everybody asks this question! If you don’t get a chance to talk to your teacher or …

About Tracy

Tracy is not a professional dancer, but an enthusiastic amateur and devoted promoter of dance. In 2003 she tried belly dance, partly as a way to better understand Middle Eastern cultures, but partly out of a yearning to move. Tracy studies with Mona N’wal and whatever workshop teachers wander through her area as well as performing occasionally at student dance nights. She sees herself dancing until she can’t move much anymore, and even then she’ll be zaghareeting from the front row.