Taking a break from belly dance

written by Andalee on June 30, 2016 in General with one Comment
My last performance in March at a Belly Dancers for Bernie Sanders event.

My last performance in March at a Belly Dancers for Bernie Sanders event.

I think most of you know that I have moved to the south of France. I have been here for a little over 2 months and I absolutely love it here! It has not been without its challenges, especially the language, but so far so good!

As a way to meet new people and to be a part of a community, I have participated in some belly dance events here. In fact, a belly dancer that I met online last year is the one who helped us get our first apartment when we moved here! I went to the big Oriental Marathon Festival in May and a belly dance show earlier this month. I had a great time at both events, especially the Oriental Marathon Festival, my first big belly dance festival.

I also continue to keep my eyes out for upcoming events. I feel that I just need to keep putting myself out there, mostly in an effort to make new friends. My belly dance friends are some of my favorite people, so maybe this will be a good option for me (it will be easier once my French improves!).

However, during this major life change, I have lost my motivation to dance. The first apartment that we rented even had a mini dance studio in it and I found myself dancing there exactly three times in a month and a half and I haven’t performed since early March. I’ve mainly been getting movement in through walking, walking and more walking. I don’t have a car anymore, so I walk (or take the tram) to get to where I need to go.

So, I’ve decided to stop belly dancing for now. I am not sure how long this break will last or what it will lead to. (I’m sure my husband wishes I had made this decision before the move–as we shipped over all of my costumes!). For now, I’m definitely taking the summer off. If I want to dance again, maybe I’ll get up and dance. I don’t know.

I am keeping an eye out for belly dance classes come this fall though. In this part of France, belly dance classes all shut down during July and August (vacation season) and start up again in September. I’ve got my eye on some teachers that I may be interested in and I hope my French will improve enough by then to get involved with some classes. But I’m not sure if I will actually start up again in September. I have the rest of the summer to decide if this is a short break or a long break. Will distance make the heart grow fonder or will distance make me forget the dance?

What about you? I’d love to hear from you about your breaks from belly dance. How did they go? Did you eventually come back to it? What surprised you the most?

Things might be a little quiet here during my break, but I’ve got some other projects that I am working on, one of which I hope to be able to announce soon. For now, you can read about my new life as an expat in France at SouthtoSud.com.


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.