|Jessica spreads her wings|
To celebrate this year, our ward decided to put on a talent show. I'll chronicle the rest later, but today wanted to focus on our beautiful Jessica and her belly dancing.
|Entering the cultural hall in a flurry of shimmering gold|
|Jessica performs her belly dance while the lady missionaries look on|
(There's a sentence you don't often see in print!)
I have to admit I took a belly dancing class in my youth. It was a lot of fun. Sadly, you need knees to be able to belly dance, so my belly dancing days are over. It's your knees popping up and down that actually give you the undulating hips needed for this dance form.
Besides giving you good muscle tone, belly dancing can increase the suppleness of your torso, increase spine strength, improve posture, and do other good things for your health.
In ancient cultures, both men and women belly danced. Actually, they still do.
|Jessica without her wings|
|Poetry in motion|
There are apparently lots of local troupes.
If you'd like to take a belly dancing class for fun and health, do it! It's really a lot of fun. My co-worker Sabrina did precisely that and is now performing with a dance troupe out of Long Beach.
|My friend Sabrina's Long Beach Belly Dance Fusion troupe (she's second from the left)|
Kinda blows the mystique, though, doesn't it?
I think I prefer the really cool, exotic costuming.
Shake it, baby! Shake it!