Dancing Together: Belly dance & Friendship
Date posted: September 22, 2014
My students have come to me for a variety of reasons. They found my classes in the midst of messy divorces and heart wrenching break-ups. Sometimes they were just bored and wanted a new hobby and at other times, they needed to do something just for themselves. Since I began teaching in 2007 in Scarborough, I have met so many amazing women who have shared the dancing space of the many studios we danced in together…in these spaces, we learned together, played with music and rhythms and movement, and discussed our lives, forging friendships far beyond the walls of the studio.
While personal change and sometimes crisis have brought students to my classes, there are also students who have seen me through my own personal changes throughout the years. We have talked (and sometimes cried) through break-ups, shared secrets, and looked to each other for community. We’ve attended and danced at each other’s bridal and baby showers, we’ve had bellydance babies, new relationships, lost relationships, moments of overwhelming happiness and moments when we showed up even when we could barely put one foot in front of the other. There is such beauty in dancing together through all of this and it has been one of the aspects of this dance form that I am most grateful for.