MIL and I have talked about taking a community education bellydancing class for around 10 years now. Since the advent of Team Alzen’s move is coming fast upon us, we decided we better finally get around to this goal. It’s a short 8-week course at a local dance studio, and the first installment was last night. About 15 women crammed into this little dance studio for an hour and fifteen minutes of fun. The class is taught by this woman who’s been a bellydancer for over 20 years. On night one, we learned two dances…not to performance level or anything…but I felt like if I practiced, I’d have two dances I’d be able to do. How fun! When we first got there, I was a little unsure. There were a couple women in the room (the teacher and her assistant), who I’m pretty sure could have close to doubled my age. However, as everyone showed up, I ended up being one of the “older” people in the class. Aside from these two women, my MIL, and another mother, everyone in the class appeared to be about college aged.
Having taken a couple of group dance classes before, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see anything from the back. When we started and people started huddling toward the back of the room because they were shy, I slided my way on up to the very front, so I could see up close. We danced to Shakira, “The Adams Family” theme song in honor of Halloween, and some ethnic music. So fun! Our instructor taught us A LOT on the first night. Her goal is to give us lots of moves so that we could put them together and make up our own dances if we wanted. So fun! She also showed us the end goal of the class. We’re going to learn how to dance with veils and finger cymbals. How fun is that?! The one thing I wish I’d done as a kid was take dance classes, so the few times I’ve been able to take them as an adult have been a great joy. I run a VERY busy schedule, but so far, this was definitely worth the time.