Dorjän, from a native Clevelander, thanks! Wade Circle is the prettiest part of Cleveland and your pictures brought back pleasant memories. I paraded with belly dancers myself last year, in the March for Women’s Lives in DC. The dancers in your pix look quite glamourous, wish I’d been there.
Lissla, I saw a shamadan dance at the Egyptian Embassy last year. They didn’t drop it. I also know a dancer who is a Ghawazee expert and dances with a sword balanced on top of her head. She has been learning for years and is really, really advanced.
I am currently learning some sort of Egyptian belly dance. I would like to try Turkish style, but the teacher I found is doing Egyptian, so go with it, it’s all good. I just took a few lessons last year and then after a long interval went back to it this spring. Somehow I learn quickly. It benefits from my drumming and other musical skills. As Gershwin proclaimed, “I Got Rhythm.” I let the groove permeate my being and I just flow with it. This worked for me when drumming, and it works for dance just as well. The teacher keeps telling the other students to “look at Johanna” for a good example. The skills and grace came naturally to me as soon as I began. I just have so much innate dance-a-tivity that wants to express itself. I had to make up this new word to describe how it feels.
“Just moving with it” — that’s it! At night, under the trees, with the throbbing drums… you know it.