Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Dancin' With Myself (Thursday Thirteen #9)

My mom always says that we all can’t be good at everything. This is fine if it’s something like cooking that I don’t really want to do anyway. Yes, I admit to being culinarily challenged. I am a complete disaster in the kitchen. It’s ok, though. One of my husband requirements was having an ability to cook so our children could grow up eating something other than spaghettios.

Being not good at something is terrible, though, when it’s something that you really want to do. I want to be a belly dancer. I don’t know why, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Maybe I shouldn’t have waited until I was 40 to undertake this endeavor, but I always say, better late than never.

My first eight weeks of belly dancing so far have been very trying. We’ve been learning basic steps and moves (which I can do) and then combining those steps with veils (which seems to be my downfall). I was hoping to improve by the end of this first session so I could move on to Level 2, but I received the disappointing news that there won’t be any finger cymbals for me in the immediate future. I have to master the veil before I can move on.

“If you can’t work with the veil, how are you going to dance with a sword?” my teacher asked. Good question! I can’t even chop celery without cutting myself! How AM I going to dance with a sword?

Today is Thursday Thirteen...and here’s mine....


1. Static Guard. The veil must be drawn to my magnetic personality. Like weirdos, it finds me and just clings on.

2. Abdominal muscles.

3. Motrin. A big bottle.

4. A bigger chest. (I think this made my last TT list, too!)

5. A better looking shoulder shimmy. Which I don’t think is possible until I have #4.

6. Acrylic nails. Red. Definitely red.

7. Hair extensions. The whole thing just looks better with a long, swinging ponytail.

8. A different belly dancer name. My teacher named me Jessenia (yes-SEN-i-a), which means “flower”. She says I need time to bloom. I think I need another name. This one just isn’t working for me.

9. An elaborate purple costume. Just ‘cause I really want one.

10. A belly button ring. My teacher says belly dancers shouldn’t have tattoos or a belly ring. Since I don’t plan on seeking out dancing gigs at the Hookah Lounge or anywhere else, I think it adds something to the costume and it might distract from my stretch marks.

11. Some “sultry”. Where does one get some of this sultry stuff? My current not-so-sultry personality lends itself to something more like tap dancing. (Which, by the way, I am excellent at.) It’s cute, bouncy and doesn’t require you to dance with sharp objects.

12. A place to practice. There is nowhere in my house where I can swing my veils around without bumping into furniture, a kid or a dog. I’m sure that Mata Hari didn’t have to learn under these circumstances.

13. An audience that doesn’t giggle. Belly dancing moms are just not THAT funny.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


Rashenbo said...

My mother took belly dancing classes and she made my girls some cute little belly dancing outfits :)

If I was... well, more fit... and not quite so lumpy in places I might be interested in belly dancing myself! :)

Happy Thursday!

armywife said...

you are so brave! i've always wanted to take that sort of class but never gotten up the guts.

happy TT

Raggedy said...

I think it is wonderful that you are taking belly dancing. That is so cool.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Caylynn said...

That is so cool that you are taking belly dancing lessons! :) Good luck with it! I can't move fluidly enough to even try! I can teach a great step aerobics or high low class, but they are very athletic in style and not very dancey.

Have fun! Happy T13. :)

gabriella hewitt said...

I am so laughing at your description. I love your attitude. And I think a belly ring would be cool and you should go for it. How many moms have belly rings? Dh would probably kill me unless he developed a fetish for it then who knows?

Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Happy TT Day. My #9 is up.

BeckyD said...

Kudos to you for taking belly dancing classes. WOW.

Thanks for stopping by my TT too.

busy91 said...

Why Motrin, for muscle pains? I always thought BD was cool, I don't have the body for this anymore, but it is fun to watch. Happy TT!

Fence said...

I've sometimes thought about belly-dancing. But I think about a lot of things :)

Fair play for trying something new.

happy T13

Ash said...

Freakin Excellant list! I want to belly dance too!

(For the record though, all the belly dances I've seen usually have a bit of flabby middle area, I think it has something to do with the way middle eastern woman are raised.)

Thank you for your comment.

PJ said...

I used to go to bellydance classes, but I never danced with veils, or swords. Don't worry, you'll get there.

YummY! said...

If you find out where to get some of that sultry, will you pass the info on to me? -grin-

Lady Penguin said...

You are living one of my dreams. I would love to belly dance...but unfortunately, I have a belly that dances itself...Eh what can I say...

Best of luck!

Jessica Morris said...

Your list cracked me up... I startled my poor baby! I absolutely loved the list... I have the little "belly dancer in a box" thing - a little kit that is suppose to teach you belly dancing... it came with the cymbals!! But of course I don't know how to do anything with the cymbals!!

My TT is up, my hubby had the day off so we just hung out and went car shopping! We're 'dreaming on it' and will probably go back to the lot in the morning for the car we liked! If we do I will be blogging about it =)

amy said...

I will never be able to do that so I shall live vicariously thru you. what a nice post

Lady G~ said...

BRAVISIMO! Love your list! I took hula lessons when I was younger. My Knight loves it when I dance for him. ;o) My children are like, "Mom! Go shake it somewhere else!" LOL!

I've always wanted to take belly dancing lessons. I don't think I'd go for the belly ring, but I do like the idea of belly gem. That would really ROCK! (pun intended)

I own a couple of "slave bracelets" but I hate the name. So we call them "love bracelets". It's the bracelet that is attached to a ring with a chain. They really are beautiful. My daughters makes them. She also does those toe ring anklets. I love all of mine.

Jessenia is a very exotic name. I wen to
and looked up some of the names. I found Bibiana. It means lady. You might find a name you like. Check it out. :o)

Keep posting about your lessons. I look forward to reading them.

MissMeliss said...

You bellydance? How very cool!!!

you da mom! said...

i thought about learning how to belly dance. i've got the chest and definitely got the belly. but then i thought pole dancing would be much funner for me. and for my husband! ah, another thing to add to the list of things to do...

gabriella hewitt said...

Belly dancing mom. I like it:)

Amy Jo said...

I have wanted to learn to belly dance for years!

aisling said...

I keep finding your blog doing searches to read more about bellydancing ;) I'll have to just bookmark it. I have done 2 classes so far, I am hooked even though it's hard for me to do some of the isolation stuff. I don't plan on performing anyway, not for anyone other than my husband ;)