Well I had my belly dance recital yesterday. It was 2 hours and 15 minutes of sheer, exhilarating fun!
I danced in 11 numbers (whew!) and had a shimmery sheen of sweat by the end, though that was mostly from jogging up and down the stairs between every number to go change into the next costume or get the next props!
I was happy to get to dance with my sword, with zills, with veil, cane, tambourine… in 4 different costumes! I even drummed for one number while the teacher danced her solo.
There was quite a nice showing of audience members and our little fundraiser seemed to do pretty well. While I do feel that the show was a bit long (not only for us but for the folks hanging out watching on hard church pews!); overall it was a beautiful showcase of the skills and joy of dancing to be had by woman of a good diversity of (at least) size, shape and age.
So the happy Monday moment I bring you today is pictures of my latest show. New costumes, new dances (though videos for that aren’t up yet) and so much “joie de vivre”; something remarked upon by all my friends who came to watch! Happy Fat Monday Shimmies!
So that’s my little presentation of Fat Dancing Fun. Many costumes that I loved getting to wear and 2 hours of good times had by all (except maybe the few kids who were likely climbing the wall having to sit still that long! Maybe next time we can invite any kids up on stage with us for a number!!)
May this small photo post be a fervent reminder that your thoughts on your own body should not inhibit you from doing those activities you feel are only allowable at a particular size or shape. Glory in the body you have today; not the one you’d wish to have tomorrow!! Shimmy, shake what your mama gave you and smile the whole time for the miracle such movement is!