Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist
Hobbies: tribal bellydance addict, singer, musical theater aficionado, amateur foodie, coffee fiend, snowboarder, shoe-hunter, and rabid roller derby fan
How long have you been studying bellydance: First class and first attempted shimmy: January 2010
When did you first see bellydance? What were your first impressions?
outrageously bespangled bedlah sets. As much as I enjoy ridiculous amounts of sparkle (and I do), my previous notions of bellydance were,
while impressive, not for me. Then a friend encouraged me to study ATS. That first YouTube video of Nomaditude completely changed my mind
about bellydance, as well as my thoughts about my potential to participate. It was interesting and beautiful and extraordinary and also approachable!
In what ways do you think you have changed or benefited as a result of taking bellydance classes?
bellydance community has been wonderfully supportive and encouraging to this baby dancer. Also, I have always participated in performing arts of one kind or another, and bellydance has given me a place to focus my artistic energy, at a time when I was very much lacking other avenues of expression.
What is your favorite move or concept you have learned so far and why?
I absolutely love the foundational concept of having a common dance language that allows for the creation of exquisite improvisation. There is such a magic that is created in the dance circle when the communication of unique dancers takes on a life of its own.
Yes, your body doesn’t always know what you want of it. Yes, you have a gimpy (enter limb here). Yes, that elusive shimmy . . . need I say more. Yes, there are divots in my carpet from the flying finger cymbals of frustration. BUT, Shay was right, it really does get better, and more fun, and more interesting, and more inspiring!! Enjoy the ride!!
And, if you are like me and you LOVE you some information . . . use your resources! Shay is a veritable wealth of information on this dance form regarding matters big and small; dancers new and experienced are often willing and eager to share their knowledge and experiences, too; and thank you Google and YouTube – there information everywhere if you are willing to look!
Thanks, Jenna, for sharing your thoughts and experiences!
If you have been a student of mine in the past (or in a workshop, even) and would like to be included in the student spotlight, please e-mail me for more information. Sharing our stories is a great way to inspire one another and deepen our connection as a community!
*a running gag between Jenna and I about how when I was learning her name in class, there were two other students with the names Brenna and Glenna. I joked that in learning her name, I would just call her all three until I figured out which one she would answer to. 🙂