Name: Shannon or “Shan”
Profession: CNA and student nurse (hopefully RN soon!)
Hobbies: This is the stuff I do when I’m not in class, studying, in clinical’s, or working, right? Uh… generally sleep. When I can. Hopefully I get to do that again soon. Other than that, I’m trying to learn how to hula hoop — it’s… going. And I try to play with a heavy camera sometimes…
How long have you been studying bellydance: I started in May(ish) last year, and took a (2-3 session long?) hiatus while adjusting to school, but I am happily back in the mix!
When did you first see bellydance? What were your first impressions?
I really felt like I needed to do something different; I required change. So, on a whim, I sought something that was fairly opposite of what I typically did. Being a rather introverted individual, without a ton of free time to deal with life stressors, I wanted to do something to really shake up my day-to-day; something that would encourage new/different friends, that I could fit in between my “work, eat, and sleep-until I go back to work” cycle, that would push me positively.
What was your first class like?
In what ways do you think you have changed or benefited as a result of taking bellydance classes?
I’m still really introverted, but it’s expanded my social circle. The environment is so body positive and so endorsing of positive relations between women dancers — it’s a little bit of a shock from what I’ve seen previously.
What is your favorite move or concept you have learned so far and why?
Egyptian! If for nothing else, than I like how my cupcake skirt looks when I do it. Giant, puffy, colorful skirts ftw!
Any advice for other students who are just starting out?
Have fun, be silly, smile and make friends; this is too wonderful a group to be guarded. If you find yourself an enamored with this as I have, and with a conflict in schedule, find a way to make it work. If for no other reason than your arms will hurt when you eventually return.
Any other thoughts to share?
You want to lose weight? This is a great way to gain strength in muscle groups, and lose weight. It’s a supportive atmosphere for health and fitness… unlike that girl on the elliptical next to you at 24/7 who you are SURE is eyeballing you, but she won’t say it even though when your speed picks up, hers totally does to…. what was I saying? Oh, right. It’s not like that here.
Oh Shannon, we know what you mean!: gotta keep those arms up!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!