My sister inquired on her blog as to whether or not i was still belly-dancing. It's been ages since I posted about it but I am definitely still going to class.
I have been going now for a year and a half! After the excitement of doing the show in November and December I took a step back. (Encouraged by Husband) As many of you know I suffer from doing way too much most of the time so I realized that for now, I need to keep belly dancing as a once-a-week activity. So no shows for a while! The dance we are currently learning in class is very complicated and the girls who end up doing it are likely to have a lot of performance and rehearsal commitments that would be difficult for me to fulfill. But I can't deny that i get a little jealous when i hear other students discussing performance opportunities in class. Whatever. It's my choice! :)
An unexpected benefit is that I am starting to make some friends in class and have gone out for drinks a few times after class. This is nice because I haven't really made any new friends in a long time. (After all, I barely have enough time to see the friends I already have!) But I really think it is good to get out of my comfort zone and meet new and interesting people. There is a pretty diverse group of ethnicities and ages although all of us obviously share artistic leanings. It is particularly interesting to spend time with girls that are quite a bit younger than me. Such different priorities! It is easy to remember what I was like then although it feels like a century ago.