Shake That Thang!

Lady Gamer joins us today with a fun interview about her passion for bellydancing! You won’t want to miss the video of her dancing at the end of the interview. Also rate Lady Gamer’s pictures on Metal Ink and see all the other October Maidens today! It’s a close race, but there’s still a few more days to get your votes in!

Lady Gamer for Metal Ink

MI: How long have you been dancing?

LG: I’ve been bellydancing for 7 years. I started when I was 16, but I’ve always danced. Since before I can remember, I have danced. I started with ballet as most young kids do and kind of worked my way up from there.

MI: What is bellydance, in your own words?

LG: Bellydance is a lot of different things. It was created many years ago and as with any folk dance, its roots are uncertain. There are many opinions though, as well as disputes! I think there’s a little bit of truth in them all, but I prefer to think about what bellydance is today. Today there’s a lot of different styles of bellydance. You’ve got your traditional styles, which is more what people think of when they hear the word “bellydance”, and you’ve got your modern, less traditional styles such as Tribal Fusion and Gothic Bellydance. I perform and teach Tribal Fusion, but I’ve studied many different styles. A teacher should stay open minded to them all.


MI: What is Tribal Fusion bellydance?

LG: Unlike more traditional styles of bellydance, Tribal Fusion gives you the opportunity to fuse many types of dance together. It originated from American Tribal style and grew in popularity at an amazing rate. It incorporates elements of popping & locking, hip-hop, breakdance, Egyptian and cabaret bellydance and often also draws from Flamenco, Kathak, Bhangra, Balinese, and other folkloric dance styles. Tribal Fusion can be dark and earthy or light and bouncy…with me, usually it just depends on my mood.


MI: Why did you choose bellydance, or did it choose you?

LG: I’m going to get a little emotional, but that’s a good question. When I was growing up, I always had a problem with my self-esteem and body image. When I began bellydancing during high school I had no idea about the huge effect it would have on me in the future. Bellydance helped me feel great about my body. Instead of putting you down for your weight like I experienced with ballet, bellydance embraces all body types. This really boosted my confidence. I was such a shy child and now I perform on a daily basis and teach my own classes! I can for sure say that bellydance had a positive impact on me. The skill, concentration, and muscle control it takes to bellydance has given me something great to work towards and seeing your own improvement from month to month is gratifying. You really feel great about your achievements. Another awesome thing about bellydance is that the older you get, the better your skill becomes! Your career could last as long as you want it to because bellydance is so wonderful for your body.

MI: Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! Btw, really loved the video clip–your dancing is so sinuous and beautiful!

Bellydance video

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