Weddings, shamadans, zills, oh my!

I realized today that I never shared a few wedding snippets from this summer’s performances and felt like I should fix that oversight promptly!

 

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Let’s dance!

With the weather changing for the better, a little more sun shining down, I do believe it is time to start shimmying! We have so much fun in bellydance class, and besides the physical benefits…cardio, strength training and an increase in flexibility, the mental and emotional benefits abound. Dancing also helps to keep the mind active, like a complex puzzle that needs to be solved.

Will you join us? We dance together on Mondays at 7pm (intermediate) and 8pm (beginners and mixed levels) and again on Saturdays at 10am and 11am.More info HERE!

 

NYE 2017

2017 came to a close with Jemeena and I performing at a retro Bollywood party. What a wonderful audience and definitely an event I was lucky to be a part of. What an incredible way to bring in the New Year, dancing my heart out, with my beloved Isabella, and my dear friends, Jeannine and Jemeena.

Now let’s go get 2018!

2017 Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival

We had an incredible year at the festival…a turning point…a new year. This was our fresh start, and I have never felt happier. Thanks to everyone who attended and dancer their hearts out! My heart is full for knowing you!

Photos by DMZ Photography.

Dancing again…

I am the luckiest bellydancing mama…at least I feel that way most of the time! It has been a struggle to regain the confidence I lost post-delivery in my body’s capabilities and image even though I went back to teaching within 6 weeks. I feel as though today, I can finally say I am back and I am ready! I also have a wee little dance partner to share in the fun! I love my IMP!

I hope all the other amazing bellydancing new mamas out there can share in the joy. Hang in there! It will get easier! If you are in town, come on over and dance with me at our new studio, Art in Motion Pittsburgh.

A weekend in the studio!

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Future dancer, my Isabella 🙂

This past weekend was exciting at Art in Motion Pittsburgh! Our Saturday classes are fun, refreshing and actually invigorating…even if you have to wake up early on a Saturday morning. I teach an incredible group of ladies who I love dearly. My Isabella, about to turn 1, is at our classes and with her serious critical face on, we call her our artistic director.

Sunday was filled with an incredible photoshoot with our bellydancers and samba team! Isabella joined us as well and managed to stay awake and smiling and laughing for all 3 hours. I have to send out so much gratitude and love to my studio partner, Luciana, who continues to be an incredible inspiration to me! Thank you Lucy for always helping me and being such a great friend!  I also want to thank Natalia for working so hard with all of our students to take our photos!

I guess I also want to send out a warm wish to the universe and thank it for my life so far. It has not been an easy journey…but it has been rich, rewarding and full of life and love. Dance has instilled so much confidence in me that has carrie dover to my professional life. I hope that everyone can experience the joy and energy that dance can instill into someone, regardless of their age.