Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Vacation

The Belle's will be taking the next two weeks off.  

No class on December 24th or December 31st.  

We will be back with bright shiny bells on 
and ready to dance it up on January 7th!

Happy Holidays to Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Divas Anonymous

D.A. (Divas Anonymous)
10 Steps to overcome the addiction of imaginary entitlement, 
also known as "I.B.T.Y.S."( I'm Better Than You Syndrome) 
and D.D./ Double D's (Delusional Deservedness)

Have Hope!

"Divaism" can be managed through a careful step-by-step personal inventory. Be brave, take courage, and read on, in this, your dance journey. You are in good company, with those fellow steppers, who understand and battle this sly disorder, along with you. 

10 Steps:

1. I admit that I am powerless over my diva. I am naturally self- absorbed and without thought defend my right to put myself first, believing that I am better than you.

2. I believe that there is a group that can help me to selflessly 'pay it forward', called The Loveland Belly Belles, a unique dance group in our area.

3. I have attended a Wednesday night class of Loveland Belly Belles dance, regardless of my imagined abilities, just for the sake of sharing others' joy to 'shake it forward', donating my time and resources to bring help and celebration to other women and children.

4. I have spent time in conversation with other dancers in class to let them know how much I appreciate them and that they are 'more than' not 'less than' in my eyes. It is easy for me to genuinely complement others for their smiling enjoyment, while they dance.

5.  Admitting that I am 'not all that' relieves me of the stranglehold of perfectionism. I can laugh at myself as I misstep or don't measure up to my unrealistic past expectations.  Those around me make me genuinely happy to be with them as I dance. 

6.  I accept that I will not be on America's Got Talent type shows exhibiting my superior dance moves. I will not quit my day job.  I have many other interests. The phrase'dance is my life' makes me giggle.

7. I feel free to be myself and  have fun as I stop thinking that I will be 'the best dancer in Northern Colorado', desired by all audiences.

8. I have a list of Belles friends I see outside of class and I invite others to join our class promoting freedom from 'divaism' as we shake it forward together, focusing on creating a supportive community of women locally and globally.

9. My focus is giving to others inside and outside of class. Comparing myself with myself, not comparing myself with others, I dance for my own entertainment and the betterment of my community. I am part of the solution, not the problem. Dancing is just a tool to accomplish my goal.

10. Desiring to promote a positive atmosphere, I support my fellow dancers and support The Loveland Belly Belles as we fund-raise and fun-raise. Ongoingly, I will take a personal inventory, admitting that my divaism will demand it's own selfish way from time to time as I "get stars in my eyes".

I am trusting that my understanding, supportive fellow Belles 'have my back' and will be patient and kind with me as we battle this insidious disorder together, with a wink and a smile. 

J;-D 4theBelle

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Class Canceled - November 12, 2014

Due to the weather we have decided to cancel class for tonight.  Everyone stay warm and safe!  We will see you all next week!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Shimmy Mob Time!!

Hello all!  Well...we have been practicing for a couple months and fundraising our little hearts out for ChildSafe Colorado and the day is almost here!  Come out and support some of the lovely Belles as we join with other belly dancers in the Northern Colorado area for Shimmy Mob 2014!! 

We will be performing at 1:00pm in Old Town Square in Ft. Collins on Saturday, May 10th.  Look for Ben & Jerry's and you should find us - not eating ice cream but dancing right near there.  We will also be collecting donations for ChildSafe Colorado just in case you haven't had a chance to contribute to this amazing charity.  

Here are some links to more information:

Hope to see you all there!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

What Should I Wear?

What should I wear to a belly dancing class is a question we get all the time.  The Loveland Belly Belles have a gorgeous chiffon costume we wear for performances but for our practices all you need to wear is something you can move in and that makes you feel beautiful.  Here is a sampling from a recent class of what our ladies were wearing:

As you can see we have a wide range of clothes.  Some wear traditional belly dance costumes, some wear long flowing skirts, and others wear yoga type clothes.  When it comes to shoes it is best not to wear athletic type shoes that have a really grippy sole.  We do some twisting moves from time to time and those types of shoes won't always allow you to move that way.  Some of the girls wear zumba type dance shoes, others wear leather bottom ballet type slippers, others wear sandals, and still others go barefoot.

We also recommend you wear some sort of flower in your hair so you can get used to working with a veil without yanking things out of your hair.  Besides wearing flowers in your hair make you feel exotic and beautiful and who doesn't need that sort of encouragement in their life?!?  When you are planning to dance a performance it's a good idea to wear all the accessories you plan to wear for the performance to a couple of practices.  The last thing you want to have happen during a performance is get caught up in a piece of jewelry you didn't realize would interfere with your chiffons or find out that your hair adornment is not something you can navigate your veil around.

So, in summary just come to practice in what you like and what you feel good in...oh, and don't worry about coin belts and veils - we have some for you to borrow.  Although once you get  bitten by the belly dance bug you might find you have more dance clothes than regular clothes!