Something new

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Something new
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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 2:31am

If you were to try or do something new, or take up something that you haven't done in a long time, what would you try or take up?

What's stopping you?

Are you going to give it a go starting from now?















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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 4:42pm
I'd go back to belly dancing. There simply isn't the room or the privacy for me to do that here while we're still living in my mother's house. Hopefully when we get our own place I can go back to it. There are some new things that I want to do with belly dancing that I haven't been able to do.
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Sat, 04-10-2010 - 12:39am

Hello Poppy! My new thing right now is : Making activity/excercise enjoyable!I lost 60 pounds last year. I am

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 8:24am
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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:29pm

What kind of belly dancing do you do?

I really want to go back to it, but now they've moved again and it's even further from my place. And they are really emphasizing on building up a troupe and performing, which is perfectly fine but which I don't want to do at this point in my life.

Any news on school transfers and the move?















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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:57pm

I've been in that situation for the past few years. Right now I really don't have the time for it and I can't afford a piano (yet). Like you, I used to practice for at least an hour a day, but I was also aiming to enter the conservatory until I decided that I wanted to do something else.

Right now I would play for my own pleasure. Lessons would be to help me play better but let's face it, I would not be practising in preparation for a concert or anything like that. So that kind of eases the pressure to allot one hour a day, and even weekly lessons, and suddenly this whole idea because more feasible, which means that I really should save up for a piano asap LOL!

Now what are your reasons to play again?















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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 7:02pm

Hey HotCarmel,

If you are looking for enjoyable activities that burn the calories and you love dancing, look at belly dancing as well as Zumba (check out the Zumba website - if there aren't any classes in your area or if you prefer to do it on your own you can buy the Zumba dvd).

Do you use weights when you are walking? Do you know that there's going to be a walking community challenge this May? Let me find the links... I';; post it on the main folder! I'm joining, we can do it together it you are interested!















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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 8:32pm
I do tribal style, though when I go back to it I want to start gothic style as well. I would not want to perform for others at this point either. I prefer to just dance for myself.

DH has about three weeks more of classes and then he's going to apply to the college. The thing is that on the application they don't look at the current semester he's in, since technically he has not passed the classes he's taking right now, so the hours aren't completed. And until he's done so, he doesn't have all the hours he needs as a transfer student. So until he does get those needed hours, he'd count as an incoming freshman and he'd have to jump through a lot more hoops. For one thing, he'd need to take the SAT (which he'd have no problem with) and he'd need transfers from his high school, but being an Air Force brat he went to three separate high schools. So it's just easier to wait until he's through with this semester and has his grades in and send in everything he needs from the college he's in. As long as they get everything by June 1st, everything's cool.



We think that our best best right now would be to get a mobile home. We can get one that is rent to own and that way it won't matter that we have too many cats for an apartment. I've lived in mobile homes before and don't mind them and it would be our own place. And not all mobile homes are in trailer parks. We have some near my neighborhood here that are situated on private property.
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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 12:14am

What's gothic belly dancing?

Yes, it does sound that waiting until your husband has all his results is the best and most efficient option!

I've seen photos of mobile homes that are very nice. And it would indeed solve your problems about the cats, too. Would you be looking at having a mobile home on your own property? A friend of mine has this.















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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 2:33am

Gothic belly dance is a combination of Middle Eastern dance with the gothic subculture. You can do this in different ways. You can dress in traditional belly dance costumes and dance to goth music. You can dress like a goth and dance to Middle Eastern music. You can combine the aspects in however you want. Gothic belly dance uses different moves than either cabaret or tribal styles. You don't have to dress in black or have goth hairstyles or piercings or tattoos. Gothic belly dance is more dramatic and often tells stories through dance. Here are some websites and some dance videos on it:

http://www.gothicbellydance.com/
http://www.darklydramatic.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S09kDOjpYrk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajDTIf3o41o&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1UwJH8L8HE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIAXtWcfyE0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElU0REs3bKw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFXNZLsEVqw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nl4DtUZSmM

I tried to give you a good variety of the dances with the YouTube videos. Probably the most famous of the dancers are Tempest and Zoe Jakes. I saw Zoe last year when she danced with the Bellydance Superstars. A lot of dancers who don't understand the goth subculture do not like gothic belly dance. They say that it isn't "real" belly dance. Well, neither is cabaret nor tribal style. To see the "real" performances of belly dance as it was original performed you'd have to travel to Egypt and watch the Ghawazee. Belly dance is constantly being reinvented as an art form. It is not static.

No, we don't own any property in Charleston, but that would be nice. If we could get a mobile home that is on property in Charleston that would be really good. To be honest, I'd rather have it on some property rather than have to live in a trailer park.

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 3:46am

I really like a lot! You are right, belly dance is an art form that is constantly evolving, which is why it's still alive and thriving.

I hope that you will find the perfect home for you, your husband and your cats. And one that has enough space where you can dance and make your jewellery, too.















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