Alanya Bellydance

Every Body Has the Right to Dance


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Love Your Body

Posted by Abbie on August 19, 2020 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (15)

I’ve been saddened by the number of women who aren’t happy in their bodies; have never felt they were perfect or even good enough, and have been their own worst critics when it comes to shape, size, appearance, etc. I hope these thoughts may inspire a different approach and a more positive response to this curious amalgamation of skin, bone, muscle and tissue that we call our bodies!

At 14 years old I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – a lateral curv...

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A Matter of Taste

Posted by Abbie on March 28, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (9)

Once again I find myself reflecting on discussions posted online in the Bellydance community which cause much disagreement and some hostility. The internet enables freedom of expression, which also means people are free to comment on how others express themselves, so any Bellydancer who puts herself out there is subject to everyone else's opinion.  As not all of this commentary is positive, this has led to a backlash which exhorts women to accept other women without question or comment (...

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Cultural Appropriation & Belly Dance

Posted by Abbie on November 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

 Cultural Appropriation & Belly Dance

Do I even want to go here? Any Western Belly Dancer with any sort of social media account won’t have avoided the recent cyberstorms created around the concept of cultural appropriation. The idea that it’s not OK for white Westerners to belly dance, as doing so is an insult to those who hail from the Middle East where it originated, and that their attempts, however successful, are an extension of co...

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