Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'm Dating Myself

Last night I took myself on a lovely date. First, a new dance class that I have been in for only a couple of weeks. I go there and I ask myself, What could be better than a class so frustratingly difficult I could literally cry? Answer: Many things.
American Tribal Style belly dance. So much harder and more frustrating than the Egyptian "Raqs sharqi"style I am used to- and better at doing.

But I persist because I want to get good and the workout is amazing. Since I've gotten more seriously into dancing after a break of a few years, I have become much more aware of my posture and carriage. As a person who has the farthest thing possible from what I think of when I think of a dancer's body, this awareness of posture has been almost revolutionary for me. I began noticing this when I started dancing with a teacher who outweighs me by a lot but who has such grace and amazing carriage that I look positively dumpy by comparison. One of my current missions is to get my posture gorgeous and to really work on carriage. Clothes fit better, my neck is elongated, my cute little postpartum belly (let's be positive, here) is tucked and - extra bonus - the body feels better.  Bar Method and Floor Barre classes are helping a lot. If only I had ample free time to take all the classes I wanted in a week. I would be a specimen.

 After class I walked to a little restaurant and had a lovely chicken skewer and a glass of wine before a late showing of Midnight in Paris.

I have been living in my own little dreamworld lately and I wouldn't have even known it existed if it weren't for the lovely Rich Life (on a Budget), so grazie mille to Adrienne for the heads-up. Other than a few cast members and the fact that it was Woody Allen's newest I had not a clue what this movie was about. I won't spoil the plot if any of my three readers have yet to see it but I will say it is worth seeing, probably twice (as I'm sure I will if only for the sheer Paris valentine of it all ).

Sets, costumes, acting and plot were all amazing, and if watching the beautiful Marion Cotillard and Carla Bruni are not motivation enough to keep working on grace and carriage, I don't know what is.


  1. I am so glad that you liked Midnight. Wasn't it magical? It makes me ache for Paris.

    Your dance class sounds very challenging. I would be falling over myself, I'm sure. I am not graceful. I, too, need to work on my posture. As a very tall person, it has been something I have always had to be aware of.

    I am still reading the Edith book, by the way. It's due back at the library today, but I'm keeping it until I'm done. It's quite interesting, but slow for me because I am constantly googling terms, places and people - then get sidetracked by what I find. At this rate, my 40 cent a day fines will really add up! I just keep telling myself that libraries need money right now.

    Thank you for mentioning me!

  2. Kudos to you for having a date with yourself. Back when I was raising a step-daughter, dealing with a difficult ex, working a stressful job, trying to understand some health issues, I had to take one day a week, even if only for a few hours, to do something I enjoyed or to experience something new. I am really glad I did that. You have to take care of "you" in order to be who you need to be to everyone else.

    I loved the movie too. I said to my husband as we were watching it, "Do you think we can make it back there for our 20th?" (3 yrs away), he said, "I sure hope so." Yay!! Glee! xxBliss

    PS another exercise you might want to try for stretching and posture is Callanetics. I love them!

  3. Clapping for your marvelous date night! I went to see Midnight in Paris as well, and I long to do it all over. I'm sure that's a movie I'll purchase, because it's just too charming to resist.

    And congratulations for your dancing. It IS great exercise. If only I could hear beats (which I can't--no ear for music), I would start take dance classes again, too.


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