FROM IRENE ~ I love that Egyptian dance is for all women of all ages. As an older dance student, it feels wonderful to be in such a supportive class environment. I love the flow of Egyptian belly dance, it feels so empowering! Khadija, your class is wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for providing such a warm and accepting class environment.
FROM JUMANNA ~ Dancing the dance has brought me home to myself. I am Lebanese and when I started dancing in your class I moved effortlessly. I asked you why it felt so right and you said it was in my blood and also in the memory of every woman. When I get stuck and think I cannot do some move I let go immediately and say it doesn’t matter how I am doing it but that I am doing it. Not only does dancing connect me to myself but also to my ancestors, which is very healing. I have denied who I am and where I came from for so long that dancing is a non-verbal way of saying that I am here and I am alive!!
FROM KRISSY ~ Taking your dance class has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time; it really centers me and puts me in a happy space. No matter how bad the day is, dancing makes me all melt away. It’s become so natural to me that when I stretch in the morning, I look in the mirror and am shocked to see that I am belly dancing! Also, dancing makes some of my injuries feel much better, such as a sore back that doesn’t bother me after class as much as it does before hand. The different things we do has helped me to center myself and balance more when I am riding my horse too. As you can tell this has been an amazing class for me-thank you so much!
FROM SHIRLEY ~ First I want to tell you that it is a pleasure meeting and studying with you. I was first interested in taking the belly dance class as an exercise, learning something new, and to meet and be around other women in a non-competitive atmosphere who are taking the class for the same reasons. Now that I am taking the class, I am so glad because I really enjoy and look forward to each class. As your article states, belly dancing has helped me with “a holistic body awareness, emotional and spiritual health, increased sensuality and zest for life”. For the first time in my adult life, I am starting to see and appreciate my body as my temple – this is amazing since I have low self esteem and have never thought of myself as sensual, thin or attractive. Your encouragement and positive attitude in class starting to change how I view myself. Thank you for being such a wonderful lady! I can sense your graceful, gentle and spiritual presence and believe that I can learn a lot from you.
FROM KELLY ~ Thank you again for one of the most exciting experiences of my life!!!! I had the best time yesterday and can’t wait to do it again. I love this dance!
FROM SANDY ~ I look forward to dance class every week I enjoy learning about new culture, I feel in a class of all woman I am not intimated we are all the same whether we perform the same or not we are all doing the best we can and it’s a time that I feel I can really just be as beautiful as I can as I hope all the other woman feel this way too.
FROM RUTH ~ I have found the dance classes to be very calming and uplifting. To me, this was unexpected at first, but as time went on, I became aware of the difference. It is a most rewarding and positive experience. By the way, just in passing, my blood pressure is in an optimum range – at last!!
FROM CAREY ~ The dance for me has been liberating. For the majority of my life I have been unhappy and self-conscious about my body and the way I look. Although, I am not completely comfortable I have come a long way. It (the dance) has taught me that I am beautiful no matter what my size. It has given me the confidence to express myself through movement using my body as the instrument. I love the community it provides. It’s nice to find a group of women who share the same interests and can come together and just dance. No sizing up, no judgment, just dancing.
FROM SHARON ~ I am so grateful to be in the dance class and so look forward to this time each week. In our world today we have very little ceremony of life’s passage for women. I have embraced this with my daughter and celebrate our being women together with other women a beautiful gift of life not readily available in our culture today. By taking part in learning the art of Egyptian Dance we are shown again our gift as a women, surrounded by the same. A place of similarities not differences, of common ground in all life stages. A True Life Rejoicing. I have found that my self-esteem has risen. I attribute this to rebirthing the part of me that dances the Joy of Life. What a different place we would live in if we all entered dancing.
FROM LINDA ~ I am so glad to have found your classes; the community of support and joy is so overwhelming I find myself almost crying at times. Then, you do something so funny and I am laughing again and feeling so alive and happy. Not only are we learning a healing dance, to my delight I realize we are also being educated in Egyptian culture, language and customs. I can actually catch some of the words and phrases in our music and with time, maybe will understand a full sentence! To say that this dance has changed my life is not an exaggeration, it is the truth.
FROM LAUREL ~ Your classes are good for the mind, body and soul. Although I am still learning the art of Egyptian dancing, I have loved dancing since I can remember moving. Dancing makes be feel free, alive and happy. Music makes my body want to move, even when I am sitting. If I’m having a “bad” day, I put on music and just move to the beat until I feel better … I guess I dance the bad away!!! I just hope that someday I will be able to do Egyptian dance with the ease that I can do other dances. Thank you for sharing your talent and encouraging me (all your students) to continue to learn and enjoy this form of dance.
FROM ANGELA ~ Wow…the pictures of you both on the cover of Healing Arts and on the inside were just incredible. Congratulations! The cover picture is the best welcome and come and dance message anyone could have. Thanks for all you do…you are a great teacher.