According to dietitian Sydney Bates (and many other nutrition and medical professionals), “[Our bodies] will slow metabolism to conserve energy, reduce fullness signals, and increase the drive to eat. The body interprets dieting, AKA any attempt to shrink or control body size, as starvation.
Do you need to have a belly to belly dance?
You can dance in whatever you feel comfortable in – you don’t need to expose your belly to see the movements, so a T-shirt is fine if you don’t fancy a leotard or crop-top. Most people dance barefoot, but if you’d prefer something on your feet, soft dance shoes are fine.
Can skinny people do belly dance?
Actually belly dancers come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike dances like ballet which have very strict body image and weight issues, belly dance can be done by all body sizes and shapes. Some belly dancers are very thin while others are overweight. However, the vast majority who perform have a normal shape for a woman.
Why are there male belly dancers?
In belly dance’s countries of origin (Egypt and Turkey) men used to perform the same type of dance that women did and also they could perform for a male audience, which female dancers did not always do. Hence, male dancers were in demand.
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