I received this book as a inheritence gift from Ada. This book was originally published in 1972 and reedited and republished in 1983. If you are interested, you can get your own copy from Amazon starting at roughly 4 usd. I don't want to bash this book as it is very useful and contains many interesting and helpful hints. However, reading this book, some things struck me as rather odd. Part of it is due to the times changing in the past fourty year, part of it in changes to what is healthy for our body or the amount of control we have over our bodies/ SOme of it is about the position of women in society. It will take me a while to go through the whole book, but I'll share some gems with you in a series of posts.
For your viewing pleasure, I present to you: the WTF review of Serena Bellydance Book.
Foreword, page ix
'Mideastern dancing was often performed in tents, in a kneeling position or posing on the floor'
OMG I've been doing it wrong all these years with standing and walking around and such.
'Students of yoga have aske Serena why she does not do breathing exercises. She answers that she does not need to. As long as we live, we breathe'
I read this as a major smackdown between the upcoming yoga cult in 1970-1980. A long haired hippy person yelling at Serena 'WHY DO YOU NOT TEACH BREATHING?'. And Serena calmly replying 'I call your breathing exercise bullshit, for if we don't breath we would die!! We should not learn how to breath but how to breath better. Bellydance is teaching you how to move while breathing, take that you Lululemon wearing scum!'
'Another benefit is instilling in obese women the impetus to lose weight.[...] In Serena's studio, each student must check her movements in the mirrored wall, and cannot avoid comparison with her teacher or other students with beautifully trained bodies'
'Another movement in Mieastern dancing is unique.[...]Serena calls this movement the head slide .[...]Many a tension headache has found dramatic relief from this exercise, which is difficult for most of us to do.'
Next time you're having a headache or a migraine, try headslides. It never helped me to relieve my headaches, but then again I am doing tiny headcircles and slides every day while I wait for my train to arrive, so maybe I'm immune for tension headaches.
I am going to leave you guys with this, as going through the whole book might be bit much in one post. Stay tuned and remember to do your tent dance, it is heartily recommenden and great fun!'