"So, Jen, how does it feel to be a pin-up?"  I was, like, dumbfounded when my friend asked me that question.

    We Learned Belly Dance Together

    A couple of years before that, we'd been introduced to belly dance at the same time.  We'd taken our first workshop and classes together, and we were totally into it.  We were both new moms, physically active, into alternative therapies, and completely in love with dance and this new dance to us called "belly dance."  When we got together for play dates with our kids, we'd practice our moves while our kids built blanket forts and Lego monsters.

    So my gut reaction when she asked me that question after she saw the first studio photo of me in a belly dance costume, was this bizarre feeling of wtf mixed with just a tinge of shame and betrayal.  After all, we'd learned in this dance and shared so many hours of fun together, how could she think I was a pin-up—something relegated to mechanic shops run by sexist neanderthals.

    My favorite kind of belly dancing—a hafla—having fun with family and friends! (That's me, Jensuya, front row, right.)

    It got me to thinking and thinking and thinking...I've been pondering it and researching it and writing about it for nearly two decades now...

    What is the Purpose of Belly Dance

    Is it to titillate people (pun totally intended)?  Is it to blatantly flaunt what used to be called, "tits 'n ass?"  Is it kinda, sorta legit exotic dancing, without actually getting naked?

    Or is it the embodiment of femininity?  A fertility dance?  A childbirth dance? A cultural dance?

    Does it even matter what the purpose is???

    I think the purpose of belly dance is what it is to you, what it is to each of us.  Like all art forms, belly dance is on a spectrum, and that spectrum is subjective.  Belly dance's purpose is what the viewer or the dancer perceives it to be.  What is a pin-up (in a derogatory sense) to one person is, perhaps, a work of art to another or a publicity photo to another.  It's like some people thinking a blank canvas hanging in the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art is crap and some finding tremendous beauty in it.

    I think the purpose of belly dancing around the world today is broad.  I have met many who dance to heal themselves emotionally, to exercise their cores, to express their sensuality, to dress up and be a "princess," to stimulate an audience.  For me, belly dance is a multi-faceted metaphor for life that challenges me and centers me.   It is to express the music, and to me, music is the expression of life.

    So, today, in my late 50's, if my friend were to ask me that question, "So, Jen, how does it feel to be a pin-up?"  I'd say it feels "effin" great

    For more on my thoughts of what the purpose of belly dancing is, watch the video .

    To see what it's like at belly dance beginner hafla or recital, watch this video .

    To see all our ONLINE COURSES, click on the image or go to school.jensuya.com .

    © Jennifer Carpenter-Peak & Robert Peak, 2020.

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    What is the point of belly dancing?
    Bellydancing is a dance form that originated centuries ago; it involves isolating the muscles for moves such as twisting the abdomen and hip movements. Performed primarily by women, bellydancing is a low-impact exercise that could help people lose weight, tone muscles, improve their posture, and relax. more
    Why do bikers point?
    In days gone by, 'the point' was a reciprocal biker sign of respect. These days, it's more of a 'hello' between bikers. Sometimes we point (with one or two fingers), sometimes we nod, and sometimes we do a full-on wave. There are even some ignorant so-and-so's out there who ignore other bikers entirely! more
    What is bias point?
    The operating point of a device, also known as bias point, quiescent point, or Q-point, is the DC voltage or current at a specified terminal of an active device (a transistor or vacuum tube) with no input signal applied. A bias circuit is a portion of the device's circuit which supplies this steady current or voltage. more
    What pivot point means?
    What Is a Pivot Point? A pivot point is a technical analysis indicator, or calculations, used to determine the overall trend of the market over different time frames. The pivot point itself is simply the average of the intraday high and low, and the closing price from the previous trading day. more
    Do Collies point?
    The Border Point is a hybrid breed mixed with a Border Collie and a Pointer. They are fit right in between the medium and large-sized dog categories.Border Point Dog (Border Collie & Pointer Mix) more
    What is indifference point?
    The indifference point is the level of volume at which total costs, and hence profits, are the same under both cost structures. If the company operated at that level of volume, the alternative used would not matter because income would be the same either way. more
    Can any dog point?
    Any dog could be trained to point (freeze) with the right trainer and unlimited time,” he says. “It is just a lot easier and quicker if a dog has been bred for this trait.” Even within pointing breeds, all pointers are not created equal. more
    Why do Beagles point?
    Pointing The Way “If he's a Pointer, he's picking up a scent and raising one foot to point in the direction he smells prey,” says Diane Townsend, president of the American Pointer Club. “There's nothing more natural in this breed than to point.” more
    Do Terriers point?
    Terriers might instinctively assume the “point” pose while on the scent of prey, but it is not a dominant trait and was not ingrained through breeding as in Pointing gundogs. The Terrier family is a large one with many sub-breeds of different size dogs. more
    Why do pointers point?
    Pointing The Way “If he's a Pointer, he's picking up a scent and raising one foot to point in the direction he smells prey,” says Diane Townsend, president of the American Pointer Club. “There's nothing more natural in this breed than to point.” more
    Do Pointers point naturally?
    Pointing The Way “If he's a Pointer, he's picking up a scent and raising one foot to point in the direction he smells prey,” says Diane Townsend, president of the American Pointer Club. “There's nothing more natural in this breed than to point.” more

    Source: www.jensuya.com

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