Can you lose belly fat by belly dancing?

No. But I have lost 30 pounds by doing the movements.
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How are you feeling now?

I feel great when I’m dancing. The pain is gone. It’s like a magic wand, and it feels like it really helped. (Laughs)

But in life?

I wish I wouldn’t have to go through the pain. If I could do it for longer I’d be so content. I’d be like ‘I don’t have to go out, I don’t have to deal with this anymore.’ But I have to go through the pain to make me happy. I have to deal with it until the end. That’s what I do — I have a job to do, and I go out and do it, and if it doesn’t work out, I don’t have to do it anymore.

Why, if it works out, do you stick to what you’ve done?

Honestly, it could’ve worked out great for me, but I’m not there now. I didn’t want for any thing to work out right! But in the moment, it worked out great.


What’s your strategy now?

It’s a simple one — work harder, dance, and have fun doing it.

Is that good advice?

Yeah, I promise! It goes without saying.

I wonder if you could name one thing you have learned about yourself from your dancing.

This time last year, I was really, really fat. And not just fat, but really skinny, which felt like death to me at the time. And when I went into the studio, my weight went down. Now, I’m around 180 pounds and my body feels amazing. And it has my own kind of magic as well. It’s like my own little piece of the universe. I love my body. If I don’t have the right attitude, and just want to be happy doing what I’m doing, what does it matter how I look? I don’t need to look good. If I want to be happy, I have to move and dance, and eat and have fun. But I’m not a girl that’s going to put my own happiness first. I know what works for me, but I’m not going to do it. It’s too complicated.

Do you have the same goal as a personal trainer for people who are getting into sports: Get people to enjoy the game more?

That’s it,