Belly Dancers aren't old..EVER
How many times have you heard someone say ‘Oh I’d love to do that, but I’m too old’ in reference to belly dance classes? In this day and age, it’s all too easy to think the land of the sequins and chiffons is somehow off-limits to those with a few lines around the eyes and a sprinkling of grey in the hair, but it’s just not true.
After the kids are grown and gone, many women find themselves with an empty nest and time and freedom (both well-deserved and hard-earned) to enjoy themselves. Belly dance classes often fit that bill. In many classes, you’ll find a grandmotherly woman or two. Maybe belly dance is something they wanted to try when they were younger, maybe they stumbled across the classes while at their local gym and figured what the heck, or maybe they just caught a case of ‘Magpie’s Disease’ a.k.a. the irresistible lure of all things shiny and sparkly.
One of the best things about being an older dancer is the comfort within one’s own skin. After all, when you’ve had it for fifty, sixty, or even seventy years, it’s like an old friend, even with all the wonderful quirks that happen as the years pass. All the stress and anxiety of fitting into the image of a stick-thin Hollywood starlet is long gone, along with all the other silly
trappings of youth. Older dancers often bring a maturity to their dance that
only comes with the passage of time.
And dance communities welcome older dancers with open arms. Often they turn into the ‘den mother’, the woman the younger ones come to when they’re having problems with work, a spouse, or when their kids are driving them crazy. You’ll see them at haflas and at shows, usually with wide smiles and a youthful exuberance to their step, and they shine on stage, even if they have a little smile of disbelief, a little smile that says ‘am I really doing this?’. They’re not worried if the cute guy in the front row is going to ask them for their phone number after the show, they don’t fear catcalls from the audience or heckling--there is a granted respect because of the number of their years--and they are past the point of having something to prove. They are simply enjoying the dance and enjoying life, and there is no age limit for having fun.