Gainesville Belly Dancers
When you think of belly dancing, elaborate costumes and a lot of skin probably come to mind. But for one group of women here in Gainesville, belly dancing means confidence. It's one of the few ways Middle Eastern woman can express themselves. Some local belly dancers say they understand why. To these women, belly dancing means more then just moving their hips. It's a dance form many are curious about.
Paula Cary started belly dancing three years ago in Arizona. She says finding a place to belly dance was one of her first priorities when she moved to Gainesville last year.
"It definitely makes you feel more confident about yourself," says Paula.
The dancers in today's show say the music, movement and beautiful costumes all add to the beauty of this Middle Eastern art form. She says it's one of the few art forms where you can look beautiful and get exercise.
The eight women performing in today's concert say belly dancing is an amazing way to build endurance and stamina. After all, they put on a two hour performance with barely any breaks.
By Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News.
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