When I was 5 years old I wanted to grow up and marry a bellydancer!

When I was 5 years old I wanted to grow up and marry a bellydancer!

When I was 5 years old I wanted to grow up and marry a bellydancer! Not BE a bellydancer, but marry one!

My family was living in Morocco and we were on a routine trip to a souk - Morocco’s medieval version of a farmer’s market. This souk was filled with twisting walkways with unique offerings, like the "dentist”, who sat behind a table full of teeth and would exuberantly pull your tooth for you right there on the spot, or the baskets filled with oddly shaped vegetables. Everywhere people haggled over prices while drinking cup after cup of mint tea. In all this chaos, I saw her - jingling like Santa Claus’s reindeer. I was mesmerized. My family continued to navigate the souk without noticing that I was missing. Finally, they panicked and after a long and harried search, they found me – shaking it with the bellydancer!

She was a Berber - not the typical bellydancer you see in restaurants. Even the popular "Tribal" style bellydance is a wholly American creation and is not related to any Arabic or Middle Eastern tribe whatsoever. However, Berbers have an ancient history and tradition. They lived in north Africa long before the arrival of the Arabs, and their culture probably dates back more than 4,000 years.

Today, there are substantial Berber populations in Morocco and Algeria, plus smaller numbers in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. In Morocco, about 40% acknowledge a Berber identity, though many more have Berber ancestry. Berbers are identified primarily by language but also by traditional customs and culture – such as the distinctive music and dances.

Berbers hold a special place in my heart. My first impression of any form of dance was by a Berber woman. For half a day, my parents were wracked with worry that I had been captured. Essentially I was – Berber, Native Moroccan, Gypsy, bellydance had captured my heart forever.

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1. Jerome wrote:
Hello Dolphina, Here is my story;
There is a secret about me that only a selected few I told this,
there was a time when I could have being a bad hater here on facebook or on You Tube.

I was 16 and I was a bit fustrated too, lucky it lasted two months
and I followed a different path, one of enlightenment and I follow
my heart to find friends not to hurt them.

It was a bellydancer that was the first to open my eyes and
mind to a new path, she took the time to talk to me and enlighten me too as well as to capture my heart.

It was thanks to her, that I wanted to learn more and finding other
kind and great dancers to befriend and to be a source of light,
of kindness and to make them feel important and remarkable
when others try to put them down.

Your inspirationnal work have touched me deeply and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and for capturing my heart with your kindness and your Dvds too.:)

Thank you Dolphina.:D
-Jerome

Wed, March 13, 2013 @ 7:29 PM

2. chemystery wrote:
What a wonderful and inspiring story!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:16 AM

3. Michelle Smith Meza wrote:
I Love this story!!!! I pictured every bit of it

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:06 PM

4. Santina Amato wrote:
Nice piece of writing little lady!!! Can't wait to spend time with you in the Spring!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

5. Jerome Fortin wrote:
Beautiful and inspiring story.
It reminds me of a similar story of mine too.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

6. Krystle Hope wrote:
Beautiful!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:08 PM

7. Christine Montalbano wrote:
Beautiful

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:09 PM

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