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History of Bellydance
also known as the dance of the people, reflects the basic life experiences common
to all. Born to celebrate Mother Earth, Bellydance, with a long and colorful history,
originated as a fertility ritual dance. 2300 years after Enheduanna wrote about
the patriarchal religions developing and conquering the matriarch based religions,
Bellydance and sexuality were no longer considered sacred or spiritual, but evil.
As the Ottoman Empire reigned, female gypsy dancers
were hired to entertain the women living in the harems this continued the
original legacy of women dancing exclusively for women.
the end of Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a republic, religious limitations were
lifted and women were allowed to once again entertain and dance for men.
The European painters discovered Middle-Eastern
dance in the 18th Century, introducing it to the West, and giving it its name
Bellydance because of their fascination with the exposed belly. Bellydance evolved
from entertainment to art when its moves inspired the greats of modern dance including,
Isadore Duncan, Ruth St. Denis and Martha Graham. As the dance gained popularity,
it became an affirmation to women of the beauty and power they possessed over
Past and present,
Bellydance encourages each dancer to celebrate her personal inner beauty. As well,
dancers are taught basic universal steps, but are able and encouraged to mold
and transform the dance into their own. The philosophy being that the dance is
what you put into it and what you want to get out of it. Bellydance is now performed
worldwide as entertainment, art, in religious ceremonies, as a birth dance and
as a fitness regiment through THE GODDESS WORKOUT with Dolphina.
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DISCLAIMER: Because bellydance, like all
other exercise, may be strenuous, please consult your physician before beginning
The Goddess Workout, or any other exercise program.
With a loyal and dedicated following, Dolphina
is in great demand not only with her students, but also with Hollywoods
entertainment community and its high profile players. Dolphina has performed her
art of bellydancing for a variety of celebrities including, James Cameron, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Barbara Streisand, David Geffen, Shirley Maclaine
and Tom Hanks. In addition, Dolphina the actress, has been spotted playing opposite
such acting favorites as Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Clint Eastwood.
born in Northern California learned to bellydance at the early age of four. As
she matured she realized the value dance held for her, and attended the prestigious
American Academy of Dance and Drama. Her continued passion for dance drew her
to many different opportunities, where CNN targeted her as a key contributor to
the resurgence of burlesque. After traveling around the world for the past five
years, Dolphina has returned to her California roots to create her instructional
and exceptional 50-minute DVD THE GODDESS WORKOUT.
"I am amazed by the fast and efficient service that I received by doing business with the Pink Gypsy. I received my order from California to Mississippi in two days. The Goddess Workout is exactly what I was looking for. Now I can exercise and Belly Dance every single day. Dolphina is inspirational and magical. Thank You." Stacey Cooley
Dolphina, a descendant of Bulgarian gypsies, was
born in Northern California and learned to Bellydance at the age of four. At fourteen
she traveled to Morocco where the connection and love for Bellydance was truly
made. Dolphina, realizing her deep commitment to dance, moved to New York City
where she attended the prestigious American Academy of Dance and Drama. Simultaneously,
Dolphina performed her art of Bellydance in upscale clubs around the city while
establishing her name in the art and entertainment community. As a result, an
acting career ensued and Dolphina found herself working opposite such talents
as Jim Carrey, Harvey Keitel and Clint Eastwood.
a more spiritual quest, Dolphina decided to leave New York City and travel to
more remote parts of the world including the West Indies. After arriving in the
West Indies, she was in a near fatal boating accident. Rescued and recovered by
the Dolphins that inhabited the waters, Dolphina survived and set out to find
the true meaning of life.
Born from her
experiences and her love of dance, Dolphina made a commitment to physical health,
continued inner spirituality and the preservation of Dolphins. As Dolphina continued
to travel the world through Europe, Mexico and the Middle East she was acutely
aware of her goals. She returned to her California roots and opened the Dolphin
Recovery Center in Malibu, filmed THE
GODDESS WORKOUT DVD, and began teaching the benefits of Bellydance. Students
and Hollywood heavy hitters alike believe shes found the perfect balance
for a fun, challenging, and sensual workout.
Did You Know that
has been around for more than 25,000 years and originated as a fertility ritual
Bellydancing got its name when the
European painters discovered Middle-Eastern dance in the Eighteenth Century, and
introduced it to the West by naming it Bellydancing, because of the women's exposed
The Goddess Workout is specifically
designed to work out and tone every inch of the body on a cardiovascular level.
The Goddess Workout improves self-confidence
by celebrating your inner feminine being and the Goddess that is inside every
The Goddess Workout is designed
to benefit women of all ages and all body types.
taps into the hidden Goddess within us, all we need to do is believe in ourselves
and let the dancing begin.
can be good for pregnancy because it engages in movements that can ease lower-back
pain and build up abdominal and pelvic muscles needed during labor. (Consult with
your Physician before doing any exercise).
is a very sensual dance because it forces you to connect with the areas in your
body where sexuality and power are experience.
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Some of you may be aware that I have been doing lots of Art and Art related projects over the past few years. In fact, I now sign my name Penny Lee StewArt!
I recently painted 25 sketch cards of belly dancers, 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. They are very collectible and make great gifts.
Please visit my Daily Paint Works Gallery if you are interested in purchasing. Thanks.
aka The Pink Gypsy