About

Welcome to BellyDance Joy. My name is Kristin and my dance name is Sayyida which means lucky, happy in Arabic.  I chose this dance name because that is how I feel when I bellydance. I have been bellydancing since 2007, although its been trying to come out of me all my life! I just needed to find a teacher, which I was blessed to find.

I have studied with a few wonderful teachers including Ansuya.  I have a preference for Egyptian style dance, however I am currently enjoying incorporating other styles into my own personal style. My mother tells me that I was born dancing, literally moving to music even as a 1 day old infant. My approach to dance is this: it is an expression of joy. It is not a competition. If you are enjoying yourself, then you are succeeding.

I love that this dance not only accepts, but even more importantly celebrates women of all ages, abilities and body-type-shape. It gives women permission to appreciate who they are, just the way they are. It allows women to reconnect with their inner strength so they can be the best they can be in all aspects of their life. All this and it’s fun too!

I wanted to share all the things about bellydance that bring me joy and that inspire me, so I decided to create BellyDance Joy. As a writer I love to share things that I learn. I share a lot of what I learn about Life over at my other website: Life Learning Today.  BellyDance Joy will be the place where I share all the things I have learned about bellydance in the hopes of bringing the joy of bellydance to others.

The topics I will cover will be:

  • Bellydance and Middle Eastern Dance History
  • Tips and Advice
  • How-to’s
  • Recommendations and Reviews of bellydance music, videos, costumes, etc.
  • Interviews with bellydancers
  • Videos
  • Photography
  • Stories to Inspire

Thank you for visiting this site. I hope that you will join the conversation in the comments on the posts.

If you have any suggestions for articles that you would like to see or that you would like to write for BellyDance Joy, please contact me!

Thank you!