Intro to Belly Dancing Class

I missed out on a belly dancing lesson a few years ago and it’s been on my bucket list ever since.  I found out about a local belly dancing class that you could take as a drop in class for $5.

The dance studio was located in a plaza and showcased a picture of our instructor that looked like Janet Jackson from a far.

Sign me up if I could go in like me and come out with confidence and abs like that.


The atmosphere of the studio felt like a club with the strobe lights and loud music…. minus the creepy guys and cheesy pick up lines. The studio used to be a movie rental store before, so the stars on the wall seemed to fit the atmosphere. I watched a packed zumba class that was ending just before our class began. Judging by the last class, this was going to be a place where fitness meets fun.

Our instructor showed me the belt that was available for purchase. I decided to wait and see if I liked the class before committing to purchase the accessory.  You can also purchase them online for a bit more.

Belly Dancing Class

We began our class with moving our hips. The challenge was to move your hip without moving your knees. It takes a bit of focus to not cheat because the movement doesn’t feel natural in the beginning. We moved on to learning other steps and movements. She moved and we attempted to follow.

It was comical to watch the contrast between my friends and I and our instructor. We were having fun in our attempts. She made everything look fluid and I made it look like convulsions.

I felt like my hips moved like the scene in Seinfeld when Elaine dances at a wedding.

Our instructor was originally from Mexico and performed with many big acts.  She made all of the moves seem fluid and had lots of energy. She was also really great at taking the time to make sure that we were getting the hang of the combinations.

Overall, all of us really enjoyed our class and felt it was a fun workout. I do think the class would have been even better if I had the belt.   It would have been great to hear the noise my hips were attempting to make.

Belly Dancing Class

If you want to try a belly dancing class, check out the website at Heidi Garza Dance Studio


Or check out this site to find a local belly dancing class in a city near you.





“A goal is a dream with a deadline”- The running tab for 2012

I had a sleepless night followed by a sleepless morning so I decided I would commit to print some of the experiences that I hope to try this next year and beyond.

In snow

Snowshoeing 1/20/12

Cross country skiing

Luge track 1/15/12

Dog sledding 1/28/12 drove the dog sled

Tobogganing track



Hot yoga class 1/4/12

Anti gravity yoga class

Attend moms hockey practice 1/17/12

Run a marathon- hesitant to write that one down

Adult hip hop class

Belly dancing class



Paint your own picture with a group class

Blow glass art

Make pottery

Create something for Art Prize in honor of my mom

Meet regularly with friends to make something from Pinterest


Specific places

City Musuem in St. Louis

Go up in St. Louis Arch

Visit world’s largest treehouse in TN

Take pictures with Superman at Metropolis,IL

Indoor Zipline at Mega Cavern in Louisville,KY


Gangster tour in Newport,KY

Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure

Haiti for a humanitarian trip


Not specific places

Winery tour where I can also stomp the grapes

Brewery tour

Nascar ridealong experience

Ride in a pace car

Watch a drag race

Go to an unexpectant destination for vacation (went to DC and stopped by Philly and Baltimore for a day to explore)

Trip to a destination riding on a train


Be an extra in a movie 1/14/12

Amish buggy tour ride

Ride in a Zorb ball

Regularly volunteer at an organization that assists the poor (started volunteering before we moved)



Kentucky Derby

Watch a Civil War Muster

Host a street party to get to know my neighbors


In or On Water

Try rowing

White water rafting


Cable wake boarding

Sailing on a smaller sail boat where I have to help


Fan boat ride

Scuba lesson

Swim with a dolphin or manatee or both

Tallship ride

Group speedboat ride

Underground Cave Boat Tour Bowling Green,KY

Jump on a blob



Shark cage experience



Shoot clay pigeons

Try lacrosse

Watch a boxing match 2/4/11

Indoor Sky Dive


Participate in a mudrace

Successfully find a geocache

Play a game of frisbee golf 1/8/12



Zipline Canopy Tour

Segway Tour in a big city

Hot air Balloon ride

Fly in a small plane



Progressive dinner with friends or at several restaurants

Dinner in the Dark (blindfolded meal)

Eat at least one restaurant listed on Man vs. Food and Diners and Dive and Drive ins ( maybe even try a spicy food challenge..maybe)

Sushi making class

Pasta making class

Wine tasting class

Grow an herb garden

Make one new recipe a week (….baby steps)


new additions

improv show 1/7/12

intro to curling class 1/19/12

So here is the start of the running tab. I reserve the right to add to the list as my curiosity continues to become aware of new places and experiences to try. Some are way more ambitious than others, but I figured I might as well go with the quote “shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars” Travel wise I would love to go all over the world but gotta start a little smaller.The list could really go on and on…….this is just scratching the surface . So I guess this is my start but I don’t ever want to stop adding.


Remember a “Goal is dream with a deadline.” Don’t let time get away from your dreams.

“If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way, if not you find an excuse.”


What’s on your list? What should I add to mine? Who wants to join me?