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'Accept your body and live in it in happiness'

16th September 2013






If you receive an email like the following, please be aware that it is a SCAM


From: [] On

>> Behalf Of Mona Aziza

>> Sent: Monday, 2 September 2013 7:59 PM

>> To: undisclosed-recipients:

>> Subject: Inquiry for Dance instruction

>> Halo,

>> My name is Ahmed Aziz,A nationality of Jordan but currently in

>> Liverpool,England for an on going Project which will last for some

>> time.I believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a

>> good teaching experience.I found your information while surfing for a

>> dance instructor within your legion. I would like to book for 2 weeks

>> dance classes in your studio for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday

>> (morning hours) for a group of 10 Adults 6 Male and 4 Female. A total

>> of 36 hrs.

>> We want to entertain the guests as well as family members that would

>> be attending the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. we are all

>> in intermediate level.

>> how ever, we will be starting on the date of 10TH of OCTOBER till

>> 24TH of OCTOBER 2013 as the Ceremony will take place on the 25TH

>> OCTOBER.we the group of dancers would be performing for our expected

>> Gust within your legion where my parents are living. I would love you

>> to get back to me with the Grand total cost or a quote/estimate.

What are your charges and payment options?  Do you accept credit cards?


>> I would be grateful if you will be willing to do the work to teach

>> quality classes and make us happy. you can reach me on my Cell: (+)

>> 447-035-966-258

>> Best Regards,

>> Mona Ahmed Aziz




Louise says:

 I never really thought I would find this sort of role model at my age of 59, but there she is!

I hope I can still be dancing in my 70′s!

I wonder who the oldest bellydancer in the world would be?

Probably a great grandmother somewhere around the Mediterrranean who still steps small and light, and sways in time at family gatherings.

Zaida:  Louise thank you for your very energising comments; I hope many older women will be encouraged to at least try belly dance as a means of promoting good health and improved balance and flexibility.  I think the main benefit to myself is that it prevents me feeling I am old at 76.  Every now and then I think ‘I am too old to be doing this’ – (whatever ‘this’  happens to be at the time).  Makes me take a good, hard look at myself and assure myself that age is just a number not a sentence.

I have heard of a dancer in her nineties in the U.S.A. Also, I am a great grandmother and my oldest great granddaughter is 18 years old.

So don’t judge yourself by your descendants.  ENJOY your life, because the alternative is oblivion.





Grand Prairie Texas. I got your email off of I notice you have a troupe of older women.

My bellydance instructor Heidi Wunder ( and I are trying to get an older women's troupe started here in Arlington, Texas.

How did you get your's started? What advice could you offer for getting other older women interested?



Zaida  G’Day, lovely to hear from you, but I doubt I will be of any help to you.

I became a teacher by accident.  In 1996 a woman teaching at the local ‘posh’ ballet school had taken a few belly dance lessons in London, U.K. and tried to start a group here in Mackay, Australia.  She soon burnt out as she was accustomed to teaching kids and adults are a whole different ball game. 

So I started dancing solo around town (not paid, just anywhere people would sit still long enough to watch ~cackle~)


Anyhow, after a few years women started to ask if I taught and I kept saying, NO! NO! NO!, as I have never liked teaching anybody anything.

Eventually I weakened and started a group for ‘older women’ and set the time slot during normal working hours so that my class would attract women who were not occupied in the commercial world.


Well, to cut a long story short, tomorrow we celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the class.

It has never been a BIG class, so if you are out to make money from teaching belly dance, I wish you luck, but I have had 180 students through my class, with approximately 10 ‘on the books’ at any one time.  They come and go, leave town, find other interests and so on.  One of my original group is still with me.

We entertain in the Aged Care Homes and anywhere else we are asked, but never anywhere sleazy, like pubs, or stag parties.


We have even been asked to dance at a local Catholic High School where they were having a ‘Give It A Go Day’ to show the kids that there is more to life than sitting in front of a computer, and I must say, those young people were lovely.

Next week we have been asked to dance at a brand new Retirement Village where a group of Stroke Recovery Patients meet once a month.  That will be interesting.

We have also been asked to dance at a Senior Citizens’ Expo in August.

So we keep busy, and as I am passionate about belly dance, I am happy with my small group, who all become friends.

I doubt any of this will be of use to you, but I am happy you contacted me.  The Internet has opened up the whole world as a place to make new friends.






I love your Zaida site, it is so informative, and I saw the You Tube clip, you are a lovely dancer.

I live in England and would like to entertain and instruct residents who can or want to participate with some bellydancing in homes etc for free,

do you think I would need to get public liability insurance to do this ?

How does it work there.

Thanks for a great site I visit it often


Zaida  Your comments are very, very welcome.  YUM!

I wish you every success with your bellydance, and with entertaining the wrinklies.


About Insurance – I think this would depend on how litigation conscious people are in your section of the Universe.

I don’t carry insurance, but I treat my group as a hobby group of like-minded women and not a formal, commercial venture.

I charge them $4 per session and ALL the money goes to the owners of the hall – which is carpeted and air conditioned so it is just perfect.


I had to chuck out one troublemaker as she just would not accept that I was in charge and started to create problems when we were dancing in the Aged Care facilities and I felt that the wrinklies certainly did not want contretemps brought into their lives and also, that the operators of the Home would chuck us out.

So I gave her the heave-ho and she first complained to the owners of the hall I use for classes, then went to the police then a private solicitor.  They all told her to go jump.

That was the only time I felt slightly edgy about not having insurance cover.


Apart from that, I pointedly tell the girls not to do any move which could cause physical injury (like neck circles) and also tell them repeatedly,

“If you feel pain…. Stop!”


So I feel I have enough witnesses to back me; should someone hurt herself and try to blame me.

I have been teaching for almost 10 years and have had no problems other than the one I have mentioned.

Also, I ensure the girls do not try to move any of the residents in the Homes.  If a wheelchair occupant is in the way, we ask one of the staff to do the honours.

Good Luck and my very best wishes to you







Hi Zaida, I have just found your website and am very impressed with its scope and simplicity.  I think you might be a good role model for me later. I can see me encouraging other older women to take up bellydancing instead of Seniors Exercise classes. I figure that when I get to the nursing home, I might as well be a teacher as well as a student.


I have been taking bellydance classes for about 12 months now, after doing a few short courses and workshops. I am 56, and feel that I am at the beginning of an amazing journey. How refreshing it is to hear about bellydancing from a woman who looks on it as wonderful fun and exercise for older women. It balances up my 20-something teacher's 'glitz and drama'. We probably need both.


I have another interest as well. I have pelvic organ prolapse, which would probably deter many women from bellydancing. I am a co-moderator of a Community Forum at, which is a wonderful website devoted to helping women with POP to manage prolapse without resorting to repair surgery, which certainly has its problems. Christine Kent, the owner of the site, has a background in dance, and dance is a major part of the workouts she has designed to help women strengthen their bodies and enable them to use their bodies better, with the aim of supporting their pelvic organs more effectively. Changes in posture are the main basis of this work. The posture that we advocate is very similar to the posture you describe, as is the breathing. I have been using Wholewoman methods very successfully for the last five years. I invite you to visit the site and have a look at what we do.


Bellydancing though, requires me to tuck my butt under slightly, which is counter to the posture I need to adopt to control my prolapse. Tucking my butt under creates pressure and fullness sensations in my vulva, which are evidence of my bladder and uterus falling backwards and downwards. Very unpleasant.  I am not about to give up bellydancing, so my teacher is helping me to modify my bellydance movements, so I can use the posture I need to support my pelvic organs effectively. So far, so good. One day I hope to be able to teach bellydancing to women who have prolapse, knowing that it is possible, and is a wonderful way of affirming their femininity while they carry injuries that have negative stigma and can shatter their confidence and enjoyment of being a woman at any age.


Thanks for the inspiration.




Zaida  How nice to meet you. I would like to point you to this website...


this pelvic floor trainer really works - I can personally vouch for it.

Whether it works for your problems, I don’t know, but you could ask.

It is expensive, but if it obviates surgery....


We entertain at the Homes for Aged Care - different one each Thursday morning - most of the residents are female and I have been told that many of the people in Homes are there because of incontinence; which explains why most of them are female: one of the joys of childbirth.


I hope you can get your group of older women activated.  Belly Dancing is the best exercise for the whole body and mind.  My husband, Mike has just had a medical procedure which entailed general anaesthetic and when the doctor asked him how much exercise he did Mike replied, 'I belly dance'.

The doctor said approvingly, "Oh Good" and asked no more questions.


I shall be 73 on 31st July, and there is no need for you to wait until you are 'older' to start teaching.  I only discovered belly dance when I was 60 so I had to wait until I felt I knew a bit more than my students before I started learning to teach.  You never stop learning, both teaching and dancing.


Get in there and HAVE FUN!










HI, I've just found your site after searching for Belly dancing in Mackay.


I'm presuming because of the very recent update, that the group is currently operating. I'm hoping so.


I'm nearly 50, not so healthy,  but want to be, very self conscious (protruding belly) and low self esteem.

But I have had a few brief episodes with Belly Dancing about 5 years ago and LOVED it.


I never did any performances - my self consciousness and finances both held me back.


Can you tell me where and when beginners classes are on, and of course how much. I have a very limited income.

I'm hoping very basic costumes or even just a skirt and top are ok to begin classes with. I can sew but can’t afford materials at present.


I loved the sessions I did in the past and really understood the things you said on the web site about attitude and the wonderful feeling of expressing yourself and the movements being natural stress relievers.


Looking forward to your reply




Zaida:   You made my day.  My Stars said I would meet a lovely woman....


We are a bunch of women who just enjoy dancing.  I am 73 (well, 31st July actually - but who's counting?) I have about 20 dancers but luckily they don't all come at once, usually 14 or so, as the hall is not a big hall, but air conditioned and carpeted.


9.30 on Monday Mornings - I am there by 9 a.m. so if you want to come earlier for a bit of one-on-one you are welcome, otherwise it is a group class and I only give a small bit of individual attention to anyone I see having problems with a particular move - don't want to bore the others.


We are all beginners.


You never stop learning.


Everyone moves at her own speed and the hardest thing for many of them to learn is which is her left or her right hand...  ~cackle~


Loose skirt and top and we dance barefoot.


Bring your SMILE.


I do this on a voluntary basis and it is just wonderful to see a woman turn into a DANCER.


We never bare our bellies.  No bra and skirt Hollywood style.

We all wear covered up costumes.  I feel I don't want anyone to watch the bellies rather than the dancers.


We dance at 3 of the Nursing Homes on Thursday mornings, once a month each; but that is an individual choice and those who don't want to..... don't.










Hi Zaida, I have just emailed all my dancing teacher friends, and although we do not know each other I thought because of the classes you do you may like to hear this too, please disregard if you have already heard.


The National Brain Institute has been doing studies for years on the prevention of Dementia, the official result is; Dancing.


Because of the coordination, memory of steps, socializing, Aerobic activity, happiness and feeling youthful that dancing brings it is the only prevention known.

So lets dance and be able to remember our way home.





Zaida:  I teach a lot of Brain Gym in my class.  It is amazing how many of them cannot tell ‘LEFT’ from ‘RIGHT’.  ~cackle~

Most of us are in our 60’s and 70’s, and we are all finding it keeps us very fit, physically and mentally.


We also have enormous stamina. Often during our public performances, people just cannot resist the music and HAVE to ‘have a go’.  They don’t last long!!!


Also, a new dancer thinks it is ‘very slow’ as I start very gentle and gradually work their little (read BIG) butts off.


One of my newies was heard to comment, ‘This is no good.  I want something faster’.

She had to sit down halfway through the class - and she is still coming to class, 8 weeks later. 


But thanks for thinking of me with your information.  I collect and use all the intelligence available.


Have you heard that the latest research has proven that it is very bad to HOLD a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.  It just weakens the muscle.

So you do a short, 8 second stretch and let it go.

I have always used 8 second stretches, so it is very nice to have my instinct confirmed.


Now the coaches of the various sports have to change their ideas.


The research proved that an athlete who just did short stretches before running or jumping, performed much better than one who held the stretch for up to half a minute.