I tried belly dance after a new friend told me she had been taking classes. I was nervous to take the classes, but the moves actually weren't too difficult and after about two months of practice, I performed with the group at a local street fair. I'm glad I got the experience because I have wanted to learn belly dance for many years. It is so much fun and SO rewarding. It feels great to move my body in this new way. The only negative is that the troupe seems to kind of exoticize the dance. I am afraid that it may cross over into cultural appropriation, which I am not comfortable with. I am taking a break from dancing, but may go back for more after summer ends. I just need to do more research.