Anyhow, I didn't even think twice of showing it to a friend that was at home with me. Her hesitation to respond at all took me by surprise. No it's not that I'm shallow enough to believe that everyone should agree with me. But to not like anything about this picture?!?! It just did not compute. My friend is certainly allowed to not like it but I have to admit I didn't understand why. Was it a generational thing (she's a bit older)? What was it that made her uncomfortable? Was she against pregnant performers?
Needless to say it was my wake up call that I wasn't surrounded by my dancer friends and community at that instant. It really made me realize how fortunate I am to know so many women to whom this type of thing is not only not offensive but beautiful!
I know not everyone in the bellydance community jumps for joy when they see a pregnant bellydancer perform yet there are so many that do! There are so many of us that celebrate this phase in a woman's life where she can be at her most fierce and her most feminine.
It makes me wonder how you feel about pregnant bellydancing? I have my own thoughts of course. I wouldn't expect to see it at an Egyptian wedding, or a big mainstream venue like America's Got Talent. But I do love seeing it at the right venue and time. Personally I've never performed while noticeably pregnant. For one, my doctors didn't allow it (rough pregnancy) but I felt I had danced in two piece costumes so much previously that I wanted my pregnancy to be my time not showtime.
I've seen plenty of pregnant bellydancing and just about every time there is something extra special about their performances.
I thank those women that shared those moments with us. I also thank the community that fosters those special moments by being so accepting of one another.
How do you feel about pregnant bellydancer performances? It's ok, I promise. You can tell me the truth.