Dance Wisdom –
For Fitness, Pregnancy and a Divine Sexuality
Book Review by Surreyya
As a dancer,
artist and/or musician, you are hopefully growing and meeting
your goals on your special path and also reflecting back on
the journey. Moreover, if you are smarter than a wet broom,
you are hopefully looking back on those experiences with warm
memories, renewed wisdom and an appreciation for what you have
achieved (and for those that helped you achieve it). I gather
that Daleela Morad did that. One day, maybe
for no reason at all, she reflected and had an epiphany and
wanted to share that “aha!” moment with anyone she could touch
and bless with her experiences.
book, although not as deep on certain subjects as some may
expect, does a great job at rustling the leaves away from
a crooked sidewalk or blowing the dust off an old spice jar
revealing an inner glow of warmth to share with others.
me of baking cookies with my grandmother and learning all her
special secrets for the first time. There are so many subjects
covered, it would take many books detailing hundreds of pages
to get purist with it. Rather, the information is served like
a long afternoon of tapas and nice tea or wine, letting you
savor and explore different ideas and purposes alike. From
basic health and fitness, self-esteem, instruction, dance resources,
dance movements to help with pregnancy, to costuming and a
profound feminine view on sexuality and sensuality, Daleela
offers a diplomatic invitation of “awareness to” and “experience
with” a wide range of often controversial subjects in this
is a UC Regent’s Scholar and teaches belly dance at UC Davis.
She has studied and performed around the world, and also holds
a Masters degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. Her tone as an
author provides accessibility and easy reading through clear
and concise instruction and example. While there’s no hiding
that the print quality of the photos inside is poor - I am
hoping that this is just a first run of books with an opportunity
to improve the clarity. Thankfully, Daleela’s instruction and
explanation of exercises, costuming, and other prose make up
for a bad print run.
get so caught up in a profession, you forget why you came to
it in the first place. Sometimes you just don’t know how to
ask or where or how to get started with dancing, because that
first step is so monumental. This book reminded me of the “baking
cookies” moments I had when I first began dancing, and the
warm glow of “the sisterhood” everyone kept talking about.
is not a book for purists on one specific topic. This is
however a book for everyone, new or experienced with Belly
Dance. It would make a great gift for students, sisters,
daughters, mothers, and friends alike.
to daughter, sister to sister, woman to woman sharing of a
divine feminine spirit and wisdom ring paramount in this book.
We all find ourselves at uniquely challenging times and turning
points for one reason or another at a variety of ages, life’s
blessings, tragedies and achievements. A little wisdom never
hurt anyone – even if it confirms your own.
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