Hi! My name is Shira, and you may have already heard of me if you've visited my primary web site, Art Of Middle Eastern Dance at www.shira.net.
I receive frequent e-mails from queen-sized women who have questions about bellydance. They're looking for costume suggestions, advice on whether it's okay for ample women to bellydance, and ideas on what to wear to class. Clearly, this group of people is hoping to receive encouragement and useful recommendations on joining the bellydance community.
That's why I've written several articles myself on the subject of bellydancing for full-figured women, and I've sought other articles on the web that also address this topic.
Here are some questions I suspect some of you may be having about this web site:
If you already have www.shira.net, which is the world's most popular bellydance web site, why do you need another one?
Because my other web site explores a large variety of topics related to Middle Eastern dance, and looking for the ones that specifically address the interests of full-figured bellydance students and performers can be intimidating. Most of the articles here on the "Plus-Sized Dancers" site also appear on www.shira.net, but they're not so easy to find among the 800 articles it contains! By putting up this separate site, I'm trying to make it easy for plus-sized dancers to find the resources I know about (the articles I've written plus the ones that other people have written) all in one simple, easy-to-explore place.
At one point, I asked the members of the "Belly Dancing for Full-Figured Women" Yahoo group whether I should continue this as a separate site, or whether I should absorb it into www.shira.net, and every person who responded urged me to keep it separate!
What can I do to help make this site more successful?
There are lots of things you can do! You can contribute articles or artwork, link to it, join the e-mail list, post messages on the bulletin board, tell your friends about it, etc. Click here for more information!
Is it okay if I link to your site?
Yes, of course you are welcome to link to this site! I hope you will, because I want this site to be easy to find by the people who need it. If you do decide to link, let me know and I'll link to you too! That way we can help each other attract more visitors!
Are you plus-sized yourself?
I used to be, but I'm not any more. I'm 5 feet 9 inches tall. I currently wear a U.S. size 12 or 14, depending on the garment, and my weight varies in the 150-160 pounds range. But several years ago, I used to wear size U.S. 18 or 20 and my peak weight was 210 pounds. I have a slender bone structure, so I was definitely obese by the medical definition. What's more, I was putting myself at health risk - my body proved to have the apple shape that medical researchers have discovered is particularly at risk of heart disease, stroke, and other weight-related health problems. In 1999 and early 2000, I lost 55 pounds, and I have maintained my current size since about March of 2000.
May I make copies of the articles on this web site?
All articles on this web site are copyrighted. You may certainly print a copy of any article on this site to keep for your own personal reference. You may also print a copy to give to a friend whom you think may be inspired by it. If you wish to make multiple copies of any article, to distribute to a group, then you must first obtain permission from the author. If the author's contact information does not appear at the bottom of the article you wish to use, contact Shira for assistance in reaching the author.
For articles written by me, here is what to expect:
- I sometimes give permission for a small number of copies (30 or less) to be distributed at club meetings or bellydance classes, but each situation requires that you request (and receive) permission. In your request for permission, identify the article you wish to use, describe the audience who will be receiving the copies, specify the number of copies to be made, and describe the reason for wanting to distribute them.
I sometimes give permission for an article to be reproduced in printed form, usually in a bellydance magazine, but each situation requires that you request (and receive) permission. In your request for permission, identify the article you wish to use, and identify the title of the magazine, describe the type of circulation (local newsletter, organization newsletter, commercial magazine, etc.)
- I almost never give permission for my articles to be reproduced on someone else's web site. Why not just link to this web site?
The contents of this page are copyrighted 2008 by Julie Anne Elliot. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is forbidden.