Celebrating Real Women's Curves
by Raylene Bliss

First published in the Southern Courier 26 February 2013

Classes back in the Southeast!

Get ready for some hip-shaking action as Despina Rosales is bringing Bellydance classes back to the eastern suburbs.

Determined to fill a glut in Bellydancing opportunities, Rosales, who ran Dreaming of Jeannie Bellydancing school in the southeast in the late 1980s [note: this is incorrect - it was the late 1990's to the mid-2000s], is launching classes at My Gym at Eastgardens from Saturday [2 March 2013].

"Once the Bellydance bug bites you're hooked for life, so I've decided to come back to the eastern suburbs to teach local women the beauty of Bellydance," she said. "Bellydancing is underrated as a form of exercise.

"If you can stand, you can learn Bellydance. The dance techniques allow for all ages, body sizes and levels of fitness. Bellydance activates muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis and back that contribute to core strength and stability - essential to good health."

Rosales said as well as the physical benefits, Bellydance could build self-esteem because it was a traditional dance that had celebrated women, and their curves, for centuries.

Take advantage of a half-price special, valid until Saturday: $50 for six weeks (one-hour classes) or $25 for six weeks (half-hour classes).

Note: the first sentence I'm quoted as saying were my words. The rest was a quotation from Dr Efy Alexandratos. What she originally said was the following:

"Bellydancing is underrated as a form of exercise. If you can stand, you can learn Bellydance. The dance techniques allow for all ages, body sizes and levels of fitness, as movements can be modified to allow for injury and musculoskeletal conditions. Bellydance activates muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis and back that contribute to core strength and stability - essential to good health. As well as the physical benefits, Bellydance can build self-esteem as it is a traditional dance that has celebrated independent women (and their curves) for centuries." - Dr Efy Alexandratos MBBS FRACGP.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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