Ainsley and dance partner Rebecca represent the Yale Belly Dance Society on WTNH Channel 8's CT Style, March 16, 2010.
Leslie McNab for What's Happening Magazine, St. John's NL
"The workshop class had about 20 students. Our instructor, Ainsley, began with yoga-type stretches, then quickly took us into the unarticulated Ghawazee shimmy done to an Egyptian Saidi rhythm (an earthy drumbeat that goes "Dum Tek - Dum Dum Tek").... Watching myself in the mirror, practising over and over, I gradually got a feel for letting the momentum of the foot stamp shake my body's core in a shimmying motion. Bizarre and amazing at the same time!
"... My thighs and butt were already feeling that distinctive "burn" from a good, solid workout. Not only that, I felt proud of myself for doing something so extraordinary -- and potentially embarrassing -- in front of strangers.
"Belly dancing classes this fall? Sign me up!"