Real Life Belly Dancing Superhero - and With The Best Superhero Outfit!
The story is almost too good: Detroit belly dancer Lana Mini found an injured goat on the roadside, hefted it into the back seat of her Ford Focus, and took it to the nearby animal shelter. All while wearing a $1,000 costume.
Her dedication to the rescue makes her a real life belly dancing superhero. While the article doesn’t state how long she’s been rescuing animals, we can assume she’s been dancing and rescuing animals for at least 13 years. In fact, it was her animal rescues that led Lana to try belly dancing in the first place:
“She and her sister, Lori, were headed home from a particularly ghastly rescue 13 years ago — you don't want to know the details — when they passed a YMCA with a sign on the marquee for a belly dancing class. Lori cranked the wheel, and 15 minutes later, they were learning.”
Now, the author of the article seems shocked that Lana would rescue animals while wearing her costume. Me? Not so much.
While it’s not something I’d do (and risk wrecking one of my custom coutures? Not a chance - not even for Bambi’s mother), this phenomenon is something we’ve talked about quite a lot in the HipMix.net office - the belly dancer is a one-of-a-kind creature.
We’re animal loving, health conscious, astrological following, and let’s just accept it, wonderfully weird people. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s the embrace of the edge, the flaunt of the different, that intrigues us. It’s probably why we chose belly dance in the first place: it’s different. And in my book, that makes you a superhero.
Whether you balance house and kids, work and charity, family and business, we’re all juggling a lot of plates. Add in a hobby that can consume many hours and lots of cash, and well, it’s a recipe for stress.
Yet in spite of the stress, we continue to put belly dance on the schedule even though we know it means getting 5 hours of sleep instead of 6. It’s that passion, the unwillingness to compromise our beliefs for the ordinary, that makes you a belly dance superhero.