I had my last performance of this pregnancy at my dance teacher’s student show on December 16th. I was just shy of 22 weeks pregnant. The show was at El Morocco in Pleasant Hill, and we had the opportunity to perform with the most supportive band I’ve ever danced with, Al’Azifoon. Many of the (all male) bands for whom I’ve danced had their faces fixed in perma-scowls, and refused to take any cues from the dancer about when a song should end. This band – maybe because it was led by a woman, and a former belly dancer at that – was full of nods, responsive to my cues, and just a joy to work with. I need to remember to sign up for one of their open mic nights next summer.