Belly dancing is a sensuous expressive dance performed solo or in small groups. The dance is a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips and shoulders, rather than use of legs and arms, generally performed barefoot. Increasingly it is seen as a dance fitness activity in the west.
Belly dance is an Arabic dance that has its origins in Egypt since ancient times. The dance was performed originally as fertility rite, for women preparing for marriage.
The dance is visually colourful, featuring flowing dresses, flowers, scarves and veils. Dancers often wear finger cymbals, exotic jewellery, and other accessories.
Belly dancing is a good aerobic workout and helps to improve your flexibility, posture, and core strength. The main benefit of belly dancing is that it's a fun way to stay fit and healthy, boosting confidence.
It's an alternative to the gym, working out is more fun, more social and just as effective at getting stomach muscles into shape.
Belly dancing aims to make dancers feel better, taller, leaner, more poised and elegant.
Belly dancing is predominately performed by women of all ages. It is becoming increasing popular with women in their 50s and 60s. Fitness, friendship and visibility are among the many reasons they are signing up to classes.
It is an alternative to repetitive impersonal gym workouts. Belly dancing adds a dash of colour and comradery, excitement and variety to fitness workouts.
Belly dancing is a performing art, where dancers can get dressed up in the exquisite outfits to show off their new found passion.
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The physicality of belly dance classes provides a great and enjoyable workout. Feel empowered and have fun in this mainly women only dance classes!
Start out in a group of beginners and learn the basics of core muscle control in this sexy dance. When you’re ready, move onto advanced belly dance classes, where you will incorporate props and more complex moves to your routine.