“Belly dance is an expressive dance which emphasizes complex movements of the torso. Originally a Middle Eastern folk dance, it has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. New styles have been spread from the Middle East to the whole world where its popularity has becoming more and more popular.”
More than an excellent workout as it can burn up to 300 calories an hour, Belly dancing is the best way of learning how to balance your body as well as to isolate different muscle groups: abdominal undulations, hip isolations, rotations and shimmies, it involves all major muscle groups. It consists of moving certain parts of the body, while keeping the others still and firm.
Through circular and vibrating movements, it also firms the transverses abdominis which is the deepest layer of abdominal muscles in your body.
As far as self-confidence is concerned, Belly dance will help you appreciate your body and become more comfortable with it.
The dancer uses her muscles to follow the rhythms in the music. She may stretch, tighten, flex, or vibrate muscle tissues. While interpreting the rhythms she is burning body fat, toning, slenderizing, and developing muscles for personalized physical fitness. The movements and actions of the body are having fun and one never complains about exercising. In fact, a person wants to keep dancing.
Program of the Class:
Class is divided into 3 parts: technique, combinations and a small choreography to put the movements learnt into dance steps. The student will always understand what she does and most of all, will understand which muscle is used for each movement so as to dance in an elegant way. Focus here is on Egyptian Belly dance with many explanations of folkloric steps and how to adapt them to the classical Belly dance style.
What to wear?
- Hip scarf this is the basic and first item that every belly dancer needs to start with. If you are a beginner a hip scarf helps you check that the movements of your hips are correct and, when you perform, it enhances your hips’ movements.
- Skirts There are many different types to choose from: fish tail skirts (usually made of velvet and chiffon); chiffon skirts that are long and flowing; gypsy skirts made of a heavier material and quite wide, popular in tribal style
- Tops Belly dance tops range from coin or bead bra tops, usually part of the classical cabaret style costume;
- Pantaloons Belly dance pantaloons can be wide at the bottom (in a bell shaped fashion, such as the ones called tribal style) or you can
- Bedleh This is the cabaret costume, with beaded bra top, bare midriff, beaded hip belt and long skirt. It can be heavily beaded or not.
- Beledi Dress Also called Gallabiya by belly dancers, is a one piece costume. It can be quite simple, plain and made of cotton, or more decorated with sparkling beads, like the ones used by cabaret belly dancers
- Sarongs These are similar to belly dance hip scarves, but longer, just like a long skirt. They often have also long fringes that are nice as they swing while you dance.
The most important thing in Belly Dancing is to practice and should be more cautious when you follow the movement and steps and also to enjoy while doing it!