Belly dance


What is belly dance?

Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the middle-East. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men.

A woman’s dance

Throughout history, this ritualised expression has usually been performed for other women, generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage. In most cases, the presence of men is not permitted.

Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasize the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression, and Mother Earth.

This does not mean men can’t partake in this dance, but originally it did start off for women.

Costuming

Belly dancing costumes are often colourful, flowing garments, accented with flowing scarves and veils. Finger cymbals (made of brass and known as zills) are common, dating back to 200 B.C. as well as exotic jewelry, including intricate belts made of coins. Other interesting accessories used during the dance are swords, snakes, large vessels, and even huge candelabras, complete with flaming candles. Although some of these props are more of a modern addition.

Evolution of Belly Dance

Since the turn of the century, belly dancing has grown enormously in popularity across the world. Belly dance festivals, workshops, and seminars take place constantly, attracting large audiences of interested, involved women and men. Many dancers now study the art form intensively, traveling to the middle-East and elsewhere to experience it where it originated.

What will you learn?

In my classes, you will learn the basics and fundamentals of belly dancing. As a trained instructor from the Ramzy Dance School and having learned from great tribal fusion belly dance instructors, my style of teaching takes elements from both disciplines to make you a well rounded dancer. The basics of bellydance are very important to me and are essential to get right in order to move forward.

Classes are usually taught over an 8 week course with at least 2-3 classes focusing on basics, fundamentals and new movements followed by 5-6 weeks of learning a choreography.

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