1-2-1 Bellydance Classes, including pre and post natal! Enjoy keeping fit before, during and after pregnancy with this beautiful dance form!
Fully qualified pre & post natal dance instructor. Bellydancing is not only soothing for your baby but promotes strength, balance & co ordination, preparing you for labour & recovery. All levels welcome!
Bellydance is a dance of celebration, tradition, sensuality and strength. For centuries in Egyptian culture it was danced within families, usually to prepare and strengthen the body for childbirth.
Early Western travellers to Egypt were entertained in restaurants by women who would have danced for them using a more flirtatious variation than the one performed with their sisters, mothers or husbands. Stories brought back from Egypt by these typically upper class men would have told of an Eastern dance of seduction and mystery, and brought with it negative connotations. These rich men were unlikely to have witnessed the Bellydance performed within the strict confines of an Arabic household. A traditional Egyptian woman would have had no contact with Western men therefore the only versions they saw were not telling the full story.
Bellydancing is performed in countries as widely diverse as Turkey and Greece, as well as the other North African countries. The Romany gypsies also have a tradition of Bellydance. Even within Egypt itself there are varying styles within the umbrella of Bellydancing: eg Raqs Sharqi, Ballady, Saidi, Cabaret and more recently, Tribal. These variations have been developed over the centuries and some of them overlap with each other as fashions dictate. It is interesting to see the influence of Bellydance in modern dance forms like Streetdance, Caribbean Dancehall and Salsa. Like in all dance styles the steps and movement sequences have names: eg, the Camel; figure of eight; the Keenya; the Shimmy.
Suggestions on what to wear and bring:
• You are welcome to wear anything comfortable that you can move in freely.
• For Bellydance, barefoot is preferable or jazz/ballet shoes, etc.
• A bottle of water is essential. Small towel and wet wipes.