The Belly Dancer Within You

What will you discover when you take belly dancing classes?

Belly dancing lessons have been taken by thousands of women worldwide. If this dance provides a positive outlet of joy for you; it will become addictive. It becomes addictive because it will satisfy the pleasure centers of your being.

This dance is not for every woman, but for those who master it, it unveils their identity, strengths, and opens a world which enables confidence to pursue their dreams.

Why do women like belly dancing?

Women like belly dancing because:

  1. It makes you feel happy

  2. It satisfies your creativity

  3. It is attractive to those who study other cultures and their history

  4. It challenges the physical body, mental discipline, and emotional control

  5. It builds confidence, self-esteem and self-confidence

  6. It becomes a personal achievement

  7. Reshaping the body and losing weight

  8. Love of costumes and makeup

  9. Wearing beautiful jewelry and head pieces

  10. Wearing ethnic costuming

  11. Being comfortable with the female body

  12. Love of dance for freedom of body movement

  13. Making new friends with varied interests

  14. Performing

  15. Career

This dance is very motivating as it allows personal growth. It is a creative outlet which leads to many activities. In addition to the dance women take interests in photography, making costumes, creating jewelry designs, and designing choreography. There are also other art and craft attractions such as painting, sculpting, doll making, and writing.

As she discovers her strengths in this dance art she feels more free and fearless of expressing her independence. Women overcome their fears, negative self-limiting thinking, and other negative thoughts which keep them from advancing into competent and self-reliant individuals.

The other students in the classroom become friends and people who share in each others’ interests. The group becomes a support system which allows for feeling safe and comfortable. A good teacher is also valuable in guiding every individual to become the best person that she can be.

Not every student becomes a performer. Performers have to become strong psychological beings with confident knowledge. These traits give strength for stage survival and for non-performers strength for daily living.

Belly dancers become passionate about their art because it brings joy and happiness to their everyday living. These feelings of pleasure will override many of the challenging or negative experiences which are faced on a daily basis.

If the dancer feels that she has had a rough and tumble day, she needs only to find a quiet space and dance to her heart’s content. She revives her psychological strength, physical energy, and feels refreshed to face the day.

La La La Human Steps: Amelia

Quicksilver footwork. Chic elegance. Spidery sets and black net costumes cool enough to belong on the cover of Vogue. La La La Human Steps is where ballet and high fashion collide; where traditional movements are redefined into present-day relevance. The choreography is an interplay of speed and extremes, physical challenge blended with lyricism that has brought the Canadian ballet company to international renown. But it is their unique blend of innovative dance vocabulary, contemporary music and cinematic effects that differentiates them from other ballet companies of their caliber.

The dancers are classically trained but add sports training to build adequate strength for the leg-whipping, gravity-defying twists and turns that each piece requires. This year, the company celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new work created by founder and choreographer Edouard Lock, featuring Kirov prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, who was recently described as “the foremost classical ballerina of today” by Ballet Magazine. The North American debut of the new work will be in May at Place des Arts’ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. As of yet, there are no plans announced for a US tour.

Since the founding of La La La Human steps in 1980, Edouard Lock has collaborated with an eclectic lineup of stars, including David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Skinny Puppy and David Lang. He has created works for the Paris National Opera, the Paris Opera Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theater. Since the creation of “Human Sex” (1985), the ballet company has toured worldwide, as far as Europe and Asia, touring two years for each new production.

Their best-loved work, “Amelia” (2002), choreographed originally for the Prague opera, has been made into a film which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, followed by the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City Utah. It is a study of chic strife, dramatic emotions brought to life in the limbs of dancers, including principal dancer and muse, Louise Lecavalier. Its use of multiple angles offers a distortion of perspective that alternates at times between falling and flying. The film has won best of its category numerous international festivals, and received 2 GEMINI AWARDS for best direction and best editing, 2 ICE (individual creative excellence) awards from the National Association of Broadcasters in the United States for best direction of photography and editing, and was a finalist at the International Emmy Awards. Lock directs all of his own videos. Excerpts from the “Amelia” film can be found on YouTube.

Belly Dancing for Fun and Physical Fitness

Belly dancing students have a lot of fun learning the movements of this beautiful art form of dancing. It is a fun discipline because both students and dancers enjoy this form of freelance dancing. This dance is unlike repetitive exercises which are boring and make you feel that you are laboring grudgingly.

The dancer stretches, tightens and releases, flexes and contracts, and vibrates muscle tissues in order to accomplish the various movements from selected areas of the body. While interpreting the rhythms she is burning body fat. toning muscles, and redistributing the body’s appearance for a personalized physical fitness. There is so much fun having the body freely move and respond to the exotic music that a person wants to keep dancing.

Exercising to music or dancing is appealing because physical, mental, and psychological satisfaction can be gained by marking time with your favorite rhythms. The proof of one’s accomplishment is reflected in the mirror. Wearing a beautiful costume which enhances your figure is an added boost to making a woman feel beautiful.

Muscle strength enables a dancer to complete twenty and thirty minute dance sets. Her legs, arms, body torso, and head are in constant movement which keeps her smiling and happy with not a care in the world while dancing.

Benefits of muscle strength:

1. The walking, skipping, sliding and shuffling movements offer bone strengthening for feet, ankles, and legs.

2. Shoulder, chest, and arm movement strengthen bones of the upper spine.

3. Abdominal movements condition the center area of the spine

4. Pelvic tucks and other similar movements strengthen the muscles of the lower spine.

5. Strengthening the spinal muscles affords flexibility and corrects spinal alignment ensuring good posture.

6. Working the muscles helps to burn fat resulting in a lean and toned body.

Another fun part of belly dancing for physical fitness is wearing parts of the costume. By wearing the bra, belt, hip scarf, a pair of harem pants or a skirt, it will make you feel beautiful as the movements are being performed. However, the major reason for wearing these items as practice garments is to be able to see and correct dance movements.

Practicing these belly dancing movements will require focusing and viewing feedback from a mirror helps to confirm the accuracy of the movements. However, the benefits of losing weight and toning the body without boring repetitive labored exercises are a welcome surprise when dancing your way to physical fitness.