Westerners think of belly dance as a performance art, something to please or titillate an audience. Its origins, however, are rooted in the essence of femininity. Belly dance was handed down and taught by mothers and grandmothers to young women to prepare the body for possible motherhood and the rigors of childbirth. Creative movement for the creation center! It was done in a community of women and not in mixed company.
Today, whether or not we plan on having children, whether or not we hope to perform for an audience, belly dance is a fabulous way to treat your body to the movement it loves.
Enter the Judgment Free Zone: shimmy, roll, wiggle, jiggle and shake and be proud of it. I teach an introduction to belly dance that breaks down the movements to make them accessible to women of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Elements of belly dance are also incorporated into the LUVMVMT® LUV-IN classes and private sessions. Women and men can benefit from a strong core and supple spine.
NEXT belly dance class launches October 13, 2016, in a 5:30-6:30 pm weekly Thursday slot at the Weinstein JCC in its Fall specialty classes. It is an All Women class. Here’s the link to register: