Belly dance, also known as Middle Eastern dance, has grown in popularity well beyond its region of origin.
It's easy to understand why so many dancers have turned to belly dance; it is good exercise, fun to do, and offers an outlet for creative expressionas well as the opportunity to dress up in various costumes.
Belly dancing history crosses many cultural boundaries, getting its start in the Middle East and Africa, and moving on to evolve in western cultures as both a form of cultural dance and exotic entertainment. In the 21st century, the genre has gained considerable popularity all around the world.
Why Belly Dance?
Aside from the joy inherent in learning a beautiful dance art,
enthusiasts report a wide variety of benefits gained from the practice of bellydance.
Satisfaction from achieving new levels of physical mastery.
A feeling of camaraderie, community, and making new friends.
Low impact and exciting form of exercise.
Strengthening, reshaping and renewed acceptance of one's body.
Greater freedom and range of self expression.
Relief from back pain.
Familiarity with different musical styles and cultures.
Spending time for yourself.
Costuming, sewing, jewelry making, crafting.
Bringing joy to others.
Fun, fun, fun!
Stretch and tone your body while you learn this global, feminine art! The movements of belly dance will sculpt and firm your body, while increasing your stamina and grace, all without stress and fatigue. Belly dance also promotes weight loss by burning calories, building muscle, and stimulating your digestive system. Class will include warm-up, basic moves, techniques and choreography. All ages and body types welcome...check your inhibitions at the door!
These classes are for anyone interested in fusing American stylization into the beautiful art of belly dance. In addition to other dance styles, the instructors use other sources of inspiration, such as music, art and costuming, to bring out the creative spirit in each student. This class is for anyone looking to further their knowledge of belly dance while tapping in to personal creative expression.
Improvisational Team Sync (ITS) belly dance, or ITS, is a combination-based form of Improvisational Team Fusion dance. It relies on a shared vocabulary of movements, each initiated by a distinct cue movement. The leader initiates the cue movement, then a short, choreographed combination, or Combo, is performed. These Combos can be done in any order,
and none of the dancers know ahead of time
what moves the leader will cue next.
I.T.S. is a specific style or school of global inspired bellydance. The term was first coined in 2006 by Amy Sigil of UNMATA to describe her Improv vocabulary.
Learn more about I.T.S. here!
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