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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 mid-East. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men.

Throughout history, this ritualized 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.

Belly Dancing is a thorough and effective exercise for every part of the body. Because of this, it is great for all ages, sizes and body types. The benefits are numerous:

 

 

· Back and joint pains are relieved

· Bone density increases

· Belly dance is a low impact form of exercise

· Belly dance helps in preparing for childbirth

· Stress levels become lower

· Belly dance boosts self-esteem

· Belly dance can help relieve PMS

To experience all of the above in a friendly, relaxed environment contact us for more details.

Classes available in Bellville area

 

Michelle at World Belly Dance Day 2013