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Post  j_annn on Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:19 pm


Learn one of the oldest social dances in world history with our belly dancing workshop, sponsored by Claribel’s Raks Sharki Studio.


Learn to Belly Dance
Instructor: Angelina of Claribel's Raks Sharki Studio

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.

Read more about the history of belly dancing from the source: BellyDance.org.

Why should I belly dance?
We all know and have seen that belly dancing is fun but few know of its numerous health benefits. The graceful motions of the belly dance are based on movements that come naturally to the human form. It utilizes different muscle groups in your body, working with the body instead of against it. Here are a few of the health benefits:

Improved posture and muscle toning
Weight loss and aids digestion
Stress reduction
Read more about the health benefits of belly dancing from the source: AtlantaBellyDance.com.


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