|Bored? Are you ready
to try something new? We've all felt restless, but not all of
us have done something about it. I have an idea for you! Stifle
that yawn, get up off that couch and join my belly dancing class.
Sounds exotic, doesn't it?
Chances are you don't
know much about belly dancing and have some preconceived notions.
I'm here to quell some myths, explore the mystery and convince
you, with my top ten list to take my class.
1. HEALTH AND FITNESS.
Cardiovascular workout! Muscle lengthening! Toned abdominals!
The movements in the dance are designed to strengthen the
muscles and increase flexibility. The best part of dancing
is it works for young and old alike. It is low impact and
easy on the joints. Need I say more? Okay, do you really want
to take another aerobics class? J
2. SENSUALITY. Belly
dancing's alluring movements will have you feeling sexy and
in touch with muscles you never knew you had. Sensuality is
simply feeling comfortable with your body. Learning the dance
will cause you to discover you body and stretch its capabilities.
What could be more sensual?
3. SPIRITUALITY. What
is more spiritual than connecting with your physical self
and the earth beneath your feet? Belly dancing is exercise
that provides deep relaxation for the mind and body, placing
you in the right state of mind to explore your spirituality
and place in this world.
4. FUN! Studying a
new art form is always interesting, but shaking your hips
is nothing short of sheer fun! It may be some time before
you seriously increase your skill level. But rest assured
your lessons will be filled with fun dancing with the "girls".
5. CREATIVITY. While
there are specific moves in the dance, there is plenty of
room for a dancer to express personal style. Unlike other
dance forms, such as ballet, there is no rigid structure.
Belly dancing is a unique dance form because you are truly
free to express and create!
Pushing the limits of what is comfortable and diving into
a new activity builds self-confidence. You will leave class
feeling like a million bucks. You'll realize you can cross
boundaries and there is nothing that can't be tackled and
7. BETTER POSTURE.
The inherent movement and breathing technique in the dance
will have you standing taller than ever. Have you always wanted
an extra inch? Put away those high heels and dance, dance,
8. STRESS REDUCTION.
Pouring mental energy into this ancient dance form makes daily
troubles seem miles away. You will leave the class feeling
energized, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
9. GRACE. Feel like
an octopus on the dance floor? Belly dancing's fluid; dramatic
movements will have you feeling like a swan before long.
10. HISTORY. Belly
dance is one of the oldest dance forms around. Did you know
the term belly dancing is a western name? The correct name
for belly dancing is actually Raqs sharqi, which means Oriental