Bellydancing

Belly Dance Classes & Workshops

Many women are drawn to this very ancient dance and art form! It is used as a way of celebrating women’s femininity, as it helps women gain confidence in their bodies. Belly Dance exercises also have many health benefits.

Goldie was introduced to Middle Eastern Dance (aka Belly Dance) in 2005, and has been hooked ever since! Her love of the joyful, creative and empowering dance form has grown over the years. Her passion for this dance style inspires her to continue sharing it through performances and the teaching of classes and workshops.

Join Goldie for a fun filled, exhilarating dance session in a safe and nurturing environment. Awaken to the delights of your natural self expression through body movement. Feel the good vibes and empowerment of the music and hip shaking moves that have attracted woman to dance throughout the centuries!

For current classes or workshops, please click on the the calendar.

 

 

Benefits of Belly Dance (~Wikipedia):

Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages.  Some of the benefits of belly dance are:

  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Improves flexibility of the torso
  • Lengthens (decompresses) and strengthens entire spinal column
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles gently
  • Veil Dancing builds strength in upper body
  • Playing zylls trains fingers to work independently and builds strength
  • Legs and back muscles strengthened by hip movements
  • Helps with menstruation problems
  • More positive approach towards body and sexuality

Brief History of Belly Dance by Goldie

Belly Dance has been referred to as the “Forbidden Dance” – why is that? Things are not usually forbidden out of love – but forbidden out of fear – fear of the unknown and a lack of understanding. Belly Dance, some believe, began as a ritual for childbirth preparation in the ancient Middle East. Belly Dancing was performed by women, for women, in groups of women and men were excluded from these gatherings.

In Arabic, the dance is called Raks Sharqi – which means “Oriental Dance”. The French called it “Dance of the Stomach” – describing the tribal dances of the Berbers in Algeria. This was not the only type of dance in the Middle East as there were regional folk dances which emphasized more hip movements. The folk dances were done with many layers of colourful clothing, belted at the waist, with no skin showing, and the dancers bounced the layers of their skirts using isolated body movements.

Since dancing is an art form, and all art forms evolve over time, so has Belly Dance. Now we have a variety of costuming and dance styles all under the umbrella name of” Belly Dance”: Tribal, Gypsy, Folkloric, Cabaret, and Fusion plus the use of various props – veils, finger cymbals or zylls, swords, canes, etc. Some of the dances will tell a story like Polynesian dances do.

In the late 1800’s at the Chicago’s World Fair a promoter of an Egyptian music & dance group was worried about attendance. He had the idea to rename the group “Bellydancers from Egypt” and created a controversy which became a media sensation. Lines gathered to see the show, this outrageous bellydance from afar!

Today many Middle Eastern countries forbid women to perform the dance. During the 1950’s, bellydancing was declared illegal in Egypt, but there was an uprising, and the ban was repealed with the condition that dancers no longer show their stomachs. This law is still in effect.

Dallal Professional Interpretive Middle Eastern Dancer
Dance is a healing art.  It heals the body, mind, soul, and can heal entire societies if we let it.

Now western women are becoming involved in this very ancient dance! It is used as a way of celebrating women’s femininity, as it helps women gain confidence in their bodies. Bellydance exercises are also used in natural childbirth classes, and many of these moves are recommended by Chiropractors because they help keep the spine, lower back and hips flexible! One classic move is the hip circle – and Jillian Michael’s, Fitness Trainer from “The Biggest Loser”, recommends this move to her clients to “warm up the muscles of the core”!