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Belly Dance Basics


Mon 27 Oct 2014, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Salsa Latina Dance Centre, 12 Bath St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Kashmir

To celebrate Belly Raqs coming into the centre of Christchurch, Kashmir will be offering a free class on Monday 27 October. This class is suitable for beginners (from those who have never done a belly dance class before to those who have only a few years experience).

Belly dance is a dance form that emphasises movements of the torso rather than the limbs – and is linked to Middle Eastern culture and music. Belly Dance Basics concentrates on the movement vocabulary and putting it together rather than the cultural side. Characteristic movements include hip work, shimmies, undulations, isolations and layering (doing multiple things at once).

The class will cover basic technique that is common to a range of belly dance styles. It is designed for those who have never tried belly dance before or are at beginner level. However, intermediate dancers (> 5 years) may still gain useful tips. Moves will be taught at multiple levels allowing for a range of abilities and experience. Drills, combos and improvisation will then extend your knowledge.

Belly Dance springs from social dance and in this class both the more relaxed social style (beledi) and the performance style (sharqi) will be covered. Contrary to what you may find on the internet, belly dance is suitable for men, women and children (however, children under 13 must be accompanied by a responsible, paying adult in Belly Dance Basics).

Q: Will I have fun?
A: Very likely! People often comment on how good they feel at the end of a class.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Comfortable clothes to move in. You will gain better feedback if your legs can be seen – so tights are a good choice. A fabric hip tie also helps to see your movement – but no coin scarves (they are noisy and shed on the floor). Bare feet or thin soled flexible shoes are recommended. For women, a supportive bra is required.

Q: Do I need to show my belly?
A: In class – no. Should you later decide to perform, some styles will require a bra and belt costume for women – although body stockings can be worn with them. You can wear dresses with some performance styles. Social belly dance is just whatever you wear to party.

Q: Are men allowed?
A: Yes, as participating dancers. All moves in this course are suitable for men and women.

Q: Will I get fit? Lose weight? Gain flexibility?
A: As with any exercise, the gains depend on the amount of time and effort put in. One hour a week in itself will have only a small effect. Belly Dance is not a fitness program – especially at beginner level while you are learning the technique. However, doing the Exercise Dancing class at 7pm will burn more calories and give you a good warm-up for the belly dance.

Belly Dance Basics will continue from November as a paid class.

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