Samirah's Beginner Belly Dance Class will be an introduction to American Cabaret Style Belly dance.
“Belly Dance is organic and can be an effective form of exercise and stress relief, not to mention a great self-esteem booster… if done correctly.”
By the end of this class, you will be equipped with the proper posture and basic moves of Raqs Sharqi. You will also learn a short choreography and be ready to shimmy and zaghareet at a moment's notice! Yalla! (Let's go!)
History of Belly dance:
The actual origin of belly dance is unknown as it is one of the oldest forms of dance with deep origins. The most popular theory of belly dance’s origin is that it is from Egypt with influences from other Middle Eastern countries. It is said that the dance started as a religious dance or possibly as a birthing practice to ease childbirth. It later came to America in 1893 with Chicago’s World Fair. Today, belly dance is taught in almost every country throughout the world. It offers an instant community of friends and performers. Although dominated by women, the dance is also performed by men (most commonly in Egypt), although European influence later promoted female dancers over male.
What to Bring:
You need to wear something that you can easily move in; yoga or work out pants, sports bra, fitted tank top, or fitted t-shirt are best. We will be using bare feet. Please bring a scarf to tie around your waist, or coin scarf if you have one. I will have some to borrow/purchase for class.
Hafla will be held on May 19th and June 30th