An alternative to Zumba and Yoga, Belly Dancing provides a great core workout in a fun and energetic way that also teaches a form of dance.
Belly Dancing Lessons will be taught by Zakia Hamwee, a Beaver Crossing resident. A bit about Zakia and her experience -
Zakia Hamwee has been involved in belly dance for most of her life and has been performing for over 20 years. She has continued her tradition of educating her students on the history of the dance as well as teaching ethnic and cabaret styles. She has performed in many locations around the United States and is the artistic director of The Flames of Araby and is the co-director of The Sheik and Flames of Araby.
What you will learn - You will learn the basics of belly dancing, isolation's, muscle control, self-confidence, and, if you're up for it, so much more!
Belly dancing is a women’s dance performed by women for women using all natural movements for women. Some of the benefits of belly dance are:
• Boost your self-esteem and confidence.
• Low impact form of exercise.
• Reduces stress.
• Relieves back and joint pains.
• Increases bone density.
• Helps in loss of weight.
• Helps in preparing for childbirth.
• Helps relieve PMS.
Is Belly Dancing a good exercise?
Belly Dance is an excellent exercise. You work both your body and your mind with this dance. Belly dance is a natural dance for women that
combines natural, body-friendly movement with yoga, ethnic and modern dance.
Just a reminder of what to wear to class:
Lightweight workout clothes, or a leotard and tights are fine. On a cold day you might even want to wear sweats.
You can dance barefoot but if the floor is cold you might prefer to wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes or any soft flexible shoe or sandal with a back strap. Tennis shoes are not recommended as they are heavy and clunky.