Belly Dancing Classes
Lisa at Most Curious Rose is back. She's been to belly dancing classes recently and we thought it would be nice to share her experience.
Over to you Lisa -
It’s been my guilty secret that I’ve wanted to try belly dancing for about fifteen years. I’m not sure why I kept that secret, but one evening I decided it was time to give it a try. I donned an oversized tee-shirt and leggings and stepped out into a crisp, frosty night to head to my local dance centre, and I am so glad I finally did!
The exotic music blared and I wriggled and flung myself about with glee! It was so much fun, every time the music stopped for us to learn some new moves, we just ad-libbed! I have to admit, it wasn’t easy. I can’t roll my body like *those* girls in the night clubs in my youth, but after a few more lessons I’m starting to be able to move different parts of me independently!
The other ‘dancers’ are the loveliest room full of strangers I have ever met. We’re all different ages and shapes, all brought together because we are charmed by the music and can’t resist moving. I can hear the songs in my head for days after! It’s a real escape from everyday life.
We learn a routine, step by step, and at the end we make a mad dash for the finish line in the final few minutes of class. It turns out it’s best to wear something tight on top rather than an oversized t-shirt; this is so you can see if you’re moving correctly in the mirrors.
This coming week we’re donning gypsy skirts, though I prefer my harem pants (£8 from Matalan- bargain!). Beth, our teacher, brings along a bag of hip scarves embellished with gold coins to enhance our shimmies. I will be keeping an eye out for toe rings and anklets, too.
We learn a complete routine every week, broken down into smaller steps that make sense once the music starts playing, and by the end I can usually remember most of it. Your muscles begin to remember what they’re supposed to do. It’s a bit more of a work-out for the brain than the body but I think that as I learn to control my movements better, I will engage more muscles and feel it more the next day! I am literally flinging myself about all over the place in an attempt to keep up!
Some of the group have been going for years, and have formed a troupe to attend amateur shows, just for fun. I’ve seen photos of lavish costumes covered in dangly coins, stage make-up and even wigs. I’m not convinced that was actually one of the shows, though! I’m up for my first show in March and I am so excited to get my first costume together! I just can’t decide if I’m up for getting my post-baby belly out yet…
Thanks to Lisa for sharing her insights. I think it sounds like a fantastic class - a lot of fun, plus a good work out. What do you think? Would you give belly dancing classes a go?
Lisa has been attending belly dancing classes at Rochester Dance Junction and the photos are courtesy of Beth's belly dancing class.
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