Why Should You Try BellyDance?
Fun, creative expression
Self Acceptance & Empowerment
Core fitness & Improved Posture
Connect with other women in a
supportive social environment
Challenge yourself with something
new and different
by doing something for YOU
~~~~~ What is BellyDance?~~~~~
The term “bellydance” is actually more of an American nickname. Around the rest of the world ,
this dance is known as Raks Al Sharki (Dance of the East), Oriental Dance, Arabic Dance, or
Middle Eastern Dance.
The art of bellydance is actually thousands of years old in the making.
Archeology reminds us that ancient cultures revered the feminine - the female form was considered
the source of life. Dance and music were integral aspects of those ancient cultures. Like a moth to a
flame, woman and dance were likewise attracted, creating an art form that migrated and took hold
among countless ethnic tribes. This graceful art form was practiced among their women for
numerous reasons: celebration and entertainment, communal bonding, ritual, and even childbirth
preparation. We can enjoy it for the same reasons, today!
Unlike many misconceptions today, it was not (nor is) intended to be erotic, male entertainment.
Middle Eastern style dance can be sensual (after all, the female form is beautiful!) but it is
historically a dance of feminine celebration - the dancer dances to bring joy to herself, her fellow
dancers and her audience.