"I love to teach this form of dance to help women find confidence and beauty within them selves; 

to feel strong and to feel they are gorgeous and amazing in who they are....no matter what society says!  

We should all let our inner light shine through for all to see."   

Monique




 Physical Benefits of Belly Dance

*body toning

*no/very little impact

*improved balance

*builds back and glute muscles evenly

*strengthens arms

*increases coordination

*improves posture and flexibility

*increased energy

 *helps in weight loss

*burns calories

*improved sleep

*aids digestion

*aids child birth

 Inner Benefits of Belly Dance

 *stress reduction

*builds self esteem

* builds confidence

* increases inner feminine

*Sense of well being

*release our inner beauty through movement

*helps discover our sensuality

* connects one to the earth very grounding



What Belly Dance is.......

 Women in today’s society are taught it is wrong to feel proud of being beautiful, to be sensual and sexy; to show our strong passionate nature. We are unfortunately labeled in a negative way when going against prudish notions of what being a woman means. Belly dancing brings out the inner goddess in most women. As you move your body to the music it frees up your soul and lets you feel incredibly alive. It brings out your femininity and inner strength.

Belly Dance is one of the most ancient forms of dance. Though no one knows where the first forms of belly dance took place; the origins can be traced back to the Orient, India, Africa and, of course,the Middle East.

Historical evidence shows Egyptian tomb paintings dating from as far back as the fourteenth century BC that depict partially clad dancers whose positions appear to be very similar to those used in belly dancing. Belly Dancing also has been depicted in Persian miniature paintings from the 12th and 13th centuries.

 The popularized connection between belly dancing and exotic harems is due largely to the Romanticism movement in the 18th and 19th century as artists depicted their interpretation of harem life. But for Saudi women, the dance itself was considered to be sacred, and not intended to be seen by men at all.

Although many today still see it as a dance intended to entertain men; most dancers of Raks Sharqi and it's many forms find this very offensive! Traditionally and in some places still is; performed by only women for only women to celebrate special occasions. It is also used in preparation for and during childbirth.Many Lamaze movements are based on basic belly dance moves.

This form of dance is made for a women’s body and the movements though feeling un-natural at first are actually quite natural to do. These are movements that are smooth, flowing, complex, and sensual movements of the torso, alternated with shaking and shimmy type moves. They focus on the hips; abdominal and chest suggesting a strong connection to female fertility, both in conception and labor.

In the Arabic community, Belly Dance is known as Raks Sharqi (pronounced Rocks shark kee), which means “Dance of the Orient”.  . You may also hear it called Danse Orientale (French) or Oryantal Tansi (Turkish). Because these terms suggested an exotic dance that originated elsewhere, the art of belly dance was held in higher esteem than local dances.

There are several theories on how it came to be known in the West as “Belly Dance”. It is similar in sound to the Arabic term “Beledi” (Balady) or “dance of the people”. Another version is it was called Dance of the Belly and it stuck.

There are also many forms and fusions of Belly dance through out the  world: Egyptian, Turkish, Romany, Spanish fusion and also more Americanized Egyptian versions as well  as Gothic & Tribal styles. There are too many to list here! You can dance with veils, zills, wings, scarves, canes, swords and snakes. And every dancer brings her (or his) own flair to a performance.

 No matter what style a dancer chooses it is always their inner beauty that comes shining through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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