Learn The Art Of Belly Dance

Learn the art of traditional Belly Dance in this fun weekly class!  Many experts believe that belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It may be dated back as far as 17,000 years ago as a fertility ritual.  It also began as preparation to ease the pain of childbirth in the ancient Middle East.  Traces of it can be found up to 6,000 years ago, in some pagan societies, who used to worship a feminine deity. The term “belly dance” is believed to have come from a French term (danse du ventre) meaning “dance of the stomach.” 

Belly dance became popular in the 1970’s when women were becoming more liberated and free.  It is associated with spirituality and feminine empowerment. It has evolved into a cultural, sensual and exotic form of entertainment and socialization. Belly dancing is not limited to any age or body shape!  Movements of the torso, isolation of the hips and the use of core muscles make it an excellent form of fitness!

Tribal Style today represents everything from folkloric inspired dances (such as the original Bal Anat) to a fusion of ancient dance techniques from North India, the Middle East, Spain and Africa. As a general category, Tribal Style covers many flavors of American Belly Dance both the folkloric inspired and fusion and cross over styles which explore modern, jazz, dance theatre, and hip hop with belly dance, as well as fusion with traditional classical ethnic dance forms like Bhangra, Bharata Natyam, Flamenco and now even Polynesian and West African Dance

Zahra is an acclaimed belly dancer who has been teaching for over thirty years.  She offers authentic and traditional classes.  Her studio has been the recipient of Readers Choice Awards time and time again.  She is the best of the best!

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5 week course






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Jul 30 2020


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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