Escape your daily routine and embark on an exotic journey through music and movement
Lessons are suitable for all - whether you are joining our classes to get in shape, to improve your overall wellbeing, to have some fun, to learn about other cultures, to learn a new style of dance, to meet new friends, to spend time with a family member or friend, to improve your body image, or to become a professional performer, we will do everything we can to help you reach your goals.
Traditional Belly Dance Classes
Expressive, sensual, playful and flirtatious, Belly Dance encourages you to embrace your femininity while learning muscle control, grace and poise. Classic, Modern and Folkloric Belly Dance Styles are taught in this class - with the focus being on Egyptian Oriental as the foundation style. Egyptian Oriental (or Raqs Sharqi) has its roots in Egyptian social and folkloric dances. The style as we know it today, originates from the early 20th century in Egypt. It developed in Cairo in the 1920s in nightclubs where dancers started incorporating a larger use of the stage, a lot of footwork and influences from western dances such as ballet and ballroom dances. Our classes focus on posture and alignment; developing strong and graceful arms and hands; intricate hip articulations and abdominal work; articulated isolations, pops and locks; serpentine undulations; dynamic shimmies, turns and step combinations as well as emotional expression. In addition to movement technique, the music of Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries is explored and demystified to encourage students to become truly immersed in the music made for belly dance. We also delve into the history and cultural context of the dance.
Modern Fusion Belly Dance Classes
Modern Fusion Belly Dance is a modern contemporary version of traditional belly dance. It combines or "fuses" movements of traditional belly dance (classic, modern & folkloric) with elements or influences of flamenco, afro, indian, hip hop, house, voguing, popping, modern, jazz and much more. Earthy and snake-like, yet fun and cheeky, music ranges from world to electronic to contemporary. This class will incorporate both fast and slow movements; isolations, drills and combinations; focus on muscle differentiation and mechanics; posture and alignment; strength and flexibility. This class draws from a multitude of different dance styles and influences including American Tribal Style Belly Dance, the serpentine Tribal Fusion stylings of Rachel Brice, the eclectic Contemporary Fusion expressions of Kami Liddle, the heavy hitting pop and lock fusion of Zoe Jakes and so much more. Modern Fusion Belly Dance combines respect for tradition with 21st Century innovation to bring you a dance form that unifies and embraces our world's cultures and weaves an intricate tapestry of visual art.
Polynesian Dance Classes (Hawaiian Hula & Ori Tahiti)
Discover the beautiful art of Tahitian and Hawaiian styles of dance. Move your body to the beautiful rhythms of the islands. Sway your hips and tell a story. Students will learn hula movements and terminology and learn to use hula implements such as the ipu (gourd), pu’ili (a split bamboo rod), the ‘uli ‘uli (feathered gourd rattle), and more. Dancers will learn to tell a story using their hands and body movements, while the meanings of the dances will be explained.
Dance Zone, Bryanpark Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor, Corner Grosvenor Road & Cumberland Drive, Bryanston
Ministry of Dance, Unit 22, Northlands Deco Park, Avant Garde Street, Northriding
DS Dance Studio, 65 14th Avenue, Roodepoort
World of Dance, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre, cnr Maxwell Dr & Edison Crescent, Sunninghill
What to Wear
Come dressed in comfortable pants (yoga / jazz / tribal / gym / leggings) and a top that allows us to see your body movement clearly. You do not need to show your abdomen unless you want to, but we encourage you to wear a body-hugging style top so that we can ensure you are using the correct muscles. The classes include stretches which require you to work on the floor and stretch out your arms, so make sure the clothing you wear is suitable for this.
You can start off dancing bare foot or in socks and buy the belly dance t-bar shoes / ballet shoes once you are sure you want to continue with lessons.
You can also purchase a shimmy belt / hip scarf with coins on which you will tie around your hips to provide emphasis to your hip movements.
Bring along water and a yoga mat.
Benefits of Belly Dance
- Grows your self-confidence and helps you develop a positive self-image.
- Improves overall posture, flexibility, suppleness, stamina & co-ordination.
- Prevents lower back problems & provides relief from back pain and strengthens pelvic and stomach muscles.
- Provides a greater freedom and range of self-expression.
- Helps to relieve the stresses of everyday life.
- Provides great “me” time and “girl” time as you gain a feeling of camaraderie / community by making new friends.
- Provides an opportunity to not only feel like a goddess but dress up like one too – get all glammed up!
How to Join
You are welcome to attend a TRIAL LESSON at any of the classes to help you decide whether
belly dancing is something you would like to do.
Send an email to email@example.com to book your trial lesson.
Please note that booking is essential.
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