Four good reasons to start belly dancing....
Body and Soul
Belly Dancing, also known as Oriental Dance or Raks Sharqi ("Dance of the East"),
is an excellent workout, a celebration of life and a spiritual experience all rolled into one.
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You may be drawn to belly dancing by the exotic costumes, or because you have seen dancers perform and want to
move your body in the same way. Perhaps you are sick of the gym and looking for a fun activity to get you in
These are all wonderful reasons to start belly dancing. It is ideal for:
You'll get a full-body low-impact workout and have so much fun it won't feel like exercise. Belly dancing
stretches, tones and stregthens the body, improves flexibility and posture, and works multiple muscle groups, Belly
dancing burns up to 300 calories in an hour, so many dancers enjoy a considerable weight and inch loss from the
extra exercise and toning (especially when combined with a healthy diet).
Losing yourself in the rhythm of the music while gently stretching your muscles and enjoying the community of
fellow dancers will melt away all the cares of your day.
Belly dancing boosts self-esteem, reminds you of your sensuality and femininity, and makes you more accepting of
your body, whatever your shape and size. Society puts enormous pressures on women to adhere to the unnatural image
of the perfect body. Belly dancing cuts through those stereotypes, and will soon leave you feeling in tune, not at
odds, with your body.
Belly dancing is not about perfecting moves and looking better than everyone else. It is about finding joy in dance
and movement. It's empowering to be a part of a belly dancing community and to find an acceptance with other
dancers that is often lacking in mainstream society.
Your age, size, shape, and fitness level do not matter when it comes to belly dancing. From teenagers to
grandmothers and everyone in between, if you have a desire to learn belly dancing, go for it!
Issy Hart writes about the art of Belly Dancing, including Belly Dancin Costumes and Belly Dancing Music.
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