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Bellydancing is a very empowering dance that helps you discover the goddess inside you. Originally a dance to celebrate the gift of giving birth, bellydance is a dance from women for women. It’s about enjoying yourself, your sensuality, your moves, your body.
Consequently, this dance will build your confidence about yourself physically and mentally. It will help you enjoy and accept who you are and how you are!
The benefits of belly dance are both mental and physical. Dancing provides a good cardio-vascular workout and helps increase both flexibility and strength, focusing on the torso or “core muscles”, although it also builds leg strength. Many belly dance styles emphasize muscular ‘isolations’, teaching the ability to move various muscles or muscle groups independently. Veil work can also build arm, shoulder, and general upper-body strength, and playing the zills can build strength and independence of the fingers. It will help you keep fit and exercising muscles you never thought you had will help tone and shape your body. When performed properly bellydance enhances your posture and increases your suppleness.
Belly dance is suitable for all ages and body types, and can be as physical as the participant chooses. As with starting any new exercise routine, people with health concerns should consult their doctor before starting belly dance and talk with the belly dance instructor to find out the level of difficulty in the classes.
The dance can also give mental health benefits including an improved sense of well-being, better body image and self-esteem, and the generally positive outlook that comes with regular, enjoyable exercise.