Belly Dance Introduction
What you will learn
Explore a modern format based on the ancient art of Belly dance with its roots in many different places around the world - most recognizably North Africa and the Levant. Its key characteristics are isolations of the hips and ribs.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Perform basic isolations with tutor and in groups
- Perform short combinations with tutor
- Hold arms and posture in the basic frame
- Continuing students should be able to coordinate arm and hand movements to complement their dancing
Class format and activities
Class begins with a series of warm-up stretches followed by specific strengthening techniques developed for belly dance isolations. Each week focuses on a specific movement that we drill in the middle of the room followed by a short combination incorporating that movement. We finish class with a series of gentle cool-down stretches.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Please note, it may not be suited to women in the first months of pregnancy.
Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have any serious health concerns or a history of injury and inform your tutor of any physical activity you have been advised to avoid.
What you need to know before you enrol
Classes include strength training and drills which can be physically demanding so students should be prepared to work hard.
Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.
What you will need for your class
Hip scarf to emphasize movement - these may be purchased in class
Yoga pants or leggings and a t-shirt or tight fitting top so instructor can see your movement.
Student should be prepared to work in bare feet or wear jazz shoes/ballet slippers.
What you can do next
Belly Dance: Improvers in Term 2 and performance opportunities outside class.
Progression to Belly Dance: Intermediate is subject to tutor approval. Please speak to the class tutor if you are an existing beginner or improver level student. For all new students, attend a free intermediate level trial session at the beginning of term so as to meet with the tutor and assess your level.