Belly Dance = Healthy Mind, Happy Heart, Dancing Feet

By Regan ‘Rania’ Gardner
November 25, 2013

For many centuries Oriental Dance, or Belly Dance as it is commonly referred to has captivated both dancer and audience alike evoking visions of the mystical East with flowing costumes, sensual movement and infectious music.  In the last century Belly Dance has become increasingly popular in the West with many women embracing the art form.

Keeping active is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind and body no matter what your age and Belly Dance is a fantastic way to embrace exercise and movement without the chore of a fitness class. Being a low impact activity Belly Dance is suitable for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and with a variety of physical limitations, I find it very user friendly! Women can work at their own pace, learning how to reconnect with their body and move it in different ways. The movements in Belly Dance help to build core strength, fitness and flexibility and as dancers progress through the levels layering of movement is introduced which helps with co-ordination, balance and body isolation.

Each term along with learning movement and technique the dancers learn a new choreography. This helps consolidate the movements they have been learning as well as transitioning through movements which helps with co-ordination, and of course remembering the choreography is excellent for improving your memory.

Along with the physical benefits of Belly Dance comes the emotional and well being side effects. We strive to provide an environment of encouragement and acceptance, allowing women to be happy with how they are. Spending an hour dancing can be a great stress relief, which helps encourage and maintain a positive, happy outlook and keep depression at bay.

Belly Dance Arabesque have a very supportive community at the studio and we regularly hold social events with opportunities to dance, dress up and have some fun. There is never any pressure to perform but if the desire is there we support that. Our teachers all have many years experience dancing, teaching and performing and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with their students.

Do your mind, body and spirit a favour and head along to a class at Belly Dance Arabesque, chances are you will never look back!

Belly Dance Arabesque Dance and Yoga Studio is located at 23 Payneham Road, College Park and offer regular free come and try classes. Visit the website at or Facebook page for more info on classes in Belly Dance, Bollywood, Tribal Belly Dance, Fusion and Yoga along with studio events.

Next Free Come and Try Sessions are on Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 7.15pm and Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 7.15pm.

Belly Dance Arabesque Classes and Workshops