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Introductory belly dance course, Belly Dance Basics and Belly Delight are aimed at adults.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
- Motivated High School students are welcome to attend as adults.
- Younger students may be accepted if a parent is also doing the class.
- Pensioners who are not active should clear the class with their GP.
- The standard class is not recommended for sedentary pregnant women who are not currently dancing
I prefer silent hip belts in this class - no coin belts please.
- Clothes you can move in and your hips and legs can be seen in - T-shirts & leggings are fine, even a leotard. Please avoid jeans or full, opaque skirts (Belly Delight is more relaxed for clothing). Bare bellies are not a requirement but a good firm, supporting bra is recommended.
- Bare feet are fine - some people may prefer something like a flexible ballet shoe. No street shoes inside at South Brighton. (And if you arrive in bare feet, please be prepared to wash and dry them before entry :-) )
- A sense of fun and exploration. Some of the moves may be different from anything you have tried before. But that is why youíve come to class, isnít it?
They mean I can teach from home and that keeps the cost down.
They mean students can get to know each other Ė in classes of over 20 some people feel quite isolated.
On the down side if the class numbers fall below four it is really not economic to take the classes. For this reason the Introductory course is paid in advance. If there are four students at the start of the course, the course will run for the full eight weeks. (However, if there are insufficient enrolments on the day the course may be cancelled or postponed).
Also, once the class is full it is full. Preference goes to those who have paid in full, next those who have paid a deposit, then those who have emailed/rung. To ensure you are saved a place or send the email form to register your interest.
Can I read some students comments?Here's what Kashmir's students have said about their belly dance classes
Details of the venue are available on registration. Kashmir who has been studying Belly and Middle Eastern folk since 1991 and teaching since 1997. In addition to her dance training, Kashmir has trained as a teacher (both secondary and as a dance teacher) and studied dance safety. And yes, Kashmir has travelled to Egypt.
More importantly, it means an incentive to attend every class. It can be very frustrating if too many classes are missed. This is the same as any other adult continuing education courses.
In recognition of this the individual class price is kept very low.
How much are the classes?Classes can be paid by the term, in blocks or one at a time. Here is a summary of prices which includes the refund policy.
What is Belly Dance?A gentle form of dance that can be enjoyed by most people. To enjoy this dance you donít need extreme flexibility or strength (performance level is another story).
The dance is focused on the torso and hips (not the belly) and can lead to improved muscle tone in the abdominal area. Most people also gain increased flexibility and a slight fitness boost.
There are definite ways of moving and interpreting the music. "Belly dance" is not merely free expression. You will be guided to feel the music and express it with your body. Although in its original form "belly dance" is a solo improvised dance with little use of space, classes will also look at travelling steps, use of veil, and combinations.
Here is some more information on how you can decide whether or not a dance is actually "belly dance".
Of these most people have real control over only one - the length of muscle fibres. When you stretch this is what you should be doing - elongating muscle fibres. However, a decent stretch program is going to take almost an hour - and you'll need to do it every couple of days. It is unrealistic to expect a few minutes in class once a week to make a big difference.
Then, most belly dance teachers are not trained to teach stretching. I've had more than most - having done a 6-month correspondence course on safe dance practices with the Queensland University and had over 30-hours hands on training with a sports physio - but that only scratches the surface.
I have learnt that stretching needs to be tailored to an individual's needs. The stretches need to target specific areas and they need to be done correctly and safely. Generalized stretches - such as the splits are for people who are already flexible in the nine areas it takes to perform this move.
Correct stretching includes the right alignment of the body. I see a number of people doing so-called shoulder stretches where they are just letting the ball of the shoulder socket push forward. I see people doing so-called calf stretches where the hips or feet are incorrectly aligned.
Worse, some people try to stretch on a muscle that is working. It won't work. For instance, there are no effective standing hamstring stretches. If you are standing the hamstrings needs to work to hold you up - therefore they cannot stretch.
But far, far worse are the discredited stretches. These are moves that some people can do safely - but not all. The Queen of Silly Stretches is toe-touching. It combines an ineffective stretch (standing ham-string) with a potentially dangerous move that can damage lumbar ligaments. Gradual tears will weaken the ligaments over the years and this can cause permanent damage.
Again, belly dance can be an incentive to improve your flexibility. Perhaps it will lead you to have some sessions with a sports physio and work through a program that is designed for your flexibility needs.
For some people, flexibility isn't their issue. It is control. You can be too flexible. Again, working through this is a specialist's job - don't expect your belly dance teacher to do the job of a physio.
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