So What Really Happens in a Beginner Bellydance Class?
Date posted: September 10, 2010
It’s that time of year again! A new session of bellydance classes is fast approaching and this September, I have 3 Beginner classes running! Now I know that when you’re first starting out a new class, it can be intimidating and perhaps you’re like me and want to know as much as you can about the class before you even set foot in the dance studio. With that in mind, here’s some info on what my Beginner Bellydance classes are all about:
First off, if you’ve never danced before (ever), don’t be afraid as this is the class for you! I start from the very beginning with lots of explanation and breakdown of movements. I’ve been in my share of “Beginner” dance classes that were actually more like classes for “Intermediate Dancers Who Danced as a Child” with very little explanation and breakdown of what I was doing. Thankfully, these have never been in a bellydance class, but happens quite a bit in other dance styles. So it doesn’t matter if you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, or even 60 and you’ve never been in a dance class before; we’ll get through it and have tons of fun while at it! Bellydance is one of those great dance forms that everyone can do!
At the Beginner level, we always start with a cardio dance-based warm-up. Usually, this consists of big movements to get your muscles working. I’ll also start to include some bellydance movements in our warm-ups, such as big hip circles and hip accents, as well as footwork, that we continue to use throughout the class.
After warming up, we do conditioning for our bodies doing various exercise to strengthen our dancing. For example, we may do a series squats and pliés to firm up our leg muscles so that they’re prepared to do sharp shimmies and hip accents, or work on our abdominals with crunches and other related exercises so that we can create beautiful ooey-gooey movements with our bellies!
After our warm-up and conditioning, we learn a few new movements (usually 3 or 4), with a through explanation and breakdown. We then put our new dance technique together in a short combo/choreography at the end of class. This way, you can start learning how the movements fit with the music and start bellydancing right away! This session, we’ll be learning a short bellydance routine so that by the end of the 7-week session, you’ll have a fun 4 minute dance to practice with (and show off to all your friends if you’re feeling brave)!
Come on out and try some bellydance! Classes are starting next week:
Sundays, 11:00 – 12:00 pm Starts Sept. 12th
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Starts Sept. 13th
Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Starts Sept. 16th