1. Belly dancing is a fun way to get fit whilst learning a beautiful art form – so the first tip is to simply let go of those inhibitions and enjoy it!
2. It’s suitable for most levels of fitness and is a gentle way to get the body moving – so don’t be intimidated, the key to getting good at this is to start.
3. Although traditionally viewed as a dance for women, it is in fact something that both women and men can learn to do and enjoy – so get those other halves involved.
4. You don’t need any specialist equipment or clothing when you are starting out. Comfortable, loose-fitting layers and a scarf to tie around your hips and you’re away!
5. There is a wide range of different styles of belly dance and after learning the basic moves that most have in common you can experiment with Egyptian and Turkish styles that fuse belly dance with other dance forms like the hugely popular tribal styles.
6. The music will set your toes tapping and your hips twitching with everything from modern pop songs to the sweeping orchestral sounds of the classics. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste so keep an open mind.
7. Costumes have come a long way from the basic tassels and fringing that was once synonymous with the dance and they can be great fun for all levels. Worried you’ll look over-exposed? Modern belly dancers usually wear costumes that cover up considerably more than you see worn on Strictly Come Dancing!
8. Belly dancing is family-friendly entertainment – tasteful, enchanting, beautiful and moving as well as upbeat and a lot of fun!
9. A good teacher will not only understand anatomy and safe teaching practice, they will educate you on how the dance has evolved, introduce you to different styles and types of music. They will allow you develop your skills to the level you want and at a pace to suit each student, and they will endeavour to bring out the hidden dancer in each and every student.
10. It’s not just about learning the moves. Classes are informative, fun and as your skills develop, you will discover a wonderful world of like-minded people, workshops with visiting teachers, stage shows and parties to attend and take part in.
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