Belly Dancing Classes in Central London For Physical and Psychological Well being
Frequently Asked Questions
· Why is it called Belly Dancing although literal translation of Raqs Sharki
is Oriental Dance?
The name "belly dance" was coined by the American event promoter Sol Bloom, when
he was trying to stir up public interest in seeing the Streets Of Cairo exhibit at
the Chicago world's fair in 1893. Sol Bloom is very unlikely to have known what the
dance was called in its native home, he just wanted to attract a large number of
curiosity-seekers to his exhibit to ogle the exotic dancers, and the word "belly"
certainly provoked attention in an era when most high-society women were laced up
tightly in their corsets. Yes, the belly is involved, but just like the hips, hands,
arms and legs& every part of the body dances!
· Is it s Dance for seduction? Is it a submissive dance to seduce and entertain
No, No, No! Although it can be used to entice partners in private, this is not the
tradition of the dance or how it is viewed by the Middle Eastern society that embraced
it. Mothers teach it to their daughters not for seduction but for an artistic expression
of joy, celebrations, even to amuse themselves whether in private or with others.
It is not a submissive dance but rather a dance that celebrates the goddess in every
woman, it is a proud dance of a proud being and it empowers you through discovering
the beauty in and out.There is an oral tradition that has been handed down through
generations of women, it states that Oriental dance originated as a means of preparing
women s abdominal muscles for labor. For more articles about this go to www.casbahdance.org/ARTICLES1.htm
· Do I need to show my belly when dancing? What should I wear?
Not at all...Although it is called Belly dancing (see above), the emphasis is not
on the belly. You can wear whatever you want although women prefer something comfortable
as a skirt or loose pants. You can wear a tank top or a T-shirt. You can buy a hip
belt (Shakira style) in all London markets or use the ones I have available.For your
feet..barefoot best way to go so you can be in socks or tights. Ballet shoes are
also comfortable. No heels or boots.
· Do I need to be of a specific age and size?
Society often likes to pen women into a stereotypical modelesque body image, but
belly dance is the exception! You can be short, skinny, tall, voluptuous or extra
large. Old or young& any and all can be belly dancers!
Most belly dancers are women because the underlying connection in the dance is derived
from fertility, birth, and the body as a vessel for life, but that doesn t mean
men don t belly dance, because they can! Yes, men belly dance too!
We celebrate being women, we celebrate breasts, hips and belly. We sculpt the air
with our arms and hands and express our feminine emotions!
· What does the class involve?
1. First we warm up by smooth movements on chill out Arabic music.
2. Hand movements and body posture is essential in ensuring the dance looks
right so we spend some time on this aspect.
3. Then we start shaking and moving to the music, there is an opportunity here
for using the dance as an aerobic exercise. We learn together movements to string
instruments and movements to percussions and tabla Egyptian style.
4. The dance style is Egyptian, mixed with Flamenco on some occasions. Both
are dances about power, rebellion and freedom. Flamenco was inspired by Belly dancing
and it is the Arabic word for Farmer without a land which perfectly describes
where and how this dance originated.
5. We spend some time stretching and working our abdominal muscles.
6. We end with a festive note till we meet next week. 7. There will be opportunity
to talk about the experience of the dance and how it helped psychologically.
I come from a mixed background: Egyptian and British..Belly dancing was part of my
daily life growing up in Cairo, whether from TV, birthday parties, Hen nights, school
dances, watching my mum shake it while cooking or even just dancing in front of the
mirror...it is one way I communicate my feelings: I dance when sad, when melancholic,
when happy or festive..we just dance!! Dance the pain away..that is my motto.
I am a Psychiatrist and I work in the NHS as a Psychotherapist. I have run belly
dancing groups both in the NHS and privately. As a Mental Health worker with great
passion about belly dancing, I discovered how I can use this tool and skill to heal.
It is a great feeling at the end of every group when the ladies say they were glad
to have made it to the group despite their low mood as they felt so much better afterwards.
I have been teaching belly dancing for more than ten years now. I have taught it
in Egypt, Italy and the UK.
Focuses on Egyptian Belly dancing techniques, works on posture of a belly dancer
and maximising the relaxing and exercising effects of this dance on different parts
of the body. It enables you to sensually be in touch with your feminine body.
Classes run on Thursday evenings
A class is starting on Thursday, November 19th at 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm.
The charge is £15/ class or £50/ month (4 classes).
I provide the belly dancing accessories, beltsand even costumes.
You can make copies of the dancing playlist.
Good opportunity to socialise and also arrange for outings around the belly dancing.
The class runs in Central London, 400 York Way, N7 9LR. Closest Tube Station: Caledonian
Road Station on the Piccadilly Line. To Book and discuss the class please call me:
07872630472, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Sally Moore, MB BCh, MSc Cognitive behaviour Therapy and a Passionate Belly dance
Embark on a journey into the magic of belly dance for empowering your life and nourishing your soul. Discover the goddess within. Learn for fun, to perform or to exercise and be fit