Belly dance is a dance form and full-body workout that can be a wonderful addition to your health and wellness. Benefits of belly dance include a variety of physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
Physical Benefits of Belly Dancing
- Tone Muscles
- Improve Posture and Balance
- Strengthen the Core and Arms
- Strengthen Bones
- Reduce joint pain
- Reduce back pain
- Improve coordination
Health Benefits of Belly Dancing
- Reduce Stress
- Sleep Better
- Give Your Memory A Fun Workout
- Get Sluggish Digestion Going
- Get Ready for Childbirth
Spiritual Benefits of Belly Dancing
- Socialize in a Fun & Supportive Environment
- Accept your body & its incredible power
“Belly dancing is one of the more physically relaxed dances out there. It doesn’t really force your body to perform uncomfortable moves or work against itself. Instead, it’s the exact opposite: you’re supposed to work with your body. All of the moves in belly dancing – when done correctly – naturally bring your body to the correct alignment and give it better poise.” (Reference: citydance.org)
Examples of Belly Dance Series Offered at 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness
Tribal Belly Dance 8-Week Series – Strong Arms and Flowing Veils
With Pamela Luedtke and Anna Nummelin. Live drumming by JoAnn Nelson
Tuesdays meeting, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
This 9-week session will focus on strong, graceful arms, expressive hand movements, and stunning and mysterious veil work. Foundational belly dance movements including hips, walking patterns, turns, shimmies, undulations, and isolations will also be incorporated in the session for a delightful, full-body experience. Please bring a veil to class with you each week. We’d recommend approximately 3 yards of some type of light flowing fabric like chiffon or silk. Veils or fabric can be purchased online or from a fabric store.
Our Hafla (belly dance party) will be in the evening on Thursday, November 15, in Stevens Point. Location and exact times TBD.
Tribal Belly Dance 8-Week Series – Intermediate Class
Must have prior belly dance experience to participate (or contact either Jay or Anna)
With Anna Nummelin
Tuesday meetings, 7:15 – 8:15 pm
This 9-week session will build on the movements and concepts from previous classes, concentrating on group improvisation using American Tribal Style (ATS) dance format, refining technique and introducing more advanced movements, layering, challenging combinations, whole-body awareness, fitness and stamina.