Belly dance, also known as Oriental Dance or Raqs Sharqi is a graceful and feminine danceform with its roots firmly embedded in Middle Eastern culture. The dance utilises the bodys natural range of movement and involves performing isolated movements of the hips and the upperbody making for a gentle yet effective way to improve posture, muscle tone and overall sense of well being.
Which class should I sign up to?
Currently, we are running classes at beginner, improver and intermediate level.
If you have little to no experience of belly dance then you should join our beginners class where you will learn the basic moves and isolations used in belly dance and be taught about the different styles of middle eastern music and dance.
In order to be suitable for an improvers course you must be confident in your basic technique, ideally you should have been attending a beginners course for at least two terms before moving up to this level.
Currently ,our top level of class is intermediate, this class is for students who are confident in learning and executing more complex variations of basic belly dance moves. This class involves more challenging choreography and you may be required to work together as part of a group.
You should speak with Louise before signing up to this class, new students wishing to join this class will be required to attend the improver level class so that their techinque can be assessed
Can I try out a class before signing up?
We offer beginners level taster workshops at the beginning of term – keep an eye on our website for details of when these workshops are running. If you are unable to attend a taster session or if you would like to join a course after term has already started, you can still come and try a class and then pay the balance for the rest of the term – contact teachers directly to check availability!
What should I wear for class?
Wear something that you will feel comfortable moving in such as a t-shirt with jogging trousers or leggings,or if you prefer a long skirt can be worn. A coloured scarf or coin belt tied around the hips is not compulsory but will be helpful in drawing attention to your hips enabling you to visualise movements more clearly. We dance barefoot , but if you would prefer to wear something on your feet you should wear something with a flexible sole such as, ballet slippers ( or socks but take care not to slip!)
Are There Any Male Students In Class?
Currently there arent any males attending the classes listed (male belly dancers do exist) but there isnt a “female only” policy. If it is important to you that you dance in a female only environment please let Louise know.
Am I too fat/thin/old/unfit for belly dance?
Certainly not! Belly dancing is a low impact weight baring exercise that can be enjoyed by anybody regardless of the weight age and fitness level. However, if you have any existing health problems or concerns, please consult your doctor before signing up.
All students are required to fill out a short “fitness to dance” questionnaire in their first class and if any issues arise during the course please speak to your teacher.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel your place on a course and do so up to two weeks before term starts then you are eligible for a full refund. If you choose to cancel within two weeks of the first class of the course then you will receive a 50% refund.
Any cancellations made after this point will not receive a refund unless for medical reasons.