Women all over the world are shimmying to Arabic beats having discovered the liberating joy of belly dancing. Once the preserve of Middle Eastern people, now this beautiful art form and invigorating form of exercise has spanned the Globe. And some people may be surprised to hear there is a thriving bellydancing scene here in Norfolk, UK.
"What a lovely way to spend a Thursday night – good fun, great music and inspiring teacher!" – Mary M.
Dianne Davies has been teaching beginners to bellydance at East Runton Village Hall, Cromer, for a year now. She recently started a class at Letheringsett Village Hall, Holt. New beginners are always welcome, as she insists this is a beginners class. This means she finds different ways to go back to the basics of belly dancing all the time. It’s always possible to add further "layers" or challenges in the movements for those who have a little more dance experience. This enables the class to operate on a mixed ability basis, but with the emphasis on new beginners.
Dianne has a vibrant, humorous style of teaching but is very serious about teaching correct technique. She is keen to stress that although it is exhilarating and fun, belly dancing lessons involve muscle control and there’s much more than just shaking your booty! Core muscles are developed along with co-ordination and gracefulness. Good posture is stressed at all times and is one of the main benefits of belly dance, along with increased self-esteem and femininity.
Dianne’s classes are Wednesday at 7pm at Letheringsett, and Thursdays at 6.30pm at East Runton. The belly dancing lessons currently last one hour and fifteen minutes.
Wear something comfortable to move in, and bring a scarf for your hips if you have one. Bare feet or dance slippers is the norm.
Contact Dianne on freephone 0808 131 0134, or firstname.lastname@example.org.