Belly Dance Classes at Rouhi Dance Studio
Belly dancing, traditionally danced barefoot is uniquely designed for the female body, with an emphasis on abdominal muscles, hip moves, and chest moves. It is firm and earthy, with bare feet connected to the ground. It is a dance characterized by smooth, flowing, complex, and sensual movements of the torso, alternated with shaking and shimmy type moves. Eastern dances are considered to be different because they are "muscle dances", as opposed to the European "step" dances. In traditional belly dancing the knee is never lifted higher than the hip, (not including ancient "phyrric" or leaping dances which were also considered fertility dances). Level changes do allow for dancing while sitting on the floor.
What can I expect from the Belly Dance as a Workout Class?
This is for all levels (beginner to advanced). You do not have to have prior knowledge or training in any other dance discipline as belly dance is quite different from most other forms of dance. The classes involve more than just learning steps and hand movements and there is no particular order in which you will learn the steps. Rouhi will determine how and when you are ready for new moves. You will learn how to isolate the movements of your body, which results in graceful and fluid movements.
Classes are 2 hours in duration, with a break mid-way. The first half hour is a fast warm-up session, followed by free dance (dancing following the instructor). The second half of the class is usually a couple of free dances, followed by individual instruction according to your level. Lessons emphasis focusing on isolated movements of individual parts of the body. It is important to master one or two moves well, before moving to new steps.
The music will covers all types; traditional belly dancing music, tribal music and contemporary.
What do I wear?:
This is a workout. Wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement, something similar to what you might wear to a gym or yoga class. Barefeet or socks are recommended. No street shoes are allowed on the dance floor. The right clothes feel better when you’re doing the dance correctly
Those signing up for a belly dance session may borrow a scarf for the first class, and then purchase one at the Studio (or elsewhere). The scarf is an essential part of learning the moves and seeing how your moves progess.
No food or drink will be allowed in the studio, except bottled water.
PAYMENT: Cash is preferred for single classes. Credit Cards and checks accepted.
CANCELLATIONS: All classes are ongoing, meeting every week (the Studio is not closed).
Private Dance Class Costs