What a journey you started in taking up Belly Dancing! When women sign up for Belly Dance classes they do so for many different reasons; to get fit, to tone up, to do something different or lose weight. What most women don’t know is that they are about to open a treasure chest so deep, its goodness can enrich their lives for years to come. If they stick with it, Belly Dance will help them fall in love with their body; a key factor in any woman’s true sense of joy in life.
Belly Dancing is a mind/body/spirit practice, with its roots in ancient wisdom. It will open you up on all levels, if you allow it to. It is a precious gift you are giving to yourself, and will only benefit you in positive ways. It will help you feel better in your body by using parts of your body you may have forgotten you had.
You have heard the call of the wild, something beyond your usual horizons is calling you. Belly Dance doesn’t call every woman, so if it knocks on your door I believe it is trying to give you a gift uniquely suitable to you.
Belly Dancing is not easy; many new students get discouraged and leave prematurely. Please hang in there! If you go to class and make your first and foremost priority to have fun, and your teacher teaches you good technique but also inspires joy and a sense of community, then stick with it and slowly but surely you will find your body moving the way you want it to. What I always say to Beginner Belly Dance students is that; you have heard the call of the wild, something beyond your usual horizons is calling you. It doesn’t call every woman, so if it knocks on your door I believe it is trying to give you a gift uniquely suitable to you. So if you are a Beginner, please finish at least your first term before passing judgement on either the dance, or your ability. For those of you who are more advanced, you will find many gems in this Student Guide as well.
Part of what discourages new students is a lack of understanding of what is going on for them that is creating the discouragement. This free Belly Dance Student Guide will help you in your learning process on all levels, giving you valuable information including:
- Choosing a teacher
- Belly Dance Principles: Upper Body & Lower Body
- The seven core movements of Belly Dance; step by step technical instruction
- How to overcome fears and self-doubt as a student
- Introduction to the different styles of Belly Dance
- Belly Dancing cultural and ritualistic understanding
- Ten simple tips to make your Belly Dance learning fun & get more out of each class
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