5 Benefits of Belly Dance

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benefits of belly dance

Belly Dance is a great way to stay in shape, gain confidence and stay healthy no matter what your dance experience.

As one of the oldest forms of dance, the benefits of belly dance are undeniable; Belly Dancing promotes balance, strength, digestion, coordination and confidence as well as being a fun and highly expressive dance form. Belly dancing is empowering and fun, but its health benefits and rewards are highly underestimated.

Our adult Belly Dancing Classes are open to everyone, and here are 5 ways belly dancing could benefit you:

1. Gain strength and tone those muscles

Belly dancing significantly aids muscle toning with its refined movements of internal muscle anatomy.  Movements were historically created to work those core feminine muscles such as, the Gluts (bottom), Oblique’s (stomach) and Quads (thighs). It is a great workout without even feeling like you’re exercising, once you get lost in the music and art form!

2. Increase your confidence

Due to the improvement in body image and muscular tone, confidence levels are naturally increased. Belly Dance, like most other dance forms, allows your body to secrete endorphins and dopamine in your body - the ‘feel good’ hormones. You are always guaranteed to leave a class feeling great about your productivity and yourself. Furthermore, as you become familiar with movements, you will unsurprisingly want to show movements these off!

3. Balance and Posture

Belly Dance incorporates many similar movements and postures of Yoga and Pilates that both work the spine, knees and pelvic areas of the body. Your back, knees and pelvis are all conditioned to be in the correct stance for healthy execution of movements. Belly Dance works with the body instead of against it, by providing the correct alignment and poise for mobility and to relive stress or tension within the body. You will gain flexibility and work to avoid any risk of injury so that you can move to your full potential.

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Belly Dance Classes with City Academy, London

4. Sociable

Belly Dance Classes are a great way to make new friends who have a similar interest and to meet people from all walks of life. You can experience your dance journey together and learn about new people and their stories, which is a great emotional boost. It is a great way to learn and to develop deeper connections with other people.

5. Relaxation

Belly Dance can be a meditative experience, especially the ‘cool-down’ part of the class at the end with its captivating music! It is a feminine form of exercise that can provide the deepest form of expression and it is practically ritualistic. Your mind is settled after a hard day at work and you are fully present in a calm atmosphere. This experience is highly addictive which will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Benefits of Belly Dance - Try a Class Today

If you'd like to discover the benefits of Belly Dance Classes for yourself, why not try out one of our courses across Central London:

Thanks to our Belly Dance Tutor Anita Makwana for writing this article.