April 15, 2009

Come Discover the Art of Belly Dancing

Many believe that belly dancing dates back to the dawn of time when sisters, mothers, aunts, daughters and friends celebrated events through music and movement. Although many people believe this dance form is about enticing men, the truth is that belly dancing past and present has always focused on women dancing for women. It is about building community, forging relationships and connecting to yourself in a way that other exercise and dance programs cannot do.

Belly dancing encourages and embraces all sizes, shapes and ages of women. Regardless of who you are, you are in the perfect shape to learn belly dance. This dance incorporates strength, flexibility, grace, and muscle control with beautiful music and rhythms in a fun, supportive environment.

So, if you'd like to learn more about taking belly dance classes in the Austin area, check out my class schedule.

Happy Shimmies!

April 11, 2009

Baharat Belly Dance Ensemble

Baharat is a term used to describe a blend of Arabic spices. When I was looking for a word or phrase to describe my student troupe, the term seemed to fit just perfectly. They are a mixture of sweetness and sass, and their enthusiasm and love of this dance is just contagious. The troupe consists of students in my Intermediate level class which meets on Sunday evenings. Attendance in the class is mandatory for troupe participation, and class time is spent working on choreographies, technique, solo preparation as well as improvisational skills. If you wish to attend the class but don't want to perform, you can certainly do that as well!

In January, 2010 Baharat Dance Ensemble debuted as a collaborative venture that includes my current intermediate students and guest dancers. This mix of dancers from the community allows me to bring in talented dancers to round out performances and allows my students to work with other lovely ladies. So, look for more events this upcoming year!