Belly Dance Basics

Belly dancing can improve your health

Belly dancing is one of the most sensual styles of dance existing today. In some circles, it is also referred to as Oriental Dance. Health-wise, it a very beneficial forms of dance. In addition to the great calorie burning affect of Belly Dancing there are other health benefits that this form of dance has become famous for over the centuries. 
Belly dance has a long history dating back to the dawn of civilization. This style of dance has been used as both an act of worship and an act of seduction. Not always in exclusion of either, this form of dance is believed by some to be a boost for fertility of newly wedded couples. 

Belly Dance Basics

Belly dance is an expressive dance which emphasizes complex movements of the torso. It is very popular amongst the countries in the Middle East and Asia. Belly dance doesn’t require participants to be in optimal physical condition in order to begin. The low impact nature of this form of movement makes it a great choice for those who are not in ideal shape. This form of dance works the muscles gently with the jarring effects of impact aerobics and other exercise methods. It also works the belly, which is often the problem area for many who aren’t in the best of shape. Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Overtime, it strengthens the back and can help with every aspect of physical fitness routine. It burns an average of 300 calories an hour. It means that practicing an hour per day can burn over 3,000 calories per week. Which is really a good number if one is trying to get in better shape.


Belly dance also has a long history as a celebration of being female. From being used in ceremonies in the temple to being used to entice and seduce the unwitting belly dance is a celebration of simply being a girl. As is common with lots of folk dances, there is no universal naming scheme for Belly dance movements. Some dancers and dance schools have developed their own naming schemes, but none of these is universally recognized. There are many lessons from which to choose, even lessons that focus on the mental and/or healing aspects of Oriental dance if that is where you feel you need to focus your efforts. Belly dancing is a great deal of fun in addition to being a decent form of getting much needed physical activity. 

If you plan to learn how to Belly dance, you should understand that the costume is part of what sets the mood or the tone.  It is recommended that you wear clothes that bare your belly such as low-rise yoga pants and a sports bra or some other belly-baring shirt for your practice sessions. This also helps your instructor see if you are making the moves correctly.

If you decide to partake in belly dancing classes, congratulations! You will be joining an historic group of women that date back to what many believe is the very beginning of time. You should also have a new hobby that is both entertaining and healthy.


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