Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions I’m most frequently asked as a belly dance instructor:
What should I wear to class?
Comfortable clothes such as stretchy yoga pants or workout wear. Its important that your instructor can see your knees and feet (since that’s where the hip movements come from).
Dancing in socks or ballet shoes is preferable as we do lots of pivots, however, if you prefer, just plain barefoot is fine too.
I've never danced before/have two left feet/no sense of rhythm/How long will it take me to learn to belly dance?
Prior to every beginners class there is a 30 minutes, step-by-step, easy to follow introductory which helps tremendously to follow the beginners class.
You can take the introductory as many time as you need. There are thirty beautiful belly dance moves in the beginners class and we go over the same moves in every class!
So it doesn't take long before you get familiar with the classes’ movements and learn all the basics.
Enhancing the moves, however, and combining them takes more time. It all depends on your level of commitment to the dance form.
Remember, belly dancing should be fun, so allow it to sink in one class at a time, be patient and thoroughly enjoy it!
Are private lessons available for newbies?
My introductory classes have been designed for students who are absolutely new to belly dancing -- any dancing, in fact!
In this class we will break down the major moves from the beginners class. You may take as many introductory classes as you wish.
If you feel that you need a private class after your first five introductory classes let me know.
I am currently pregnant and I would like to keep exercising. Is it safe?
If you've been exercising before your pregnancy and your doctor has no problem with you exercising I don’t see why not.
In fact, belly dancing is recommended for pregnancy since the abdominal movements (including the belly rolls, figures 8 and Omi movements) strengthen your body in order to be ready for childbirth.
In some Lamas classes in N.Y and Germany belly dance movement are taught to strengthen the muscles that are used in child birth.
I have some experience in belly dancing. Can I start at the intermediate level?
It's best to start at the beginner level. There are a lot of important fundamental skills that are unique to our Egyptian style class which the beginner classes cover.
Having a dance background is definitely a plus and will likely help move you to intermediate level more quickly.
However, please keep in mind that it is very important that you don’t skip ahead until you have a good foundation and have mastered the basics.
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