How will I be taught?
The session starts with a safe and effective warm up. Students will then learn moves through tutor demonstration, and practice as a group or with a partner to music. Notes are provided and the lesson will finish with a gentle cool down.
You will be asked to complete a confidential health questionnaire before the course starts.
Your tutor will advise you of your progress in each class.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need supportive, comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement. Formal trousers, skirts or dress are not suitable for this activity. Circle skirts can be worn. A scarf to tie round your hips is advantageous but not essential. You should wear shoes with a soft sole (ballet pumps are best or dance trainers), alternatively you could dance barefoot. Sandals, boots or any footwear with a high heel are not recommended. You may be advised not to take part if you are not dressed appropriately.
Please bring water and avoid eating one and a half hours prior to exercising.
What can I do next?
Each term is slightly different, we will repeat core posture and moves, but will try new combinations and choreography so you can stay in this class for a number of years and still be learning new skills.
Specialist advice is available from your tutor
What do I need to join the course
Everyone is welcome, but you will need basic mobility, Middle Eastern belly dance is a gentle form of exercise.
This is a mixed ability class that is suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in this class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Back or knee
If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom, or using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and do our best to provide the support you would like.