7:15 to 8:45
The strong, powerful spine and back! Some will look at the moves involved with Belly Dance and consider that it is not for them because they have back pain BUT
Do you know that Belly Dance can actually be beneficial for back pain issues....here is why...
The soreness one might feel after a class is largely due to the fact that you are using muscles you may not normally, and you are using them in different ways, so they complain. Keep with it and those muscles will build strength and give your body the support it needs to dance tall!
The instructors at Abbotsford Belly Dance have extensive training in Anatomy and Physiology, both practice Massage and are trained in Body Mechanics and awareness. Find out more at www.handtohealth.com
What is a Hafla? If you've taken classes you will have heard the term more than once I'm sure. "Hafla is an Arabic word meaning a party, celebration or social gathering. In the belly dance world the term Hafla is used to describe an event where students, professional dancers, friends and family come together to enjoy a shared passion for Belly Dance.
At Abbotsford Belly Dance, Hafla's are also an opportunity for students to showcase what they have been learning in classes (if they wish to, it's always optional). Other teachers, their students and other performers are often invited to perform as well so that students can be exposed to other forms of Belly Danc,e different to those taught within our studio walls, and their are many!
Haflas are a lot of fun, filled with laughter and dance, as well as a great opportunity to meet others equally inspired by their love of this art form.
So if you are a student of Belly Dance, past or present, at Abbotsford Belly Dance, or
have an interest in what you may learn at Belly Dance classes, or
are a friend or family member of performers coming to this Hafla,
then YOU are invited....
(please note that this Hafla is not open to the general public)
The joy of Dance at Abbotsford Belly Dance continues with Fall Session 2!
With classes kicking into gear in the next few days I'm sure that you're excited, I know I am. Have you danced much during the summer break? Do you have your dance attire ready? What do YOU need to think about to get ready for classes?
Let's go over some things...
BEGINNERS - Yay! You're taking those first steps into the studio!! I know that you are really going to enjoy this experience.
I often find that those brand new to belly dance are a little surprised by what a workout it is for the whole body, and that it makes you feel so awkward and gawky. You're going to be asked to move muscles that you haven't moved in this way before, and that can feel really strange at first. How to prepare? Take some time to do some stretching before classes begin, and be sure to breathe into those muscles as you move them. After class you may be a little sore so I always recommend having a stash of epsom salts at home so that you can have a hot soak in the tub after class. Bring a water bottle to class so that you can keep those muscles hydrated as you're dancing them.
What to wear? Clothing that you can move easily in so that you're free to move your body in all different directions comfortably. Consider clothes that layer, as you will likely find you heat up as the class progresses. Outside of that do what is comfortable for you...bare your belly, or not, dress in costume or wear a coin belt or come in yoga pants and a Tshirt....it is really up to you. Bare feet are best for Belly Dance, socks if needed (but please be cautious) and/or soft dance shoes.
And that's it....just have fun (click here for information about Beginners Classes)
Intermediate & Advanced - Taking it to the next levels of your dance journey you already know how awkward it can feel. But you're also beginning to learn about the amazingness that is your body and what it can do on the dance floor, yet you want more!
As students progress in Belly Dance they are often surprised to find that the awkward and gawky feeling continues. Why? Because you're demanding more from your moves at these levels plus continuing to learn new techniques, now your body has to move with them too. How to prepare in the weeks before classes? Begin with stretching and then reviewing the moves that you've already learned from previous classes. Put some music on and isolate! Your favourite thing right? Reconnecting with those moves triggers your muscle memory so that when classes start and you want those muscles to give you more, they already have an idea of how to do it.
Same as always...a water bottle to class to keep your muscles hydrated and epsom salts at home!
What to wear? Whether you choose to wear costume or not your skirts should be in the bag. If you wear clothing that keeps your knees and feet visible it is much easier for the instructor to check on your posture as you move along with techniques and stop any bad habits before they can begin to form. Taking care of your muscles is a big priority. You'll likely have an idea of what is coming up in the next session of classes so you'll know what props to bring but also be sure to have your zils, small gypsy scarves, two full size veils and a full skirt. (For advanced students ensure your sword is with you too)
Click the class you're interested in to visit that page for more information:
PERFORMANCE - In this class you need to be ready for anything and everything! If a prop is in any of the choreography you've danced then make sure it is in your dance bag. A water bottle or two plus the cherished epsom salts at home.
How to prep for this class beginning again is to make sure you're keeping up with stretches and yoga, practicing your isolations and running through the dances in your repertoire continuously. It is easy to begin to forget a dance as time passes...be sure to keep it fresh and updated in your memory. You just never know when you'll need it!
More information about the Performance class can be found by clicking here!
What else do you consider when preparing for classes?
Do you have a weekly ritual?
Want to give Belly Dance a test drive before committing to classes? Abbotsford Belly Dance is hosting 2 evenings...check out the dates, register and come out to shimmy with Cindy and Teresa!
These days have been really popular this year and so much fun. Bring a project that you're working on and let's sew and craft together. A chance to share ideas, get costume input from others, learn to sew and share some music, food, laughter and conversation. Please email jinglewhenyouwalk@gmail to let me know that you'll be joining us!
Belly Dancing since 1997 I have lots to share with YOU! Enjoy