Belly Dance

Originating in Egypt and the Middle East, this form of dance emphasises movements of the torso and hips. Dancers usually wear colourful fitted tops with harem pants or a long skirt. Jewellery, sequins or chiffon veils are used to reflect light and emphasise movement. Movements include percussive, staccatto hip movements, fluid or sinuous undulations of the whole body, and shimmies in which parts of the body are made to vibrate or quiver. Belly dance promotes fitness by improving flexibility and strengthening the torso, spine and legs muscles, whilst dancing with a veil also helps build strength in the upper body, arm and shoulders. It is an enjoyable and expressive group activity that promotes body confidence for all ages.