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Dear Friends,
Welcome!
My name is LaUra, and I am the proud owner of “Idance” Studio!
Personally, I have always dreamt to be a professional Belly Dancer, to be part of theatre, the performing arts and stage shows.
I was only 13 years old when I was introduced to this beautiful art form and I still perform it with love.
I am happy that the time has come that I can share all of my knowledge and experience with you in a private and personal matter in this space and pass on my experience and happiness that this art form can offer you.
I am here to help and explain and train you, so that you too, can participate in this amazing art form and express yourself freely.

Let’s Dance and make it happen!!!

 

 

 

WHY BELLY DANCE?

1. Bellydance helps to build strong bones and muscles
Bellydance is considered as a weight-bearing exercise because you remain on your feet as you perform intricate movements. Weight-bearing exercises aid inPreventing osteoporosis and  help to strengthen bones by increasing bone density. It also helps to tone all major muscle groups: neck, back, arms, hands, abdomen, thighs, legs, glutes, and calves. With proper posture and correct movements,  belly dancing extends the muscles to help release tension, particularly in the abs and back. This leads to strengthening the lower back and helping to prevent or ease back pain. The fast movements, primarily the hip and shoulder shimmies, offer cardiovascular benefits because it is a form of aerobic exercise that makes you break into a healthy sweat.

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2. Belly dance is a low impact form of exercise
Because bellydancing is low impact it doesn’t jolt or jar the body, making it very safe and unlikely to cause injury or damage to the joints. Bellydance works in harmony with the body, instead of against it, because it is based on movements that come naturally to thehuman form. The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck,  which all help to build a powerful core.

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3. Belly dance helps to aid in weight loss
Depending on the level of intensity, bellydancing can burn as much as 300 calories per hour. Combined with a healthy diet that involves a well-balanced meals and  proper nutritional supplements, bellydance can undoubtedly be part of a sound weight loss program.

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4. Bellydance is a great way to reduce stress and tension
Smooth swaying, circular and flowing movements are comparable to a state of dance-like meditation. I  often find that a session of slow, graceful dancing will clear the mind and induce a state of mental relaxation. The faster forms of belly dance are stimulating and fun, and a positive way of expressing frustrations.  Because certain muscle isolations make you think about a movement before it is delivered by the body,  a higher sense of mental awareness is also needed. Fast combinations also help to increase mental concentration while appropriately matching beats and movements.

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5. Belly dancing is empowering and helps to boost self-esteem
The movements of bellydance are artistic and feminine, which creates a positive feeling of confident sensual expression and freedom. With sensuality being a desirable quality for every woman, a dancer feels safe to explore the many beautiful ways the body can move. In the physical act of dancing with sensuality, the dancer frees herself both physically and emotionally. The body, which becomes increasingly  flexible, supple, and graceful through dance practice, literally learns to move more beautifully. Many dancers experience a heightened sense of elegance, grace, and poise when they dance.  This wonderful confidence remains and becomes part of the way one carries herself.

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6. Belly dancing can help to calm pre-menstrual symptoms
Bellydance movements such as snake arms, figure 8′s, and undulations are very soothing and fluid, and  can help to relieve feelings of  tension in the pelvic area. Simultaneously, is helps to increase circulation that aids in alleviating feelings of stress.

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7. Belly dance is useful as part of prenatal care
A strong core helps for natural child-birthing. Bellydance movements make for an excellent prenatal exercise regimen that will strengthen the core muscles used during the childbirth process. Movements such as hip tucks and rocks are similar to the “pelvic rocking”  exercises taught during prenatal classes and demonstrate to the expectant mother how to maneuver the pelvis. Bellydance discipline aims to emphasize muscle control that not only facilitates natural childbirth, but also makes an excellent post-natal exercise that helps encourage abdominal tone to quickly shed the excess pregnancy weight.

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8. Bellydance strengthens you on multiple levels
My bellydance teacher is a beautifully vivacous woman who shared with me how bellydance has been her escape and haven from the hardships she had undergone in her life.  A single mother and divorcee,  she was first intrigued by the exotic movements of bellydance.  She said bellydance helped her to connect with herself and with other women through that difficult time.  A few years later,  she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy that drained her physically and emotionally.  She said teaching bellydance was the passion that kept her energies up and motivated her to get well.  It has now been over 25 years since she started her art,  yet she still turns to it for solace until this day.  Despite surgeries and procedures for a weak knee,  I am amazed how she is able to maintain her level of optimism and energy,  an energy that is double that of the twenty-something girls (including myself) that attend her evening classes.  She truly attributes her physical, emotional, and mental dexterity through years of dance.

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So remember:  A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face, but a woman of strength wears grace.

Go on and shimmy your way to health and well-being. Happy Dancing!


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