belly dancing

Belly Dance

Belly Dancing

Julia has developed a unique belly dance style and approach to exercise which focuses on empowering the individual through knowledge of the body

Aside from the emotional and spiritual benefits, the physical effects of belly dancing are as relevant as ever. The most obvious advantage is the strengthening of the stomach.

The truth of belly dancing belies the image of it being an invitation to men, expressed with hips. It is, in fact, the first dance ever performed by woman, for woman.

The Origins of belly dance

The dance for health and celebration of life, the dance for rain, good crop yield, the dance to prepare for war. The dance to impower,strengthen,and celebrate women. The dance to support the act of child birth.

The emphasis is on the belly the isolation and control of the muscles emulating labour and the strength and control needed to deliver the baby.

Out of mystery, worship, questioning , dancing to birth or assist the the women in labour. By grounding, circiling there hips and rippeling there bellies ,drumming to match the sound of labour …,it evolved into the many forms and expressions we see today.

With the training of the body learning to isolate all the body parts gives one the ability to dance to complex rythyms, and express with the body the spirits response to the music.
Dance expresses the times we live in the beliefs, music, town, continent, climate and the state of ourselves.

Where did homo sapiens originate from ? So too is the origin of belly dance
Life emerging from the belly
Our first home…. the belly

Benefits of Belly Dance

Physical fitness
Invigorates the nervous system
Encourages flow of lymph
Limbers the skeleton
Internal fitness tone of viscera and sphincter muscles
Strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles
Encourages good posture
Balance and grace

Mental
Clears and stills the mind
Allowing the consciousness of the body to emerge

Emotional/spiritual
Freeing up and the strengthening of the body the vehicle /temple of the soul
Allows for expression of the spirit, this and dancing with others is emotionally uplifting and invigorating.

Child Birth
Belly dancing helps the expecting mother maintain self belief that her body can match the force of labour and manage delivery with out complications (tearing, suction. sforceps)
Through her training she is grounded, fit, has good understanding of her body…knows gentleness and strength.

Belly Dance Classes
Beginners Tuesdays 17h30 – 19h00
Advanced Tuesdays 19h05 – 20h30
Fees R65 per class, R240 per month or R550 per term
Contact Julia on 082 499 3671 or email tidesalive@gmail.com