''I'm not the right body type..."
"I don't have the confidence..."
"I can't move like that..."
More often than not, potential students focus on the negative thoughts they have about themselves when they are asked "Why don't you take my class?" A lot of these reasons are actually reasons to take the class and try something new!
There is no "right" body type for Belly Dance. Everyone is shaped differently and this dance form celebrates that fact.
Belly dance builds self confidence! Along with teaching you how to move like a serpent and follow a percussive beat, you'll find yourself walking a little taller.
If you could do the moves already, you would have already started your belly dance journey!
A few of the other reasons people take classes are: exercise,
glittery costumes and great friendships.
About Belly Dance Lessons
Ok! Now that you've decided to take lessons but you have a few more questions....
Do I have to show my stomach in class?
You don't have to bare your stomach in class. Wear what you're comfortable in, i.e. yoga clothing. Make sure to bring some dance shoes or be ready to dance barefoot. The rubber on regular sneakers can stick to a dance floor and you could end up injuring yourself. Also if you have one, bring a hip scarf or coin belt.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
If you miss your regularly scheduled class, you may take a make-up class in any other class. Please note that a make-up class may not be added to the end of your paid session. However, as long as you are enrolled as a student, you may take a make-up class from a previous session. If you know in advance that you will be missing a class, you may take a make-up in advance of the missed class.
How long should I stay in the beginner class?
As a newcomer, it is highly suggested that students stay in the beginner class for at least a year. It's important that you understand and have a strong foundation in the basic steps before moving on to higher levels.
What else should I know?
Dance is a sport. So like all other sports, you need to make sure to be aware of your body when dancing. If you have a physical issue (i.e. back issues) or a move doesn't feel "right" you need to bring it up to your teacher because she will never know your body like you do. If it is an alignment issue, your instructor can usually fix it right then and there.
No matter what your reason, if you are interested in classes you should take them!
Now that you have signed up, here is
What to Bring to Class.
Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in.
If you don't want to dance barefoot, bring dance shoes. Ballet slippers or jazz shoes work great.
If you have a hip scarf bring it. If you don't, hip scarves will be available for use in class. You can purchase your first scarf on Amazon.
And, don't forget to bring water!