Mysterious … Sensuous … Beautiful
These words are commonly used to describe what we know as belly dance. This art form has steadily grown in popularity and it’s a wonderful thing. Women are discovering a new-found freedom and self acceptance through the oldest recorded dance of humanity. And since you’re reading this article, you’re probably interested in what the buzz is all about. So take a moment, loosen up your body and get ready for FUN!
A Celebration of Femininity
Belly Dance celebrates femininity, with roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the mid-East. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men. Throughout history, this ritualized expression has usually been performed for other women–generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage. In most cases, the male presence was not permitted. Today, however, belly dancers perform for both men and women in various venues such as five-star establishments, weddings, restaurants and in the theater.
Natural to a Woman’s Body
Belly dance is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasize the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression, and Mother Earth.
Benefits: Fantastic Workout, Dancers Curves and Feeling Great About You
If you’re looking for a great workout that is a lot of fun, has no impact on your joints and that you’ll leave feeling on top of the world, then Belly Dance is for you! Although you get a great all-over workout, your stomach and hips will see great results and your arms will become tone and defined. The best part? You leave feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world!
Shimmies and Snakes: Two Famous Belly Dance Moves
Two well-known movements are hip shimmies and figure 8s in the hips. Hip shimmies are powerful vibrations in the hips and are exciting to watch. A polished dancer appears very calm and controlled in the upper body while the hips seem to erupt with energy, like an earthquake! On the other end of the spectrum, Figure 8s are very smooth, fluid movements where the hips draw figure 8s. These movements are curvy, sensuous and mysterious, accentuating the feminine essence.
Every Size Is Beautiful
All shapes, all sizes – all beautiful!
Often times, women will say “Oh, I have the belly to dance” (in a self-depreciating way) or “I have to get in shape before I can dance like that.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. Belly dance really has nothing to do with being a perfect size 10. It is more about discovering the beauty from within and learning to love and accept yourself for you, whatever your size and whatever your shape. Women who weigh more than 300 pounds look just as feminine as women who weight less than 100 pounds. The secret is to give it a chance, accept you and experience the freedom and joy that is there for the taking.
Learn to Belly Dance with Raksanna!
Raksanna offers an award-winning, internationally acclaimed belly dance program. Classes run year-round and there is a progressive curriculum for beginners all the way through advanced/professional levels.
Zaar … Incredible
I attended your recent theatrical production, Confessions of a Belly Dancer, and I had to comment on the Zaar performance. I’m Egyptian and the quality of that piece was simply amazing. You captured the meaning of the Zaar. After we spoke, it became obvious that your willingness and desire to bring the richness of the culture forward meant everything to you. Great job to you and your performers – the show was incredible.
I‘ve taken belly dance classes with other instructors before and learned more with Raksanna in the first half hour than in seven weeks with others. Why go anywhere else? I deserve the best!
Down to Earth
Raksanna’s down-to-earth approach, her beautiful choreography and her fun way of teaching truly inspires me. She celebrates Belly Dance with dignity and grace and sets herself apart from others because she is truly an artist … and a fabulous dancer
Dance without divas
Just wanted to drop you a note to say how grateful I am to have found you and your belly dance community. I don’t believe I have ever felt so accepted, included and loved by a group of individuals. The support and encouragement within the group is amazing. It’s a reflection of your support and the standards of excellence in your own dance. The quality of instruction your faculty provides us, under your direction, is stellar. There is a family in this community you created and I am so happy to be a part of it! Thanks again for who you are and all you do for us!
Can only say WOW …
I’ve been taking classes with another instructor for quite some time before I moved to Naperville. I’m soooo glad I found you. You’ve obviously been training with some of the best in the world and it shows. I can’t wait to attend on of your shows. See ya Sunday …
Just started classes
I just started taking belly dance classes with Raksanna. She makes me feel beautiful, vibrant and alive! I’ve lost more than 3 inches since starting 6 weeks ago and I’m actually beginning to like a dancer – who would have thought that 🙂
72 and still got it
Raksanna – you have done so much to make the lady know that life to too short not to do the things that can make a difference. I’ve been taking classes with you now for about a year and I’m having so much fun. You and your instructors have been so welcoming and caring (while not pampered me – thank you). What a great place to be.
Muscles sore where I forgot I had muscles. Great workout while learning a beautiful dance. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated the help on those tricky moves (actually not so tricky now). I’m thinking about getting involved with the dance troupe … so much fun …
Thank you for the wonderful show on Saturday and for allowing me to be a part of it all! I feel very special and putting my picture on the program means more to me than I can say to you without getting all choked up. Through the hard work and stress, all said and done, it would not have happened without you. I just wanted you to know that you are appreciated.
I never dreamed I’d find such a great community of people to dance with. Roxanne, you and your group is simply amazing. So welcoming of my two left feet (I’ll get there). For anyone reading this, if you want to both challenge yourself and have fun doing it … come take a class.
Love the classes
My daughter and I really enjoyed your last session of classes. What really made the difference for us was the amount of patience and understanding you and your instructors gave us since we are still beginners. It’s been so much fun doing the classes together with her – she’s such a natural (proud Mom)
Wow, fun and challenging all at the same time. I like what you said about giving yourself permission to learn … we spend so much time rushing and so little time on us. Can’t wait for next session to start !!!
Moving to advanced !!!
I’m so excited that I’m moving into the advanced classes – I’ve been watching the Desert Flames from months and I have to say I’d love to eventually audition to join that team. What a great bunch of ladies. By the way, congrats on the recent 1st place in the Kansas City competition !!!
I feel the caliber of instruction I have received from Raksanna and her faculty is far superior to anything I have received anywhere else and that Raksanna’s community of dancers has really helped me grow as a person and improve myself as a dancer
Great workshop …
Your last workshop was AWESOME! I’ve been dancing for several years and you helped me solve some challenges I’ve had with make two movements look fluid. Thank you sooooo much. It was well worth the time to travel out to the suburbs of Chicago to attend this.
So much fun !!
Took one of your classes and I had so much fun. I’m hooked, see you next week …
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or call 630.689.3611 - and get your shimmy on!