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.

Just email for details or call 630.689.3611 – and get your shimmy on!