Belly Dance for Beginners

Ref: C2338169

In this course you will learn a variety of slow and percussive movements taken from the dance traditions of the middle east. You will learn how to combine movements to create simple routines, learn a few ready-made choreographies, and gain the confidence to improvise on your own. We will always begin with a safe warm-up and end with a safe cool-down section. All movements can be done on a variety of levels, making it suitable for everyone regardless of your health, fitness etc. and it will improve your stamina and flexibility. We will use music from the middle east as well as contemporary western music which has a suitable feel. Dancing is usually done with bare feet and suitable clothing are a fairly fitted top (e.g. a t-shirt) and loose long skirt or trousers. Some people like to tie a long scarf around their hips. The dances are non-competitive and most of all you will have fun!

Course aim

To teach a variety of movements from the middle eastern belly dance tradition and enable you to put them together in simple choreographies.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Perform a variety of percussive and fluid belly dance moves
  • Put these moves together into simple routines.
  • Perform simple choreographies.
  • Warm up and cool down safely.
  • Improvise using the moves I have learnt.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Suitable clothing are a relatively fitted top and a loose pair of trousers or a long loose skirt.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Belly Dance for Beginners

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