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"Bellydancing is a beautiful way to connect with our feminine, creative, sensual energy. The dancing feels liberating and joyful. Belly dancing is also a fun way to strengthen the core muscles and helps you to relax and unwind after a busy day at work. Even if you think you can’t dance, Rachel breaks down each move so that they are easy to follow and anyone can do them. It's soul inspiring - I love it!!" - Eva
Inspire Bellydance offers group classes for all levels from absolute beginners onwards, as well as private tuition and workshops. We teach Modern and classical Egyptian, Egyptian Folkloric, contemporary and Tribal Fusion bellydance styles.
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If you find gyms intimidating, pretentious or just plain boring, this is the exercise for you! In belly dance class, you will develop your body awareness and co-ordination, and enhance your confidence and creativity as well as core strength and fitness. However it's not "bellyrobics" and it's not about getting a sweaty workout. Instead, we aim to teach you to dance safely, beautifully and with joy.
Our classes are fun, friendly and inspiring. Come with a friend or alone - unlike other dance forms, no partner is required. So give yourself the gift of an hour a week that's just for YOU to feel feminine and gorgeous!
There is no upper age limit: our oldest current student just turned 90, and I've heard of 100-year-old dancers! If you need a self esteem boost, a belly dance class is a great way to do it. Please also check out the Bellydance At Any Size Manifesto. We believe that "everyone has a right to move their bodies in a safe and comfortable environment regardless of their age, weight, shape, ability or activity-level. Belly dance activity should not be an exception."
No, it's not about harems or seduction! This dance goes far deeper than that. Belly dance began as a folk dance, long ago, in Egypt and surrounding areas. It was a dance of community and of celebration; it was how people partied at weddings and other important social gatherings, and a way of expressing oneself. It was something for everyone (men as well as women) to participate in, regardless of age or skill. And in some communities, bellydance remains all of these things.
Only in about the past century has it been refined and put on the stage as something for audiences to watch. Now, we see elements of western dance (eg ballet) being combined with the traditional hip- and torso-focussed movements to create a more visually exciting look. (The two-piece costumes commonly seen nowadays are also a modern invention.) Modern bellydance is beautiful, expressive, and has a rich repertoire of moves using all parts of the body, from the head to the toes!
Bellydance isn't as easy as you might think, but it's hugely rewarding. On the physical level, exercises in class can improve your co-ordination, body awareness, core strength, posture, flexibility and more. There are mental and emotional benefits as well, including enhancing body image, creative expression, memory, spatial awareness and even alleviating depression.
Within the oasis of the dance studio, you can make new friends and improve your fitness as you learn a new skill. Be inspired to find the joy and passion in dance! You'll also gain an appreciation of Middle Eastern culture, and perhaps a penchant for sequin-encrusted exotic costuming. You can also perform what you've learnt at regular events such as "Haflas" - Bellydance community events with teachers and students from around Sydney. Enrolled students also receive free access to videos that revise class content so you can practise at home.
"Thanks for introducing me to bellydance, thanks for creating a comfortable, friendly environment in which to learn, giving me great opportunities to perform and to grow and for believing in me so I actually believe in myself. Thanks for creating Inspire! Bellydance - it's a beautiful community of wonderful and amazing women. I feel privileged to know each and every one of you!" - Felicia
The lessons also offer you a physical and mental challenge. Each class begins with a warm-upand grounding exercise to prepare the body and get you in the mood to dance. Typically, we then revise the previous week's steps, learn new moves, and put them together into short sequences. Some weeks will have more of a focus on technique, others on musicality and improvisation; some terms look at choreography, others focus on technique. Finally, we stretch out and cool down.
We place our focus on technique, safety, enjoyment and appreciation. Class sizes are small enough to guarantee individual attention so you can get your technique right from the very start. Mothers and daughters as young as 4 are welcome - it's a beautiful way to develop your relationship! Most of our studios do not have mirrors, so they are perfect for women who are not yet comfortable with their body image. Instead, we encourage you to focus on how the moves feel from the inside, rather than how they look on the outside. This is the true essence of Egyptian Oriental dance (belly dance).
Looking for beginners' belly dance classes? The Bellydance Fundamentals course is suitable for absolute beginners or anyone with less than 6 months to 1 year dance experience. It teaches you posture, basic moves and technique, and footwork, as well as short combinations to encourage your creativity and expression. We explore Arabic music and rhythms, and introduce you to musical interpretation. Students are encouraged to take this course at least three times over before progressing, in order to consolidate and refine consolidate the basics. Courses alternate between technique (foundation concepts, core moves, musical interpretation and improvisation) and choreography, so you'll have the chance to try both and even perform if you wish.
We teach Modern and classical Egyptian, Egyptian Folkloric, contemporary and Tribal Fusion bellydance styles. Find out more about bellydance styles here.
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Beyond Beginners and Intermediate Bellydance courses are for students with at least nine months of belly dancing class experience (though it depends on the individual; ask your teacher for advice on your level). Each term has a specific focus, and often we work on a choreography by either Rachel or an Egyptian master teacher. These courses will develop your dancing with a focus on more complex combinations and footwork, improvisation and musicality, and more advanced techniques that build on your key bellydance moves from Fundamentals classes. Depending on the level of classes, elements of Egyptian folkloric dance may be taught, as well as props such as veil, finger cymbals (also known as zills or sagat), stick (cane or assaya) and sword balancing. Some terms and special workshops will introduce choreography and the use of props. Certain classes may also investigate Tribal Fusion and other bellydance styles. Group performance opportunities are available at community events through out the year.
Watch "Beyond Beginners" Inspire Bellydance students in action here!
Classes are run in 10-week terms, aligned with school terms. This structure means that you will learn in a systematic way, with each week building on the knowledge gained in the previous classes. However, we do enough revision that new students can join in at any time.
Often, term ends with an optional "hafla" (party) or night out at a Middle Eastern restaurant (not included in class fee) where you can dress up in your bellydance finest, enjoy an authentic meal, watch a bellydance show, and get up to dance with the rest of the class in a relaxed social environment. Performance opportunities may also be available.
Fast-track your learning, get personalised assistance with particular techniques, or learn a choreography created especially for you! A one-on-one class with your teacher will address your individual needs and wishes, including assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses in your dancing. Other topics may include performance skills and preparation, emotional preparation, and working with props.
Small group privates are an option for 2-5 students of similar experience, wishing to work on particular techniques or develop a choreography.
Private lessons are available at my home, a rented studio, or at your home (depending on location). Prices on application. Gift vouchers are available for private classes.
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