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The benefits of Belly Dance

Across the world people continue to be captivated by belly dance. Not only is it an electric expression of artistry, but belly dance is full of inherent health benefits and is one of the best low-impact work-outs around.

Learning belly dance:

  • increases awareness of posture,

  • increased strength and stamina of core muscles,

  • improves coordination, balance, and flexibility,

  • is a springboard towards poise, grace and confidence, and

  • provides a point of entry into learning about the diversity of Middle Eastern music and culture. 

Whether you identify as a wallflower or a diva, belly dance classes are for everybody. Tara Yasmin Belly Dance offers private and bespoke classes in Melbourne for women of all ages, backgrounds, and sizes to learn the fundamentals of belly dance.  My class format and lesson plans are innovative, target-driven, and dynamic. 

You can learn from me on: 

Mondays 8.30-10pm

Advanced belly dance with Melbourne Belly dance  Level 1, 14-20 Abbott St, Alphington, VIC, 3078

Tuesdays 7.30-9pm

5-week technique course starting 4th June 2019 @ Higher Spaces, Unit 14, 663 Victoria St, Richmond.

"Tara Yasmin is an amazing teacher! Her happiness and enthusiasm for belly dance fills the class with energy and makes us forget about the outside world. She clearly breaks down movement and makes the class relevant to our dance goals. 5 Stars!" 

                                                        - Nerges

The abbreviated origins of belly dance

Contrary to popular belief belly dance, or raqs sharqi, isn’t the oldest form of dance.

Actually the dancing you would see today is quite modern.

The origins of raqs sharqi lie in the dancing of the Egyptian ghawazi, who were groups of travelling entertainers during the 19th century.  This grounded style of improvised dancing, including both fluid and percussive movements in the torso and hips, was largely performed at parties and celebrations. The skill of the dancer was reflected in her ability to entertain in 1 meter-squared. In the early 20th century ghawazi-style dancing was introduced to theatre stages and films, and suddenly the dancers had to make use of a lot more space. The movement repertoire was rapidly expanded with travelling sequences, arm patterns, turns, and flourishes from other Middle Eastern folk dance styles, ballet, and Latin dance. Modern raqs sharqi is a melange of these influences, and provides a dazzling display of flowing, sinuous movements and shimmies.