Authentic Belly Dance, or raks sharqi, is an ancient form of dance. Raks sharqi means "dance of the east" in Arabic. Belly dance celebrates every body type and every stage of life. The dance is proud and powerful and soft and sinewy with elegant and isolating movements emanating from the core. It's the Pilates of dance and so much fun!
Please wear comfortable clothing, similar to what you might wear to a yoga class that will allow for free movement and the ability to see your movement. Hip scarves make it even more fun. You can dance barefoot or in a pair of comfortable dance shoes. Zils (finger cymbals) will be used in class and are available from the instructor.
Class is for 8 weeks on Mondays, March 27-May 15, at People Plus (in the Hall), 35 Union Street in Brunswick from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Free trial class from 6 pm to 7 pm on Monday, March 20. This class does meet on holidays. Merrymeeting Adult Education's Belly Dancing class offers a discounted fee for People Plus members. Call Merrymeeting Adult Education at 729-7323 to register.