Belly dance strengthens a woman's self-confidence. It also promotes creativity and self-expression. Women find in belly dancing a way to express their own voices and feelings. Happiness, flirtation, pride, hurt or jealousy... all of these emotions can be conveyed through dance. And, for a woman, who may have a work environment in which expressing her femininity is frowned upon, she can find through belly dance a way to explore and bring to life the many faucets of her feminine spirit. She can put on beautiful make-up; don stunning costumes & leave the cares of her everyday life behind. Discovering the beautiful faucets of your femininity and exploring the different ways to express them belongs to the exciting process of becoming involved with belly dance.
Belly dance gives women a way to feel good about themselves and their bodies. Women, who have a negative self-image and think that their bodies do not fit in to the westernized idea of beauty, find self-acceptance in belly dance, because belly dance hasn't any restrictions of height, weight, body type or age. Every woman can belly dance and can be graceful and look beautiful doing it.
In our often fast-paced and high-tech lifestyles, belly dance offers women the opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with their bodies. Many women enjoy the experience of finding the sensuous and erotic aspects of themselves and their bodies. A woman can become lost in the dance and the follow the impulses of movement that she finds in the music, without being concerned with what others will think of her.
Belly dancing is a form of communication and a way for women to play. You can really see this when groups of women dance together and for each other, which was the way that belly dance came to be originally. By dancing together, women get the opportunity to connect with each other and play off each other, each bringing her own personality and style into the dance. For some, who are used to the lonesome anonymity of the American nightclub style of dancing, this can be strange at first, but it is definitely something that can be practiced and is indeed one of the most enjoyable aspects of belly dance.
Although the majority of women dance purely for the joy and freedom they receive from the movements and the music of belly dance, many other women strive to dance for an audience and feel the exhilaration of applause for their performances. The presentation of a dance to an audience is not for everyone and is never required of a student here at my studio. However if a student wants to perform, my studio provides her the opportunity, perhaps more so than any other studio in Atlanta.
We usually have four shows a year at which groups of beginners' level students can perform. We also have the Nazeem Alsabah dance company, which students can join once they reach the intermediate level. Nazeem Alsabah performs quite often both at shows that I organize as well as at shows organized by others in and outside of the dance community. If you want to be in the spotlight, my studio is definitely the place to be :)
So, whether you want to dance in front of a crowd, for a small group of friends or just for your cat, belly dancing gives you the opportunity to gain self-confidence, explore the many unique aspects of your personality, escape from your everyday life, discover the rare beauty of your body, and connect with other women. What more could you want? Come into the mesmerizing light of belly dance and come dance with us!!!