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Belly dancing is for all sizes, shapes and ages of women. Any woman who has the desire to learn and explore one of the most ancient, feminine and beautiful forms of dance in the world is welcome to join a class. We offer Belly Dance Classes for healing, health and fun in various locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Our instructors offer Belly Dancing for fun and healing. Belly dancing is an ancient dance form that many women are rediscovering today. This unique dance form's healing qualities sooth the mind, exercises the body and invigorate the spirit. Women of all shapes, sizes and ages find the movements involved easy and fun.

Students use veils and sticks to enhance their experience and work different muscle groups. Veil exercises help to exercise the upper body while allowing the student to feel beautiful and feminine.

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Belly Dance for Healing

Healing Belly Dance/ The Lebed Method

While belly dancing is a great workout, it does not place unnecessary stress on the body. This allows even women with health problems to participate. In November of 2001, our instructors Mary Ann Keller and Judy Travers became a certified healing dance instructor through Sloan Kettering Hospital, NY. The hospital's Focus On Healing session taught a therapeutic exercise program designed for breast cancer survivors and those battling other chronic conditions. The combination of therapeutic movement and dance is designed for all ages and all fitness levels. Students participating in our Healing Belly dance classes with chronic illness, increase their range of motion, improve their self-image and, most important, HAVE FUN!!

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Belly Dance for Exercise & Health

While we know for certain that belly dancing is fun, it has other favorable side effects as well.

Belly dancing is also wonderful exercise. You will discover muscles you never even knew existed! Few understand the effects it has on the human body. The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work against rather than with the body's physical inclinations, Belly Dance is based on movements that come naturally to the female form. There is a wealth of health benefits awaiting those who practice this form of dance.

Many people are surprised to learn that Middle-Eastern Dance, commonly known as "belly-dance," involves much more than the belly! In fact, belly-dance can benefit many parts of the body. Here are some of the health benefits of Middle-Eastern Dance:

  • Exercising the carrying muscles without impact. A belly-dancer uses her quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes to hold her steady as she performs hip movements or travels smoothly across the floor. However, even though she gets a great lower-body workout, the amount of impact to her knees and ankles is minimal. Impact is measured not only by how hard our feet strike the ground, but by how much stress is placed on our joints. Using this measure, most of Middle-Eastern dance is considered non-impact; some tribal and folk dances are low-impact.
  • Building the back muscles evenly. Belly-dancers use their torsos a lot-much more than ballet, modern or tap dancers. Only jazz dancers come close to our use of rib movements and undulations. These movements, coupled with shoulder movements, exercise the back muscles, and they exercise the muscles evenly. Strong back muscles prevent back injuries, and they promote good posture as well.
  • Exercising the arms. New belly-dance students are always surprised by much they have to use their arm muscles. Belly-dancers have to hold their arms up for long periods of time, and it actually takes quite a lot of strength to perform arm movements slowly and gracefully.
  • Aiding digestion. It's true! Exercising the abdominal area, not just by rolling the belly, but also by swaying the torso, helps food move along the digestive system. Any form of exercise will have this effect to some degree, but belly-dance is especially good for this purpose.
  • Raks sharki or Belly Dancing can burn up to 300 calories per hour. This estimate will vary, of course, depending on the intensity of your dancing. Combined with a healthy diet that involves sensible eating, raks sharki can without a doubt be part of a sound weight loss program

Belly Dance for Fun & Celebrations

If you are looking for a way to incorporate something new, different, and fun into a bridal shower, pre-wedding party, baby shower, family gathering, birthday party or women's group get-together consider a belly dance lesson as part of your "girls night" celebration!

Belly dance is a truly woman-centered art form and a beautiful way to express the beauty of being a woman and to honor women. Belly dance is done in the Middle East by women for other women. At such parties, everyone dances from little children to their great-grandmothers! If you have an image of dancers dancing for sultans, oh how wrong you would be! :)

We supply veils and hip wraps for each participant. The Bride, Birthday Girl or Hostess can keep her outfit! Private party lessons are affordable and start at $100. Lessons are about an hour long and everyone goes home knowing all the beginning moves.

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Contact Us

For information on classes and parties call Mary Ann at
570-460-0861

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"As I have continued to dance, I have discovered the joys that dance could bring into someone's life. The soft basic movements help me to create my own dance and move through life with more grace and ease, both physically and spiritually."

Mary Ann Keller