I decided to add a page on my website http://www.zumbaworkoutscanada.com/ on how to belly dance. It includes handpicked http://www.youtube.com/ videos on belly dancing techniques. I managed to find some pretty awesome stuff.
I took belly dancing lessons in Toronto a few years ago, only for fun because I married into a Middle eastern family and I wanted to be able to fit in. Who knew that it would actually turn out to benefit me years later.
If I end up teaching Zumba Fitness classes which is my goal, belly dancing will surely be something that will be in there. And not just the shimmies but more advanced techniques. I went up to intermediate level only because in the advanced level you had to begin handing props like canes and balancing things on your head more; basically to become a belly dancing goddess. It was all great fun too!
Did I mention that belly dancing lessons are pricey?? You can expect to pay about 300.00 per level and possibly more for the advanced level! ouch!
I did a little bit more research at http://www.zumba.com/ and found that the Basic 2 Training involves focusing on Belly dancing, Samba, Tango and Flamenco. Unfortunately I didn’t see any upcoming training sessions for that so at the point I have no idea how to take that level. I’ve taken maybe 50 or more Zumba Cardio Workout Classes already so I’m pretty familiar with all of them. The main point of these movements, fast or slow is to get your body out of your usual comfort zone and as time goes you get your body and your heart into better shape.
Did you know that with diet and exercise you reduce your risk of a stroke by more than 80%??
Got news recently that a Nascar driver got a stroke in his 40′s – I was surprised to hear that because he’s still young right. I automatically said maybe he wasn’t working out or exercising. It’s sad because I don’t think he can drive after that.
Because there are so so many techniques in belly dancing, I believe it’s the dance that gets you out of your comfort zone the most – of course second to doing latin moves of course which Zumba workout classes are known for.
I truly appreciate the zumba class instructors that appreciate using belly dancing and latin moves in their routines – some even encourage wearing coin belts during that point in the workout session – and all the more better when you can see in their expressions that they love it;)
Check out the Belly dancing tutorial videos posted on my website and get your freak on at The Zumba Soul at http://www.zumbaworkoutscanada.com/