Intro to Belly Dance

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Would you like to learn how to belly dance?

Join Anna, founder and lead instructor of Ahlam Academy program at Oriental Phoenix Arts, as she takes you through the essential movements of this beautiful, feminine dance form.

This course includes a collection of 16 videos with over 80 minutes of step-by-step instruction.

Perfect for absolute beginners or anyone wanting a thorough breakdown of the basics!

Here’s what you will learn:

  • The importance of posture and alignment
  • Basics of lovely arms and hands
  • Weighted hip lifts and drops
  • Unweighted hip lifts and drops
  • Knee shimmy
  • Head slides
  • Shoulder rolls
  • Snake arms
  • Chest/ribcage slides
  • Hip slides
  • Chest lifts and drops
  • Hip Tilts
  • Chest twists (and chest shimmy)
  • Hip twists (and hip twist shimmy)
  • Basic undulations
  • Reverse undulations

After completing this course, you will be ready to try more complex movements and steps and begin to apply what you have learned to simple choreographies.

This course is also a great prerequisite for Ahlam Academy’s Foundations classes.

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Anna believes DANCE is a metaphor for life. She teaches women everyday how to use the transforming power of movement to help them gain better health and build more self confidence, while providing them a way to express themselves in a profoundly beautiful way. These positive benefits often overflow into other areas of their lives. Once they learn to master their bodies, they learn to master their lives.

When Anna was working in IT in Seattle Washington, one eventful day her job had an office party in a Greek Restaurant where she saw her first belly dancer…and she was blown away. She thought it was the coolest thing she had ever seen and she had to start lessons.

Since that first class, she’s been obsessed. Belly dance is all she could think about. It is so much fun, a great escape from the stresses of daily life, and it made her happy. But the journey hasn’t been without its obstacles, Anna had to overcome depression, anxiety, and terrible stage fright in the process.

Learning to move and challenge herself through dance has changed her life and now she is blessed to pay it forward and help others through the transformative process of personal growth through dance.

Anna likes to binge-watch Netflix, watch small animal videos on Facebook, and eat stuff she makes from scratch.

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