Belly Dance Alchemy
Join us in-person or via live stream for our Belly Dance Alchemy Class available weekly on Sunday's at 12:30 PM.
Bellydance is a dance across time, drawing from and sometimes combining tribal and folkloric traditions with the glamor of modern cabaret.
Bellydance Alchemy merges meditation and mysticism in motion. In a wholistic approach, we will explore the inner world of this dance art and energy.
Experience the allure, energy, confidence, and creativity of the dance inspired by cultures around the world!
Belly dancing as a sacred art for communication, healing, transformation, and on a practical level to facilitate birthing and for keeping fit.
The Dance of the Goddess:
In both Sumerian and Babylonian times when the matriarchal societies dominated, Feminine divinity was worshipped and the Goddess was seen as the prime creator and the nurturer. Throughout history belly dancing has expressed these quintessential feminine qualities.
Belly dancing was used in her rituals for magical purposes, sexual excitement, fertility rites, for honoring the earth and for birthing. Belly dancing movements also harmonized with the lunar cycles and connected participants on a kinetic level to celestial rhythms.
Some dances were communication originally had an intrinsic earthiness that reflected the culture's spiritual connection to the earth.
These same dance moves to assist woman of all ages in balancing their own energies during these powerful times of their cycle and in their after math. By doing the shimmy and shaking her hips, a woman can release outwards some of the energy that builds up in the preceding weeks to ovulation, assisting her in releasing her emotions.
During her bleeding time she can use the slow circles and snakier movements such as undulations to bring energy into her being to nourish her in her time of regeneration.
Belly dancing can reconnect woman with the natural cycles both lunar and personal to reclaim lost aspects of self.
Throughout history during the months preceding a birth, a pregnant women would sway and rock as a way to stay in tune with her baby and to prepare her body for birth.
This belly dancing movement also toned the pelvic floor and uterine muscles. This type of exercise was not jarring on either the lower back or the knees, the typical weak areas in pregnant women.
During labour these woman used slow swaying figure eights and hips circles to assist with the contractions and the delivery of the baby. Older woman would surround the mother in labour and play rhythmic drums while the younger woman danced around her breathing in sync with her contractions.
The birth became a dance and the drums and the dancing evoked a trance like state, a natural form of opiate. Birth in this instance was an initiation into the powerful feminine mysteries. In this way a pregnant mother could participate actively in her birth, connecting with her sense of power. This is unlike the births of the west that have traditionally been a passive experience for the mother.