On December 28, 2015, my SLCC students from different semesters for the past 3 years came together at 5:30 a.m. to demonstrate beginning belly dance for 2 News. Here’s some of the coverage.
Thanks Amanda Jones, SLCC and the lovely dancers who got up so early to make this possible!
In addition to offering Belly Dance Basics for credit, you can now take my class as a community member. SLCC has added a non credit option for my classes for Spring 2016, so that those wanting to take belly dance basics who are not currently enrolled as students can take it, too.
I love the way the college environment allows the structure to explore the history and culture of belly dance in greater depth, and the 15 week semester gives us time to spend on various props like swords, veils and zills.
Those with some belly dance experience may also take classes in my private studio, contact me for more detail, or visit my calendar. Classes are on Sunday afternoons, but the time is subject to change and classes may be added in the future. Information on enrolling at SLCC is in the previous blog post.
Registration is open for Spring Semester 2016, here is a link to the “Register for Classes Page.”
Here are all the class details you need to register from the Spring Class Schedule–
22106 HLAC 1040-001 Belly Dancing Basics (LW) Full Term Lecture/Lab Jan 11-May 5 T 1400-1530 LAC 124 Taylorsville Redwood Campus West, Anna 1.0
22113 HLAC 1040-003 Belly Dancing Basics (LW) Full Term Lecture/Lab Jan 11-May 5 M 1900-2030 SCM 2-128 South City Campus West, Anna 1.0
24840 HLAC 1040-004 Belly Dancing Basics (LW) Full Term Lecture/Lab Jan 11-May 5 F 1100-1230 JHS 003 Jordan Campus West, Anna 1.0
Belly dance teachers often tout the body image benefits of belly dance. In the fall of 2014, the belly dance community was thrilled with an Australian study published on this topic, and news coverage in the popular news media resulted. The study compared experienced belly dancers to those who had never belly danced. The study found that belly dancers see their bodies in a more positive light.
The study found participants identified the “erotic nature” of belly dance to be a low priority. Belly dance received its “sexual” label when it was first performed in the U.S. at the Chicago World’s Fair at a time when it was improper for American women to be seen in public without a corset. While culture has change, the label has stuck with belly dance and many belly dancers would like to be seen as more than just sexy.
If you’d like to read the coverage, here are some links. You may find the full study using an academic library that subscribes to Sex Roles Journal.
Source: Tiggemaan M, Coutts E, Clark L. Belly Dance as an Embodying Test of the Embodiment Model Of Postive Image. Sex Roles. 2014.