Beginner Bellydance with Sol Duran
Fridays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
What will be covered in Class?
Fundamentals: Posture, Initiating movement from your core, Relaxation, Being grounded, Lifting from the chest
Basic Vocabulary of movement: Slides, circles, undulations, figure eights, shimmies, hip drops and traveling steps
Finger cymbals: Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple time as well as Malful and Beledi rhythms.
Veil: Fast opening (chasse) and slow interpretive veil improvisation.
Benefits (There is no age limit, nor is there any special body type. Belly dancers are tall, short, heavy, or thin.)
- Cardiovascular and muscular – The fast movements, primarily the hip and shoulder shimmies, offer cardiovascular benefits which will make you break a sweat. When done with the correct posture, belly dancing stretches and releases tension in the back and strengthens the muscles.
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction – The concentration on relaxing and isolating individual parts of the body, while losing yourself in hypnotic middle Eastern music, has both mental and physical benefits and these – along with the spiritual aspects of our being – are intertwined. Many stress-related conditions can improve with the dance, after a class the scope of your problems will shrink into a more manageable context.
- Internal Massage – Bellydance helps women by massaging the internal organs. It tones a woman’s body from the inside out.
- Weight Control and Self-Image – Belly dancing is also effective for weight control, not only burning calories but also raising the metabolic rate to keep lost fat from coming back. Beauty does not depend on body type but on your awareness of your own femininity, as reflected in your posture, grace, body language, facial expressions, and glow of good health. Your self-confidence will improve when bellydancing.
What to Wear or bring
Wear stretch pants or long skirt, leotard or sports bra and hip scarf. Bring finger cymbals (www.saroyanzils.com) and 3 yard silk veil. The most sensuous way to belly dance is barefoot, however if you have delicate feet you can use ballet slipper.
Sol is a soulful and earthy artist whose name is loyal to her work. She sheds light on the different perspective of a modern and passionate woman through her dance. Fluent in Egyptian Raqs Sharqi and Beledi, her sensual hip movements are the intoxicating effect of blissfulness. In every performance, Sol illuminates the stage with her strength, humility and love for the dance. Sol has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Management of Information Systems from Florida International University. Sol’s goal is to inspire. Inspire people to move beyond their limitations and express themselves freely and creatively. She believes that we are all an open channel for creative ideas and we are always the perfect age for where we are in life.
“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.” - Barbara De Angelis
Sol has 12 years in training and dancing Bellydance. She has studied with Maria Jammal, Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka. She was a member of International Bellydance Superstar Bozenka’s Bellydance Academy Performing Company. Sol is a student at heart and continues to work with other talented local dancers as well as continuing her training with many world renowned dancers including Raqia Hassan, Yousry Sharif, Tito, Karim Nagi, Ranya Renee, Ahmed Hussien, Jihan Jammal, Virginia, Samay and Hanan among others.