Monday, February 22, 2010

Professional Oriental Dance performance in Jamaica


Mandy, Shameika and Tony take the spotlight at the Sugar Cane Ball...Round Hill last weekend!

The Beauties of Shambala are available to official all around Jamaica,Caribbean and soon also in the USA and Canada.

Book your Oriental dance performing Crew for any of your next events.

in Picture from the left:
Toni , Shameika, Sigrid Ribbe(founder)& Mandi

Choose between Single performer!
Groups of 3 , 5 or even 7 Beautiful Ladies who will transform your party into a Exotic Arabian/Moroccan or Indian night with authentic Arabian, Moroccan & beautiful Indian Belly dance moves.

If you are interested in learning Oriental / Belly dancing you can join us at Zen-Si Art Academy in Fair view Shopping Center complex... Next door to Sinclair s Barging center ...upstair in the NNATTS Tiles Plaza !

Call us for more information
(876) 467 2484 or 484 1165

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Performance & Practize Video links

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also check out the presentation on the Dawali Festival in Montego Bay 2008


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Create more happiness and health

Belly Dance classes with the beauties of Shambala in Montego Bay 2008

“…. Belly dance your belly flat “

Didn’t we all want to feel beautiful and vital?…….and yet to find the discipline to work out on a regular base is for some us very hart to develop/find.
Yes we wonder what happen to that little belly …and it is disturbing us ! And still to find the drive and get into the Gym is sometimes just not there.

Many excuse … we have no time , my Job just don’t let me … and I am to busy … I just can’t make it at this time … but next week… and so forth….. yes there will me million of reason to excuse …

I call that simple self sabotage!

Aren’t you worth it to join us to get back in optimum shape and health with some real fun?
Yes you do! And yes you can make it, arrange it…because you deserve the best !

So if you like dancing and wish to keep your figure in shape don’t hesitate anymore , sign up now!

If you would know how much fun you miss and how great you will feel after just 55 minutes shaking your belly , moving your shoulders and hips and shaking your legs and make those very interesting pelvic and chest circles … wow you would know what I am talking about.

Dancing is fun and specially in good company.
We can move and grove to the music and in now time an hour is up…

Did you know that the English word "EDUCATION" stems from the Greek word "EDUCARI," which means to draw out or extract.

The philosophy on teaching and learning dance.
Movement is an innate ability flowing within all of us.
It's not a matter of learning something new, but rather reacquainting ourselves with something old. It is embedded in our DNA and cellular memory.
The movements of your body are transformative, awakening and empowering!

Belly Dance Class Gift Certificates & also soon Videos are available.
For gift certificates e-mail
Or call 484 1165

WORKSHOPS & PRIVATE CLASSES for your convenience

WE can be booked for workshops anywhere in the world,private and semi-private classes /coaching to become an instructor your self?

Or would you like to become a professional performer and choose the the beautiful Belly dancing to becoming one additional source of income?

Call us to find out more what the Beauties of Shambala have to offer.

BELLY DANCE CLASSES are available in
Montego Bay and will be soon again in Kingston available !

Looking for a fun yet effective way to get in shape?
We offers belly dance classes for all levels of dancers 3 times weekly basis throughout the year.

Different Dance Classes are available all ages any gender .

Also offer seasonally a wide variety of Fitness Dance /Power dance classes and of course World Dance classes such as Salsa , Fox trot and Ballroom dancing .

Develop more self esteem through a great flexibility.
Move smoothly with great confidence on any dance flour.

Find out how dancing can makes you happier and create more successful in your life.

Check out which of the dance classes suits you and learn to dance professionally on any occasion.
Surprise your Partner and invite here to dance more often .

The Beauties of Shambala are awaiting your first visit and will assure that you get the move and make the move… we never give up…because we know that you can do it.

Hope to see you soon .

Sigrid and the Beauties of Shambala.

Class information
Classes run in 4, 6 or 8 week, ongoing sessions with a short break in between depending on season and our travel schedules.
You may join the session at anytime. Early registration is recommended as classes sometimes fill up fast
*Tuition is due by the first class. Prorating will be accepted in some cases. Please arrive 10 minutes early on the first day of the session to get signed in. No refunds or transfers. See make up policy below.
$750.00 returned check fee.
*Drop in rate is $ 500.00 per class, however space is limited so drop in will not guarantee you a spot.
*Please wear form fitting clothing( leggings ) and bring hydration. And a towel !
*Please be on time, because you shouldn’t miss the warm up to be ready to participate.
* Classes are held at " vary locations so please call and find out which is the closest to you.
Call us for exact directions and location.
*MISSED CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY - You can make up a class within 30 days by taking any of the other classes offered other than the one you missed. We do not offer cash refunds.
*To reserve a spot in any class or workshop please send your payment of check
For questions, e-mail or call;
876 484 1165 ************************************************************

We offer our students a fun, positive and nurturing atmosphere to explore interesting and very health beneficial movements and the proper techniques of belly dance.
We have step by step developed a diverse and comprehensive teaching format that stems from a depth of understanding in many forms of world dance and music.
Whether you are interested in workshops, group or private classes, Our knowledge of dance along with the right attitude to share it with anyone who love to learn will create an unparalleled environment of encouragement and learning.
Boost your self esteem and come and enjoy your beautiful body at any time.
Realize how flexible and smooth you can move after a couple of sessions.
We do not only focus on styles within Belly Dance, but rather techniques and proper execution of movements which lay the foundation and implement the tools necessary for you to create or choose your own unique style you wish to reflect.

Classes now offer "The Tandem Training Method", an exclusive format we developed . While one leads the class, the other walks around and visits with each student answering questions and correcting technique to ensure they get the most out of each class!

Each class will focus on protecting the body from injury by thoroughly warming up and working toward flexibility. We will also work on developing stamina and building the muscles essential for Belly Dancing.
All classes ends with a freestyle performance with great fun.
We know that you got a gift !
So cone and try , you’ll see how easy it is to be free and comfortable with your self and your body
We are here to assist and also focus on emotional stability and assist each student to learn step by step to love them self much more and feel confident with all there assets abilities and gifts.

Mr. Sigrid Ribbe Founder of the Beauties of Shambala in Jamaica recommends as a Holistic Health Practitioner this fun workout to all here female clients to keep them fit to do it at leased 3 times one hour weekly..

She started this so amazing group because of here focus on health care and health prevention programs.
It is simply the perfect colon cleansing work out we ever tried .
It is amazing for the prevention of fibroid and uterus cancer … so let’s move the belly….
She found that belly dance is great for a perfect Posture and emphasizes the body line and center, fundamental in all dance forms, will be developed. An understanding of muscle control and the mechanics of movement will be developed.
Come and so something so valuable for your Body, Mind and soul.

Classes also incorporate standing and traveling drills. Intermediate classes are offered to the disciplined student who has cultivated a full understanding of the basics. Intermediate classes combine other aspects of the dance such as finger cymbals (zills), how to count, dance and play zills to the multitude of Middle Eastern rhythms, foot patterns to add variety, layering and embellish traveling steps, veil work, balancing, history, short combinations and choreographies.
We also coordinates student night's one, sometimes two times per year which allow the student to practice choreography and bring the dance together with the element of performing. All this combined enables the student to mature their own unique style.

S R. " I lost 3 inches on my waist line in only 3 week intensive belly dance and my pants are falling of…lol
B.J : The instructor is not only an amazing dancer ; she's also a wonderful teacher. She's generous with her knowledge and has the ability to coach her students in the mechanics of a large repertoire of dance moves.
A.T : The classes are very entertaining and I like the flexible adjustments made to fit the requests and preferences of each group. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the beauties of Shambala !"
T P. : I learned some amazing moves and felt muscle I didn’t know exited . I never knew that Belly Dancer is such a great work out and very inspirational.

I admire the patience of the trainers in dealing with the students it is truly admirable, especially when there are beginners, intermediate and advanced all in one class. Once you try some of the moves, it gives you an increased appreciation for her amazing teachings ."
"I've been dancing for the past 2 month and it has helped me understand the mechanics of the dance form, the muscles involved and how they are used to improve form and increase range of motion.
A.W. : I feel beautiful, upbeat, encouraged and full of joy to work out this way .My technique improved noticeably in a few short weeks and I feel much more confident."

Participation in any of my classes or workshops is at your own risk!
Dance is very therapeutic for the body and spirit but please, anyone with any injuries, big or small should consult with us and their physician before taking a class!
We definitely recommend pregnant Woman to join us because they origin of belly dance was the preparation for birth anyways… so let’s get the pelvic released… and that back strengthen . but take it easy and with caution of your pregnancy condition.
We look forward to having you all in Class soon.
Sigrid and the Beauties of Shambala

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Amazing health Benefits of Belly Dance

Are you aware that Belly Dance is unbeatable for overall well being and weight management!

Our new Motto:
Belly Dance your belly Flat !
No more strict diet’s!?

Harmony food for Body & Soul is needed .
And remember: a healthy digestive system can handle any diet !
No kidding, I lost 4 inches in 3 weeks around my waistline !
But the most important fact is , I feel great in my Body and confident to dance in public again !

Authentic Belly dance works on so many levels and our natural, energetic and celebratory style provides a holistic approach towards well being, integrating all the spiritual and physical aspects.
Forget about the Society pressures by way of images of narrow stereotypes of perfection has created a culture of both bodily self dislike and fanatical extremes in terms of diets and mind numbing exercise regimes. (It is rumored that Britney Spears does a thousand crunches a day). But we are developing a new style of Belly Dance that is energetic and Celebratory in character that can instantly turn "works outs" into "pleasure outs."
We can prove to you that you can excel no matter what your size, age, experience may be.
We believe that our style of Belly Dance is more "Traditional" in the respect that it is based on nothing more than the sort of celebratory things that people would have done at any gathering ever since time immemorial.
Feel young and vital again , swing your hip to the music and feel free .
Jump up and down for Joy! So we get together and dance and dance a lot.
You will be surprised how much you can work out and you will sweat .
Wondering why you don’t want to stop …. Because you love it !Your Body loves it too. That is why you will working out sequences with effective and productive moves..
Jamaica is a subculture of fun and joy! So we bypass all the society crap and have to much fun by dancing to the best World Music anyways.
But now the new trend goes around the world and we are of course up to date to offer with some very talented instructors, in different venues for your convenience Bellly dance classes with lot’s of fun..
Are you aware that the human body is meant to move to be alive !.
I just say it one more time : if you rest to much , your will rust to fast !
Dancing is a simply movement to music and anyone can do it.
The energizing and uplifting qualities of our style means that everyone - no matter what their experience, age, size or whatever simply is welcomed into the party. The capability of the body to rise to the tough challenges we put forward we have proved again and again - no matter at what point this starts –
whether from inexperience or experience, large or small, old or young. And we have found that the differences between these factors isn't as great as Society would have you believe!
Belly Dance is good for overall body toning
A regrettable aspect of modern life is that we don't use our bodies enough.

Computers and cars mean we sit and stay inactive so much and we can't do anything about that. But we can find something energetic and fun to do outside those times! Muscles that don't get used much become "flabby" looking. Conversely well toned muscles look shapely. With our style of energetic and celebratory belly dance your legs, bum and arms will become more shapely and your waist will pull in as the obliques (diagonal muscles from the ribs to the hip)
tone up. particularly with our style of belly dance. Kylie Minogue swears that her shape, particularly her bum comes from dancing.
Our style of belly dance uses all the muscles in the body in a really enjoyable way.

What is of particular significance is the way all the smaller underlying muscles get used. The problem with conventional muscle training regimes is that they tend to focus on only the large really obvious muscle groups and there can then be a tendency to develop a "hard" muscular look.
The belly dance we do tends to use all the muscles more evenly so you tend to develop a nice overall tone as the pictures of Zehara show. Yet Zehara has never done any physical training other than her dancing.
(Other than an odd bit of stretching here and there).
Our classes are upbeat and rely on generating a celebratory and uplifting atmosphere created by charismatic and expert belly dance teachers, good sound systems and using the best World Music around.
of Belly Dance is good for overall fitness
This is to do with general fitness and is completely separate to having a "well toned body." It is to do with with the heart, lungs and circulation system. So there are no visible signs of this.

Being fit means being able to do continuous physical activity in an aerobic way which is sustainable. An activity that is completely "aerobic" is rather like that "second wind" you get once the heart gets really going. Up to that point muscles use local energy reserves of which the lactate system creates lactic acid as a waste product and hence the aching that most of us get when we sustain a moderate level of activity.

Low levels of fitness means having poor energy levels, being more prone to illnesses, getting tired easily and having a low metabolic rate which means that to maintain an even weight one would have to eat very little. Not all types of dance help fitness much, but we try and bring in the aerobic element in as much as possible by having long non stop runs of energetic routines at the classes.

The body releases natural endorphins during aerobic activity so this one reason for the "high" and why some people get addicted to exercise.
Zehara herself has had her fitness level tested last year (03)and she has a VO2 level of 59ml/kg/min. A national level female middle distance runner has an average VO2 of 51 and (strangely enough) UK female ballet dancers average at around a mere 39.
This has happened purely through her dancing and therefore shows that fitness can reach high levels through the right sort of dance. It means of course that Zehara can be an eating machine and still stay slim.
This aspect is so important nowadays with health and weight issues being now in the forefront. The brilliant news is that this aspect of health is not significantly age related in terms of ability to improve. (Which is why you get so many people of pensionable age doing the marathon runs)
Belly Dance is good for the joints and bones!
This may not sound very sexy but what is certainly not sexy is being riddled with pain, stiff nesses and joint trouble as the years advance on. Loads of people are plagued with lower back trouble, knee and ankle problems and osteoporosis is a major national problem along with obesity.

Joints and bones are meant to be naturally stressed during their working life. If they are not then crippling conditions creep in relentlessly.

Where belly dance is really brilliant is the way that the body weight is constantly focused on one leg and then the other leg.

This naturally increases the loading on the hip joint, knees and ankles in a safe way and thus strengthening them. A lot of people take to belly
dance later in life with lots of chronic back problems and they have been advised to take up some physical activity. Belly dance with caution can be absolutely marvelous here! Our style of dance with large movements and the emphasis on the lower back and hip area is second to none here.
We can report numerous cases of people in our classes being really helped in these distressing conditions.
Even people who started developing arthritis earlier have instantly improved after they started dancing . It simply halted the symptoms and in combination with an alkaline ( green ) diet there will be no more tender joins left!
Back aches :
Many people come to classes with lower back trouble so here is an extra page that may be of help.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments of mankind. Ever since human beings stood upright they have been having trouble with their backs. In fact, experts estimate that roughly 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and slightly more men suffer from it than women.
Never less don’t forget the fact :
Mind over matter !
So there are always emotional blockages responsible in the first place for the back bone problems! If you like to consult with a specialist in emotional release therapies call your H.H.P. 876 796 5080 for more information.
Most backache is "muscular." This may not sound particularly terrible but it really feels terrible! Most of the time it happens through a sort of "runaway" situation occurring. The muscles serve a support role, they are like the guy ropes to the masts of a ship. Thus their role is really crucial as it is vital that the integrity of the spine is maintained. This is because through the spinal column passes effectively a cable of nerves from the brain and branching out all over the body.

They branch out forming a total of 31 branches that pass to all parts of the body. Most backache happens when the muscles go into a "spasm" in order to protect the back. They tense up making the vertebrae immovable. Although this does protect the back, the muscles themselves become inflamed, thus creating more pain and thus more muscles tense up. It is rather like a cramp and once this condition happens there is simply no easy way out. Periods or rest with gentle movement, laying on the back with knees raised and gently rolling from side to side, painkillers, deep hot baths and gently moving, gentle traction by way of holding onto something like a firm surface like a table and then letting the lower body semi dangle, the same sort of idea can be done by gripping onto 2 stair handrails and then dangling the lower body momentarily, the Cat Stretch, these are the sorts of things to help ease the cramp in the lower back. If it is severe it will take at least several days to go away.
It is most important that the source of the backache is determined and this is where professional advice and a medical examination may be needed. Generally though the muscles will go into the kind of spasm mentioned above through a combination of the following 2 reasons.
a) Response to an earlier back injury
If there has been a "slipped disc" or some other injury to the ligaments or muscles, there will be a tendency for the muscles in the vicinity to "lock up" in order to prevent further injury.
I will talk about the different types of back injuries later in this article. Vertebrae fractures are a more severe injury that can happen through an accident. So this is why a person who has backache needs to be aware of any injuries they may have been sustained maybe years earlier and have the extent of these injuries thoroughly investigated.
b) General overwork, stress, exhaustion, worry and so on.
The lower back muscles are prone to tense up through "bad stress." Also poor posture and sitting for long periods of time and concentrating. (Like reading this article!) Although decent chairs and correct height of surfaces help, it must be borne in mind that it is completely unnatural to be charged up ready for action, alert and mentally ready, but with no bodily movement. This is the state that most people would be at their computers at work. The human body upon a stimulus for action is designed to MOVE, not sit still.

The lower back muscles tense up ready for action. But if no physical action takes place they are predisposed towards runaway tension and therefore back pain. If Microsoft really cared for the welfare of the human race they would set up their Windows operating system so that the computer would shut down every 20 mins for 10 seconds with a command that you get up from your chair and jump around the office. Common sense says that most of the things in modern life will predispose us towards back pain and there is no simple solution.
My boyfriend is tall and tends to be very prone to backache. He says that going round "like a monkey" helps a lot. This means using your hands to grip onto any available surface, to grab the chance to ease the lower back. Have no inhibitions on going on all 4's on the ground and rolling on the carpet on your back with raised knees several times a day even at your business conference. You can still talk to each other. Leaning on your elbows on a firm desk and then elongating and straightening the back he says it really helps. Keep changing chairs and location frequently.
Moreover the following 2 conditions increase the likelihood of the muscles going into spasm.
1) General body weaknesses
Generally the weaker the muscles are, particularly the "core support" muscles the more prone they would be to going into spasm. They don't have the strength or stamina and so give in easier.

The same applies to overall cardiovascular fitness. Poor levels of this means that the overall circulation is poorer and therefore "stress hormones" build up. So therefore any sort of physical exercise will greatly benefit. In bad cases swimming can be really good as the body is supported horizontally. Cycling can also be good as the hands on the handlebars take some of the body weight. Jogging should be approached with caution owing to the jarring effects, soft ground would be more better.

Belly Dance would be fantastic as the lower back is gently worked constantly, but caution should be exercised during the earlier lessons with "sit down" breaks taken as necessary. This is because the back is being worked the whole time and if the person has come to belly dancing after a period of relative inactivity the sudden change can be perhaps too sudden. Obvious as it may sound, anyone with a weak back should ease into belly dancing gradually, to allow the back to build up stamina and strength. But after having said that Belly Dance would be the most ideal thing for them.
2) Particular abnormalities
Overweight and especially if the excess weight is on the internal organs thereby creating an enlarged stomach, will cause problems as the centre of gravity is further forward putting a great deal of additional strain on the lower back. The tendency to put on weight in this fashion tends to be more common with men (i.e. the beer gut).
Excess curvature in the lower back can also create more strain, this condition is called Lordosis (lôr do"sis). Overweight and pregnancy can make this condition worse. There is no simple cure, just the awareness of this condition will mean that the person would have to take additional steps, and once these are in place and they are stopping the backache then let this condition continue! Obviously anything slanted at posture and body alignment such as Pilates and Yoga will especially benefit, but not if the person is unlikely to enjoy or otherwise sustain these activities.
Specific Back Injuries and conditions
- Slipped Disc.
This is where a tear or rupture takes place within the discs that are the cushioning elements between the vertebrae. When this happens a section of the misplaced disc will intrude into the spinal canal and thus irritating the spinal nerves which usually affect the legs and feet. This produces a sharp, severe pain down the entire leg and into the foot.
The compression and subsequent inflammation is directly responsible for the pain one feels down the leg, and is termed "sciatica." This pain often is described as sharp, electric shock-like, severe with standing, walking or sitting. The pain is frequently relieved by lying down or utilizing a lumbar support chair or insert.
Awful as this may sound 90% of those who suffer from slipped discs only require "conservative" treatment (i.e. not surgery) and these involve various types of physical treatments such as ultrasound, traction and manipulation. The reason is that most of the pain comes from the back muscles in spasm so the treatment is to relax the muscles which are in spasm and secondarily inflamed from the compressed spinal nerve
The whole idea is to relax the back muscles surrounding the affected area and to gradually strengthen them. Rest and heat and general physiotherapy will relax them and then a series of back exercises gradually increasing in intensity will help to support the damaged anatomy and allow it to recover.

Medically prescribed medication can range form simple analgesics such as aspirin or paracetamol, through to the non-steroid anti-inflammatory preparations.

Finally, a local injection of cortisone together with a local anesthetic might be required in the case of persistent acute pain.
As part of this programme belly dancing with the cautions mentioned above will be excellent. But it must be remembered that over repetitive use of the back may well enflame or irritate the damaged area. So it is important that the teacher is aware if any of her pupils have suffered slipped discs. It is important to realize that the belly dance will improve immensely the overall condition of the back muscles by way of coordination particularly and strength and endurance as well.
So we have a situation that a careful balance must be struck. In belly dance the lower back is constantly being used but in a very gentle way. So really what is needed here are repeated short rests for anyone who may have back trouble. We make it so that at any class someone may "sit out" at any point without feeling self conscious, so don't hesitate to sit out a few times during the class if necessary. We have chairs with lower back supports and also ensure that there is a suitable area where a person may lay down and raise and hug their knees for a few moments or do the "cat stretch." The highly friendly and informal nature of the classes, low lighting and suitable areas to do these things means that you can do these things easily and as necessary. All health authorities stress the importance of building up the lower back muscles as it is these going into spasm that cause most backache.

Belly dance and especially our style really builds up the muscles of the lower back that are central to the function of stability of the components of the back but as stressed before repeated rests may be essential in the early stages. So it is "rest and use, rest and use" not "lie idle" is the advice here!
But some movements may also aggravate the injury. In an ideal sonario the person would have a medical advisor, preferably a back specialist and this person would be able to advise which belly dance moves to be more cautious with and over what length of time to bring in more and more moves.
Spondylitis, ankylosing (spon d* li"tis, ang k* lo"zing). Ankylosing spondylitis,
Also known as bamboo spine, is a condition in which the bones of the spine (vertebrae) fuse together. This causes stiffness, and the spine can become bowed. Early symptoms are backache and stiffness in the morning. Ankylosing spondylitis occurs more often in men than in women and usually starts early in adult life. The symptoms gradually worsen, but pain need not be continuous. The patient's eyes often become inflamed (iritis) and the joints can become swollen and tender (arthritis).
The cause of ankylosing spondylitis is not known.
We have several pupils with these conditions and they have all reported that the belly dancing really has been marvelous!
In fact one lady whose spine was more or less locked rigid has said that gentle persistence has completely loosened up the spine and completely reversed the effects of this debilitating condition.
The large number of gentle repetition of moving the spine which belly dancing is characteristic of belly dance so this is an ideal antidote to the spine seizing up in this way. In its varying forms this is quite a common condition and if left unchecked can have very severe consequences.
People with this condition will find any "wavy" motions with the trunk particularly difficult if not impossible. But these are the very moves that with persistence will slowly come. As there isn't a local injury as in the case with slipped discs the issue of great caution to avoid aggravating any part does not arise so it is largely a case with these people to be gently encouraging and sympathetic as lots of the moves they will find very hard at first.
Belly Dance and Pregnancy

Exercise physiologists point out that many women work vigorously up until the time of child birth, with little apparent effect on the infant. So pregnancy should not be viewed as medical condition but rather as a totally natural event and of course exercise will concur major benefits.

However a few things need to be kept in mind.

The following are the physiological changes during pregnancy that are relevant regarding movement and dance.

A hormone called relaxin is released which softens the ligaments to make the skeletal structures of the hips and pelvis extensible for carrying an infant. This increases the hypermobility of joints (effectively the person becomes more flexible). This would become an issue if certain drastic stretches were being done that could put undue strain on joints. The stretches that we do are all quite gentle and involve only large well used muscle groups. The pregnant person would need to be careful with large moves as the joints may be put under undue strain owing to the greater flexibility this hormone will create.

Increased breast size may lead to fibrous tissue breakdown which is irreversible. Therefore adequate breast support during movement is essential. (ie a decent bra)

During the later stages of pregnancy, the increased weight of the infant with fluid shifts the centre of gravity well forward putting a strain on the lower back. Also uterine ligaments are under a greater strain as the stomach enlarges. So jogging and jarring movements should be done with caution.

The pregnant women may require to rest the lower back and to this end a chair with lower back support and a mat so that she may lay on that, raise the knees and gently roll from side to side are items that the teacher can provide and encourage to be used in an add lib fashion during the class.

Extremely intensive aerobic activity may divert too much blood flow away from the infant in the later stages of pregnancy, so a heavily pregnant woman should not work on the pulse raising section to more than around 70% of Maximal heart rate, ie not greater than moderate panting or the heart going at a brisk pace.

I have never noticed people getting anywhere near that point in our classes.

There are a huge number of recommendations for Fitness Instructors and pregnant women but most of these points don't apply to belly dance. Thus it can be safely concluded that belly dance is the ideal form of pre natal form of exercise.

But do bear in mind that individual pregnancies do vary so much so the advise would be "Check with your doctor first and do come to belly dance classes as it is ideal pre natal exercise." The reason for checking with the doctor is to reveal any individual circumstances that may require attention.

Claim the Many Health Benefits of Belly Dance now!

The Beauties of Shambala
Arabian Night Dr.Cave Beach july 2008

Belly dancing is a lot of fun, and has many other favorable side effects as well. See two articles below that describe the impact on belly dancing moves on your physical & emotional health.

Belly dance is a low impact form of exercise
The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work against rather than with the body's physical inclinations, raks sharki is based on movements that come naturally to the female form. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of all ages.

Benefits of Oriental dance moves
Sheri Waldrop
• Oriental Dance / Raks Sharki, also called belly dance, is a form of dance that many are familiar with. But few understand the effects it has on the human body. The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work against rather than with the body's physical inclinations, raks sharki is based on movements that come naturally to the female form. There is a wealth of health benefits awaiting those who practice this form of dance.
• Improved posture and muscle toning
Our spinal column contains more bones and ligaments than any other part of the body. Its 33 vertebrae are stacked together in a column joined together by cartilage and ligaments, and almost every movement of the torso depends upon its flexibility and function. Muscle groups that attach to the ligaments and vertebrae create movement in the trunk and pelvis areas. Raks sharki tones these muscles and maintains flexibility in a safe and effective manner.
During the dance, the movements of hip drops, circles, figure eights, and shimmies put the joints and ligaments in the lower back and hip through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. This movement helps increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature's lubricant) in these joints. When movements are done properly, the pelvis is tipped forward, or tucked somewhat; a neutral position that can help prevent lower back problems. Raks sharki can help relieve stress to the back, counteracting the almost constant compression of the disks that occurs from sitting and a sedentary lifestyle.
Back and joints pains are relieve with lot’s of fun. Instead of running weekly to the chiropractor
These now easy toned muscles improve posture and help prevent back pain that can be caused by the unnatural curving forward of the spine that occurs when muscle groups are weak (lordosis). Small muscle groups deep in the back that are normally under-exercised are used and strengthened. The muscles surrounding the hip, the largest joint in the body, are used and exercised during hip drops, and figure eights, enhancing flexibility and suppleness. Improved hip flexibility can lead to improved balance when walking as well.
Arms and Shoulders are exercised when doing lifts, circles, or the rippling motions of snake arms, toning muscle. This toning effect is often evident early on, since holding the arms aloft are an important element of the dance, even for beginners.
Because a woman is on her feet, moving during the dance, it is considered a weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise can prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones, and the overall toning can lead to an improved self-image, as the dancer becomes more balanced and poised. Raks sharki is considered a low-impact exercise, meaning the risk of injury is minimal when movements are done correctly. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of all ages; men and children are participating in the dance as well, and reaping the same benefits.
• Incredible Weight loss
According to Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D., Belly Dance moves can burn up to 400 calories per hour. This estimate will vary, of course, depending on the intensity of your dancing. Combined with a healthy Low Carb diet that involves sensible eating, Belly Dance can without a doubt be part of a sound weight loss program. Of at leased 3 pounds weekly !
Many dance classes take place only once or twice a week. For even better results and enhanced cardiovascular benefits, try combining the flexibility and muscle strengthening of Belly Dance with an aerobic routine, such as swimming or bike riding, on the days you don't have class. Your entire body will feel the benefits as the aerobic exercise works large muscle groups, and the dance enhances strength and coordination of small muscle groups in the trunk, hips, and arms. Also, many exercise physiologists recommend doing just such a routine: alternating one form of exercise with another, for maximum benefits.
• Well come all pregnant Woman!!
Fabulous preparation for childbirth
The movements of raks sharki make an excellent prenatal exercise regimen that strengthens the muscles used during the childbirth process. The toned abdominal muscles and natural hip tucks, which are similar to the "pelvic rocking" taught during prenatal classes, teach the expectant mother how to move her pelvis. For women who desire natural childbirth, this form of exercise through dance, with its emphasis on muscle control not only facilitates natural childbirth, but also makes an excellent post-natal exercise that helps encourage abdominal tone. During those first weeks after giving birth, when caution is needed while healing from the birth process, these movements work the muscles gently and effectively, if done very gradually.
Learn more about Belly dance during pregnancy.

• Stress reduction preventative for Ovarian dysfunctions and Fibroids
In this day and age of almost continuous stress, the subtle rhythms of raks sharki and the traditional movements are calming. The repetitive movements of the dance and the concentration needed to do them can help a mind filled with daily stress to "let go" for a while and relax. It's hard to worry about deadlines at work when you are thinking about getting that next drop just right, or while making sure that you are in time with the music.
One effect of stress ( sexual activity related ) is that our bodies tense up, causing contractions or spasms in muscle groups, such as those in the uterus and lower back ,neck, shoulders, or hipp. When a muscle is contracted, lactic acid builds up, causing the "soreness" or pain that occurs. Blood flow to the affected muscles decreases as well.
Dancing mediation! Lowers Stress levels
Repetitious swaying, circular and flowing movements are likened to a state of dance-meditation. The dancer often finds that a session of slow, graceful dancing will clear the mind and induce a state of mental relaxation. The faster forms of belly dance are stimulating and fun, and either slow or fast belly dancing can be useful in cases of anxiety or mild depression

Belly Dance , on the other hand, gently stretches and uses these vulnerable muscle groups, and as they are utilized, blood flow increases and lactic acid is flushed away. Stressed muscles relax as they are gently exercised, relieving the "clenched" muscles often seen in our society. The body becomes supple and limber, and practitioners frequently report that pain diminishes in the back and neck areas.
Belly Dance is a fun, healthy way to exercise. It can be a creative outlet that conditions, tones, and allows a woman to tune into the natural movements of her body. It can refresh, relax, and/or exhilarate. So why wait? Find out where classes are held locally, or visit to look up a class and join in this centuries old dance!
Advisory: Many doctors have suggested belly dancing classes as part of rehabilitation from injury; it is, however, important to check with your own medical provider before starting any new form of exercise, especially if you are over 40, pregnant or have medical problems. Most injuries related to "overdoing" for the beginner can be avoided by warming the muscles first and by remembering to do some basic stretching afterward. Listen to your body's signals. Belly Dance is a wonderful and gentle way to begin to condition your body.
Belly-Dance is good for you and your self love!
Belly dancing boosts self-esteem
The movements are artistic and feminine, creating a positive feeling of sensual expression and freedom. With sensuality being a desirable quality of belly dancing, the dancer feels safe to explore the soft, beautiful ways the body can move. In the act of dancing with sensuality, the dancer frees herself in physical and emotional ways.
The body, which becomes increasingly supple and graceful through practicing the dance, literally learns to move more beautifully. Dancers feel a heightened sense of elegance and poise when they dance, and this delightful confidence remains long after the class or performance is finished. The body awareness that comes from belly dancing often triggers an emotional response. Women with low self-image begin to honour their bodies. Previously weight conscious participants relax and become comfortable with their bellies and hips. Voluptuous women appreciate their ample curves.
Are you surprised to learn that Oriental Dance, commonly known as "belly-dance," involves much more than the belly! Yes in fact, these so esthetic and sensual moves can benefit many parts of the body.
Here are some of the health benefits of Middle-Eastern Dance or also called Oriental Dance !:
• Exercising the carrying muscles without impact. A belly-dancer uses her quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes to hold her steady as she performs hip movements or travels smoothly across the floor. However, even though she gets a great lower-body workout, the amount of impact to her knees and ankles is minimal. Impact is measured not only by how hard our feet strike the ground, but by how much stress is placed on our joints. Using this measure, most of Middle-Eastern dance is considered non-impact; some tribal and folk dances are low-impact.
Belly dancing can help relieve PMS
Soothing belly dance movements such as rolling the hips, figure of eights and undulations can help to alleviate congestion in the pelvic area. Circulation to the pelvic area improves and at the same time, the feeling of relaxation alleviates stress.
Bone density increases
Because a woman is on her feet, moving during the dance, it is considered a weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise can prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones.

• Building the back muscles evenly. Belly-dancers use their torsos a lot-much more than ballet, modern or tap dancers. Only jazz dancers come close to our use of rib movements and undulations. These movements, coupled with shoulder movements, exercise the back muscles, and they exercise the muscles evenly. Strong back muscles prevent back injuries, and they promote good posture as well.
• Exercising the arms. New belly-dance students are always surprised by much they have to use their arm muscles. Belly-dancers have to hold their arms up for long periods of time, and it actually takes quite a lot of strength to perform arm movements slowly and gracefully.
• Aiding digestion. It's true! Exercising the abdominal area, not just by rolling the belly, but also by swaying the torso, helps food move along the digestive system. Any form of exercise will have this effect to some degree, but belly-dance is especially good for this purpose.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Be prepared and ready for Fun

“Fundamentally there is just open space, the basic ground, what we really are.”
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This fun beginners class is the perfect way to get acquainted with belly dance and offers the benefit of low impact exercise for fitness! Develop grace, poise and your own special style. You will be amazed at how your body can move and how wonderful this dance makes you feel! No previous experience is necessary. All levels of ability are encouraged. We will cover: shimmy's, shrugs, pops, hip & chest circles, drops & lifts, figure 8's, twists, traveling steps, head & chest slides, snakes arms, waves and more.

What about the youth ? Is belly dance appropriate for Girls?

Belly dancing can be a great activity for a girl, for many reasons:
• Fun. It's fun to learn how to do things your friends can't do, like balance a glass of water on your head or roll your stomach. It's also fun to dress up in the wonderful costumes that belly dancers use.
• Exercise Benefits. Belly dance is a form of exercise, and exercise is very healthy for the human body. Exercise promotes strong muscles, flexibility, and strong cardio-vascular health. It also releases endorphins into the brain, which generate a feeling of well-being. Done regularly, it helps prevent obesity.
• Mental Well-Being. Girls in American society, more than boys, are beaten from an early age into being dissatisfied with themselves: their bodies, their faces, etc. Girls, more than boys, are surrounded by magazine articles and advertisements that promote use of make-up, bust enlargement techniques, ever-changing fashions, hair color, and diet plans. The point of the constant barrage of ads is to make girls so dissatisfied with their current appearance that they'll go out and purchase these products to "fix" their problems. Belly dancing provides a girl with an environment that teaches appreciation for her own body, whatever it may look like. It offers her a way to feel beautiful without dieting herself to malnutrition or enriching big corporations with her spending money.
• Social Opportunities. Dance offers a girl another group of people to meet, outside the usual settings of school and church. A girl who feels shy and awkward in school may find that dance class provides a more comfortable place to meet people and make friends.
• Cultural Awareness. Learning a dance from another country can bring new life to how she thinks about that culture. Instead of thinking about boring history books, terrorists, oil profits, or wars when she hears a country mentioned, she'll think of its music, clothing, and folk traditions.
• Public Appearance. In the adult world, people who are skilled at public speaking have many great job opportunities open to them. Learning how to be comfortable in front of an audience as a child will equip a girl with a valuable job skill for her future.

In the Children Belly dance class we focus on the cute moves and great foot works so the techniques are a little different and not,focus on erotic moves.
The children should get a great elasticity in there joins and back bone for a optimum Immune system and perfect shape .

Exercise with fun and music is a fabulous way to great happy hormones and assist when your children are lethargic or have tendency to over weight.

• No negative Reactions Of The Public.
We know that there are maybe people who are not familiar with belly dancing and they could assume it is some kind of in appropriate show dance.
But we will prove them wrong as soon the first show comes out !.

Because the Girl's dance is called "Oriental dance " or "Middle Eastern" folkloric dance instead of the more provocative term "belly" dance.
And on top of that the Girls will wear select folkloric costumes for there performance with covered midriffs instead of the glitzy bead-and-sequin midriff-baring confections. The girls can be taught dances that emphasize folk dance steps and arm movements rather than vigorous hip movements. In a Bible Belt community, perhaps the girl could charm locals through a tasteful dance portraying a Biblical character such as the Virgin Mary, the queen Esther, Miriam the sister of Moses, etc.

In Conclusion
Belly dancing can be a fulfilling activity for a girl if her parents approach it with the right attitude and take sensible precautions to protect her from the bad behavior of adults (including her own parents!) A low-cost way to try it is to borrow a beginning-level video from the library or purchase a good-quality low-cost one such as Magical Motion and see if the girl still wants to pursue dance classes after learning what the video teaches. She may discover that this activity is one she'll enjoy for the rest of her life. Or she may decide she'd rather play the tuba.

We also thought to create the children group to support the Mom's a little so they can bring the girls and they also train the entire body and stay vital and flexible .
So let them have fun with Mom.

We have special trainer for the Children.

Please wear comfortable clothing and of course feel free to bring some beautiful scarf's or Bring a 3 ft. veil.

It is strongly recommended that you attend to all sessions as each class builds to the next.

price for single classes
Adults 500 J$
Students 300J$
Kid's (4-14)200 J$
Monthly member ship Adults (2-3 times weekly) 4000 J$
students 3000 J$
Kid's 2000 J$

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