Belly Dance versus Bellyfit: What’s the Difference?
Written by Serena Kerbes
What is the difference between a Belly Dance class and a Bellyfit class? My Belly Dance classes offer a more cultural and artistic approach to learning dance, focusing on Egyptian styles, learning about music through interpretation, and choreography. This is for women who really want to dig deep into the technique and style of Belly Dance, and get personal feedback from yours truly.
Bellyfit is for women who want to get a full workout utilizing elements of dance, yoga and pilates. Sometimes you just want to take a class where all you do is dance, sweat, breathe, and liberate yourself from the daily grind. If you are that type of person, then Bellyfit is the class for you!
The cardio dance portion of Bellyfit not only uses Belly Dance movements, but also East Indian, Bollywood and African dance. The core and stretch portions are inspired by yoga and pilates. Bellyfit is one hour of continuous movement flow without pauses in the music, however, I do breakdown each movement in the cardio segments and give students time to get into the rhythm before moving on to the next section. There are also different layers of movement and levels of intensity, so it is up to the student how she wants to use these levels and layers. So the intensity of the class can be different for each women depending on what her goals are.
One thing I have observed from teaching Bellyfit is that it seems to bring happiness to the ladies who have tried it. They are laughing, smiling, glowing and radiant after class, and they feel good about themselves. As an instructor I can find nothing else more rewarding than that. I also feel fantastic after Bellyfit, because I get to do the whole class with you!
If you would like to see what a BellyFit class looks like in action check out the following Youtube video of Alice Bracegirdle the creator of Bellyfit, explaining it in more detail.
Classes are available at the Saddletowne YMCA Wednesday and Friday starting November 5th and 7th respectively, from 5:30-6:30 PM. Our traditional Belly Dance class still runs on Monday 6:30-7:30 PM; a new class starts November 3rd!
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