Friday, June 6, 2008

RSGC Social Dance Workshop Series - Middle Eastern Dancing

There was a good turn out of ladies eager to learn how to shake their bodies. Sadly I couldn't get any of the men to join us in the workshop. I think this was due to the fact that the event was publicised as 'belly dancing' instead of 'middle eastern dancing' which would have been more neutral.

Anyway, we all had a great time. We spent the first day trying to tame our hips and get them to do our bidding. I worked in a simple routine which helped teach the ladies how to move while accenting the thrusts, rolls and lifts of the hips.

On our second day I worked the ladies' upper bodies, teaching them basic movements with the shoulders, arms, fingers and chest. Utilising the simple routine we had used on the first day, we added in the arms and had a great time laughing at the difficulty some had trying to make our stubborn bodies adhere to our directions.

It was a great introduction to the art of middle eastern dancing and we had quite a few new faces in this workshop series. Hope we'll see them back during the month of June too.

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