Tina-Louise School of Egyptian Belly Dance & Hawaiian Hula

 

BELLY DANCE CLASSES

 

NB: Newcomers Class Options are Listed Further Down

INTRODUCTION

  • Belly Dance comes under the collective heading of Middle Eastern Dance, which describes a variety of dances descended from the Middle East and found mainly throughout the Middle East, North Africa, parts of the Mediterranean, and in more recent times around the globe.
  • Born in the ancient Harems, and among traveling Gypsies and Desert Tribes, performed by women, usually for women, as a form of exercise, education, communication, spiritual worship, and entertainment, at it's core is a physical celebration of the female, and an expression of her powerful role in humanity; fertility, birth, and of course sexuality. It has been passed from generation to generation, teaching girls about womanhood, and preparing women's bodies for pregnancy and childbirth, the earliest form of antenatal class!
  • Belly Dance is a muscular based, rather than step based dance form featuring sensuous, rhythmical movements of all parts of the body; but in particular the hips, chest and shoulders. There are sharp and vigorous movements too. Arms, hands and facial expressions decorate the performance. The dance also has a particular focus on body isolations and control.
  • Belly Dance has an enormous repertoire and complexity of movements, so can be continued as a progressive hobby for many, many years!

BELLY DANCE BENEFITS

  • Belly Dancing is a wonderful exercise suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes, and is becoming increasingly popular around the world as an alternative way to keep fit.
  • The movements are gentle and non to low impact, and therefore very unlikely to cause discomfort or injury.
  • It is often recommended by health practitioners as an aid to recovery from injury, and to help back problems, arthritis and other medical conditions. The dance can be beneficial during and post pregnancy, and even at labour!
  • Many students take up Belly Dancing later in life, as it is an ideal gentle way to maintain fitness, flexibility and stamina as you grow older.
  • Students who are unfit or overweight will find the classes energising and a great way to introduce physical activity into your life. Classes can help with weight loss when combined with other forms of exercise and healthy eating.
  • Dance is scientifically proven to slow down ageing, improve health and promote mental wellbeing. Belly dancing in particular helps to relieve physical and mental tension, aids digestion, tones the entire body, improves stamina, posture and body shape, keeps you supple as you grow older, and is a creative outlet that allows you to express yourself and your emotions.
  • Many women find learning this sensuous, feminine dance an extremely liberating experience.

TINA-LOUISE'S BELLY DANCE CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Most newcomers come on their own and may feel nervous and lonely at first, so at the first Belly Dance class of a course (and sometimes tasters) there will usually be a friendly existing student or two participating who is there to help you feel welcome and comfortable. Feel free to chat with them and ask any questions you may have about joining. We are all very friendly and supportive and no-one bites!

  • The classes provide genuine, authentic Belly Dance instruction. Students are advised these are structured lessons, and not simply Belly Dance style fitness classes. Classes may be attended for social enjoyment and fitness as well as for serious learning and development.
  • Tina-Louise teaches mainly Egyptian Cabaret style Belly Dance, although other influences and styles are incorporated, particularly in the more advanced classes. Please note Tina-Louise does not teach American Tribal Style.
  • The Beginners classes introduce the fundamentals of the dance through the learning of exercises and drills. Students gradually build a repertoire of basic movements and begin to put them together in simple sequences and routines.
  • Beginners classes are learning focused, not performance focused. Optional performance opportunities are available at our end of term student nights.
  • Patience is required as the dance can often be challenging for newcomers. However perseverance comes with rewards and learning the basics will improve your health and fitness.
  • Tina-Louise encourages a friendly, supportive and non-competitive learning environment. The classes are sociable and a great way to meet new people. Our end of term nights bring all the classes together and we encourage every student to come whether performing or not.
  • All newcomers start with the Beginners classes and may then advance through the subsequent levels at their own pace, working towards their own individual goals. Successful progression is dependent on regular attendance, practise at home and enthusiasm!
  • Belly Dance is a specific skill, and a commitment to regular weekly attendance is required for learning. Beginners classes cannot be attended on a drop-in or intermittent basis.
  • We welcome students who love to dance and love to learn. Our longest attending students, highest achievers, troupe members and those who have turned professional, are those who have been motivated by their sheer passion and enthusiasm to Belly Dance regularly, and a thirst for continued knowledge and learning. If your aim is ONLY to become a 'professional' Belly Dancer in the shortest time possible, our classes are not for you - you must first thoroughly entertain yourself before you can entertain others. If you want to receive gratification in the form of rewards such as those used in children's dance schools, again our classes are not for you - the greatest reward for any dancer is the absolute pleasure of dancing itself, and if a student attains that, we do not need to measure it or hand over a certificate in order for them to continue with us. Their happiness shines through and they keep dancing, whatever 'standard' they achieve, and that is a true success!

WHO CAN JOIN THE BELLY DANCE CLASSES ?

  • No previous experience is required. Classes are open to females only of all ages (over 3 years), shapes and sizes. Average age is 25-65, our oldest long term student is now 85 and has attended almost every week since doors opened in 2001! Even serious illness could not keep her away and it's a pleasure to see her joy and enthusiasm at every class. Those who wish to attend while pregnant or to help with health problems and injuries are welcome in most circumstances, but will need to provide a letter of consent from their doctor before attending. Under 16s must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian at all times.
  • Those with previous training are welcome, but are required to take the Beginners classes because there are many different styles of Belly Dance and teaching methods that students may have experienced. These classes will familiarize you with Tina-Louise's style, and introduce you to the exercises and methods which are built upon throughout all the levels. This is good teaching practise as well as a health & safety and insurance measure.

HOW TO JOIN THE BELLY DANCE CLASSES

Beginners Taster Classes & Workshops – One-Off Session

An introduction to some basic key moves in a one hour, 90 minute, or two hour session. Pre-booking is advised. Tasters are recommended if you want to try a class before booking a course, or if you're not ready to commit to regular classes.

When & Where:

  • All regular venues & others on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Any upcoming Tasters are listed on the Newcomers Timetable with fees and booking advice

Enrolment Terms & Conditions Summary:

  • Pre-bookings close 48 hours before the class, thereafter on-the-door-fee is payable as cash only on arrival, subject to availability.
  • If you have not pre-booked, it's a good idea to contact on the day to check there are places, and arrive ten minutes early to complete a registration form. Please also refer to the attendance advice here.
  • One-off sessions are strictly not refundable or transferable once paid for.
  • Please find full T & C’s below the Newcomers Timetable.

Beginners Level 1 Course

Weekly classes for all newcomers running as a block of 4-8 weeks, each class focusing on a different set of basic core skills. A commitment is required to attend the full set from the beginning. Suitable for enthusiastic and motivated students ready to commit to regular weekly attendance and practise at home. The course is full of content and includes routines, drills and homework which are built upon week by week. Further courses are available for those who wish to continue after completion, right up to advanced level.

When & Where:

  • High Wycombe (days and times vary term to term).
  • Other venues subject to demand - availability varies term to term.
  • Please check the Newcomers Timetable for term dates, venues, fees and place availability.

Enrolment Terms & Conditions Summary:

  • Upcoming courses with places available are listed on the Newcomers Timetable. Sometimes course dates will be announced to those attending a Taster Class first before being advertised, allowing attendees priority booking. Any places that remain are released for sale on the timetable.
  • Pre-book the full course in advance using the paypal button on the timetable. This is the most cost effective option and comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Pre-booking is available until 24 hours before a course begins or until full. Pay-on-the door is at a higher rate and subject to availability.
  • Or try the first class (on the door subject to availability or pre-pay using paypal button when offered, no verbal reservations), and then if you decide to continue and a place is available, pay for remaining classes to complete the course, cash at the end of your first class please. Please refer to the attendance advice here.
  • Block bookings only as above, no weekly payments and no weekly drop-in.
  • Bookings run for consecutive weeks according to timetable.
  • Refunds/Transfers for pre-booked courses are available until 14 days before the booking commences.
  • Money Back Guarantee: (Course bookings only). If you attend the first class and change your mind, you may request a full refund for the course within 48 hours. Guarantee is void 48 hours after 1st class or if you do not attend the first class booked. Not available for trial classes or one-off sessions. Can only be claimed once.
  • If you fail to attend the first class to enrol, your pre-booked place is considered forfeited and may be offered to another student, unless you make advance or immediate contact to request the place is held for you until the following week. No refunds will be given.
  • Once underway, missed classes are not refundable, but you may attend up to 3 classes on the next rotation or at an alternative venue when these classes are repeated, free of charge.
  • If you miss 3 classes in a row your place is considered forfeited.
  • You may not progress to the next level unless your attendance has been sufficient.
  • Further courses are available for those who wish to continue.
  • Please find full T & C’s below the Newcomers Timetable.

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