Come learn the beautiful art of bellydance. This is a small and friendly class suitable for complete beginners. It is a progressive full term programme that will guide you through all the basic moves in this dance, leading up to a *completely optional* chance to perform at the student shows. You are welcome to do a trial lesson for £8 before joining the full term, please contact me first to ensure there are some spaces left in the class. More details are at www.shimmies.co.uk
Last updated Feb. 14, 2018, 1:14 p.m. UTC
I am passionate about movement in all its forms and have danced ever since starting ballet and tap at the age of 4. My current dance passions are Argentine Tango and Egyptian Bellydance. I discovered the Feldenkrais method 15 years ago as rehabilitation for a back injury in a horse riding accident. I later became fascinated by the wider potential of the method for improving movement from noticing the impact it had on my dancing and undertook the four year training to qualify as a Feldenkrais practitioner.
I started practising yoga in the late 1990s and have followed a meandering path with my own yoga journey through a variety of yoga forms and meditation practices including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Mindfulness and Soto Zen. One strand along this path led me to undertake Embodied Dancer yoga training for dancers and to qualify as a teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.
I find Feldenkrais constantly intriguing as a practice in itself, but for me the genius of the method is in the ways it has transformed my dance, my yoga, my horse riding or my running. I particularly enjoy helping students find ways of taking their discoveries off the mat and into their wider lives, whether this is in managing injuries, changing postural habits, improving sports performance or increasing sensitivity for manual work or playing an instrument.