Moving your body is an integral piece of creating and maintaining physical, emotional and mental health. In our society today, many of us find ourselves so out of touch with our bodies that we may find ourselves feeling unfamiliar with our physical form, perhaps, we may even begin to view our bodies as our enemy.
If you find it a challenge to look at your body in the mirror and smile…
If you would like to regain that sense of joy and vitality you felt as a child when you ran through the grass…
Or, perhaps you are just looking for a way to keep your body toned and flexible….
If any of these things resonate with you, I invite you to consider creating a daily practice of bodily movement. It doesn’t have to take long. It doesn’t have to be anything specific. You can tailor it to your own needs and desires.
I can tell you, if you are committed to this practice, you WILL start to witness changes in how you see and feel about your body. You WILL start to feel a shifting of your energies, and you WILL start feeling more empowered.
Even though I have been a dancer all my life, I really started feeling the power of bodily movement as a teenager. However, I was very modest and shy and not at all comfortable with other people seeing my body. I wore loose, baggy clothing all the time, and while I held high self-esteem, I had a lot of fear around how others might view me.
It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that this all changed for me. I was in a new town and looking for a new dance teacher. I found a beginning Belly Dance class offered through the local Parks and Recreation department. I signed up for an 8-week session. Then another. And another. Within a few months, my teacher asked me to be a part of her professional dance troupe.
One day, during rehearsal, a friend said to me, “Do you remember when you first starting taking Belly Dance? You always came to class wearing 2 or 3 layers of clothes! Look at you now!” Seeing myself in the mirror, I realized all I was wearing was a dance bra and short leggings with a scarf tied around my hips! It was a pivotal moment for me, as I began to understand how empowering the practice of dance can be.
Belly Dance, in particular, focuses on isolation techniques that target different muscle groups all over the body (some muscles, I didn’t even know I had, because I had never consciously used them before!) Through this process women become more aware of how their body works, moves and changes. It is an intimately powerful practice and has been one of the most empowering experiences I have ever had.
My intention is to assist you in experiencing the power of bodily movement through Belly Dance and to empower you with that knowledge and connection to your own body.
Belly Dance Class:
Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
at the Tiller Arts Center
Sign up through Centralia College East 360-496-5022
Children's Dance Classes:
at the Tiller Arts Center