Ms. Susan Zhang
Belly dance, also referred to as Arabic dance, is a dance from the Middle East in which people move the stomach and hips around. The focus of the dance is on isolations of the torso muscles. Dancers in many styles will use level changes, travelling steps, turns and spins. The arms are also used to create beautiful lines and shapes with the body. Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine. One of the best health benefits of belly dancing is improved posture and strengthening of back muscles. Belly dancing can be a great activity for children, for many reasons: Fun! It’s fun to learn how to do things your friends can’t do, such as roll your abdominal muscles. It is fun to dress up the wonderful costumes that belly dancers use. And, it is just plain fun to DANCE. Exercise Benefits. Belly dance is a form of exercise, and exercise is very healthy for the human body. Exercise promotes strong muscles, flexibility, and strong health. It also releases endorphins into the brain, which generate a feeling of well-being. Done regularly, exercise helps prevent obesity. Cultural Awareness. Learning a dance from another country can bring new life to how children think about that culture. Instead of thinking about boring history books, terrorists, oil profits, or wars when they hear a country mentioned, they will think of its music, clothing, and folk traditions.