Learn to Belly Dance

Belly dance is a beautiful, vibrant dance style. It involves movements of the whole body which makes it a fantastic form of exercise. It’s also great fun to learn. It doesn’t matter what age or size you are you can move your body to the wonderful rhythms of the music and feel fabulous! Dance is one of the best forms of exercise there is, and belly dance is good for the mind as well as the body.


Classes in Oxfordshire, UK

Get started in one of Loreley’s beginners classes in Abingdon or Oxford. Loreley is a qualified, experienced teacher who has been belly dancing for over 40 years! She loves to teach, encouraging everyone into the inspirational, sparkling world of belly dance.

There’s no need to feel shy or self-conscious. You’ll learn the basic moves of belly dance in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Don’t worry about having glitzy gear or a bare middle! You can wear comfortable clothing, such as leggings and a T-shirt, as you might wear for any exercise class. Also, bring a long scarf to tie round your hips.

Already proficient in the basics? You’ll be able to develop your dance skills in Loreley’s higher level classes or focus on Tribal Fusion.

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Health benefits of belly dance

Belly dance has great physical and mental health benefits. Attending regular classes helps to improve muscle tone, flexibility, posture, and balance, as well as overall fitness. It is also good for brain health and mental well-being. It helps to build self-confidence, counter stress, and improve mood, and can help to reduce depression and anxiety.

Exercise is important at any age and is especially important as we age. Belly dance provides an excellent workout, combining physical activity (good for the heart and immune system among other things) with cognitive challenges. You probably don’t have to think too hard about walking or cycling but learning a new belly dance move is as much a mental activity as a physical one, and that’s before you try to remember a short dance routine! Studies have shown that combining exercise with cognitive tasks helps to improve memory and cognitive function – essential if you want to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or some other neurodegenerative condition later in life. So start dancing!