A new class for everybody! A brand new style of class that I’ve been developing over the last year or so. Perfect for those who already bellydance or those who are curious about learning bellydance (particularly for the benefits of muscle tone and posture).
What is Belly-Lates®?
Belly-Lates® is an elegant mix of Fitness Pilates and Belly dancing.
Each class includes core strength exercises, stretching on the mat, mobility, plus standing exercises and authentic belly dance movements.
The class offers you a new way of connecting to your body that you can carry through to every day life. You will be challenged through mindful, low-impact exercises and movements that translate into an overall easier, more fluid way of moving in general.
Your posture and tone are the canvas for every movement you make! Belly-Lates® classes will help fill your dancing with presence and intention. But you don’t need to be a performing bellydancer to benefit from inner strength. It can help you feel stronger and leaner physically and more confident emotionally.
In a Belly-Lates® class, the focus is on the quality of your movement when challenged with your body’s own resistance. (There’s no equipment and speed is isn’t a priority)
Who can do Belly-Lates® ?
Anyone who is generally physically healthy is welcome to come along. (If you suffer from specific injuries then you might want to seek out a clinical Pilates class).
If you already belly dance, this is a great way of improving your strength and posture. If you’ve never danced before, this is a lovely way to develop core strength, mobility and flexibility combined with an elegant posture and overall graceful way of moving.
I have no belly dance experience. Can I still come to class?
Yes! No prior belly dance experience is required. The teacher will break down the movements and exercises from the ground up.
What should I wear and do I need to bring anything?
Wear what you would normally wear to a yoga, Pilates or exercise class. The class is in bare feet, so you don’t need any special footwear. If you have a mat feel free to bring it along, though there will be plenty in the studio to borrow. If you wish, you can bring a scarf to tie round your hips for the belly dance movements.
Upcoming Belly-Lates® Courses
Day: Tuesday lunchtimes (no class during half term 29th October)
Time: 12.15pm – 1.00pm
Venue: Cotswold Sports Centre, Downs Way, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6SL. Free parking, bus route 15 and 16
Price: £8 per class drop in
Save on a block of six classes: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November, 3rd and 10th December
Or pay as you go for £8