Scroll down for details of Summer School 2022!
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.
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.
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). It’s not a beginner class though ambitious beginners are welcome (why not try some of my free beginner video tutorials here to get you started).
I have no belly dance experience. Can I still come to class?
The class is not aimed at complete beginners (take a look at our Bellydance Essentials course). Though ambitious beginners won’t be turned away! You will likely find many of the moves easy enough to follow though some of the longer combinations may be a challenge.
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 wish, you can bring a scarf to tie round your hips for the belly dance movements. Please bring a yoga/exercise mat.
Upcoming Belly-Lates® Sessions – Summer 2022
Join my 3 week Summer School! Get all three sessions for just £24 or drop in for £9.50 per class.
A mini series of 3 high content classes to nourish your dance from the inside this Summer. Classes are open to all levels apart from complete beginners (though keen beginners are welcome!) The classes are Belly-Lates in format which means you can expect three components to each class:
- core strength, flexibility and mobility on the mat – specifically designed for bellydancers
- A masterclass in technique and movement
- Stretching, relaxation and mindfulness to allow all the work to sink in and the mind to settle
Session 1: Abdominal work, camels, undulations and reverse undulations, bellyrolls
Session 2: Upperbody isolations and beautiful armography
Session 3: Integration of arms and body – fluidity in movement
Start date for next course: Wednesday 27th July
Classes: Wednesdays 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August 2022
Where: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA (map below). The studio is in the church with the entrance at the front to the left, the door is under a porch.
Parking: Some parking in the small car park directly in front of the church and on St. Bartholomew’s Road.
What will I need? Please bring an exercise/yoga mat.
Booking *: All 3 classes, £24 click here to book your place
27th July Session 1, £9.50 click here to book your place
3rd August Session 2, £9.50 click here to book your place
10th August Session 3, £9.50 click here to book your place
*Kindly note that by making this booking you understand that course places are non-transferable and non-refundable regardless of student circumstances, e.g. illness, injury, holiday, pregnancy. You also understand that film footage and photos from the session may be used for promotional purposes.