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Free belly dance classes at the community center

On Wednesdays, starting Jan. 12, join dance instructor and choreographer Carla Roberts for free belly dance classes at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

A beginners’ class takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and an intermediate class runs 3:30 to 5.

Belly dance is a wonderful way to develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms, and body conditioning from head to toe.

In the introductory class, new students will learn the basics of a dance style that can trace its history back to Mesopotamia, over 6,000 years ago. No prior dance experience is necessary.

The intermediate class, for those with some experience with belly dance, has an emphasis on solo, duet and troupe performance, costume design and study of the basic dance rhythms.

In the U.S., women from all walks of life are becoming involved in this ancient dance form. Belly dancing is used as a way of celebrating woman’s femininity, as it helps women gain confidence in their bodies. Women who belly dance are having a lot of fun and feel young at heart.

If you are feeling a bit blah after the holiday excesses and need some exercise inspiration for the New Year, consider this enlivening class. Each session begins with thorough stretching and toning, building the strength and balance needed to be a strong dancer. Introduction to veil work, shimmies, fast and slow hips, and much more is covered in a gentle, supportive manner.

Ladies interested in trying out this exciting dance style can come to the Ross Aragon Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Classes will continue through February.

Wear comfortable clothes, bring a coin hip scarf if you have one, or use scarves and skirts available during the class.

The Ross Aragon Community Center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. 

For further information, call the center at 264-4152 or Carla Roberts at 731-3117.