Multi-Dimensional, Multi-Faceted Bellydance

We’ve often heard that bellydancing is good for the mind, body, and spirit.  This makes it a multi-dimensional discipline, but how is that so?  It’s easy to understand that bellydance is good for our bodies because it exercises every major muscle group in a full range of multi-directional movement.  Bellydance improves our flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance, which are the important markers of physical fitness.  As for our minds, bellydance is an enjoyable pastime that allows us a break from the tension and stresses that we experience in our life.  It’s like a vacation for the mind, and we feel refreshed and recharged after dancing to our favorite tunes.  When our bodies are healthy and our minds are relaxed, it lifts our spirits.  Bellydancing can even be used as a meditation (see my blog: Bellydance – A Moving Meditation) to further connect to the spiritual dimension.

Bellydancing has many different styles of costuming, music, and interpretation and bellydancers can choose to practice some of, or all of the different styles. Because bellydancing is traditionally improvised it allows the dancer to spontaneously project different facets of her personality and mood.  Realizing that every individual is unique, bellydancing offers a lot of freedom and many options in which we can express the many aspects of our psyches.

Bellydance is a unique art form that manifests itself through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms.  Through bellydance we can express the complexity of our experience of being alive.  Like a cut and polished diamond, the multiple facets and dimensions of bellydancing are vibrant, reflecting the brilliance and beauty of life.

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.  ~Havelock Ellis


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